So I had a hard look at the six books I have written which aren’t historical fiction. They all have one thing in common—they are about women. Women are resilient. I won’t go so far as to stick my neck out and say ‘more so than men’ but without a doubt they are resilient. You can throw anything at them—divorce, abuse, a glass ceiling, the loss of a child, death of a spouse—and most women will fight back. They will take up the challenge and refuse to be cowed. And that is what I portray in my contemporary novels. These are stories of transformation, women rebuilding their lives and their relationships.
In LOVING HARRY, the story of two women who love the same man, Barbara’s life is shattered when her husband leaves her and her two children for Carla. But she rebuilds her life, changing from a stay-at-home housewife into a successful business woman. Carla, on the other hand finds that life with Harry is not what she expected. After they move to Spain, he begins to drink heavily and she has to cope with his transformation from a fun-loving companion into a morose alcoholic. Both women, in different ways, bounce back from the adversity in which they find themselves.
Beth, the main protagonist in SANTIAGO TALES, has cancer, her job is going nowhere and her husband has been leading a double life. What does she do? She decides to leave everything behind and go on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, in northern Spain. The people she meets on her journey help her to get her own life in perspective and she returns stronger and ready to face the future.
Nancy is an old woman, whose memory is failing her. Once she was a famous artist and lived a glamorous life. Now she sits in her flat in Marbella, looking at the sea and waiting to die. PALETTE OF SECRETS is the story of her life, much of which was far from glamorous, and how she escaped from an abusive husband to build a new life for herself and her son.
The emancipation of women didn’t begin and certainly didn’t end with the Suffragette movement. You only have to turn on the television or read the newspapers to see that it is still going on.