THE DESERTER'S DAUGHTER

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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.

 

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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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The Deserter's Daughter is published by Allison & Busby.

 

 

Amazon UK

 

Amazon US

 

Amazon Canada

 

Amazon Australia

 

 

The audio version of The Deserter's Daughter will be published by Isis Soundings on November 1st in the UK. The cover picture is gorgeous and I'll share it with you soon! Meanwhile, enjoy this old photo of a place in the story....

 

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.

 

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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.