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Leah Fleming - Author

About the Author

Leah Fleming was born in Lancashire of Scottish parents, is married with four grown up children and four grandchildren. She writes full time from a haunted farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales and from the slopes of an olive grove in Crete. She graduated from Leeds University in the swinging sixties and taught in primary schools and Adult literacy classes. On moving to Yorkshire she ran a catering business from a market stall and trained as a therapist, running workshops in Stress management and worked for RELATE in a rural setting.

Featured books by Leah Fleming

The Postcard

The Postcard

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2014

2002, Australia. When Melissa discovers a postcard addressed to 'Desmond' among her recently deceased father's effects, she is determined to discover this person's identity and his relationship to her father. She soon embarks on a journey that will take her across oceans and into the past...1930's, London. Caroline grew on a secluded Scottish estate with her 'Aunt' Phoebe. Now, the shocking realisation that Phoebe is actually her mother fuels a rebellious streak in Caroline, who elopes to Cairo to get married. But her marriage quickly turns sour and leads to an affair with an old lover, and to a baby boy, Desmond. With her personal life in tatters and WWII approaching, she volunteers as a secret agent, smuggling valuable information into Europe for the British government. When Caroline finally returns from the war, Desmond is gone; he was secretly taken to Australia by his nanny years before. Will Caroline be able to track him down? And how will her journey to find her son lead to Melissa's mission to uncover her father's past?

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The Captain's Daughter

The Captain's Daughter

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/01/2012

The secrets in a woman's heart are deeper than the ocean...For May Smith, travelling with her husband and baby girl Ellen, stepping foot on the Titanic marks the start of an incredible journey, one which is destined to take her from the back streets of Bolton to the land of opportunity: the United States. But when the 'unsinkable' Titanic hits an iceberg one cold dark night, May's dreams are instantly shattered. Jumping from the sinking ship at the last minute, May loses sight of Joe and Ellen. Distraught, she is pulled into a lifeboat. Minutes later, the real-life Captain Smith swims to the lifeboat and hands May a baby swaddled in blankets. Beside herself, and in virtual darkness, May believes the baby to be Ellen. This rescue is witnessed by fellow survivor, Celeste Parkes, married to an American industrialist who is on her way back to Ohio after her mother's funeral. In horror, they both watch the death throes of the mighty ship; May traumatised, knowing her husband has drowned, Celeste wishing her bully of a husband had been on board and out of her life. As the dawn comes up, and the two women are rescued by the Carpathia, a friendship is formed, one which is destined to transcend the Atlantic and social differences between them and last a lifetime. Then May makes a shocking discovery and a split-second decision which will change the lives of so many.

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Other books by Leah Fleming

Daughter of the Tide

Daughter of the Tide

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

1939. A compelling romantic saga set on a remote Hebridean isle. As children on the island of Phetray, Minn Macfee, a cottar's daughter, and Ewan Mackinnon, the Minister's son, are bound together by the accidental drowning of Ewan's sister. Ewan is blamed and Minn shunned. As the two children grow, they must go their separate ways grieving. Just before the outbreak of the Second World War Ewan returns to Phetray, now a handsome sailor. He falls in love with Minn's fragile beauty and enchanting singing voice. But they are separated again when Ewan joins the Special Boat Squadron and embarks for France. Throughout the years the two always seem to find their way back together, but fate always steps in to intervene... Touched by tragedy, misunderstanding, and the weight of family disapproval, their love seems destined to die.

The Wedding Dress Maker

The Wedding Dress Maker

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Yorkshire 1945: Netta Nichol lives in the shadow of a terrible disgrace. After bearing a son out of wedlock, Netta was banished from her beloved Galloway to a Yorkshire mill town. She must stand aside as her son is raised by family back home. Bereft and broken-hearted, Netta finds solace in the quiet pleasure of sewing. Despite the shortages of wartime, she becomes known for her beautiful wedding dresses, made with ingenuity and skill. With the help of her dressmaking, Netta begins to win back her self-respect. But will it be enough to claim back her child?

The Olive Garden Choir

The Olive Garden Choir

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

An evocative novel of secrets, love and redemption under the Greek sun. Perfect for fans of Kate Furnivall and Julia Gregson. They have come to Santaniki for different reasons. Some with a dream of happiness. Some running from sadness and failure. But all of them have fallen in love with this most beautiful of Greek islands. When bossy retired bookseller, Ariadne Blunt, suggests that the English residents form a choir, she did not expect it would unleash quite so much drama. Secrets surface, old rivalries spring up, new friendships are formed and passions are rekindled. In this bittersweet tale of love and loss, people quite literally find their voices - showing that life can begin again when you let go of the past.

In the Heart of the Garden

In the Heart of the Garden

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

Iris Bagshott strolls down the paths of her ancient garden, close to Lichfield in the heart of England, wondering if it is time to sell her house and land for development. She is unaware that around every corner myriad family secrets from the past unfold. From a Saxon clearing to a monastery, Tudor dwelling to the present day, this sacred plot has nurtured her ancestors. Generations of Bagshott women have found refuge and solace tending it through years of plague, civil war and beyond. This is their story.

The Postcard the perfect holiday read for summer 2019

The Postcard the perfect holiday read for summer 2019

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF THE LAST PEARL AND DANCING AT THE VICTORY CAFE, this is a beautiful novel about family secrets and redemption. How far will one woman journey to uncover a long-lost family secret? 1930s, London. Having grown up on a secluded Scottish estate with her aunt Phoebe, Caroline is shocked to discover that Phoebe is actually her mother and flees to Egypt in rebellion. Quickly finding herself in an unhappy marriage, Caroline has an affair with an old flame, but soon finds herself pregnant with his child. With her personal life in tatters and WWII approaching, she volunteers to smuggle valuable information into Europe for the British government. But when Caroline finally returns from war, her baby is gone. Will she be able to track him down? 2002, Australia. When Melissa discovers a postcard addressed to 'Desmond' among her recently deceased father's effects, she is determined to discover this person's identity and his relationship to her father. She embarks on a journey that will take her across oceans to discover more about her family's past . . . Praise for Leah Fleming: 'I enjoyed it enormously. It's a moving and compelling story about a lifetime's journey in search of the truth' RACHEL HORE, bestselling author of LAST LETTER HOME 'A born storyteller' KATE ATKINSON

The Olive Garden Choir

The Olive Garden Choir

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/01/2019

An evocative novel of secrets, love and redemption under the Greek sun. Perfect for fans of Kate Furnivall and Julia Gregson. They have come to Santaniki for different reasons. Some with a dream of happiness. Some running from sadness and failure. But all of them have fallen in love with this most beautiful of Greek islands. When bossy retired bookseller, Ariadne Blunt, suggests that the English residents form a choir, she did not expect it would unleash quite so much drama. Secrets surface, old rivalries spring up, new friendships are formed and passions are rekindled. In this bittersweet tale of love and loss, people quite literally find their voices - showing that life can begin again when you let go of the past.

The Olive Garden Choir

The Olive Garden Choir

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

An evocative novel of secrets, love and redemption under the Greek sun. Perfect for fans of Kate Furnivall and Julia Gregson. They have come to Santaniki for different reasons. Some with a dream of happiness. Some running from sadness and failure. But all of them have fallen in love with this most beautiful of Greek islands. When bossy retired bookseller, Ariadne Blunt, suggests that the English residents form a choir, she did not expect it would unleash quite so much drama. Secrets surface, old rivalries spring up, new friendships are formed and passions are rekindled. In this bittersweet tale of love and loss, people quite literally find their voices - showing that life can begin again when you let go of the past.

The Cotton Town Girls

The Cotton Town Girls

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2018

A heart-warming story of female friendship in the tumultuous days of the Suffragette movement... Sophia Seddon and Grace Thompson are poles apart - the one a member of the notorious Seddons of Plover Street, the other the vicar's spoilt only child. But their childhood friendship is revived when they find themselves fighting a common cause: women's rights. And the ties of friendship prove stronger and more enduring than those of background or family, even in the face of danger. Both incredibly moving and engrossing, this is period drama for fans of Dilly Court, Margaret Dickinson and Annie Murray, from an experienced and acclaimed storyteller.

The Girl Under the Olive Tree

The Girl Under the Olive Tree

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF THE LAST PEARL AND DANCING AT THE VICTORY CAFE, this is a beautiful novel about family secrets, wartime betrayals and redemption. May 1941 and the island of Crete is invaded by paratroopers from the air. After a lengthy fight, thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers are forced to take to the hills or become escaping PoWs, sheltered by the Cretan villagers. Sixty years later, Lois West and her young son, Alex, invite feisty Great Aunt Pen to a special eighty-fifth birthday celebration on Crete, knowing she has not been back there since the war. Penelope George - formerly Giorgidiou - is reluctant to go but is persuaded by the fact it is the 60th anniversary of the Battle. It is time for her to return and make the journey she never thought she'd dare to. On the outward voyage from Athens, she relives her experiences in the city from her early years as a trainee nurse to those last dark days stranded on the island, the last female foreigner. When word spreads of her visit, and old Cretan friends and family come to greet her, Lois and Alex are caught up in her epic pilgrimage and the journey which leads her to a reunion with the friend she thought she had lost forever - and the truth behind a secret buried deep in the past... Praise for Leah Fleming 'I enjoyed it enormously.It's a moving and compelling story about a lifetime's journey in search of the truth' RACHEL HORE 'A born storyteller' KATE ATKINSON

The Glovemaker's Daughter

The Glovemaker's Daughter

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF THE LAST PEARL AND DANCING AT THE VICTORY CAFE, this is a beautiful novel about dark family secrets, betrayal, love and redemption. 1666. A child is born in the farmhouse at Windebank, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Named Rejoice (Joy) by her dying father, Joy grows up witness to the persecution of the farming community for following a banned faith. Defying the authority of the local priest, she joins a group of Yorkshire pioneers travelling to the New World to form a colony close to Philadelphia - a passionate, rebellious and courageous woman fighting against the constraints of the time. Will she find peace and love? 2014. A leather-bound book is found buried in the walls of the Meeting House in Good Hope, Pennsylvania. Its details trace the owner back to a Yorkshire farm in the Dales. And so a correspondence begins between Rachel Moorside and the man who found the journal, Sam Storer, as Rachel uncovers the tumultuous secrets of her family's history. Praise for Leah Fleming `A moving and compelling story about a lifetime's journey in search of the truth' Rachel Hore `Grand opening and even more heartfelt ending' Historical Novel Society `Delves deep into the human spirit, highlighting its strengths and weaknesses' Monique Mulligan `Fleming has created the perfect wartime heroine' Writing.ie `Fleming handles the narrative deftly . . . the time flew by' If These Books Could Talk `Rich and enticing and the book is brimming with secrets and mysteries' Dot Scribbles `Fascinating and unputdownable' Trisha Ashley `A fabulous story of people, places and pearls from a master storyteller' Lancashire Evening Post `Evokes war-time Britain in bright, patriotic colours' Publishers Weekly

The Railway Girls

The Railway Girls

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/11/2017

FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF THE LAST PEARL AND DANCING AT THE VICTORY CAFE, this is a beautiful novel about family secrets, betrayal and redemption. Deep in the dales of the West Riding Fells lies Scarsbeck, a remote village peopled by a close-knit community of colourful characters: Ellie Birkett, steadfastly resisting her mother's attempts to marry her off; Vicar Hardy, wrestling with the temptations of the flesh; Ezra Bulstrode, village headmaster, with an unhealthy dedication to the education of his young students; and enigmatic woman Beth Wildman, who believes she can foresee the future. Surrounded by wild moorland and the majestic Yorkshire peaks, time seems to stand still in this magical corner of the world. But change is on its way. The dales echo with fearsome noise; construction scars the hillside: the railway is coming - right through Scarsbeck village. And with the arrival of a huge workforce charged with building the railway, the peaceful idyll is shattered for ever. Praise for Leah Fleming 'I enjoyed it enormously.It's a moving and compelling story about a lifetime's journey in search of the truth' RACHEL HORE 'A born storyteller' KATE ATKINSON

The Glovemaker's Daughter

The Glovemaker's Daughter

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF THE LAST PEARL AND DANCING AT THE VICTORY CAFE, this is a beautiful novel about dark family secrets, betrayal, love and redemption. 1666. A child is born in the farmhouse at Windebank, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Named Rejoice (Joy) by her dying father, Joy grows up witness to the persecution of the farming community for following a banned faith. Defying the authority of the local priest, she joins a group of Yorkshire pioneers travelling to the New World to form a colony close to Philadelphia - a passionate, rebellious and courageous woman fighting against the constraints of the time. Will she find peace and love? 2014. A leather-bound book is found buried in the walls of the Meeting House in Good Hope, Pennsylvania. Its details trace the owner back to a Yorkshire farm in the Dales. And so a correspondence begins between Rachel Moorside and the man who found the journal, Sam Storer, as Rachel uncovers the tumultuous secrets of her family's history. Praise for Leah Fleming 'I enjoyed it enormously.It's a moving and compelling story about a lifetime's journey in search of the truth' RACHEL HORE 'A born storyteller' KATE ATKINSON

Glovemaker's Daughter

Glovemaker's Daughter

Author: Leah Fleming Format: eBook Release Date: 10/08/2017

FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF THE LAST PEARL AND DANCING AT THE VICTORY CAFE, this is a beautiful novel about dark family secrets, betrayal, love and redemption.1666. A child is born in the farmhouse at Windebank, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Named Rejoice (Joy) by her dying father, Joy grows up witness to the persecution of the farming community for following a banned faith. Defying the authority of the local priest, she joins a group of Yorkshire pioneers travelling to the New World to form a colony close to Philadelphia - a passionate, rebellious and courageous woman fighting against the constraints of the time. Will she find peace and love? 2014. A leather-bound book is found buried in the walls of the Meeting House in Good Hope, Pennsylvania. Its details trace the owner back to a Yorkshire farm in the Dales. And so a correspondence begins between Rachel Moorside and the man who found the journal, Sam Storer, as Rachel uncovers the tumultuous secrets of her family's history.Praise for Leah Fleming I enjoyed it enormously.Its a moving and compelling story about a lifetimes journey in search of the truth RACHEL HORE A born storyteller KATE ATKINSON

Dancing at the Victory Cafe

Dancing at the Victory Cafe

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF THE LAST PEARL AND THE CAPTAIN'S DAUGHTER, this is a beautiful and dramatic novel about family secrets, wartime betrayal and redemption. When Isobel Morton takes over the cafe in Lichfield's market square, she has big plans. Soon renamed The Victory Cafe, with a menu that delights despite rations, the girls who work at the Vic are swept away by Belle's lust for life. Among the regular customers is a trio of soldiers from the nearby American base and waitress Dorrie Goodman soon befriends them, learning about jazz and romance in the process. But the stifling morality of a Midlands town in the 40s cannot accommodate such a friendship; jealously, hatred and the weight of public disapproval combine to precipitate a tragedy. It is not until many years after the war that friendship and reconciliation can begin to heal the wounds of the past ... Praise for Leah Fleming 'I enjoyed it enormously.It's a moving and compelling story about a lifetime's journey in search of the truth' RACHEL HORE 'A born storyteller' KATE ATKINSON

Last Pearl

Last Pearl

Author: Leah Fleming Format: eBook Release Date: 30/06/2016

FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF THECAPTAINS DAUGHTERAND DANCING AT THE VICTORY CAFE, this is a beautiful novel about one magnificent gem, andthree lives bound together by fate ...1879, York.Greta Costello must rely on her wits to survive. She finds refuge as a Saturday girl for an old jeweller, Saul Abrahams, and her eye for detail, her long fingers and appreciation of beauty persuade Saul to train her as a pearl stringer. This skill will lead her through hardship and pain towards a new life.1879, Scotland. Jem Baillie knows the immense power of a perfect pearl. His father was a fisher on a tributary of the Tay river in Perthshire, Scotland, and together they found the rarest of pearls, a great white pearl they call Queenie. When this is stolen from them, Eben vows revenge.Spanning generations and continents, tracing the rivers of Scotland and the Mississippi, The Last Pearl is a sweeping novel of desire and revenge, of family and freedom, and of one womans journey to open the shell she has built around herself to reveal the true beauty within. Praise for Leah Fleming I enjoyed it enormously.Its a moving and compelling story about a lifetimes journey in search of the truth RACHEL HORE A born storyteller KATE ATKINSON

kapitany lanya

kapitany lanya

Author: Leah Fleming Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

Titanic, 1912. aprilis 15. Ket rendkivuli asszony. Egy vegzetes ejszaka. Eletre szolo titkok. New York sugarutjaitol az angliai Lichfield macskakoves utcain at Toscana hullamzo dombjaiig "e;A kapitany lanya"e; harom generacio tortenetet oleli fel. A sodro lenduletu romantikus tortenet fohose ket asszony, akik igencsak kulonbozo tarsadalmi osztalyhoz tartoznak, am mindketten a legendas tengerjaro hajo, a Titanic tuleloi. Egyikuk, az egyszeru angol szovono, May Smith ferjevel es kislanyaval elindul, hogy a lehetosegek hazajaba, Amerikaba telepuljon. Am amikor az "e;elsullyeszthetetlen"e; Titanic jeghegynek utkozik, May minden alma darabokra torik. Az utolso pillanatban a tengerbe ugrik csaladjaval, de amint elengedi ferje kezet, szeretteit messzire sodorja a viz. A zavarodott not behuzzak egy mentocsonakba, ahol Celeste Parkes, az elso osztaly egyik utasa veszi szarnyai ala. Nehany perccel kesobb a Titanic kapitanya May karjaba ad egy pokrocokba bugyolalt kislanyt. May es Celeste megmenekul, es eros, elethosszig tarto baratsag szovodik kozottuk. Ugyanolyan mely baratsag, mint amilyen mely a titok, amelyet May oriz a sziveben a Titanic katasztrofajanak napja utan... A regenyben megelevenedik a 20. szazad elejenek zsongo Amerikaja es bekes Angliaja, a feltamado noi polgarjogi mozgalmak, valamint az elso es a masodik vilaghaboru tortenesei. A lenyugozo hatter elott olyan asszonyok sorsa rajzolodik ki, akik a legnagyobb szemelyes tragediak utan is kepesek talpra allni. A Konyvjelzo magazin 2012. decemberi szamaban megjelent cikk:Titanic-titkok

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