Marina Oliver was born in 1934. She graduated from Keele University in Politics and Economics. Married with Chris, they had four grown-up children: Jackie, Debbie, Cindy and Simon, and seven grandchildren. She now splits her time between an old manor house built in 1720, which at one time belonged to Princess Diana's Spencer family in the rural Shropshire and her beloved Madeira.

Published since 1974, Marina Oliver has wrote more than fifty novels under her name and her pseudonyms; Sally James, Donna Hunt, Bridget Thorn, Vesta Hathaway, Livvy West and Laura Hart, plus half a dozen non-fiction books. She was elected the sixteenth Chairman (1992-1993) of the Romantic Novelists' Association, edited its Newsletter for 3 years, and now has been elected a Vice-President and runs the R.N.A. New Writer's Scheme. She reads for and judges short story competitions, reviews historical novels, and has done appraisals for (among others) a prestigious Regional Arts board.

Book List in Order:6 titles

  • When her parents die, Melanie comes to run their guesthouse and to try to win the Jubilee Prize for her father's garden. But her sister wants her to sell the property. Just before the opening, the garden is attacked by vandals. After the news is spla...


  • Linda Slater had recently enjoyed looking at stately homes with her new boyfriend, Pete, so she was horrified when she realized Pete was planning a robbery at The Old Grange. When Linda refused to help him, his accomplices tied her up and left her in...


  • Ros Farleigh travels to the beautiful island of Majorca to search for her brother tim, who has gone missing. When she books in at the hotel where Tim had been playing in a band, she meets Lorenzo, the hotel's handsome guitar player. Lorenzo takes car...


  • Fleur enjoys working at Chad's, a big London hospital, and hopes the rumours from her previous hospital will not follow her. Only a few people know how she was kissed by an attractive patient. Then she discovers he is surgeon Russell Delaney, the h...


  • Pippa, an American, wants to prove to her protective family that she can find and keep a job. She is reluctant to return to the States after a few months in England and do as they and her father's partner expect, marry the partner's son Frank. Defyin...


  • Nicola has just graduated in French, and takes a summer job in the New Forest as tutor/companion to the wealthy seventeen-year-old Sarah Frayn, before she starts a bi-lingual secretarial course. Unpredictable and volatile, Sarah rebels against the ha...