Alana Bolton Cooke
Born and educated in New Zealand. Have lived in Auckland and Christchurch. Studied ballet, music and singing off Dame Sister Mary Leo. Appeared in Canterbuy Opera productions of La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, La Traviata, The Masked Ball and amateur productions of Carousel and The Sound of Music. Registered Nurse, by profession, worked in London, England. Married busy and successful Pharmacist. Two adult children. Went to university as mature student studied music, English, history, Russian literature and art history. Majored in English literature gaining BA Hons. and MA in English Literature and Master of Creative Writing. Interests include history, literature, family history, music, opera, ballet, art and travel.
Sword and the Sun
by Alana Bolton Cooke
England,1702,Queen Anne is on the throne and the country is on the brink of the War of the Spanish Succession against its powerful enemy France. Richard Molesworth,(ancestor of Princess Diana) eager to find glory on the battlefield, runs away to join the English army in Holland led by the charismatic John Churchill, later First Duke of Marlborough. Richard finds, not glory but himself.
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