The Seaweed Gatherers
By Jessica Blair
It is 1802, and when her beloved father dies, Lucy Mitchell's curiosity is fired by his last words, "the de Northbys owe you". Who are the de Northbys and why do they "owe" the Mitchells? Her mother says he was too sick and confused to make sense but Lucy undertakes some investigations of her own.
A Second Spring
By Connie Monk
In the final months of 1945, victory ceases to be a distant dream and for Rhoda Harding and many others, a feeling of hope is in the air. Rhoda is hoping for a change. Married to Alec for more than twenty-five years, she now finds herself reluctant to settle into premature middle-age. Both her daughters lead busy, fulfilling lives, whilst Rhoda feels her days are filled with dull routine. Alec is a happy man, content with his family life and successful business. As far as he is concerned, his wife's place is in the home. Rhoda is at least able to find some solace in her new and unlikely friendship with young Jenny Matherson. Jenny has few friends, but when tragedy strikes the Mathersons, Rhoda finds she is not Jenny's only ally. Charming newcomer, the enigmatic Silas, is also on hand to offer support to both women. Encouraged by Silas, Rhoda jumps at the chance to take employment in the nearby village of Oakleigh. Alec is stunned and furious that his wife wants to work, but Rhoda is more than determined. After all, the prospect of work is not the only thing that keeps drawing her to Oakleigh every day. Silas is very often there too.
Secrets Of The Sea
By Jessica Blair
In the early days of the 19th Century Whitby is a thriving port. Both the Coulson and the Campion families make a living by the sea. Sam Coulson has three sons: Martin, Ben and Eric. He has grand plans for expanding his whaling business; and as Seaton Campion has no sons, a marriage between Martin and Campion's eldest daughter, Alicia, will aid the fortunes of both families. Ben Coulson, Sam's middle son, has turned his back on whaling to follow other pursuits. However Ben is secretly working hard, waiting for the time to show his father he is not the wastrel he thinks he is. Ruth Holmes also comes from a sea-faring family. Her father is the captain of one of Sam Coulson's whaling ships. Newly returned from France, she catches the eye of Ben Coulson and he is instantly smitten. But when Martin fails to return from his last voyage their fledging relationship is put under threat. For not only does Sam blame Ruth's father for Martin's death, he sees little reason why his business plans should be thwarted by family tragedy. If Martin cannot marry Alicia then it is Ben's duty to take his brother's place, regardless of where his own affections lie