The Margate Maid trilogy follows the story of Molly, a dairymaid, from Georgian Kent to London and back, and the lifetime consequences of the secrets she keeps from her family. A Maid’s Ruin (previously The Margate Maid), and The Secret Child are available in paperback, ebook, hardback and on audio. The Lost Sister is available in hardback, ebook and audio, with the paperback publishing in July 2022.
After a lifetime spent editing non-fiction, my journey to becoming a published author started in 2012, following a writing workshop at the Arvon centre in Ted Hughes’s old house in Yorkshire. I began to write Alice’s Secret (now A Family Secret) while I was there and went on to produce the three books* in The Mill Valley Girls series, set in west Yorkshire and covering a period from the 1850s to the present day.
(*Ella’s Journey has been retitled as A Daughter’s Hope, and Sarah’s Story is now A Country Scandal.)
A move to east Kent, and the discovery of previously unknown family links to the area, gave me an idea for The Margate Maid trilogy. You can view a short video, filmed on location, about the inspiration behind the story below.
Order any of the books via your local bookshop, online retailers such as Waterstones, WH Smith, Hive or Bookshop.org or Amazon