When I started reading historical romance, I fell in love with 17th century England. This was due largely to the contrast within the century itself. Like America in the 20th century, England grappled with war, struggled with moral principles, the role of government, (England with sovereignty and the Divine Right to Rule,) and made advances in science, and math. The restoration of Charles Stuart to the throne in 1660 after ten years of religious stringency under the Cromwellian rule made fascinating reading. To me, the Restoration Period mirrored our own 1960’s, a time where women questioned their roles in society, men challenged the idea of war and their own mortality and morals. Both periods changed history and have had lasting consequences on the decades following them. I set my first two books within the most tumultuous time in London during 1665 and 1666, when the citizens of the city lived through both the plague that killed an estimated 100,000 people, the fire of London, where half the city burned and changed the city’s landscape forever.
Ghost of a Chance
After years of surviving in London’s dangerous slums, Kestrel MacRae is desperate to keep a deathbed promise to her mother. Somehow she must find a way to Scotland to prove her father’s innocence regarding a plot to kill Charles Stuart. When she picks the pocket of Devon Trevelyan, one of the court’s most notorious rakes, she enters a world of dangerous deception and intrigue. There she must choose between fulfilling a promise to her mother or gambling with her heart.
When Angels Fall
After a murder attempt by his twin brother and years at sea, Nicholas St. Aubyn settles down with a wife and two children in puritanical New England. But when his wife dies, and his son is killed in a tragic accident, this former pirate is forced to return to London with his young daughter to confront the demons of his past. There, he meets Isobel Montigue, a talented actress with dark secrets of her own. Soon, they are not only testing the limits of trust and forgiveness but against all odds, they discover the strength of family ties and the healing power of love.