Merryn Allingham was born into an army family and spent her childhood moving around the UK and abroad. Unsurprisingly it gave her itchy feet and in her twenties she escaped from an unloved secretarial career to work as cabin crew and see the world.

The arrival of marriage, children and cats meant a more settled life in the south of England, where she has lived ever since. It also gave her the opportunity to go back to 'school' and eventually teach at university.

Merryn grew up reading Georgette Heyer and when she plucked up the courage to begin writing herself, her first book had to be a Regency romance. Regency novels were followed by a suspense saga set in India and wartime England during the 1930s and 40s. Titles in the Daisy's War trilogy include The Girl from Cobb Street, The Nurse's War and Daisy's Long Road Home.

In 2017 she published The Buttonmaker's Daughter and its sequel The Secret of Summerhayes, both novels of suspense and romance, set in Sussex during the summers of 1914 and 1944 respectively, against a background of stirring world events.

Book List in Order: 17 titles

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    An idyllic Cornish village-but revenge is in the air and death is always closeNancy Tremayne has never felt welcome at Penleven, her husband's family home. But when Leo's father falls ill, she is forced to make a rare visit to Port Madron, a sleepy C...


  • When Paradise isn't quite what it seems...Nancy Tremayne has landed the job of her dreams in London. But this is 1955 and her husband, Leo, an art expert, has a project in the Caribbean and expects her to travel with him.Reluctantly, she packs her su...



  • Has Lizzie Finally Met Her Match?  When lady's companion, Elizabeth Ingram, sees handsome Sir Justin Delacourt for the first time, she decides he is just the man to enliven her dull life. But Justin has a disdain for womanly wiles and ...


  • A terrible accident-or the murder of someone keeping dangerous secrets?While watching the opera at La Fenice, Nancy Tremayne is shocked to see a woman fall to her death. But was it really an accident?Newlywed Nancy is accompanying her husband, Leo, o...


  • Stand and Deliver! Jack Beaufort, Earl of Frensham, is forced to retreat to the country, a scandal at his heels. The last thing he expects to face in this quiet retreat is a highwayman. Or to discover, when he lays hands on the villain, a form tha...


  • Revenge, it's said, is best served cold - but there are times when it comes red hot. Luke Trelawny, the new Earl, has returned to England, toughened by years abroad and very much his own man.Six years ago he was jilted by his beautiful childhood f...


  • Can she tame the ton's most notorious rebel?Marianna Marquez appears the most innocent of girls: young, lovely and chaste. Her sparkle charms everyone she meets. But all is not what it seems, and a summer spent in Brighton promises every delectab...







  • Separated by time and distance, two sisters seek answers for all they’ve lostWhen Alice Verinder’s beloved sister Lydia goes missing, Alice boards the Orient Express bound for Topkapi Palace in Constantinople, determined to find her.Lydia was gov...


  • Facing penury, Elinor Milford is urged by her dying mother to seek help from Amersham Hall. But the owner of this vast estate is a rich and powerful duke, far too young to have known her mother. Disguised as a dairymaid, Elinor sets out to unearth th...


  • London, 1817. Early morning. Amelie Milverton is fleeing her betrothal to a vicious, degenerate man. Disguised as a maidservant, she climbs out of her bedroom window, but there’s a problem… Gareth Denville, wrongly accused of cheating at ca...


  • A war-torn summerA house fallen into ruinA family broken apart by scandal…Summer 1944: Bombed out by the blitz, Bethany Merston takes up a post as companion to elderly Alice Summer, last remaining inhabitant of the dilapidated and crumbling Summerh...


  • May, 1914. Nestled in Sussex, the Summerhayes mansion seems the perfect country idyll. But with a long-running feud in the Summers family and tensions in Europe deepening, Summerhayes’ peaceful days are numbered.For Elizabeth Summer, the lazy q...


  • Captivated…or captured? Appearances don't always reveal the truth. Grace Latimer knows this better than most. Illusions of commitment and comfort have her trapped -- until bohemian adventurer Nick Heysham charms his way into her world. Commissio...


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    When home is your prison, it takes courage to break free.Appearances don't always reveal the truth. Grace Latimer knows that better than most. A troubled past has trapped her in illusions of commitment and comfort - until Nick Heysham charms his ...


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    Love is timeless, but so is betrayal.How do you survive when your world falls to pieces? When Megan Lacey's lover dies in a car accident, she retreats to a small coastal town certain she will never recover from his loss. Until, that is, she disco...