The Deserter's Daughter is a saga set in 1920s Manchester. It follows the lives of two half-sisters, who are very different not only in their personalities but also in their social standing, as they strive for respectability after their late father is revealed as having been a deserter.


With its intertwined plot-lines, exploration of relationships and strong female characters, The Deserter's Daughter is written for saga readers who enjoy character-driven books with an accurate historical setting and satisfying emotional content.





1920, Chorlton, Manchester.


As her wedding day approaches, Carrie Jenkins is trying on her dress and eagerly anticipating becoming Mrs Billy Shipton. But all too soon she is reeling from the news that her beloved pa was shot for desertion during the Great War. When Carrie is jilted and the close-knit community turns its back on her, her half-sister Evadne and their mother, the plans Carrie nurtured are destroyed.


Desperate to overcome her private troubles as well as the public humiliation, Carrie accepts the unsettling advances of the well-to-do antiques dealer, Ralph Armstrong. Through Ralph, Evadne meets the aristocratic Alex Larter, who seems to be the answer to her matrimonial ambitions.


But the sisters have chosen men who are not to be trusted and they must face physical danger and personal heartache before they can find the happiness they deserve.



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This photo, taken in 1928, shows the lych gate of the old churchyard in The Deserter's Daughter.


The lych gate, with its distinctive octagonal bell-tower, was built in 1888 and these days is a listed building. It commands the entrance to the old, long-gone St Clement’s Church. The new St Clement’s Church up the road was in use well before the novel opens, which is why, in the book, the Armstrong family requires special permission to hold a family burial in the old graveyard.



This photo, taken in 1915, shows Jackson's Boat - the bridge across the River Mersey that forms a link between Chorlton in Lancashire and Sale in Cheshire.


As Ralph reflects in the book, ‘Presumably somewhere back in the mists of time, there had been a boat and it had been rowed to and fro by a bloke called Jackson, but for as long as anyone could remember, Jackson’s Boat had been a bridge.’


This is a photgraph of Chorlton Green. If you imagine standing with your back towards the lych gate, you would face the green.

The building in the background is The Horse and Jockey pub.


In the book, Chorlton Green is where the locals have created a temporary memorial for those who lost their lives in the Great War. It is also one of the places that features in Carrie's flight through the fog when she is running for her life. That tree on the left-hand side of the photograph is at the corner of the road Carrie came down in the fog to get to the green.

 Libraries: Archives & Local History.)

(These photographs are reproduced by arrangment with Manchester Libraries: Archives & Local History.)




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Writing The Deserter's Daughter


How Carrie and Evadne got their names.


Setting the story in Chorlton.  


Review of The Deserter's Daughter on Catherine's Cultural Wednesdays website.


Publication day on June 22nd, when the hardback and ebook both became available in the UK, was just wonderful. To celebrate, we held an afternoon tea for friends in the beautiful Imperial Hotel on Llandudno's promenade, with my talented husband providing musical accompaniment. (Yes, he was allowed to stop and eat.)


Some of my friends presented me with a fabulous flower arrangement - complete with an S in pink roses; cotton-wool flowers created by the florist (cotton = Manchester, the setting for The Deserter's Daughter); and all housed in a genuine 1920s mixing bowl, for my 1920s story.