Author Spotlight
Alison James, Historical Novelist
Landfall: CHECK By Alison James
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Conflicting worlds collide in this two-volume episode of the LANDFALL series. The exotic wealth of Jamaica is founded on human misery as slaves toil and their owners indulge in luxury and corruption;... More > slave-ships ply their terrible trade across the Atlantic; and in-between, aboard the frigate HMS Turk, Captain Sir Edward Pelham R.N. tries to run a fair, clean & tight ship - and faces dire choices where duty, chance and conscience intersect. The year is 1795: Edward is just thirty, an unhappy marriage behind him and still several years to go before the events of LANDFALL: Calm At The Eye. Filled with the vivid period detail and compassionate sensuality that is Alison James’ hallmark, this is a story of high adventure, cruelty, humanity and profound psychological insight. Action, suffering and humour take turns as compelling characters cross paths by chance and end up forever connected. Look for the rest of the LANDFALL series & other novels by Alison James on lulu.com & Amazon.< Less
Landfall: RESCUE and MUTINY By Alison James
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At the heart of the LANDFALL series is the portrait of a marriage between two great-hearted and opposite equals: Edward Pelham, who inhabits simultaneously the worlds of duty and family — and... More > Sophie, who must daily accept that she can participate in only one of them. Knowing Edward needs both to be fully himself, she waits and watches in wise, loving partnership as Edward’s duty brings risk, long absences, peril, and physical and mental pain. RESCUE tells the story of an act of extraordinary heroism — its unfolding, its near-perfect execution in the face of overwhelming odds, and its consequences. The events related are based on an actual incident in the life of Sir Edward Pellew, Lord Exton. MUTINY examines the shattering collision of Edward Pelham’s public and private selves. He must preside over the court-martial of a protégé who has committed the worst possible act. Outraged by this betrayal, Edward tries to keep his volcanic emotions to himself — but Sophie knows better.< Less
Landfall: 2 Novellas - Catherine & Mary Comes Home By Alison James
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CATHERINE- Many Landfall readers have asked about Edward’s first, disastrous marriage. Catherine tells that wrenching story. Finding himself suddenly the Pelham heir, Edward chooses a wife... More > in haste. At sea he is a fine judge of men – a decorated hero and a tiger of a frigate-captain, able to handle any situation. At home, however, is another matter – despite his best efforts, he finds himself all at sea with his new bride... What is love? What should two people expect of one another? Edward must learn hard lessons – and so must Catherine. MARY COMES HOME- Mary Pelham has watched her brother Edward’s star rise, bringing her help and support when she can, and her devotion always. Kind and generous, Mary is also shy and plain. Twenty years after the poignant events related in LANDFALL: Beeches, she still lives with their bullying mother – till Helena Pelham dies, and Mary faces a choice. Falling into the warmth and intimacy of the Pelham household in Portchester is a revelation…< Less
Landfall: CHECKMATE By Alison James
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Continuing the high drama begun in Check, Checkmate picks up in Tenerife, where Edward Pelham’s life is in danger and an intimate human drama is unfolding at his sick-bed. Lives turn on... More > unlikely events; comedy and heartbreak alternate. After the surprising conclusion of Checkmate’s first adventure, the action moves forward a generation. Beloved characters return for a new set of challenges and a wrenching, tender exploration of love, honour, loyalty and betrayal. On the beautiful island of Tenerife, connections are forged and revisited; loyalties and friendships are tested. Love hurts — and heals. As always, Alison James’ luminous and insightful writing transports the reader to another place and time where the people are every bit as human – and as dear – as old friends. Lyrically told, the story follows them through adversity, intrigue and generosity to a touching resolution. Look for the rest of the LANDFALL series & other novels by Alison James on lulu.com & Amazon.< Less
LANDFALL: Aubade By Alison James
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After falling in love with the characters in LANDFALL, many readers asked for a more detailed account of the wedding and all-too-brief honeymoon of Captain Sir Edward Pelham and his bride Sophie. ... More > AUBADE fulfills this request. As always, the dynamic tension between the captain’s private and public selves leads to a complex interplay of events and emotions. Aboard his ship, he enjoys total command – or at least, the illusion of it, though his steward may think otherwise. Ashore, Edward finds himself unable to control much that is of the keenest import to him. Yet he must find the husband, father and lover he is called-upon to be, in sometimes surprising and challenging circumstances, as well as the captain when required, in this by-turns humorous, touching, sensual and surprising glimpse into private worlds: the men he commands, the family he grew up with back in England, and the new family he has just acquired – including a spirited young daughter!< Less
The Butter Cross By Alison James
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1919 - the Great War is over. But shell-shocked Harry Oliver, MC carries it with him wherever he goes... This novel, set in the chalk downland of southern England in the immediate aftermath of the... More > war, explores themes of courage, the physical and psychological wounds of war; healing, love and redemption. Filled with period detail, an evocative sense of time and place, and rising suspense, this is more than a love story - it is a work of deeply compassionate insight and feeling. You will put it down at the end with regret that it is over, caring about the characters like dear friends. Praise for the writing of Alison James from Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse series: 'You write like an angel, a tender angel; and I was much moved by your poignant, beautifully written book.' Alison James has written over a dozen historical novels, to wide acclaim from online readers. Watch for them on Lulu and Amazon.< Less
Best Of Friends By Alison James
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BEST OF FRIENDS tells the story of a friendship strained by shattering events, yet stronger than life itself. In the decades before the Civil War, U.S. Army officers trained at West Point and fought... More > together in Mexico and throughout the west – forming bonds of lifelong affection. In 1861, these friendships were shattered as loyal friends now found it their duty to turn their wits and their cannon on one another. This searching, multi-layered and poignant novel examines one such friendship. Spanning sixty years, it sweeps the reader up into a complete, richly-imagined private and public world: a world where honor, loyalty and love may still triumph over the most tragic adversity... Filled with the compelling characters, compassionate insight and moving story loved by readers of Alison James’s novels, Best of Friends is a must-read for anyone who enjoys well-told historical fiction. Authentic, lyrical, wrenching, and sensuous, its scenes and characters will haunt you.< Less
LANDFALL: Beeches By Alison James
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BEECHES is chronologically the earliest LANDFALL novel, taking place in the 1780’s. Young Acting-Lieutenant Edward Pelham is stricken by yellow-fever. The cure leaves him in worse peril... More > than the illness. Sent home to recover, he frets to return to sea even while recognizing his need for the care of his sister Mary and the dedicated Dr. Allardyce. Much beloved by Landfall readers, in this novel Mary Pelham comes into her own at the heart of the story. The Pelham family dynamics are poignant and unexpected. His parents and brother Harry mean well, but Edward finds that life ashore has hidden currents, too — and even the peril of a lee shore awaiting him. BEECHES explores the human heart in all its complexity, along with a fascinating journey into eighteenth-century medicine and domestic life – and the compassionate sensuality that is Alison James’s trademark. Look for the rest of the LANDFALL series on Lulu and Amazon.< Less
The Butter Cross By Alison James
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1919 - the Great War is over. But shell-shocked Harry Oliver, MC carries it with him wherever he goes... This novel, set in the chalk downland of southern England in the immediate aftermath of the... More > war, explores themes of courage, the physical and psychological wounds of war; healing, love and redemption. Filled with period detail, an evocative sense of time and place, and rising suspense, this is more than a love story - it is a work of deeply compassionate insight and feeling. You will put it down at the end with regret that it is over, caring about the characters like dear friends. Praise for the writing of Alison James from Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse series: 'You write like an angel, a tender angel; and I was much moved by your poignant, beautifully written book.' Alison James has written over a dozen historical novels, to wide acclaim from online readers. Watch for them on Lulu and Amazon.< Less
Best Of Friends By Alison James
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BEST OF FRIENDS tells the story of a friendship strained by shattering events, yet stronger than life itself. In the decades before the Civil War, U.S. Army officers trained at West Point and fought... More > together in Mexico and throughout the west – forming bonds of lifelong affection. In 1861, these friendships were shattered as loyal friends now found it their duty to turn their wits and their cannon on one another. This searching, multi-layered and poignant novel examines one such friendship. Spanning sixty years, it sweeps the reader up into a complete, richly-imagined private and public world: a world where honor, loyalty and love may still triumph over the most tragic adversity... Filled with the compelling characters, compassionate insight and moving story loved by readers of Alison James’s novels, Best of Friends is a must-read for anyone who enjoys well-told historical fiction. Authentic, lyrical, wrenching, and sensuous, its scenes and characters will haunt you.< Less