Book List in Order: 19 titles

  • A historical novel about a world where a mother struggles to cope with the constrictions of her faith and the expectations of society, set against her own emotions and longings. Devout Catholic widow Katharine Machyn faces a hard life in the County D...



  • The scent of an old rose, lingering after the flowers have gone-is this a last trace of the long-dead occupants of Holywell, new home for Juliet and Leo Marston?Devastated by the death of their only son, Juliet and Leo have left behind their London h...


  • Set in the corrupt world of Restoration London, this is a story of Olivia Paris, a woman whose father was a friend of Oliver Cromwell. It seems as if no escape is possible until the Great Fire provides a solution to her predicament....


  • Charged with high treason Philip Blount is sent to the Tower of London, leaving behind his beautiful fiancee Honoria Somervill. The king's favourite courtier, Gavin Hamilton offers her Philip's life in return for her honour. On her rejection he vows ...


  • Cooped up with her placid sister-in-law and children while her brother is away fighting for Cromwell's cause, Mistress Richenda Farrell is secretly pleased when news comes that enemy Royalist forces are approaching Black Castle. Isolated and seemingl...


  • Home from the battlefields of Flanders to claim his inheritance, a young Catholic nobleman, Ludovick Milburn, finds an England on the brink of Civil War. the last uneasy days of peace, awash with rumour and apprehension,serve merely to deepen the est...


  • A novel set in the late-19th century, by the author of "A Kind of Paradise". Amelia, daughter of a canon of Durham Cathedral, marries the new curate of a prosperous, untroubled parish, but the tough and independent lead miners bitterly resent the lan...


  • The Industrial Revolution brings dramatic change to a quiet Yorkshire community and to the life of Hannah Burton, a young Quaker woman, who finds herself torn between two men, worldly Robert Gayle and his gentle younger brother, Samuel...






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    Reviews of print edition: 'Helen Cannam has created a wonderful set of characters set in the best and worst of times.' Sharon Griffiths, Northern Echo July 1993'Helen Cannam writes in an engaging way...making good use of a turbulent era in history wi...


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    When country doctor's daughter Diana Poultney becomes pregnant by haulier's son Bradley Armstrong, she marries him against the wishes of her parents, who feels she has ruined her life. Cut off by her family and friends, a defiant Diana devotes hersel...


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    Which should come first; the wife, the mother - or the minister? After the long struggle for women's ordination, Rosalind Maclaren, wife and mother of two, is appointed minister of St Cuthbert's. As Rosalind quickly becomes absorbed in her new life, ...


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    Deborah Halsey, brought up by her coldly Puritan aunt and uncle and tolerated only because of her inheritance, has never known affection. She has learnt to be subordinate - even to the extent of accepting an offer of marriage from the elderly and unp...


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    On the eve of her ordination as rector of a small country parish in the Durham dales, Reverend Rosalind Maclaren - introduced to readers in First Parish - is looking forward to her new role, very different from that of a minister in a deprived urban ...


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    World War II is now over and Diana Poultney, having helped to run her father-in-law's haulage business while her husband was fighting, has to return to ""a woman's place"" in the home. But in the midst of domestic squabbles, the haulage business is u...


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    Jan has been married for thirty years, and her youngest child has just left home. Her husband Keith has been unusually silent and moody recently, and Jan is suffering from empty-next syndrome. So an opportunity to revisit the past in the form of a un...


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    Miranda Vernon hates Gabriel Everard with every fibre of her being. At his command, her husband Robin was brutally killed during the Civil War, leaving Miranda a widow after just two months of marriage. So when Cromwell's spy-master John Thurloe a...


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    Review: 'A fascinating and enjoyable chronicle of life in the 19th century coalfield.' Newcastle Journal 1992County Durham, 1832. Driven from Weardale by poverty and idealism, ignoring the warnings of his brother-in-law Rowland, young lead miner Tomm...