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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

Lady in the Veil

Lady in the Veil

Author: Leah Fleming Format: eBook Release Date: 21/05/2015

An ebook novella from the bestselling author of The Postcard 'I found the photograph album by chance when we were clearing out the old coach house. It must have been sitting on the garage shelf for years among all the other family rejects.' When a woman finds a lost photo album in a garage clearout, she is drawn to the images of her ancestors. But one image in particular stands out: a baby sitting in the lap of its mother, both draped from head to toe in a cotton lace curtain or something, completely enveloped and unrecognizable. Who are they and what has happened to them? In a story that moves between 2012 and 1850, the shocking secrets of one family are gradually revealed

Die Karte der Sehnsucht

Die Karte der Sehnsucht

Author: Leah Fleming Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2015

Alles beginnt mit einer ratselhaften, alten Postkarte...Drei Frauen, ein Jahrhundert, ein tragisches GeheimnisDie Geheimnisse der Mutter werden zum Schicksal der Tochter: vom schottischen Hochland bis nach Australien spannt Bestsellerautorin Leah Fleming einen Erzahlbogen, der unvergesslich ist.2002, Australien: eine geheimnisvolle Postkarte fuhrt die junge Melissa auf eine Spurensuche uber drei Generationen und zwei Kontinente ...1930er Jahre: die Schauspielerin Phoebe ist froh, dass ihre Tochter Caroline auf einem Landsitz in Schottland unbeschwert aufwachsen kann. Auch wenn sie Caroline verschweigen muss, wer sie ist. Als Caroline sich in eine tragische Liebe und einen gefahrvollen Kriegsauftrag in Frankreich sturzt, muss sie ebenfalls schicksalhafte Geheimnisse bewahren. Nur eine Postkarte, in die Weiten Australiens geschickt, birgt den Schlussel zur Wahrheit.2002: Wird es Melissa gelingen, den Fluch des Schweigens zu durchbrechen?

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: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2012

FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF THE LAST PEARL AND DANCING AT THE VICTORY CAFE, this is a beautiful novel about family secrets, betrayals and redemption. 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. 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 many. 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 War Widows

The War Widows

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2012

When you lose everything you love, you need a friend... Nothing ever happens in sleepy Grimbleton. Until two strangers - both claiming to be the fiancee of a dead soldier - arrive in town. Susan prides herself on her refined 'English' manners - yet her airs and graces hide harrowing memories of her escape from war-torn Burma. Volatile Ana pines for the sunshine of her Greek village - but is forever haunted by her sister's death at the hands of the Nazis'. Enemies at first, Su and Ana soon find themselves united in grief at the loss of Freddie Winstanley - the father of both their children. Freddie's sister Lily takes the women under her wing and soon the circle of friends expands to include Italian Maria, torn between her invalid husband and another man, and uppercrust Diana, whose jolly exterior conceals a secret sorrow. Supported by this new-found sisterhood, Lily dares to dream of spreading her wings away from her domineering family and spineless fiance. But each woman's courage is soon sorely tested. Can they help each other to find happiness after the heartache of war?

Schiff der tausend Traume

Schiff der tausend Traume

Author: Leah Fleming Format: eBook Release Date: 08/03/2012

Zwei ungewohnliche Frauen. Eine schicksalshafte Nacht. Ein ganzes Leben voller Geheimnisse.Als sie an Bord der Titanic gehen, sind sie durch Stand und Herkunft getrennt: die Auswanderin May und die reiche Celeste. Als das unsinkbare Schiff sinkt, kann Celeste May und, wie sie glaubt, deren Kind aus den eisigen Fluten retten. In jener Nacht erwachst zwischen May und Celeste eine Freundschaft, die ihren weiteren Lebensweg auf immer verbindet - ebenso wie das Geheimnis des geretteten Kindes, das die Zukunft dreier Generationen pragen wird: von New York uber England bis zu den Hugeln der Toskana..."e;Fleming ist die geborene Erzahlerin!"e; Kate Atkinson

Orphans of War

Orphans of War

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2011

The ones you leave behind are the ones that stay with you forever... When Madeleine Belfield loses her family and her home in the Blitz, she is sent to love with relatives in the relative safety of the Yorkshire Dales. On board the steam train Maddy befriends Gloria Conley and her brother Sid, abandoned by their desperate mother. Although Maddy and Gloria are chalk and cheese, they soon vow to be 'forever friends'. Maddy slowly adjusts to Brooklyn Hall and her new family, especially Aunt Plum. Eager to help with the war effort, Plum has opened up a home for 'difficult' evacuees and Maddy and Gloria quickly become bound together in friendship and mischief with a motley crew, including headstrong Greg and flighty Enid. The friendship endures into adulthood, until a tragic experience tears them apart. Desperate to escape her memories, Maddy flees to London. Years later, chance reunites her with Gloria and Greg. But a visit back to Yorkshire reveals the truth about the past - a revelation with unimaginable consequences.

The Girl From World's End

The Girl From World's End

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2011

When tragedy strikes, there's only one place she can go... A captivating debut from a born storyteller. When 8-year-old Mirren Gilchrist is orphaned after a tragic accident, she is sent to live with her estranged relatives deep in the Yorkshire Dales. She struggles to fit in, her town ways a mystery to the country children. One day, fleeing school - and the cane - she takes refuge from a fierce snowstorm in the ruins of a stone cottage. Legend has it that World's End is haunted but Mirren has finally found somewhere she can call home and her love affair with this magical place begins. It's the place she falls in love with Jack, the place she secretly hopes will one day become their very own. But the Second World War arrives and everything is thrown into turmoil. Jack returns from leave a changed man - violent and uncaring, a cruel streak shining though. Mirren struggles to cope with the transformed Jack and new motherhood. Then tragedy strikes and history looks set to repeat itself. Is heartache here to stay or can Mirren find solace and inspiration in the only place she has ever felt truly safe?

Winter's Children

Winter's Children

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2010

Grieving widow, Kay Partridge and her daughter Evie, unable to face the oncoming Christmas festivities, move into a cottage at majestic Wintergill Farm in the Yorkshire Dales. Kay wants to shut the door and forget about everything. Evie, struggling to come to terms with the concept of death, just wants her Daddy to come home for Christmas. But Wintergill is far from the quiet refuge that they expected. Devastated by Foot and Mouth, Nik Snowden and his Mother Nora are facing a bleak future. The two are at loggerheads. Nora has had enough of the hard life but Nik wants to keep the house and lands that have been in his family for generations. But Nik is not the only one attached to the house. In the distant past, a terrible tragedy occurred and ever since a restless spirit has haunted the land, seeking a child that once was lost. Through the generations, the ghost has brought misery and pain to bear on the inhabitants. But where one spirit has sown despair, others have sought to protect the children of Wintergill.

Mothers and Daughters

Mothers and Daughters

Author: Leah Fleming Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2009

Best friends, worst enemies and a bond that can never be broken... A poignant tale from the English Maeve Binchy. Crete, present day. A woman anxiously awaits the arrival of someone who could change her life for ever... Lancashire, the 1950s. Three young girls make their way in a brave new post-war world. But can they escape the trappings of the past? Bookworm Connie dreams of university. Brought up on myths about her mysterious father, her life is turned upside down when she accidentally discovers the truth about him. Former ugly duckling Joy is determined to snare a man now she's finally a swan. Winning the Miss Mercury competition she bowls over local heart-throb Denny Gregson. But she quickly finds he's not all he seems... Convent-educated Rosa is a born rebel, desperate to flee the strict nuns for a life on the stage. But sometimes you need to be careful what you wish for... As all three girls face heartbreak and tragedy, can they learn from the mistakes of their mothers? Or will history repeat itself? For everyone who loves Maureen Lee and Maeve Binchy, this emotionally charged tale of that most special relationship of all will capture your heart.

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