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Isabelle’s Story

Isabelle Linden’s parents want her to wed a suitable man. The man they have in mind, Isaac Witherspoon, a curate in a nearby parish, is eager to marry. He lusts after Isabelle.

Isabelle has a mind of her own and flaunts society’s rules to meet secretly with Sir Harry Manderlin. The lovers vow to remain true to each other while Harry is on an extended business trip to America. He will speak to her father on his return and ask for her hand.

Isabelle discovers she is pregnant, and Harry apparently ignores her letters pleading with him to marry her. Her father orders her out of the house. Abandoned, alone and penniless, she pens a farewell note to her mother and on a dark, rainy October morning, she makes her way into the hills above Llandrindod Wells.

Isabelle’s Diary

Blush sensuality level: This is a suggestive romance (love scenes are not graphic).

On a sunny June morning in Llandrindod Wells, Sally Carter stops for coffee at the Celtic Café. She notices a beautiful young woman dressed in somber Victorian black sitting at a window table, weeping over the pages of a diary. When the girl disappears without a trace and the waitress insists the table had been vacant all morning, Sally is compelled to discover the girl’s identity.

Unraveling the mystery leads Sally on a wild goose chase with the assistance of Dr. Dan Conway, a handsome Welsh history professor, but it’s not until she returns home to Toronto that the final pieces of the puzzle fall into place.

Even then the question lingers. Why was Sally the only person to see the girl?

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Ring Around The Moon

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JUST RELEASED in paperback! (Jan. 2012)

Available from Amazon.com or Amazon.ca as well as Ellora’s Cave.

“Ring Around the Moon” is now available in both e-book and paperback formats.

It wasn’t supposed to happen like this. Not to her. Not to sensible Beth Ormond. She’d rented Quest Cottage in Cornwall to get away from the hassles back home in the States, and to think through her future as a single Mom.

Tired after driving from Heathrow airport, she got out of the car. A full moon glowed in the night sky. She hurried up to the cottage but stopped in her tracks as a man emerged from a nearby stand of trees and called out to her.

Alan Tremaine had traveled from the past to the present time with a story so bizarre Beth couldn’t get her mind around it, unless she disregarded her scientific training and believed in time travel.

Could she? Did she want to?

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Too Young to Die

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For the first time since she graduated from college, Ellie Paxton is unemployed and broke. She accepts the position of “nanny with computer skills” to care for a three-month-old baby boy and agrees to live in her employer’s mansion located deep in the Cascade Mountains north of Seattle.

Dying young isn’t on Ellie’s personal time line and her contract doesn’t call for heroics on a grand scale, but when the mansion is invaded by armed gunmen threatening to kill her and the baby if she doesn’t reveal the passwords protecting her employer’s files, she has to choose. Cooperate. Abandon the baby and escape. Or take him with her.

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Isabelle’s Story

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Prequel to Isabelle’s Diary

Isabelle Linden’s parents insist she wed a suitable man. The man they have in mind, Isaac Witherspoon, a curate in a nearby parish is eager to marry. He lusts after Isabelle.

She has a mind of her own and flaunts society’s rules to meet secretly with Sir Harry Manderlin. The lovers vow to remain true to each other while Harry is on an extended business trip to America. He will speak to her father on his return and ask for her hand.

Isabelle discovers she is pregnant. Harry apparently ignores her letters as she pleads for him to marry her. Her father orders her out of the house. Abandoned, alone and penniless, she pens a farewell note to her mother and on a dark, rainy October morning she makes her way into the hills above Llandrindod Wells.

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Isabelle’s Diary

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Llandrindod Well, Wales

Can a ghost appear in broad daylight? Can she sit in a café weeping over the pages of a diary? Who is the beautiful young woman dressed in somber Victorian black whose tearful presence disrupts Sally Carter’s orderly life?

Puzzled over the mysterious disappearance of the stranger Sally is compelled to discover her identity. She visits the town museum where a photograph of nineteen year old Isabelle Linden dating back one hundred years adds to the mystery. Isabelle is the image of the girl weeping in the café.
In her search to identify the stranger Sally is assisted by handsome Welsh historian, Dan Conway. During their search of parish records Sally is shocked to come across long buried family secrets.

But questions remain unanswered. Who was the girl in the café? Why was Sally the only person to see her?

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A Very Difficult Man

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Blush: This is a suggestive romance (loves scenes are not graphic)

Catherine Thurston accepts the position as a paid companion to a young person injured in a riding accident. She has never had to earn her living but her father’s untimely death and her mother’s spendthrift ways have forced her to seek employment. Engaged by Lady Glenmore and paid three months wages in advance, Catherine assumed her charge would be a young lady like herself and is shocked to learn her charge is Lady Glenmore’s son, Richard, Lord Glenmore, who was badly injured during the Crimean War.

Richard does not want a companion, male or female, and determines to get rid of Catherine. Unable to repay her wages, she has to cope with this very difficult man who lives like a hermit in darkened rooms.

Catherine’s fiery outburst that he was wasting his life shakes Richard from his self-imposed exile. She’d tolerated his ill humor and bad manners until she’d cracked the shell around his heart but he couldn’t love her. He was betrothed to another.

Note: This book was previously published elsewhere as Lady Companion in 2000.

War wounds. And often the wounds are internal as well as visible. Alas, war never seems to go away, so a story of struggle, understanding and the triumph of healing love has eternal impact.
Do read Anita Birt’s touching story, A Very Difficult Man.
Jo Beverley
Best selling Author

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The House at Bridal Veil

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The House at Bridal Veil
is the real life account of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist who rescued the house from a slow death and brought it back to life. This book is dedicated to the people who built the house and all who came after. The story of their lives echoes in the lives of us all.

Bridal Veil is a community in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon where an extraordinary estate (designed by architect Morris H. Whitehouse) sat in sore neglect in 1975, when it was purchased by energetic members of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist for a communal residence and Life Education Center.

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