Donna Thomson was born in Gosport, near Portsmouth Harbour, England, UK. Growing up during the terrifying years of the Blitz in a two-up, two-down terraced house, the youngest of four, she aspired to be a writer from an early age. As a young woman she worked in the Civil Service and moved to Devon to be near her sailor husband. They had a son and a daughter. When the marriage ended, she and her two children moved to the Midlands, where she happily married again to her second husband. After living in the Lake District for twelve years, she finally moved back to Devon, and now lives in a village on the edge of Dartmoor. She lost her son Philip in 2008, and has two grandchildren. A keen walker and animal-lover, she now has a dog and three ginger cats to keep her busy, along with a wide range of hobbies she enjoys.

She started signing her romance novels as Donna Baker and Nicola West, now she also writes as Lilian Harry (inspired by the first names of her grandparents). Among her works are historical novels, romances and even two books giving advice on how to write short stories and novels.

Book List in Order: 20 titles


  • A heart-warming tale set in the 1860s. While her mother, Dilys, is trapped in a violent marriage, Megan travels to London to seek her grandmother's help. The city overwhelms her at first, but there are plenty of friendly faces willing to help - inclu...



  • Felicity Grant is Managing Director of Grant Holdings, and with Stallymore Castle as her headquarters and home, she's used to being sure of every decision she makes. She commissions Jake Ashton to paint a portrait of the Board, but for no reason she ...



  • Vary Carmichael arrives at her cousin Jeff's holiday home in Brittany for what she hopes will be a relaxing week en route to Spain and Italy. But she isn't prepared for the formidable presence of stern, forceful Thorne, who also appears to be staying...



  • Rachel Grant is thrilled to be appointed Assistant Designer at the prestigious firm of Quentin Motors. Talented and ambitious, she has fought hard to succeed in what is still so much a man's world, and this is her chance to be involved in design engi...



  • A historical romance set in London in the 1860s. Megan desperately needs to trace her grandmother, as the lives of her family in Wales depend on her. Her only hope is that Tom can help, however she and Tom have had a big quarrel. But now she needs hi...



  • While trying to prove herself as a jockey to her family, Melanie Patterson gets entangled in a series of suspicious attempts to thwart her plans while discovering a surprising secret from Ross Pengelly, her close friend....





  • When Alix Berringer is jilted almost at the altar by the man she loves, she makes a journey to New Zealand to visit her grandfather and try to forget.But the story of a love that blossomed fifty years ago on the island of Crete brings her back, to tr...



  • Life is idyllic for designers Rosalind and James Camarthey, living in the smart London flat they designed together to showcase their talents. Then Rosalind turns down a job to stay with James, and things begin to go badly wrong. Her fairytale marriag...







  • The death of her beloved brother Haddon in 1885 changes Rowenna Mellor's life. A saga set in the Lake District and North America....



  • First, there is Louisa - the daughter of a wealthy ironmaster, her life is changed forever when her father remarries. For Susannah and her two daughters resent Louisa, not least for her budding beauty and hoydenish ways. Then there is Rupert - barel...



  • From humble beginnings as a weaver's brat and scullerymaid, Becky Himley has become Rebecca Pagnel, respectable middleclass wife of a Kiddermaster carpet manufacturer. But now, at a tragically early age, her beloved husband Francis is dead and Rebecc...



  • When the truth of Francis Pagnel's illegitimate birth was revealed, Jeremiah's wife Isabella had forbidden him ever to enter her house again, for she would brook no rival for her own son's inheritance of the Pagnel carpet weaving business. So Francis...




  • Timothy Henzel has inherited his grandmother Christinas love of glass and his fathers delicate talent as an engraver and he dreams of creating new and innovative glass. His twin sister Cordelia dreams of studying at Girton College. But when their fat...



  • The people of Stourbridge have long since grown accustomed to the ways of Christina Compson, the beautiful woman who has been so successful in her running of Henzels glassworks. But the mistakes of her past life come to overshadow the lives of Christ...



  • Christina Henzel loves the glass her family has been making in Stourbridge, England, for generations, and when her father dies, she is determined to run the business herself. But the year is 1844 and she faces fierce opposition from her family and fr...



  • Tessa took a job as nanny to Stephen Peverell's young half-brother in a partly ruined Norman castle on the Welsh coast. At first all goes well, then Gwenda takes a hand in Tessa's affairs and her new-found happiness threatens to collapse around her....



  • To Saffron and Felix, the quiet countryside of the Welsh border promises to be the ideal setting for a new craft business. But there are still some folk who remain suspicious of 'London artists' and are ready with spiteful gossip to make life uncomfo...







  • Following her father's death, Tracy Pelham takes a holiday in the mountains of Slovenia. Although the journey is made easier by the friendly help of Nick Lester, Tracy is disturbed by the hostility of the brusque Scot, Iain Macalister. As her friends...


Complete Series List in Order

The Cumbrian Saga

1) Bid Time Return (Nov-1993)
2) An Endless Song (Dec-1994)

The Glassmakers Saga

1) Crystal (Jan-1988)
2) Black Cameo (Dec-1988)
3) Chalice (Jun-1989)

The Weavers Saga

1) The Weaver's Daughter (Jun-1990)
2) The Weaver's Dream (Aug-1991)
3) The Weaver's Glory (Aug-1992)