England, August 1813
Lydia Hetherington is uninterested in society balls or marriage, until her brother's friend, Lord Marcus Sheldon, rides into her life to unseat her from her horse and unsettle her heart. An undercover spy for the government, Sheldon is equally unsettled by Lydia.
Complicated by a French spy, her friend's unrequited love for Lydia's brother, James, and a traitorous villain, Lydia gradually finds her emotions stirred by Lord Sheldon. But what is his relationship with the beautiful Lady Smythe and his part in an old scandal? Lydia faces danger before all deception is uncovered and love claims its reward.
Edinburgh, December 1816, young widow Lady Lenora Fitzallan accepts an invitation to the country estate of Edward Montgomery, the man she once thought to marry seventeen years previously. Until he left without explanation.
Accompanied by her godmother, Lady Pettigrew, Lenora forms a friendship with Edward’s young niece and ward, Annabelle, who has a propensity for getting into scrapes and falling in love with the wrong man.
As the Masquerade Ball approaches at the Winter Solstice, the past unravels, the villain is unmasked and Lenora must decide with whom her future lies.
Pride and Progress
Miss Emily Morton is content with her village life as a teacher in the north east of England in the 1870s, until the new railway arrives along with the handsome Scottish station master, Arthur Muir.
Emily detests the railways, while it is Arthur's passion.
Each is challenged by the other but will pride allow for progress?
Maryanne Victorian Mysteries
Mischief at Mulberry Manor
A Victorian novella with romance and ghost story set around Twelfth Night.
When Maryanne Robertson visits her cousins’ old manor house for the Twelfth Night Masked Ball in 1859, she does not expect to find the manor haunted or to fall in love.
But mischief is afoot and one of her cousins is missing as frost covers the ground outdoors. Is the mischief caused by a ghostly presence or someone more human?
Maryanne is looking forward to being reunited with her cousins Emily and Henry from Mulberry Manor. They have been invited to Carmichael Hall in the lead-up to the New Year’s Eve Ball to welcome 1860.
But who is the young lady staying at the Hall who seems to be clinging rather too much to Richard’s arm, much to Maryanne’s dismay. As the days progress, the mystery increases until danger arrives along with a shocking revelation. Will happiness win out in the end?
Maryanne’s first visit to London in 1860 with her cousins, Emily and Charlotte, does not go quite as planned. Although excited at meeting with her beloved Richard again while attending the theatre and Crystal Palace, the elder cousin is proving a challenge.
Charlotte is behaving strangely and has never quite recovered from the disturbing events at Mulberry Manor the year before. Who is the mysterious person with whom she has been corresponding all year?