Sheila Ann Mary Coates was born on 22 December 1937 in Dagenham, Essex, England. She worked as a typist-secretary at the Bank of England and as a junior researcher for the BBC. In 1959, she married Richard Holland, then a Fleet Street journalist, later a sub-editor of The Times and a classical biographer. She wrote her first book in three days with three children underfoot! In between raising her five children (including a set of twins), she wrote several more novels. She used both her married and maiden names, Sheila Holland and Sheila Coates, before her first novel as Charlotte Lamb, Follow a Stranger, was published by Mills & Boon in 1973. She also used the pennames: Sheila Lancaster, Victoria Wolf and Laura Hardy. A prolific author, Sheila penned more than 160 novels, most of them for Mills & Boon. Since 1977, Sheila had been living as a tax exile on the Isle of Man, where she died suddenly on 8 October 2000 in her baronial-style home 'Crogga'.

Book List in Order: 23 titles


  • All families have their dark secrets, secrets which, if they were revealed, would have dramatic and devastating consequences for those involved. The jacobs are no exception . . . or are they? For, not only is something terrible about to be revealed, ...



  • A captivating saga of power, love and betrayed passion. A world of wealth, elegance and scandalous secrets. Here are all the clashing passions, towering ambitions and secret sensuality of England's golden Victorian era. The thrilling story of a gr...



  • Hannah Noble was only a kitchen maid in the iron master's house - a member of the family, but illegitimate. Joss Colby was just the manager of their on works, but ruthless and determined to be part of the revolution that was making British industry t...



  • In the world of Victorian manners and morals, Charlotte had one glaring fault ? a mind of her own. The willful beauty refused to be married off to one of the dull, " proper" young men she had known all her life. No one had ever caught her fancy ? unt...



  • Cornelia Brent was too beautiful for her own good. The daughter of a modest merchant, she unwittingly attracted the roving eye of the reich and dazzling Rendel Woodham. A member of King Charles immoral court, Rendel had an iron will and the power to ...



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    Victorian romantic saga, follows the story of Sophia, wealthy heiress, and the two men embroiled in a deadly rivalry for her affections. Stonor is a man of business, cold and practical, but determined to cement their relationship in a marriage that w...



  • HE WAS NOTORIOUS FOR TAKING WHAT HE WANTED... Lovely Rachel Duncan had spurned the attentions of the dashing James FitzCharles. With his reputation as a womaniser, his blatant pursuit only mean he meant to seduce her. No woman would ever tame his ...



  • A Handsome Man Possessed Her Heart - But The Devil Possessed Her Tortured Soul! Frances accepts an invitation to England from an unknown cousin and is swept into a frightening and horrifying revelation: she is possessed by a wild and satanic ances...



  • "She Was Guilty of Being Too Beautiful". In 1840 a woman was lost in a world ruled by men. Sabrina's hot rebellious spirit had freed her from the tyranny of her papa, but it could not free the dazzling red-haired beauty from her own confused emotions...







  • The marriage was the talk of London. She had risen from serving girl to mistress of the manor. It appeared to be the Cinderella story come to life? but none knew that Sabine was with child....





  • History's most notorious Queen - Eleanor lived only for love!...



  • A historical romance in which, due to circumstances beyond her control, Eleanor, heiress to the Duchy of Aquitaine finds herself transformed, from an innocent thirteen year old girl to being the Queen of France....



  • The story of Caroline Hay....



  • THE ART OF TERROR Sara Winton had jumped at the chance to be assistant curator of the famous Worlon Art Institute, located in a majestic isolated castle built by steel magnate and art connoisseur Anthony Worlon, But Sara’s happiness was to be...





  • Intriguing and infuriating - that was Max Elliot.......





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    Anna Campbell had never known a man like Dr. Charles Buccoult. So wild, so violent, so oddly gentle. He was a passionate revolutionary -- and her family's hated enemy. Yet blindly, without understanding what was happening, her eyes dazzled her...









  • The story of Jenny Simmons....



  • Linda did not want to get involved with the wealthy Templars, but when she was asked by Robert Templar to nurse his young sister, Tracy, who had experimented with drugs, she unwillingly found herself being enmeshed in an increasingly complicated web....



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