Author Spotlight
Alison James, Historical Novelist
LANDFALL: Fortune's Wheel By Alison James
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1805: Love has come late to Captain Sir Edward Pelham – but his new life ashore now provides a dear and vital counterpoint to his chosen calling in the Royal Navy. During these stirring... More > and dangerous times, duty is everything. Courage, judgment and the ability to lead men distinguish this great commander – as devoted to duty as he is endearingly human! We see his fierce public side – and the complex, proud and private man he can only be with his family in the snatched intervals between his duties and engagements afloat. We first met Edward & his family & friends in LANDFALL: The Calm At The Eye. This second volume in the Landfall series continues the tale of their lives’ tapestry, introducing new characters and deepening our appreciation of old ones. Besides Edward’s duty to his command, he must also bring on the next generation of officers – and steer his family safely through the storms and reefs of life ashore... Watch for more Landfall novels on lulu.com.< 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
Trusting to Air By Alison James
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When the Nazis occupied their country, pilots of the Czech Air Force refused to give up. Instead, they made their way to Britain to fight for the RAF... Spitfire pilot Flt/Lt. Frantisek... More > Sláma risks death through the Battle of Britain and the rest of the War, struggling with English language and customs; patronizing attitudes; enemy Messerschmidts; loneliness, longing, betrayal — and heartbreaking losses, one after another: the love of his life, his imagined future, even his freedom, as Czech pilots returning to their homeland are thrown into prison after the War. Yet Sláma is a survivor, and fate isn’t finished with him yet… This moving novel was inspired by the Czech film ‘Tmavomodry Svet’ and by the true story of the Czech pilots who fought for the RAF. Through Sláma’s story and that of Sarah his ‘srdíèko’ it examines loyalty and courage; decency, sacrifice – and every aspect of human love: between lovers, family and friends; love of country, and the kindness of strangers.< Less
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: 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
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