Lindsay lives in Yorkshire, England, where she was born, and started writing stories at an early age. Always a voracious reader, she took a degree in medieval history and worked in a library for a while, then began to write full-time after marriage.
As well as the books reissued here, her books are currently published by Kensington Zebra ('A Knight's Vow', 'A Knight's Captive', 'A Knight's Enchantment', 'To Touch the Knight'), Bookstrand ('Flavia's Secret', 'Blue Gold', 'Bronze Lightning', 'Chasing Rachel', 'A Secret Treasure', 'Holiday in Bologna' and 'Palace of the Fountains', Ellora's Cave ('The Lord and Eleanor') and MuseItUp ('An Older Evil', 'A Christmas Sleeping Beauty' and 'Midsummer Maid' - all available here (https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=lindsay+townsend+museitup).
Where to find Lindsay Townsend online
Where to buy in print
The English Daughter
Corfu is a sunny, charming Greek island, but for Val Baker it is dark with secrets. What is Val's family hiding there, and who killed the young English girl Hilary ten years ago?
Voices in the Dark
There has always been a mystery in Julia Rochfort's family. Who killed her grandfather Guy, a member of the Italian resistance movement in World War Two? When Julia travels to Florence to compete in a singing competition, she meets Roberto Padovano, already an established opera star, and they discover that they have a lot more in common than simple attraction.
A Rose of Midsummer and other stories
A summer rose, a valuable heirloom, chance meetings in Rhodes and Florence - and a panda collecting for charity. Light holiday reading with the romantic touch.
Night of the Storm
When Melissa, a wildlife photographer, goes to the unspoilt Greek island of Asteri to investigate the death of her lover Andrew, she discovers a deadly wildlife smuggling conspiracy. Suddenly on the beautiful island romance mingles with fear.
Smashwords book reviews by Lindsay Townsend
- Hostage of the Heart
on July 04, 2010
This is a gripping historical romance, with appealing characters and a sweetly satisfying ending.
- Annie and the Young Master
on Aug. 07, 2010
Lillian is rejected by her father after a misunderstanding and expelled from her family home with nothing but the clothes she wears. Taking the name of Annie, she goes
seeking domestic work in late Victorian England and determines to make a new life for herself. She also hopes to win the love of the young master Samuel, and the way
she achieves both aims makes for an arresting, sensual tale, full of incident and tenderness.
Samuel is an appealing, charismatic hero and Lillian (Annie) an enterprising and sympathetic heroine. The story is based on an old fairy story, Cap O' Rushes, and also has elements of Cinderella, too. A lovely tale that I really enjoyed and recommend.
- A Pig in the Roses
on Nov. 17, 2012
Historical mysteries are among some of my favourite genres and mysteries set in unusual periods are a particular draw. 'A Pig in the Roses' - this is a really apt title - is a mystery set in 5th century Athens. It features a hero, Diokles, who is a merchant and a family man, plus a fascinating array of characters as suspects and friends or foes. Peter Alan Orchard writes in an immediate, vivid way with some nice twists. Instead of the usual high ranking courtesan we see one who is just starting out and seeking to build her reputation. Instead of a down-trodded woman indoors we have Helike, Diokles wife, who is just as determined as he is.
And the stakes? These could not be higher. In an age when there was no regular police force, Diokles has to investigate a murder - or see his uncle punished for it. As he begins to uncover the webs of conspiracy behind the killing there are those in high places who will do anything to stop him from uncovering the truth.
- The Morning Gift
on June 12, 2013
Excellent short story. Gives a real feeling of what it would have been like to live in Anglo-Saxon England. I also enjoyed the understated, realistic romance.
- Love Waits in Unexpected Places - Scorching Samplings of Unusual Love Stories
on Nov. 13, 2013
Sweet and Sexy Samples of Intriguing Stories
I devoured Rose Anderson's samples of her stories. Each of the chapters are elegantly and crisply written, in a flowing style. This is a writer of wonderful imagination and depth, with a fascinating range of themes. Native American, Shamans, High Art, Shape Shifters, yearning, amorous ghosts and a beautiful young woman who needs to rediscover her worth and sexuality. Altogether an inspiring and empowering read.
- A Gift from the Stars
on Nov. 20, 2013
A GIFT FROM THE STARS
Sweeping, Sparkling Romance - Would make a wonderful film!
Linda Banche writes superb Regencies, always original and deft and with added 'extras'. She has excelled herself with 'A Gift From The Stars,' a perfect marriage of the subject matter and her witty, appealing writing. There is real depth here and also sparkle, adventure, Christmas romance, space-ships, mysteries of over-worlds, prowling wolves, a healing crystal, gifts, love-choices and more. I devoured it and noted eagerly that the novel is the first of many.
The hero, scarred, wounded Jon, is a man everyone might wish for. Elizabeth is a lively, intelligent woman who stands up for what she believes in and for others - including Jon at a Christmas party when two Regency 'ladies' are less than kind because of his scarred, brooding appearance. Throughout the novel, Jon and Elizabeth join forces and defend each other against spiteful, narrow opinions and malicious, small-minded people, which is lovely. They are true partners and I was cheering them on.
Linda Banche also draws very appealing secondary characters. I hope Luc and Mr Armstrong (who for a time is a strong contender for Elizabeth's affections) both figure later in stories of their own. The rivalry in love between Jon and Mr Armstrong is engaging and realistic and Mr Armstrong is an interesting, honourable man. The scenes between him and Elizabeth are well drawn and at times most touching.
Stars are present throughout this story. Both Jon and Elizabeth are star-gazers and their interest in astronomy enhances the romance. (If you don't believe me, just read the deliciously sensual scenes where they are leaning close together, studying the two-tailed comet and the Gemini.) There are several mysteries connected with the stars, which gives the story a delightful other-worldly feel and ending, a perfect coda after a thrilling, dangerous climax.
'Should be made into a film' is a comment that is often made. In this case I think it is true. As a Christmas romance, as an adventure, as a compassionate and wry look at people, as a whirl of Regency manners, dances, feasts, gowns, artful conversation and growing love, 'A Gift From the Stars' makes a perfect read.
- Christmas Spirits (Sheikhs of the Golden Triangle)
on Nov. 24, 2013
Enchanting Christmas Romance
This is a perfect romance novella to read during the Christmas season or indeed at any time of year. Gemma Juliana writes vividly of winter and snow, of families coming together for celebration, of love and loss. Khazan is a poignant hero, lonely and overwhelmed by loss. Can his beloved Anna persuade him to move on from his grief? Can the youngest members of his family show him the way forward?
A delightful, intriguing, timeless story, with a perfect twist and a richly satisfying ending.
One to read and re-read
- Beginning Anew: The Naomi Chronicles, Book 3
on Feb. 02, 2014
A Sweet Romance that is also a Journey of Faith
A bride and groom write letters of faith, hope and love to each other, a richly romantic gesture. They have discovered a new home for both of them, generously given. Will this home become a house of blessing?
As Naomi and Chaz begin their lives together, each embracing a deep religious heritage, they must learn to trust and to accept each other. All is not perfect. Naomi is highly strung and used to managing things in her own way. Chaz is beginning to understand the responsibilities of being the head of their new household. The pair also encounter some ugly bitterness because of their faith. The evil of antisemitism is powerfully revealed, and so are Chaz's very real spiritual struggles as he comes to terms with a faith that is both old and new to him. Reading 'Beginning Anew' I was saddened to learn that such religious intolerance still exists, and shocked at the speed that 'friends' could change so swiftly from welcoming Chaz to turning away from him.
Yet there is much to celebrate. There is also friendship and support, the blessings of small and large gifts and sweet considerations, such as dining at a restaurant where the table for every newly-wed couple is laid using the same tablecloth as the restaurant owners did on their wedding day. The novel is full of fascinating insights into the Spanish Jews and also the American-Spanish Jews. I also really enjoyed the way Paula Rose Michelson describes and illuminates the light and love of marriage: the delights of the couple learning each other, the taking care of each other in sickness and health, and the rich anticipation of marriage, of becoming one. Their union is spiritual first and the struggles of the young couple to defer their earthly marriage until the right moment are charmingly and tellingly shown.
There are large themes in this novel: the search and yearning for family, the personal impact that the Jewish diaspora had on people and families. Naomi must search for her family but fears that they might not accept her now. And will two religious communities with deep shared roots, the Jewish and Christian, accept each other? At the end of the story there is hope.
- Torc of Moonlight : Book One
on March 19, 2014
Linda Acaster, in starkly elegant prose, builds a powerful novel of possession and psychological breakdown in 'Torc of Moonlight'. She writes the male point of view very well indeed, showing the pressures men themselves and society put them under. This spiritual thriller builds to a gripping a inexorable climax while exploring aspects of northern British history, places and cities that are deeply fascinating. A haunting read.
- The Bull At The Gate: Book 2
on March 19, 2014
'Bull at the Gate' is the second novel in a trilogy - and what a trilogy! This is a dark thriller of a story with many themes and a blending of ancient and modern beliefs. Nick, the hero, is an engaging character, surrounded by immense problems and struggling to understand dark forces. All the way through, Linda Acaster cleverly weaves it so the reader is not sure of Nick, an unsettled, beleaguered young man of only twenty-two, trying to make his way in a modern setting that ignores all non-material aspects of the world. He is grieving and yearning for the loss of his lover Alice, but is Alice truly dead? If she is, who or what killed her? What part did Nick play in that tragedy? When another young woman Sophie vanishes, what part has Nick played there?
Nick feels responsible but is he? Is he deluded? Is he psychic? Are the horrifying visions the sensual visions that he experiences from within himself or from lethal, ancient forces outside? The author cleverly shows how 'modern' man reacts to these strange events by revealing how the police view Sophie's disappearance and Nick's odd history. Who is to say they are mistaken? That is the beguiling tightrope walk we are sent on throughout 'Bull at the Gate'. The final third of the novel, with Nick desperately seeking to find Sophie and Alice, is a exciting historical chase, full of twists and turns, fascinating clues and high stakes. Linda Acaster makes the reader care for her characters: they are not pawns being shifted about in a heartless chess game of 'find the historical fact'. This is superior story-telling of the highest order.
The novel has a long reach, with flashbacks to Roman times and a parallel storyline that reveals the beliefs of that period. Is there a time portal that opens? What is the deadly shape-shifter that lurks in water? These questions are left hanging for the third novel but so much is going on it does not matter. The author uses the setting and landscape of York superbly, making the city itself a mystery and a character. I walked the streets with Nick, learning with him the layers of the ancient Roman and Celtic settlements hidden just beneath those of the Medieval and Viking. The river, too is a character, both a source of life and a threat.
Trilogies and series novels always need to avoid the danger of leaving the reader feeling unsatisfied before the final novel that draws all the series threads together. 'Bull at the Gate' avoids this by having a second, strong storyline concerning the missing young woman Sophie. This story is cleverly enmeshed in the larger themes of the trilogy and the reader cares about her, especially in relation to the hero of the series, Nick. Nick is a great character, the glue that holds the series together. He thinks he is not brave but he keeps going, keeps struggling, keeps feeling, often in the teeth of overwhelming odds. By the end of 'Bull at the Gate', the reader has been in a hectic adventure, has had some resolution and can put the book aside feeling satisfied, while at the same time looking forward to the final part of the trilogy.
- From 'Why Johnny Can't Read' To "See Paula Write"
on July 02, 2014
Inspiring, Jaunty, Honest Memoir
This memoir by Paula Rose Michelson is both a meditation in the healing power of faith and a frank, honest account of how it feels to not be able to read easily. I sympathized with the author's very real struggle and was inspired by her memoir. Written in a jaunty, engaging style, this would make a perfect audio book that captures the spirit and times of living and growing up in 1950s America, a time when dyslexia was not as well understood as it is now.
- Choosing to Be: The Naomi Chronicles, Book 2
on Oct. 10, 2014
Opening where "No Other Choice" stops, this novel reveals the often difficult and emotionally charged journey of faith that the two main characters, Naomi and Chaz have to make. They must learn to put aside fear and anger, to understand and to finally forgive. The author does not diminish the tasks in front of the young married couple, nor lessen the emotional stakes that are involved. As should be in a novel series exploring the deep issues of faith and history, this is a multi-layered read, unafraid to reveal how the struggle for reconciliation and forgiveness is an on-going one. This is also a study in a religious community, of the wonders of faith working through women and men.
- No Other Choice: The Naomi Chronicles, Book 1
on Oct. 10, 2014
The characters in this story are all well-rounded and finely shaded. The author writes in smooth, compelling prose and has penned a complex story of faith, love and redemption. The sights, sounds textures and culture of the time are cleverly brought to life and the choices of each character are vividly shown. The strengths of family are revealed but so too is the ugly prejudice that often blighted the lives of people who were perceived as being in any way 'different' from the American dream, either in race or faith...
On a more intimate level, Naomi has to learn how to love and take time for herself. Her new husband Chaz works hard to show her his love in return. But theirs is a marriage built on a lie and once that lie is exposed by a spiteful third person, will their relationship survive?
No Other Choice is an arresting novel with many surprises. I learned much from it.