Karen MacLeod works in Edinburgh, not far from the Castle and Gardens. In her own time, she writes compulsively. A Glasgow University history graduate, Karen has concentrated mostly on historical fiction - her original novel of the Tudor period then blossomed into a trilogy. Her novel Deverell Gatehouse spans the centuries from the 1500s to present day. Drawing not only from her rich knowledge of history, but also from everyday life around her, Karen weaves elaborate and compulsive tales of how normal people can make the most fascinating stories.
Karen MacLeod's ancestors lived on the west coast of Lewis - the westernmost edge of Europe, three miles from the Bronze Age standing stones of Callanish. One of her great-grandfathers worked on Lord Lovat’s estate at Beauly, Inverness-shire. A great grandmother left Ireland as a child for Glasgow during the potato famine and the family of her MacIntosh great-grandmother was displaced from Strathnaver in Sutherland during the Clearances. Within this rich family history, there’s a wealth of material for another novel, waiting to be mined.
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Time has its own echoes… Imogen Webb attempts reconciliation with her estranged husband and his family, while staying in medieval Deverell Gatehouse in rural Hampshire. But the atmospheric gatehouse has a troubled history and the present is shadowed by tragedy. As unexplained occurrences mount up, Imogen begins to realise that its past and present have an extraordinary link.
Thorn Maker: Part III of Warbeck Trilogy
‘A second Warbeck? A weapon for the Catholic cause against Elizabeth?’ The Protestant Elizabeth I has succeeded her Catholic half sister Mary on the English throne. Considered illegitimate by Catholics, she fights Mary’s bishops for control of the Church. Her doughtiest opponent is Bishop John White, whose adopted son Jan, grandson of Perkin Warbeck, may have Plantagenet blood.
Counterfeit: Part II of The Warbeck Trilogy
July 1554. Perkin Warbeck’s grandson Jan, who has been working as a menial up north to hide his identity, is among a group of Lord Paget’s servants ordered to Winchester to help in the kitchens at Queen Mary’s wedding to Philip of Spain. Second Book in The Warbeck Trilogy following on from Doubtful Blood.
Doubtful Blood: Part I of The Warbeck Trilogy
Doubtful Blood, which is based on real events, is the first in The Warbeck Trilogy set between 1544 and 1559.
Counterfeit: Part II of the Warbeck Trilogy and Thorn Maker: Part III of the Warbeck Trilogy are also available.
Garlands and Shadows
Reluctant bridesmaid Maura Lindridge has more on her mind than her silly little sister Amy’s wedding. Amy has got engaged to the wrong man and is trying to compensate by planning a lavish wedding. Fiercely independent Maura is so determined not to make Amy’s mistake that she tries to ignore the attractions of Jaime de Salinas, the half Spanish hotelier in charge of her sister’s reception.
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