When Angel learnt her days were numbered, she found it impossible to confide in her husband, Jude. Immersed in the precarious expansion of his business, he little suspected the true
cause of her... More > changing health and outlook. And events seemed only too ready to conspire in her silence.
Her dilemma swiftly launched them both on a course bound for disaster. It was to weave a web of misunderstanding which prompted Jude’s infidelity and Angel’s poignant involvement with
“the bookseller of Glenfinnie”, reaching an electrifying climax.While she fought shy of the truth, Angel did not dream that life was to take on another dimension and place everyday ritual in an eternal context.
But before that could happen, she was to make an interior journey of discovery, seeing in her condition some analogy with the global unrest of our times and why, perhaps, in Western culture,
the subject of death is notoriously taboo.
Were Life and Death two sides of the same coin?< Less
When Mary Cole, a butcher's daughter, caught the eye of Lord Berkeley, it was as flint to tinder. A forsworn bachelor, he was taken aback that she refused to be his mistress.Within weeks he'd brought... More > her family to bankruptcy. When, still, she eluded him, he plotted to abduct her. Aided by his corrupt chaplain, Hupsman, the Earl duped his 'shepherdess' with fake nuptials.Tumbling to the truth, Mary became passionately committed to gaining her eldest son's birthright. With an astonishing grasp of pastoral economy, she repaired the Berkeley fortunes while a succession of children compounded her plight.The scandalous activities of Mary's estranged sisters had to be curtailed at the highest level before a legal knot was eventually tied.Upon Hupsman's death, the Earl and Countess conspired to 'find' the registry of the 'first marriage'. The upshot was a sensational trial in the House of Lords whose repercussions were to shake the foundations of the Berkeley dynasty for ever and imperil Mary's life.< Less
Echoes of a strange past haunted Roisin. She dimly knew her destiny lay far beyond the South Downs rectory where she had been so strictly reared. Manoeuvred into an uninspiring marriage, she escaped... More > to make her own way in a society overshadowed by the Napoleonic Wars where values were a stark contrast to those at home.
She was to meet La Belle Madeleine whose brilliant establishment was not what it seemed; the stormy baronet whose young daughter was dying of consumption and whose half-mad sister had eloped with a penniless lord; the Brighton soldier who won her heart one enchanted evening, and as swiftly broke it.
It was through a dramatic sequence of events that she was lured inexorably back to her roots in the wilds of Cumberland, to Silvercragg Castle and the baneful spectre of Meg McCullough, the blacksmith’s daughter crossed in love. There the mystery began to unfold, but it was not until months later, on the battlefield of Waterloo, that Roisin’s future was finally sealed.< Less
A novelised history of a celebrated Wreake Valley Chapel.
This is the story of one community's struggle to bring New Jerusalem out of the clouds during a quarter of a millennium of radical change.... More > The spiritual dynamism inspired by John Wesley in these parishes was multiplied throughout the British Isles and steadily contributed to the welfare and stability of the nation when Europe was in ferment and the beast of anarchy was baying at the door. King George III himself fully recognised the part played by Methodism.< Less