Frances Paige was born in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, but has lived near the Lake District, in the North West England for many years. She paints and writes, and has completed over fourty novels. She is also known under the pseudonyms Jane Wallace and Jay Allerton. In 1975, her novel "Vote for a Silk Gown" won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association. She went on to write many more novels as well as a Scottish saga which, it has been said, redefined the sub-genre and made her a model for budding authors everywhere.

Book List in Order:26 titles

  • A charming story of self-discovery. When Kate Armitage is made redundant, she spends her nest egg on the country cottage of her dreams, where she embarks on a new life, planning to write a novel. Despite the interventions of her new neighbours, Ka...


  • A delightful evocation of rural France writer Martin Woodbridge and his wife Merle are captivated by the Dordogne village of Bernay in 1966, even though the friendly hotel manager's relationship with his wife seems to show some disturbing undercurren...


  • Glasgow, Scotland. 1939. On the eve of war, Mirrin Stewart, a newly qualified young teacher, is too absorbed in her own troubles to pay much attention to world affairs. Having lost her mother to cancer at a tender age, she must now face up to the fac...


  • After thirty years of marriage, Beth Crome starts to wonder whether she is married to the right man. She and Sam have been happy enough together, but life seems suddenly very empty. On a whim Beth jets off across the Atlantic to visit her children in...


  • A heartwarming story of life and love and coming home, ranging from Jane Mackie's hard childhood in Glasgow during the Second World War, and her escape from a forbidding mother, to a shared life with her childhood sweetheart in South West France. But...


  • When Nora Malone first sees the Manoir at Lapantelle, recently bequeathed to her, she is still recovering from the death of her adored father, Paddy. A successful racehorse-trainer in Ireland, he had brought her up single-handedly since her French mo...


  • It is the summer of 1939 - the last, glorious summer before the war. In Craigton, a small Scottish seaside-resort, holiday-makers are enjoying a carefree season of tennis-parties, picnics and romance, untroubled by the clouds of war. Lisa Cowan is...


  • Glasgow, 1928. As the Depression takes hold, a young woman embarks upon life. Jess Crichton is the bright one of the family, a sensible, conscientious girl whose self-inflicted failure at school makes her all the more determined to make something of ...


  • Whilst enjoying her first holiday in France, Caroline Musset is flattered when Bud King, the attractive young American tourist who has been showing a great deal of interest in her, invites her for a drive into the Dordogne countryside. When his car b...






  • The story of Sarah, a young woman quietly rebelling against the stifling respectability of 1920s Glasgow, caught in between middle-class aspirations and the need to earn her own living, her longings for romance and a family, and the prohibitions soci...


  • A powerful story of heartache, friendship... and trust. For three years, Miranda and Ben Stanstead lived an idyllic, sunshine existence in the south of France along with close friends Chloe and Rick Gillam. Then, in a freak accident Ben is killed,...


  • 1853, and into the happy and affluent Winter family comes handsome and mysterious Conway Graham.Conway is in love with Mia, the eldest daughter of Joseph and Marie-Helene Winter. She reciprocates his love, but recognises in his unhappy sister, Sarah,...


  • Anna Laidlaw, nee Mackintosh, artist and survivor of family storms and emotional upheaval, feels she can relax at last. Her two children finally seem to be happy and set on course for independent lives. And she hopes that in their chosen partners the...


  • A obsessional love, set in a small village in South-west France during a hot summer. Simone San Cerre leaves home to work at the Hotel Delouche and soon finds herself falling in love with the owner's son Francois. For a time life is wonderful until t...


  • At 20, the trustworthy, dependable Anne was personal secretary to the up-and-coming businessman, Alex Garnett, and accepted his offer of marriage. It was only after her son James was born that she wondered if she ever really loved his father....


  • Glasgow in 1968 is a very different city from the place where Anna, Jean and Nancy Mackintosh studied at the illustrious Art School. And for Van, Anna's much-loved but unconventional daughter, life as the unmarried mother of a black child brings its ...


  • Three sisters face the joys and trials of marriage and children in the fast changing world of the 1950s and 1960s. Anna's marriage to the talented Ritchie Laidlaw seems doomed and she has to face the reality of her own approaching middle-age....


  • The tender story of talented sisters and their passion--for art and for life... A family saga, which chronicles the lives and loves of the talented Mackintosh sisters in Glasgow in the years leading up to World War II. The three sisters study at t...


  • This is the concluding volume of the McGrath saga. Ginny McGrath has come from the US to run her aunt Lizzie's hotel in the former Sholton Hall. World War I is over and the roaring 1920s are in full swing, but Ginny finds that there is not enough ...


  • The stunning saga of the McGraths in love - and war... More than sixty years have passed since young Maeve Muldoon eloped from Ireland with her father's groom, Kieran McGrath, to start a new life in the Scottish mining village of Sholton. Their ch...


  • In this third volume of the McGrath saga, the younger generation spread their wings in the dawning freedom of the new twentieth century. Rich in passion, drama and atmosphere, its characters as real as the rolling countryside they inhabit, The Dis...


  • When the Boer War began, the McGrath family already had troubles enough of their own, Terence's marriage to prim Catherine was drawing to a tragic close, whilst Patrick and Maria suffered the sadness of a frail, mentally handicapped child--and young ...


  • The story of the McGraths to the beginning of the twentieth century and the dark clouds of the Boer War in South Africa....


  • A desperate search for a terrified woman haunted by a sinister past....


  • As the student quarter of Paris vibrated to the onset of the 1968 riots, three girls, attending a language school nearby, knew they would never forget their time together. Tricia - child of a strict English Catholic upbringing, beautiful and intel...


  • Original title: "The Glass Wall" as Jane Wallace. Julia's delicate beauty makes an immediate appeal to Lawrence Paton, a director in her father's firm, but he's not aware until after their marriage that she's in the early stages of a mental illnes...