Rebecca lives near Britain's smallest city, St Davids, in the far west of Wales with her rescue dog, rescue husband and twenty very sheepish sheep. Surrounded by stunning coastal and moorland scenery, she also loves to paint. She inherited her love of stories from her grandfather, who told stories with his hands: stories with colourful characters and unexpected endings. Her fascination with what makes people who they are, and the belief that life is many shades of grey, informs her writing.
Her first novel, The Silence of the Stones, set in mystical West Wales, is woven around injustice, perjury and revenge and delves into the damaged psyche. It gained a Readers' Favourite 5-star review.
Her second novel, Touching the Wire, a story of the women of the holocaust, was awarded 'Best Historical Thriller of 2015' by Christoph Fischer, a respected histfic author, and was also awarded a Readers' Favourite 5-star review.
Her third novel, Where Hope Dares, is a chilling story of the fight of good over evil, courage and unbreakable love, and is set in a future our present is unerringly shaping. It was voted into the 'Read Freely Top 50 Indie Books of 2015' and also gained a Readers' Favourite 5-star review.
A fourth novel, On Different Shores, Part One of 'For Their Country's Good' is set in the 1840s and is inspired by the true story of the 'black sheep' of her family and the lives of convicts transported to Van Diemen's Land.
Part Two, Beneath Strange Stars
Part Three, On Common Ground
READERS FAVORITE 5-STAR REVIEW
On Different Shores (For Their Country’s Good Book 1) by Rebecca Bryn opens in a country rectory in Victorian England, where Ella has been sent after being caught sharing a kiss with her employer’s son. Whilst Reverend Buchanan seeks a suitable husband for his dowerless protégé, Ella falls in love with Jem, a poor poacher. Pregnant with Jem’s child, she flees her loveless marriage to farmer’s son, Harry, and becomes Jem’s common-law wife. Jem is found guilty of the manslaughter of a gamekeeper. Lucky to escape hanging, he is transported to Van Diemen’s Land for life. Ella refuses to forget him, determined that their child shall know its father. Can Ella raise the money to follow her lover? Will Jem survive the perilous sea journey, manacled in chains?
On Different Shores is a powerful, character-driven, story of a young couple and their ill-fated love. Rebecca Bryn has gone a step further than any “Romeo and Juliet” tale by setting it in Victorian times. Women had no rights whatever, but Ella defies convention, earning money any way she can, and giving birth to Jem’s son, resolute in her intention to escape Harry. Will she be defeated by Harry’s single-minded passion to father a son of his own? If she escapes, can she endure crossing the globe with a toddler? Ella will move readers to tears, and to fury; she lives. All Ms Bryn’s characters, the good, the bad, and the ugly, live. On Different Shores is a brilliant historical novel that takes the reader wherever Ella and Jem lead. - Readers' Favorite 5-star review.
A Native American Indian proverb reads, 'Don't judge a man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.' Rebecca has based her life on this tenet: it is certainly core to her writing. 'We may not condone what a person does, but sometimes we can understand and maybe come to forgive.'
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Do read some of Rebecca's reviews. 'I've been blown away and humbled by the comments my reviewers have made, so thank you all for your fabulous words: they mean so much.' - Rebecca Bryn
THE SILENCE OF THE STONES
Two-year-old Saffy is the child of rape Alana can't love. Tony is the ex-lover Alana walked out on. Nerys was imprisoned for 30 years for a crime of child-murder and released into a world for which she's ill-fitted. Rhiannon vows revenge on the twelve who perjured themselves to put Nerys away. Greg is a busker, adopted and searching for his birth-mother, and Maddy is an investigative journalist with her own agenda. Mix these together, stir in abduction, murder, arson, betrayal and love, and the explosion was always going to be catastrophic. Also available now at http://mybook.to/SilenceoftheStones
TOUCHING THE WIRE
In a Nazi death-camp in Poland, Chuck (aka Walt) and Miriam, young medics, struggle to save lives while both facing death daily as they join the camp resistance - sabotage means execution. At liberation, Chuck steals evidence and makes a promise to Miriam. Hope turns to despair as they are separated.
Will he find her again, will he keep his promise, will the secrets he fears he will take to his grave ever be told to the world? Only his granddaughter, Charlotte can uncover the truth now and keep her grandfather's promise. Also available now at www.amazon.com/-/e/B00MX5TRPY or http://mybook.to/TouchingtheWire
WHERE HOPE DARES
If it can be imagined, it can be achieved: man will go where hope dares. Abe has a secret agenda decreed by a long-dead pope. When Kiya, a young healer under his protection, is kidnapped to fulfil an ancient prophecy, he and Raphel, Kiya's storyteller husband, set out on a 1000-mile journey to rescue her with only hope and a headful of stories to aid them. Help comes form where it is least expected, but who can they trust? Friend or foe? Available now at http://getbook.at/WhereHopeDares
ON DIFFERENT SHORES
Found guilty of killing Lord Northampton's gamekeeper, a young poacher is transported to Van Diemen's Land, for life, leaving behind the common-law wife he loves. Pregnant and penniless, she faces the appalling lack of rights for women in Victorian England. While he suffers disease and the deprivations of a brutal life in chains, she is determined her child will know its father, so embarks on a dangerous endeavour to follow her lover across the globe. Will the cost prove too high, for her and all those she loves?
Reader Favourite 5-star editorial review.
'Rebecca Bryn’s Where Hope Dares is an optimistic dystopian story of courage, hope and unbreakable love. Set five millennia in the future, in a time of war and political turmoil believed by some to herald the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, Kiya, a naïve village healer, is kidnapped to fulfil an ancient prophecy and marched over the High Atlas Mountains to the stronghold of Velik, a power-crazed high priest. Raphel, her storyteller husband, is determined to bring her home. He looks to his old friend, Abe, for help, but can he trust him? Abe is a member of a secret brotherhood and has his own agenda concerning the Son of God. The unlikely and only alternative source of assistance is Alaric, the vicious murderer who raped and abducted his wife.
Where Hope Dares demonstrates that Rebecca Bryn is a writer of considerable talent. Every character, important or minor, is well-drawn and believable: no mean feat when gentle Raphel must dig deep for courage and egotistical Alaric is challenged to change the beliefs of a lifetime. The reader is gripped from the moment Abe, presented as a poor peddler, comes across a brutal parody of Christ’s crucifixion. His words, “My God, why? Strike me! The fault is mine not theirs,” echo Christ’s own words, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” with a clarity that jumps from the page. Feelings are only part of the attraction of this book. It is jam-packed with action, from wild horseback gallops to a ship in grave danger when it is fog-bound at sea. For readers interested in the ecological scenario against which Where Hope Dares is set, there is an excellent Afterword by Philip Stephen Knight BSc.'
Short stories: Rebecca is honoured to have had a short story, Ooh, Air Margrit, accepted for a charity anthology of very talented Indie authors. The anthology is called You're Not Alone and is the brainchild of Ian D Moore. He wanted to do something to help the wonderful Macmillan cancer nurses who supported a friend during her illness. The theme of the anthology is relationships, and some of the stories are funny, some moving and some thought-provoking. All are brilliant.
The anthology is available to pre-order at http://smarturl.it/YoureNotAloneAnth
All royalties go to the Pamela Winton Fund to support Macmillan cancer nurses; order it now and support this great cause. Another anthology for the same cause, with the theme 'freedom' is planned for 2017.
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Another short story,' The Moral of this Story is...' can also be read free at http://readersgazette.com/promote/stories/39