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I write women's fiction and romance. My longer works have been described as quirky romances. I also write shorter fiction in the genre of historical romance.
For tasters of my writing, the short stories, 'Opening Night,' 'The Ramblers,' 'The Family Tree' and 'All The Trimmings,' are available to download for free from Smashwords & their retailers.
Many thanks to all who have reviewed, recommended and rated my books. I really appreciate feedback from readers.
'Brizecombe Hall,' a novelette set in England in the early Victorian period, has been my most popular book to date, receiving great responses from readers who appreciate that it's intended to be an homage to the Brontes.
A review of 'Kitty,' my Regency romance, written in an Austen-esque style, concluded, "Well worth your time for a light and light-hearted read. I recommend it to all who just need a small diversion from life."
'Three Romances,' a collection of the stories, 'Brizecombe Hall,' 'Kitty' and my WWII romance, 'The Hangar Dance,' is available digitally and in print.
The novel, 'Elizabeth Clansham,' is also available in both digital and print formats.
My latest contemporary novella is 'Clifton.' There are more short historical romances in the pipeline...
on May 14, 2012 :
By Catherine E. Chapman
Elizabeth Clansham has recently moved to a small town in the Scottish Highlands in order to pursue her writing, all the while she teaches English part time. Across from her small home lives Andrew a former pop star who drifts listlessly through life until Laetitia and her daughter Lauren arrive on his doorstep, Laetitia is fleeing Glasgow when a menacing man shows up to her flat and threatens to hurt her daughter if she does not repay her debt. Then there is Angus, the gamekeeper and father figure who has taken in his niece when her mother has abandoned her. Between the four romance begins to bloom and each of their lives is changed by the others.
This book reminded me a lot of Debbie Macomber’s style of writing using real life scenarios as the focus instead of fantastical situations. If you enjoy a laid back approach to the romance genre and something more realistic than vampires or a serial killer who focuses on the main character for any number of reason you will enjoy this book. Each character goes through their own growth period and finds out who they truly are or want to be. Catherine E. Chapman managed to encompass four individuals but also Elizabeth’s students into the story each one having their own romantic trysts; it was very intricate and well written I only wish there had been more conclusions to some of the individual stories, but the author does a splendid job bringing each one to life.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 09, 2012 :
My first thought about Elizabeth Clansham is that it was written in the wrong era. Take out the sex, bad language and modern references, and it would make a fine historical novel. Indeed the old-fashioned names of Miss Clansham's pupils made me keep thinking it was set many years before. The book reads like a soap opera, full of characters with inter-weaving stories and this was where I became a little confused and frustrated. To me the most interesting characters were Elizabeth herself, her relationship with her uptight neighbour, and his slutty ex-girlfriend and her long-suffering daughter, and no sooner would I start getting into their stories, then I would be disturbed by irritating schoolchildren and fledgling lesbians. I am sure the whole thing would play out far better on screen than in a book and I would recommend that Chapman considers writing for television, as to maintain a story with so many characters, without getting confusing is an admirable achievement and one I think she should take further.
For myself, I would have preferred there to be only one or two main stories running through the book, with the other characters as bit players rather than whole chunks dedicated to them. But if you don't mind this sort of storytelling then you will find Elizabeth Clansham well-written and engaging.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 23, 2012 :
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads: Elizabeth Clansham retreats to a croft house in the Scottish Highlands to write a novel and avoid real life. Reluctant teacher and aspiring author, she finds that the part-time job she has taken to fund her idyllic existence impacts upon her life more than she'd anticipated; her students are determined to find her a love-match. Will it be Angus, gamekeeper and uncle of one of Elizabeth's pupils, or Andrew, Elizabeth's reclusive neighbour in the croft?
Andrew's solitary bachelor life is turned upside-down by the arrival of his former girlfriend, Laetitia – fleeing the city of Glasgow and her mounting debts, and seeking shelter with Andrew in the hills. Will their old flame be rekindled or will Lauren, Laetitia’s seven-year-old daughter, get her way and realise a father-figure in Angus?
Andrew maintains it’s the things you don’t do in life that you regret but is it ever too late for love to blossom?
My Thoughts: I should start out by saying I don’t like romance novels. What particularly drives me mad is when the romantic couples spend most of the books hating each other, or being jerky at random for no real reason. Therefore, I’m happy to say, that was not the case here. The only ones acting like adolescents were, actually, adolescents. There were actually several scenes at which I laughed out loud, particularly some of the random discussions Elizabeth Clansham’s night class would get into, as I remember starting a fair numbers of like discussions myself while in school. It also reminded me why I decided against being a teacher; I definitely would not have dealt with her classes with the patience that she showed. I rather like Angus - I guess I, like Laeticia, am a fool for a big, hairy man, and would probably especially like one who regularly supplied me with venison and steaks! *laugh* Andrew was a weird one - I couldn’t decide exactly how I felt about him, and I wonder if it wouldn’t have been better to develop his character a bit more, but as it was, he remained rather an enigma.
Overall, not really my type of book, although I enjoyed it well enough, but folks who enjoy literary fiction and/or romantic fiction should enjoy it quite a lot.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 11, 2011 :
I would recommend this book to people who like the movie Love Actually. It is not a fast paced, action-adventure book. I was slightly confused in the beginning of the book because I wasn't sure of the setting or to what location Elizabeth had moved to, but the author sort of told you a little ways into the book. However, since I am not from London, nor have I been there, maybe I would of figured it out a little quicker if I was familiar with the geography.
I'm trying to think of the best way to rate this book and I'm having a hard time, so I am going to do positives and negatives...
I thought the characters were semi-easy to relate to and there was a wide variety, every person seemed very different from the last thus making it easy for me to remember who everyone was.
It was an easy, light read
Maybe this is how editing is done in England (I don't know for sure) but it bothered me that when a conversation was written in the book (he said "", she said "") the author used single quotes. It just threw me off a little bit.
Some questions were left unanswered for me, but maybe I just needed to 'read into' the story more... for example - what EXACTLY did Laetitia do for a living prior to moving there (was she a porn star, or just a model in a nudie magazine, or a whore, or combo of all of them)? Why was she in so much debt? Why was Elizabeth so uptight?
I got over most of it and managed to enjoy the story, I just think it needed to be a little bit longer to do some extra character development.
And the description of the book doesn't seem to fit what it actually is. There really didn't seem to be a lot of story about Andrew and Elizabeth, again, it seemed to more of a montage of all the characters like Love Actually.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)