1915, London cowers under bomb attacks from German Zeppelins. Innocent, terrified Londoners join shell-shocked, battle-weary soldiers at Bartley Hospital. Nurse Sophie Romano battles her own demons as she comforts others, risking her nursing career and losing the man she loves.
Head strong, beautiful Anna as clever as any man, defies society, challenges marriage but loves passionately twice. She endures loss, betrayal, bullying, even murder that almost breaks her. An exciting historical trilogy that spans five decades and two continents; it is heartwarming and at times, heartbreaking.
Lavender Cottage Romance Series (formerly The Narrowboat Romance Series)
Book 1 — When Love Ends Romance Begins – A novel of heartbreak, hope and love a second chance at love. The first novel in The Narrowboat Romance Series. Available on Amazon
Shattered by infidelity and divorce from the man she has loved for thirty-plus years, Katie Saunders is devastated. The once happy stay-at-home mom is lost; her children have flown the nest and inexplicably her neighbours are avoiding her. All she has left to love is Buddy-Boy, her fluffy white dog. Close to ending it all she finds peace in Springsville, a quaint English village and narrowboat marina. Lavender Cottage becomes her new home. Grateful for a fresh start, Katie embraces her new friends, Mary at the café, Adam and his ghostly wife Doris and the man with a mysterious past, handsome Piers Bannister owner of the narrowboat Tranquil Days. Katie is drawn to Piers as he is to her, but denial is too easy for them both
The Sackville Hotel Trilogy
Follows Anna’s life from Edwardian Britain to the Cold War of the 60s. The trilogy is filled with romance, modern history, and Anna’s determination to bring the Sackville Hotel into the modern age. Granddaughter Sarah must decide between a career as an artist and fulfilling her grandmother’s dream. Readers will not be able to set this book down until they have come to the end. It is a wonderfully successful conclusion to an excellent tale.
The Blue Pendant – Book 1 of The Sackville Hotel Trilogy
It’s 1913, times are changing but not fast enough for naïve, nineteen-year-old Anna as she seeks adventure and independence; inspired by her globe-trotting uncle and his gift of a blue pendant, Anna begins her exciting new life as a clerk at the prestigious Sackville Hotel, Bexhill-on-Sea. Thwarted by the love challenged by charm and trickery, bullied by a perverted man. The Great War brings sadness. Anna’s dream is at her fingertips until it is ripped away. Can despondent Anna find the strength to realize her dreams? Buy ebook or paperback
Anna’s Legacy – Book 2 of The Sackville Hotel Trilogy
Secrets and hidden agendas lurk quietly below the surface as Anna and Bill begin their life as hoteliers in post-WWII Britain. Anna loves Bill passionately and almost too late loves her daughter. Guarding her own secret she discovers it is trifling compared to an even darker, murderous secret seeped with hatred and revenge. Anna’s intuition warned her, but no one believed her. Will Anna’s heart be ripped open, destroying everything she holds dear?
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Sarah’s Choice – Book 3 of The Sackville Hotel Trilogy
Fiercely loyal to her grandmother but intensely passionate about art, Sarah’s talent is second to none. Facing incredibly difficult inner turmoil she ignores her true love, Lord Thornton’s son and heir, by loving a British Secret Service, rogue spy. The choices Sarah makes are critical to both her life and those she loves dearly
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Ruins In Silk – Prequel to The Sackville Hotel Trilogy
The death of her mother is only the beginning of a series of unimaginable tragedies that face young Sophie when the family moves from Italy to Britain. She bonds with her father who grooms her to take over the business at the silk farm and silk mill. Just 16 and in love, Sophie is teetering on the brink of an enormous tragedy that she may not survive.
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Romance and the Christmas spirit are on the brink of disaster. A troubled, deceitful and prickly guest arrives at Lavender Cottage B&B, just days before Christmas. A secret past has an unexpected romantic connection in Springsville. A missing necklace and false accusations threaten the joyful holiday, not just for Katie, but for an innocent family. Eager to share Christmas with the man she loves, Katie struggles with uncertainty. Will justice prevail? Can true love flourish? Available your choice of retailer
Book Tracking Journals
Playtime! While waiting for Anna’s Legacy – Book II of The Sackville Hotel Trilogy I learned Adobe InDesign and designed two book tracking journals.
Have you ever bought a book you’ve already read?
Here’s the solution!
A Book Tracking Journal 1 For Ladies who Love to Read
A Book Tracking Journal Book II – For Literary Ladies Who Love Fine Books.
A Special feature for those who love author quotations –
Each book includes thirty-five quotes from well know, mostly classical female authors.
Save Some for Me – A tornado lasting thirty years swept through my life!
A memoir of serious spousal abuse and the humorous misadventures of a single mother of five.
$5 plus $5 S&H in Canada, $12 outside Canada Paperback only from this website. Request a copy
Susan’s Short Story Series
Gillian’s Ghostly Dilemma – A gripping short story.
Killed in a car accident that was no accident, Gillian hovers between this world and the next. She knows who murdered her. Can her broken-hearted husband and son catch the killer before it’s too late?
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A mysterious wreath appears on Jack’s grave and reveals a secret past not even Susan knew about.
A short story about friendship and the mystique of intuition. An innocent angel card reading between three friends uncovers paranormal events and murder.
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A true story of faith and trust between a dog and his owner. Hope is almost lost as Susan searches for Buddy Boy. Lost and cold in the snow and ice of a Quebec winter, he waits and waits.
Hannah and husband Tom Wilton spend summers and winter weekends at Blue Heron Cottage on the shores of Black Lake, Ontario Canada. Amateur sleuth Hannah manages to get mixed up with strange happenings around the lake; murders, theft and kidnapping.
The Blue Heron Mysteries – Book 2
Hannah and friend Maggie’s artistic talents almost lead to disaster. Jealousy and greed lead to another murder. Detective Brindle finds twisting evidence that turns Maggie into a suspect.
Black Lake Chronicles Vol. 1,2,3,4 &5
Black Lake Chronicles Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 Authored by The Ottawa Story Spinners.
An eclectic collection of short stories, fiction and nonfiction. To purchase your copy, of any of the Black Lake Chronicles series; please contact me.
As the founder of TOSS, The Ottawa Story Spinners a writers group dedicated to write short stories, fiction and nonfiction, which is compiled into the Black Lake Chronicles, every year a new volume, 2017 volume six.