Katie Flynn

The Rose Queen
  • The Rose Queen


    Wales, 1938

    Cadi has spent her whole life in the small mining community of Rhos, desperate to escape the monotony of village life. When she is chosen to become Rose Queen in the annual Rose Fete, she is thrilled to be treated like royalty. Her reign is everything she imagined but she knows that one day isn't enough.

    With no prospect of a better life, Cadi and her best friend Poppy see war as a chance to escape. Cadi's father, Dewi, disagrees, saying that the city is no place for a young girl, especially when she has the opportunity to become a father's wife, referring to her arch nemesis Aled, much to her disgust.

    Fearing his headstrong daughter may run away, Dewi reluctantly agrees. But city life isn't as glamorous as it first seemed and when their efforts to join the forces are thwarted, the girls are left looking for work in poverty-stricken Scotland Ward.

    The girls secure jobs in a local pub, and Cadi's blossoming relationship with handsome dock worker Jez deepens, after he rescues them from a terrifying encounter. Cadi's enjoying her new life until Aled unexpectedly arrives in Liverpool, dressed in RAF uniform. His appearance brings uncertainty and this Rose Queen has a decision to make, who will become her King - Aled or Jez?

Katie Flynn lived for many years in the north-west. A compulsive writer, she started with short stories and articles and many of her early stories were broadcast on Radio Merseyside. She decided to write her Liverpool series after hearing the reminiscences of family members about life in the city in the early years of the twentieth century. She also wrote as Judith Saxton. For the last few years of her life, she had to cope with ME but continued to write with the help of her daughter, Holly Flynn. Sadly, Katie passed away on 1st January 2019, but had already begun working with Holly on upcoming books, which will be published in 2019 and beyond. 

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