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.



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


UK publication

Hardback - 22 June 2017

Kindle - 22 June 2017

Paperback to follow

US & Canada

Kindle - June 22 2017

Hardback - 2 Sept 2017

Paperback to follow

Australia & New Zealand

Kindle - 22 June 2017


Paperback to follow



Amazon UK 


Amazon US


Amazon Canada


Amazon Australia



The audio version of The Deserter's Daughter will be published by Isis Soundings in November in the UK. 



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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.