My debut novel, The Bowes Inheritance, was published in July 2015. Since then it has been awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion and been short-listed for the Carousel Aware Prize 2016.
It has received some excellent (four and five star) reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, made Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society and was long-listed for the HNS 2016 Indie Award.
It is a Victorian romance and mystery set in Dublin, Ireland and the English Lake District.
Short Story: In Three-Quarter Time
In Three-Quarter Time, a WW1 era short story for Kindle, was published in February 2017 and is also included in the anthology, Tales Irish, edited by Danny Kuhn, an Irish/American collaboration of 23 international authors. It is a love story set in my native Dublin, based on my grandparents’ romance.
Dublin 1914 and war is declared. Each of the Cusack family must face the consequences in their own way. Josie and her young man, Anthony Lanigan, have plans for the future. But her sister Lily is also secretly in love with Anthony and has no idea if her feelings are returned.
Anthony is about to emigrate to America to make his fortune. Will he ever return, and if he does, who will eventually win his heart?
Set against a pivotal time in Irish history, from the Dublin Lockout in 1913, through the First World War to the brink of the birth of the Irish Nation, this story will take you through a family’s experience of war and tragedy, loss and love.
Short Story: The Lighthouse Keeper
In March 2017, I published my first contemporary short story – The Lighthouse Keeper, a tale with an eerie link to the past.
It’s Sally and Alex’s first weekend away together and romance is definitely on Sally’s mind. But why is Alex acting so out of character? When strange things begin to happen, Sally wonders if they are truely alone in their coastal getaway …
A Novelette: Christmas at Malton Manor
Christmas at Malton Manor is a pure Victorian romantic tale of love and homecoming.
Christmas 1884: Kate Hamilton is companion to the dullest and meanest woman in England, but she is looking forward to going home for Christmas and her sister Mary’s wedding. When her employer refuses to release her, Colonel Robert Woodgate comes to the rescue.
Robert now owns Malton Abbey, Kate’s old home in the village of Malton. Recently returned from the Boer War and recovering from his injuries, Robert has been reclusive and morose. Clashing several times over his plans and sweeping changes in the village, their relationship has always been tempestuous.
But when Kate returns to Malton, she discovers her sister’s wedding is to take place at Malton Abbey and everyone is convinced the Colonel has an ulterior motive. Can Kate resist the lure of her old home and the memories it holds? And does she have the courage to break down Robert’s defences to find happiness at last?