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About June Davies
June Davies was born in an old house overlooking the Lancashire coastline, and the seashore finds its way into many of her stories.
Sometimes, as in The Family at Clockmakers Cottage, the sea is a powerful force driving the inhabitants of 19th Century Monks Quay, while in other tales like In Destiny's Wake, it has a gentler presence, yet still influences the characters and their lives.
History has intrigued her since schooldays, and when as a mature student she read History at University of Liverpool, she says it was like being given a passport to travel through time!
June Davies writes historical romantic and family suspense, serials, short stories and stories for children --- She still lives within walking distance of the seashore . . .
Titles By June Davies
It’s been a long, harsh winter in the prosperous market town of Barrowby, where Keziah Sephton is busier than ever. As well as caring for three generations of her family in their tall, narrow home behind the apothecary, Keziah is coping alone with the responsibilities of running the apothecary while her father is tending fever victims at the local almshouse. She has neither thought nor time for romance.
Meanwhile, hardworking George Cunliffe has loved Keziah since they were youngsters. He’s torn between admiring Keziah’s selfless devotion to her family and impatience for them to spend more time together. When gallant Benedict Clay arrives at the apothecary claiming to be blood-kin, George is immediately suspicious of the soft-spoken Southern gentleman’s motives – and intensely jealous of his attentiveness towards Keziah.
However, the American is warmly welcomed by the Sephtons, gradually drawn into the very heart of the family – and into Keziah’s heart, also. But after her grandmother’s precious Book of Hours disappears, Keziah is tormented by treacherous doubts. Confronted by the dreadful consequences of greed and bitter resentment, Keziah is swiftly enmeshed in a shocking spiral of deception, betrayal, ruthless ambition – and cold-blooded murder.
June Davies was born in an old house overlooking the Lancashire coastline, and the seashore finds its way into many of her stories. Sometimes, as in The Dog Star, the sea is a powerful force driving the inhabitants of 19th Century Monks Quay, while in other tales like The Family by the Shore, it has a gentler presence, yet still influences the characters and their lives. History has intrigued her since schooldays, and when as a mature student she read History at University of Liverpool, she says it was like being given a passport to travel through time! June Davies writes historical romantic suspense and family sagas, short stories and serials, and stories for children – She still lives within walking distance of the seashore.
Unexpectedly, Brian follows Ellen. Surprised and overjoyed, she takes him to meet her mother and sister –-
But from the moment Ellen’s vivacious younger sister appears in the room, Brian isn’t able to take his eyes from Jeanette . . .
During a bitterly cold, stormy Winter’s night, Meirian Penlan travels by stagecoach across country to take up a mysterious post at Blackthorn Manor. Wild and remote, Blackthorn lies amongst the great meres of Lancashire, surrounded by long-held superstitions, tales of witchcraft and uncanny occurrences.
When Merian’s coach is stranded at a disreputable tavern, it is Captain James Caunce, the young Squire, who comes to her rescue. Together, they embark upon a hazardous journey through the dark night before reaching their destination; the ancient, timber-framed manor-house of Blackthorn, standing on high ground overlooking the deep and treacherous Swallowhole Mere, a lonely place where eerie legends abound.
Unwittingly, Meirian is drawn into a web of scandal, deception, blackmail and tragedy. Stumbling upon a bundle of old love letters and a terrible secret, Meirian risks her own life not only to set right a dreadful wrong – but to unravel the mysterious disappearance of the precious amethyst necklace . . .
An Air Mail letter and wallet of photographs from Hong Kong bring unexpected -and startling - news for Laura Robbins and her younger brother and sister at Spryglass; the tall old house facing the seashore on the wild Lancashire coast.
Since their mother died when Laura was fifteen, she has cared for James and little Becky at Spryglass while their father, Ken, was away at sea with the Merchant Navy. The children all miss him a great deal, however with Gran and Grandad Jessup living just a short distance away in the village and Laura's blossoming romance with David Hale, together with her interesting part-time job at Monk's Inn in Sandford village, Laura is happy and content with life exactly as it is.
David Hale is a Cornishman by birth, driven from his home and family after discovering a mesh of deception and betrayal. A newcomer to Sandford, he's working hard and struggling to establish a market garden for organically grown fruit and vegetables on the long-neglected patch of land surrounding his home at tumbledown Riverside Mill, an 18th century flour mill that's stood derelict since the 1930s.
Laura, James and Becky are overjoyed when Ken plans to come ashore for good and begin a new career teaching engineering at a college in Preston, However, when Ken reveals on his last voyage from Hong Kong, he will be accompanied by a new wife, Laura is shocked. How could Dad do such a thing to his family? Bringing a total stranger home to Spryglass! A woman his children have never met, and know nothing about.
Laura is astounded at how easily everyone else accepts the news. Even Gran and Grandad - Nancy and Dan Jessup - warmly welcome the new bride and get along famously with this fashionable, successful career woman with whom Laura has nothing in common.Try as she might to befriend and get along with Alison, Laura cannot stifle increasing resentment and anger. After years of caring for her family and Spryglass, suddenly Laura feels she's no longer needed and an outsider in her own home.
The newly-weds' homecoming does indeed change everything forever. As well as immense happiness, the months ahead hold heartache, conflict and tragedy for the family at Spryglass, and for David Hale and Gran and Grandad Jessup, too.
David's relationship with Laura ends abruptly and painfully. His dreams and ambitions are suddenly in ruins, and David is compelled to confront the treachery of his turbulent past when old, long-buried secrets come back with vengeance to haunt him. Dan and Nancy Jessup need the strength and comfort of their family more than ever when the elderly couple face the gravest crisis of their whole lifetime together. And Laura . . Laura is lonely and unhappy.
Riven by doubts and regret, she buries herself in work to dull the aching loss of all that meant most to her. Quite unexpectedly, she finds consolation in the undemanding company of Shaun Pembridge, a widely-travelled and rather mysterious young man who shows up in Sandford and takes a room at Monk's Inn.
It is a friendship, however, which is to threaten Laura's whole future . . .
The tide was ebbing, the power of its great crashing waves spent as it receded, flat and grey and pin-cushioned with fine needles of November rain. A brigantine with furled sails bound for Liverpool was blurry on the distant horizon, almost like a ghost ship.
Almost like the Rhiannon, Catriona realised . ."
It is the morning of Catriona's wedding to her distant cousin, Julian Espley, Master of Pelham. Despairing, Catriona owns there is no one to blame for her plight but herself. Her own faithless heart has brought her to this day. And now, Morgan Chappel has been sighted down on the shore. If captured, Morgan will face the gallows for sure. Why has he returned to Friars Quay? To Pelham, where Catriona accused and betrayed him? Why? Why today, of all days?
Memories of the last occasion Catriona saw Morgan Chappel well before her eyes. Other memories crowd swiftly in upon her; her home in the Scottish Highlands; the beloved sweetheart she'd left so far behind. We slip back with her to sharply vivid recollections of another day, almost three years agom when Catriona discovered she was to visit Pelham . . .