Margaret McDonagh, 1961-2012
Much loved, Medical Romance author Margaret McDonagh, known by her friends as Mags, sadly died on Sunday March 11th 2012, aged 51.

Harlequin published her first book, The Italian Doctor’s Bride, in 2006 and she wrote 14 books in total for Medical Romance. Mags excelled at creating warm characters who populated her fictional Scottish town of Strathlochan. She also contributed to the popular Medical continuities Brides of Penhally Bay and St. Piran’s Hospital. Her stories were always emotional and uplifting and often tackled boundary breaking themes. Her many loyal fans, readers and editors alike, would say that reading a Margaret McDonagh book was like stepping into a real community and visiting with friends both old and new. Her final book, Brought Together by Baby, has just been published in the UK.

She had a true passion for writing, which shines through in the stories she created. Mags often said that her cast of characters were all clamouring to have their stories told and Mags being Mags was determined to give them all the happy ever afters they deserved.

Excerpt of tribute by Jo Grant...

Book List in Order: 28 titles

  • Who can resist St. Piran's deliciously sexy new Italian surgeon? Talented neurosurgeon Gio Corezzi's deliciously dark good looks turn the heads of every female at St. Piran's Hospital -- except quiet beauty Jessica Carmichael's. And Gio can't help...


  • Discovering he has a motherless newborn son, lone wolf Dr Gus Buchanan needs to reach out. Nurse Holly Tait thought she had a special bond with Gus - until he chose her pretty sister over her. But now he desperately needs her help ... Can th...


  • WELCOME BACK TO PENHALLY BAY! A gorgeous Italian and his motherless twins have so much love to give ... Single father Dr Luca d'Azzaro has changed his life to care for his precious twin girls. Sacrificing his shining medical career for a GP pos...


  • The French doctor's chosen bride It's the sexy French accent that captures physiotherapist Lauren's attention - even before she's seen the gorgeous new doctor in Penhally Bay! Dr Gabe Devereux has come to the idyllic Cornish town ...


  • Penhally's most eligible bachelor finds a wife! Oliver Fawkner is new to Penhally Bay. And this seriously sexy doctor, who has a playboy reputation, has caused quite a stir with the female population! But Oliver is only interested in getting to kn...


  • A Medical Romance, An Italian Affair is set partly on the beautiful island of Elba and partly in Strathlochan ... Sun, sand … and a sexy Italian! Irresistibly gorgeous plastic surgeon Dr Sebastiano Adriani has riches and fame, yet an act of h...


  • Nicknamed "the ice maiden," Francesca Scott has kept men at arm's length -- ever since bad-boy Luke Devlin walked out of her life. Tarnished by the reputation of his family, Luke left Strathlochan for a fresh start. Now a surgeon, he's back and de...


  • Shy Ruth Baxter lost interest in relationships long ago; until a seductive encounter with one dangerously handsome Italian: Dr Rico Linardi, leading specialist and Ruth's potential new boss! Rico knows the connection between them overwhelms Ruth, so ...


  • When a tall, dark-haired, drop-dead-gorgeous new doctor strides through the doors of Strathlochan Hospital, pulses start racing -- especially Dr. Annie Webster's! Five years ago she and Nathan Shepherd broke up, and she's never gotten over it. Tho...






  • in Christmas Weddings

    Frazer McIntosh knows exactly what he wants for Christmas--Callie Grogan. Despite his reputation as a fun-loving Romeo, Frazer is serious about his beautiful colleague. Serious enough to love her forever, if only she'll agree to be his Christmas brid...


  • When Kathleen Fitzgerald left Ireland nearly twenty years ago, she never planned to return. In England, she married firefighter Daniel Jackson and settled down to raise their family. When Dan is injured in the line of duty, events have a ripple effec...


  • Three generations of the Metcalfe family are settled and successful - professionally and personally. Or are they? An unexpected event sparks a chain reaction, bringing challenges to all the family. Loyalties are questioned, foundations rocked. A secr...


  • The bachelor doctor's bride Devastatingly handsome, dark and brooding, and with a slight Scottish burr to his deep, sexy voice... Nurse Alex Patterson can't help but be drawn to her new boss. But her instincts tell her there is pain behind his blu...


  • A brief encounter… Dr. Cameron Kincaid is captivated by the beautiful woman he meets on a train - and this chance encounter leads to one tender, passionate night. The day after the night before, Dr. Ginger O’Neill cannot believe she let her emoti...


  • The playboy doctor's bride! Dr. Conor Anderson was immediately intrigued by Dr. Kate Fisher--her dark, soulful eyes made him want to get closer. As guarded as Kate was, she couldn't hide that she was a passionate woman. But it was only a matter of...


  • There’s a new doctor in town… Dr. Nic di Angelis’s arrival has stirred up considerable interest in the rural Scottish village of Lochaning! The gorgeous Italian is a wonderfully caring GP, and has won the hearts of the whole village - apart fr...


  • A good looking man turned up on Louise's doorstep one day, introducing himself as Daniel Kinsella, an Australian friend of her brother-in-law, Greg. He said he had come to stay whilst he did some research - apparently, Greg had written to her about i...


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