Marina Oliver was born in 1934. She graduated from Keele University in Politics and Economics. Married with Chris, they had four grown-up children: Jackie, Debbie, Cindy and Simon, and seven grandchildren. She now splits her time between an old manor house built in 1720, which at one time belonged to Princess Diana's Spencer family in the rural Shropshire and her beloved Madeira.

Published since 1974, Marina Oliver has wrote more than fifty novels under her name and her pseudonyms; Sally James, Donna Hunt, Bridget Thorn, Vesta Hathaway, Livvy West and Laura Hart, plus half a dozen non-fiction books. She was elected the sixteenth Chairman (1992-1993) of the Romantic Novelists' Association, edited its Newsletter for 3 years, and now has been elected a Vice-President and runs the R.N.A. New Writer's Scheme. She reads for and judges short story competitions, reviews historical novels, and has done appraisals for (among others) a prestigious Regional Arts board.

Book List in Order:18 titles

  • Rosabella Traherne is wealthy, thanks to her Nabob uncle. Wary of fortune-hunters in Harrogate she goes to Bath incognito, hoping to find a man who will love her for herself. Lord Dorney is impressed by Bella’s spirited defense of the helpless, but...


  • Gemma at Rainbow Farm – The Beginning is a children’s farm adventure book featuring Gemma, a seven-year-old girl who moves with her family to Rainbow Farm, their new home in the country.As Gemma goes off to explore the farm she meets a special gu...


  • Abigail Barton’s parents eloped to Gretna Green and were disowned. She doesn't know her grandparents, but is sent to London for the Season, where she meets the Earl of Keighley. Julian is intrigued by Abby and agrees to use his ballroom for her ba...


  • Is the baby Caterina, Countess of Rasen, brought back from Portugal hers and her dead husband's? The new Earl, Nicholas, is attracted to her, but suspicious. Catarina, in order to protect her young sister Joanna, cannot reveal the truth. And then Cou...


  • The Earl of Wrekin considers Phoebe Kingston too young to be companion to his niece Sally, who is indeed a handful. But he relents and escorts them to Brussels. Napoleon has escaped from Elba, and Sally falls in love with a soldier, Sir Henry ffoulke...


  • Sylvie Delamare suspects her Great-Uncle is cheating her of her inheritance, so goes to Norfolk to confront him. On the way she meets Sir Randal, who believes she may be helping a French spy and his smuggler friends. When Sylvie and Sir Randal are fo...


  • Penniless Julia Marsh and Sir Carey Fitzhugh met in Vienna, at the Congress, where Julia was governess to her sister’s children. When they met again, Julia was stranded without money or luggage, and had taken a job in a Bavarian inn. Sir Carey had ...


  • Kate Byford is ordered by her grandfather, the Earl of Malvern, to come to London, where he is dying. But his other order, that she marry his heir, Adam Rhydd, she is unwilling to accept. After the earl’s death, Adam sends her to an academy for you...


  • When impulsive Prudence Lee learns that Lord Mottesford has wagered that he can bring her to heel, she determines to play along and then, when he thinks he has won, disillusion him. But Lord Mottesford has some serious problems of his own, which incl...






  • Sensible, impecunious Isabella Clinton is companion to her beautiful cousin Georgiana Sharman. When Georgiana is sent home to Sussex, Isabella believes Lord Fordington's many visits indicate he is taken with lovely Georgiana - not herself. She has tw...


  • Young Charlotte's loveliness lay not only in her violet eyes with their incredible lashes, but in her fanciful imagination. For instance, she fancied that she would be the one to help her beloved cousin Harry win the girl of his dreams. But the girl ...


  • 'I'll hazard my ring for this wench!' Masquerading as a serving girl to help her brother Julian find missing jewels, Susannah is infuriated by Lord Chalford's bet. Though she escapes him, when Susannah again meets Lord Chalford, she finds that he pos...


  • Impetuous Petronella Fanshawe took the job as governess to Madame de Courcy's children only to escape the domination of her formidable guardian, Mrs. Deeping. But when the de Courcys moved to Paris, Petra traded her governess garb for the dark skirts...


  • "MARY! I DO NOT WISH YOU TO MARRY A RAKE OR A GAMBLER, BUT WHEN YOU REALLY FALL IN LOVE, YOU WILL NOT BE THINKING ABOUT THE WORTHINESS OF YOUR LOVER!" Lovely Mary Wyndham had just about given up the notion of true love when she met Sir Ingram. Tha...


  • Yasmin is suspended between two worlds -- the gypsies with whom she lived as a child, and that of her Aunt Georgina in an English village. But when Georgina dies, Yasmin chooses to join the gypsy tribe, where her grandmother explains her origins. Thr...


  • Dermot, Earl of Heronforth, reluctantly accepts the obligation of his dead brother to bear-lead young Bobby Blain around Town. But Bobby turns out to be Roberta, not at all what he expected. Bobby, already courted by two suitors at home, needs to be ...


  • The last person Sir Denzil Trewyn expects to find on a small Cornish island, where he is cast up after his boat founders, is an enchanting girl who calmly tells him she is mad, and has lived there all her life, seeing no one but her governess and two...


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