"Look Mum, a diary. Who was Lillian Loveday?" Megan asks, holding it out.
"Your great grandmother: my granny. Read it to me."
For a moment, Louise is lost, wistful even. She was very close to Lillian, much closer than to Roberta and she wonders what she will recognise of the person she knew and loved so much.
Roberta Flanders is ill in hospital and wants to spend what time she has left at home, so at the end of the summer term, Louise collects her daughter Megan from school and they drive to the old farmhouse in the country, which has been in the family for generations.
Roberta's life has not been easy and once back at home and in her own bed, ghosts from the past start to reveal their secrets, causing her to question some of her beliefs.
Louise has her own ghosts to deal with. Her marriage is crumbling and she needs to re-evaluate her life. Her relationship with her mother is difficult, but she has a duty to care for her; especially now, at the end of her days. Also, she doesn't ...
Rescued from near-poverty by her uncle, who welcomes Celia Meade and her family to his huge estate, Celia must now contend with the dangerous jealousy of her uncle's daughter, Caroline, who sees Celia as a threat to her ambition to become the Countess of Shelton.
Caroline's hatred of Celia began when Celia attended her aunt's funeral and Caroline noted the immediate attraction between Celia and Caroline's choice for a husband, Robert Shelton, Viscount Merrick. Running into each other again in the woods that adjoin Lord Merrick's property the attraction between Lord Merrick and Celia blossoms into love in the warm days of summer. Enraged that Lord Robert's sister encourages her brother by planning trips and picnics with Celia, Caroline calls a meeting with her father and Celia, and extracts a promise from Celia to not see Lord Merrick again with the threat that she will force the Meades to leave her house.
She left criminal life behind. Will her new business venture send her to sleep with the fishes?
Florida Coast, 1932. Edith Duffy might be grieving her gangster husband's death, but she's no damsel in distress. Leaving the sordid world of Philadelphia bootlegging, she settles in a small town outside Miami and buys a speakeasy. But when she launches a lucrative rum-running operation, indignant locals conspire to destroy her.
Edith lands squarely back in gangland culture, with a Bible-thumping preacher campaigning to shut her down and smugglers resentful of her skill. And now she must forge alliances and make unlikely allies just to survive. Luckily, her mentor is none other than the wife of the notorious Al Capone...
Will Edith's fondness for underworld profits lead her to a dead end?
Gathering Storm is the first book in the Rum Runners' Chronicles, a fast-paced historical women's fiction trilogy. If you like atmospheric settings, mob stories, and independent heroines, then you'll ...
If you love historical romance and are looking for a 'propulsive plot that never loses steam' (Kirkus Reviews), The Return of the Scoundrel should be on your reading list. Bridger Crandall is handsome, charming and cunning. Libby Talbott is virtuous, trusting and about to be hornswoggled. It is 1888 and the gritty, lawless mining town of Leadville, Colorado is the perfect place for escaped convict Bridger Crandall to find refuge. A resourceful scoundrel without a conscience, he has assumed a new identity as Richard Rutledge and is eager for revenge against the woman who landed him in prison, Maggie Blackstone. Fate hands him an unexpected opportunity to further his plans in the form of an attractive and determined young schoolmistress, Libby Talbott. Convinced that Rutledge is a reputable gentleman, Libby unwittingly provides him the information needed to advance his evil scheme as he draws her into his risky game of secrets, seduction and betrayal.
From the author who brought you The Unforgotten Past, comes a riveting tale of inured heartbreak and irrepressible love.
In the region of Calgar all thrives under the rule of Lord James Nightten, much loved and honored baron. But no one could know of the goings-on within the walls of Wynthall Manor where their lord and master resides; determined to hide his harrowing past from lurking enemies. Not the untamed beauty of the province, the honor of his noble name, nor the imploring voices of his devoted staff have the power to erase the secrets which haunt the baron. All is at a loss it seems, until, in the midst of a midnight ride that he might escape the memories which torture him, the young noble inadvertently saves the life of a commoner whom he soon realizes is not all she appears to be.
"That night you saved a life which I thought was beyond all help. How foolish it
would be of me not to return this great service now that I've the chance."
She was forced into exile.
He chose his.
A Lonely Exile
Acadian exile Elizabeth Marie Johns refuses to return to Baltimore Town. Not only are the Acadians not wanted, but her own people have turned against her. All alone, she sets out to find her father on the northern border. But when frontiersman Thomas McQueen finds her, he proposes a different plan. Can Elizabeth trust him? Or in the end will he, too, betray her?
A Ruthless Past
Thomas McQueen has plans. Deadly Ones. While it is too late to save his life, he can still save his family from fates worse than death. But an encounter with the Acadian lass on his way home causes him to wish for another fate. Is it too late to become a different man?
An Exacting Future
The French and British fight for control of a wilderness empire. But trust is scarce and hate plentiful, and when Thomas' past explodes into Elizabeth's future, she is forced to face her worst fear.
Will Elizabeth forgive him for the man he was? Or will the ...
Two troubled people in a turbulent world.
In July 1940, Gwen Collingwood drops her husband at the railway station, knowing she may never see him again. Two days later her humdrum world is torn apart when the sleepy English seaside town where she lives is subjected to the first of many heavy bombing attacks.
In Ontario, Canada, Jim Armstrong is debating whether to volunteer. His decision becomes clear when he uncovers the secret his fiancée has been keeping from him. A few weeks later he is on a ship bound for England.
Gwen is forced to confront the truth she has concealed about her past and her own feelings. Jim battles with a bewildering and hostile world far removed from the cosy life of his Canadian farm. War brings horror and loss to each of them - can it also bring change and salvation?