Jean was born on 30 October 1929 in England, UK. On 24 March 1951, she married with Lionel Alan Chapman, they had 1 son and 2 daughters. She lives in a small village in Leicestershire, England.

Jean began her writing career as a freelance journalist before going on to write fiction. She is the writer of some romance novels and many short stories. Her debut novel "The Unreasoning Earth" and "The Red Pavilion" were both shortlisted for the Parker Pen Romantic Novel of the Year Award, she also was nomined to the RNA Major Award. In 1989, she obtained a BA at Open University. She was elected the twenty Chairman (2001-2003) of the Romantic Novelists Association and she is the three-time President of the Leicester Writer's Club. She is a lecturer in creative writing. She has taught and lectured and spoken widely on creative writing and tutored on-line for Nottingham Trent University. She has acted as a reviewer and appraiser for East Midlands Arts and Readers' Digest.

Book List in Order: 22 titles

  • Invited by the oldest customer of his rural Lincolnshire pub to a local Horse Trial event, Ex-Met Inspector John Cannon suspects there is an ulterior motive. There is, the first of many with more deadly outcomes as Cannon finds himself plunged into t...


  • Aurora Patrick could take health and life. Ever since birth she had been toxic to those around her, which made her isolated from the world and yearning to be like everyone else. or 12 years this was her existence, removed from others and life outside...


  • Game Over Former Metropolitan Police inspector John Cannon is always promising his partner, Liz, a holiday. But their hectic life running a busy Lincolnshire pub means they can never find the time. When someone is murdered after a particularly ra...


  • When Jim Maddern—well-respected police sergeant and pillar of the local community—begins to act completely out of character, ex-Met officer John Cannon is concerned. As Cannon tries to find out what has got Maddern so spooked, he discovers that d...


  • Ex-Met officer John Cannon is entangled in trouble from the moment he vaults a stile on an early morning run and becomes ensnarled in a discarded fishing-line. The macabre discovery at the far end of this line leads John into a search for a missing a...


  • A young woman in expensive clothes is found unconscious, wet and half frozen by a local pub goer in the fenlands of coastal Lincolnshire. John Cannon and Liz Makepeace, former Scotland Yard detectives turned proprietors of The Eel Trap, give the stra...


  • Set in 1960s and '70s. Now married to her childhood sweetheart, Ian Sinclair, Bess Bennett is blissfully happy - but for the rivalry between her two beloved sons. Dickie, the elder, is the son of Bess's first husband, Greville Philipps, local landown...


  • A polgnant and sensitive novel of family relationships, set in a traditional English farming community immediately after WWII. Bess Bennett is just ten years old when she first meets Ian Sinclair at the annual Harvest Home supper. The Sinclair fam...


  • The Maclaren family may show a united face to the world, but their private lives are very different. For years, Queenie and her daughter Laura have had to protect each other from Jock Maclaren's violent temper. With the advent of World War II and the...






  • When Stella hears that a close friend is seriously ill in France, she doesn't hesitate to go and visit, despite rumours of Hitler's impending invasion. Events overtake her and she finds herself stranded in Occupied France, doubly at risk as an Englis...


  • Violet Tulley and her best friend Audrey have a whirlwind wartime social life until Violet's father insists they move somewhere safer away from the ravages of the Blitz. Usually it is Audre y who chases the men, but in Cornwall, Violet falls in love ...


  • Malaya, 1948. Liz Hammond and her mother Blanche are returning to the rubber plantation they were forced to abandon at the outbreak of war. Liz's father has arranged to meet them in Singapore, but he fails to do so and the two women have to make thei...



  • On VE Day, while the rest of the country celebrates, Ruth Smithson takes her first faltering steps towards independence. She tells her possessive and domineering mother Ivy that she intends to give up her job at the local garage and take a post as a ...


  • Elsie has always seen her own beauty as a drawback. But in the year of the General Strike, her father is crippled in an accident and Elsie is sent to live in the mining village of Coleford and, for the first time, her looks work to her advantage....


  • A romance set in the Midlands in the 19th century. Leah is forced to take on her pedlar grandfather's tally round to save her family from starvation. She makes a disastrous trip as peddler of the surplus knitted garments from the family's stockinger'...


  • A romance set in the Midlands in the 19th century. Leah is forced to take on her pedlar grandfather's tally round to save her family from starvation. She makes a disastrous trip as peddler of the surplus knitted garments from the family's stockinger'...


  • A novel set against the background of Edwardian London and rise of the suffragette movement, which charts the course of an unlikely love affair. When Claire de Havalin meets Adam Marshall the first step of a bridge is laid. A bridge that must cros...


  • A novel of love and conflict in rural England....






  • Eleanor learned the reality of life at an early age. From her father she learned about cruelty and hatred; from the world she learned about poverty and war... But from her mother she learned about hope and courage......



  • Out of the grief of war, a new life - and love. Julie anxiously awaited the train bringing her beloved Tom back from the Western Front. She knew she would have to win back his health - and his love - for the horror of combat had changed him immeas...