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The Mrs MacKinnons

England, 1799

Major Matthew Southam returns from India, hoping to put the trauma of war behind him and forget his past. Instead, he finds a derelict estate and a family who wish he’d died abroad.

Charlotte MacKinnon married without love to avoid her father’s unpleasant choice of husband. Now a widow with a young son, she lives in a small Cotswold village with only the money she earns by her writing.

Matthew is haunted by his past, and Charlotte is fearful of her father’s renewed meddling in her future. After a disastrous first meeting, can they help each other find happiness at last?

Winner of a Discovered Diamonds Award, and a Chill with a Book Reader’s Award:


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Review from Romance Review Magazine

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Excerpts (click heading for full review):

…as they [the main characters], and others, (wonderfully depicted characters) gradually adjust to changes in personal circumstances, poignant moments of reflection, harrowing nightmares, family betrayal, and envy, makes this novel a compelling and at times a heart-rending read. It’s a lovely, lovely love story in which others find happiness, or sense of contentment and belonging!


The Marstone Series

Many of my stories will have some characters in common, although each will be stand-alone and the stories can be read in any order. The series is named after the 9th Earl of Marstone, who plays a part in all the stories, although in some cases the role is very minor.

The Mrs MacKinnons is part of the series, but there will be several books before it if you are reading chronologically. However Marstone plays only a very minor part in the plot, and the story can be enjoyed on its own. It was published first because it was ready first!

Sauce for the Gander

Publishing late 2018

Book 1 of The Marstone Series

England 1777

William Stanlake, Viscount Wingrave, marries Constance Charters. Neither wanted the match, having been forced into it by their respective fathers. How do they learn to get on with each other and forge the lives they want for themselves? Is Will’s wish for revenge on his father going to harm his wife as well?

Work in progress – I’m writing the first draft at the moment.


Playing with Fire

Publishing 2018, or maybe early 2019!

Book 2 (or maybe Book 3) of The Marstone Series

France 1793

Phoebe Deane is travelling in France with her aunt and cousin when war is declared. Her aunt’s actions nearly lead to them getting arrested. Who is the stranger who rescues them, and what does he want?


This one is almost ready, but won’t be published until Sauce for the Gander and a possible follow up novel or novella are ready. However if you can’t wait, and fancy being a beta reader* for it, get in touch via my contact page.

*Beta readers read manuscripts before they are finalised. In the case of Playing with Fire, you would be getting a near-final version of the story, but it will not have been copyedited, so there may be some typos and other small errors. The feedback I’d like can be anything from whether or not you liked it, to reactions on each chapter. Particularly helpful are comments about any parts of the plot you did not understand (so I can explain it better), inconsistencies, etc. What you don’t need to do is to check my spelling and grammar – someone will do that at the next stage.