An unforgettable novel that sweeps the reader from the depths of the English countryside to the beauties of Florence, Italy. and on to the primitive shores of the emerging colony of Australia.
At the turn of the nineteenth century, the expectations of the young are often dependent on the whims of the adults who guide them. Such is the sad case of Charlotte Abernathy and Henry Westbrook. Throw in an eccentric, wealthy maiden aunt whose life is stuck in the era of the French Revolution, and you have a recipe for disaster.
Forces conspire against the couple and Charlotte is forced into an arranged marriage with an absent-minded intellectual. In desperation, Henry recklessly signs up for a dangerous military mission to Australia where he barely escapes with his life.
Circumstances come full circle and the treachery behind their misfortunes is exposed. But it is all too late as Charlotte’s marriage forever divides them.
This is a tale of lost expectations, heartbreak and redemption whose enduring characters will stay with the reader long after the book is finished.
When I write regency romance I try to channel Jane Austen. I want to get into her mind and take my readers on a journey that she might take them on.
With children's historical fiction I want to enlarge their vocabularies and their minds.
With my Cozy Mysteries I endeavor to imitate Agatha Christie, whose writings made me an avid reader.
She is suddenly penniless and alone. He is dashing and well-connected. Can he save her?Sophia is recently orphaned as her father, the local clergy man, passed away. As a way to start over, Sophia moves to a new town with the goal of becoming a governess. She meets Charles Mortimer and his sister. She moves in with a charitable family who treat her as a daughter. Unfortunately, Sophia is not in the same social circles as Mr. Mortimer and she eventually finds a job as a governess working for a wealthy but dysfunctional family.
After a bomb hits their London school in the winter of 1941 and their father is severely wounded in battle, the Bennetts start a new life in sleepy Dorset, England. It is the summer of 1942 and they are enjoying their summer vacation from school when someone starts letting a local pig escape his enclosure and wreak havoc in the village. The Bennett children and Kate, no strangers to adventure, along with Zorro their dog, decide to investigate. While looking into this petty crime they stumble across a much more sinister one which could have serious consequences for the war and their own safety.
Follow the Bennetts, Kate and Zorro as they help the war effort on a farm and create their own detective agency, all while a sinister figure is at work, aiding the enemy.
The Honorable Dorothea Dorchester has a nose for fashion...and crime. When her father's prize racehorse stumbles through the end of the prestigious Epsom Derby, Lord Dorchester suspects sabotage and Dorothea, Dodo to her friends, offers to help her father. Her good looks and charm enable her to question suspects without ruffling feathers and her quick brain, coupled with a dose of luck, help her track down the culprit.
This charming introduction to Dodo tells the story behind the story as we witness her at work in one of her very first cases.
Eighteen-year-old Francesca Haversham is elite society's newest and most celebrated debutante, from one of England's most illustrious families. Her pedigree is impeccable - or is it?
A long-buried secret creeps ever closer to the light, one that has the power to destroy her comfortable life, tarnish her family's character, and ruin her hopes of a good marriage.
When a Nazi bomb explodes near his London school in 1941, Matthew Bennett's mother decides it is time to send her three children to live with her sister in the countryside, along with their dog and Matthew's best friend,Kate.
However, even in the safety of Dorset, intrigue and danger follow them.
Tag along as Matthew and his family adapt to life in the English countryside during WWII ad become entangled in their own battle.
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!