Louise Allen has been immersing herself in history, real and fictional, for as long as she can remember, and finds landscapes and places evoke powerful images of the past. Louise lives in Bedfordshire, and works as a property manager, but spends as much time as possible with her husband at the cottage they are renovating on the north Norfolk coast, or travelling abroad. Venice, Burgundy and the Greek islands are favourite atmospheric destinations.
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Officers from the RSPCA investigate reports of animal cruelty and neglect on a farm, only to discover a 5-year-old boy curled up asleep in a dog bed, amidst filth and squalor. He has severe physical and cognitive impairments, and no one outside the family seems to know of the existence of little Jacob. When he arrives in the Allen household, a terrified Louise wonders how on earth she will cope looking after a child with his level of physical and emotional damage. With the support of veteran social worker, Mary, the fight begins to get Jacob the support he needs - as medical investigations begin to reveal more shocking details about Jacob's story.
Winner of the Love Story of the Year in the 2011 Pure Passion Awards. Alone and in danger, Clemence Ravenhurst is forced to flee her beloved Jamaica. Disguised as a boy, she falls straight into the clutches of one of the most dangerous pirates in the Caribbean! Nathan Stanier, disgraced undercover naval officer and navigator, protects Clemence on their perilous journey. The heat between them sizzles. But honour – and his guarded heart – dictate that Nathan resists Clemence. Though it seems she's determined to make their adventure as outrageous - and passionate - as possible!
Shortlisted for the RNA Love Story of the Year Award 2010. Lady Maude Templeton has turned down many a marriage proposal. She wants to marry for love – and her heart’s set on one man. Mr Eden Hurst is sexy, talented, intelligent – and resoundingly ineligible! But he doesn’t believe in love. Maude sets out to make Eden realise he needs love…and her. Society is about to see she can be quite shocking when she puts her mind to it!
Temptation among the ton Following a scandal, Lady Isobel Jervis is exiled to the country to avoid further incident. At the imposing Wimpole Hall, she meets architect Giles Harker. He's eye-catching but shockingly arrogant-and infuriatingly dismissive. Despite themselves, they're drawn to each other... but their growing attraction could come at the cost of both their reputations. * Having survived the scandal of her birth with courage and determination, the beautiful Phyllida has reached a precarious balance within the ton. And in just one moment Ashe Herriard, Viscount Clere, blows her carefully made plans to pieces. The promise of secrets and a hint of scandal prove more than enough to entice them!
A feigned marriage A very real attraction... When their ship is commandeered, Nicholas Terrell, Duke of Severton, saves stranger Sarah Parrish by claiming she's his wife! She's more valuable if their captors believe she'll bring them a duchess's ransom, but now Nicholas is compelled to share a cabin with his distractingly beautiful faux bride... Outspoken Sarah enchants him as no debutante ever has. Yet, as a lady's companion, Sarah's completely unsuitable for a duke. So surely a real match between them is impossible?
From understanding what adoption is, through to step by step guidance on the entire process and the challenges that come up along the way, this is the only book you will need to read on adoption. Written by an author who was adopted herself, who has looked after over twenty children and who works with a fostering and adoption agency that deals specifically with breakdowns, this book will teach you how to confidently navigate the system and build a strong and lasting relationship with your child. Whilst very much being the unvarnished truth, this is an empowering guide that will ensure you feel in control and know where to turn to for help no matter what: With a positive attitude and the right tools, adopting a child can be very rewarding - don't try to overthink it, don't try to love, just do right by them and as you learn about each other the love, kindness and acceptance will grow.
Ashley is a young single mum raising her daughter, Eden, and working hard to do the very best job she can - until one night she can't find a babysitter and makes the decision to leave Eden home alone for a couple of hours, asleep inside a wardrobe. It is an action that begins a terrible downward spiral for both of them. When Eden arrives at experienced foster carer Louise Allen's home, she has entered the care system because her mother is in prison. Eden is five years old and will not speak to any human. She begins exhibiting some other disturbing behaviours alongside the mutism, too, including torturing the family pets she loves. This eventually leads Louise to discover the pain and tragic reality behind Eden's Story.
'Tis the season for mischief! Accidentally colliding with Tess Ellery on the icy streets of Ghent is definitely not the way resolute bachelor Alexander Tempest, Viscount Weybourn, intended to start the festive period. He might have mistaken her for a nun, but there's nothing innocent about his reaction to Tess's delicious curves... When Tess is left stranded, Alex is honour-bound to take her home...as his housekeeper! And, despite his long-held rule of spending Christmas alone, Tess's vivacity soon has this brooding Lord determined to make all her Christmas wishes come true!
Rowan, a noble lady, felt uneasy. Her friend Penelope, who was so shy it hurt, was worried about being forced to marry an earl who had been accused of killing his wife. If Rowan posed as her servant and could prove that the earl was an inappropriate man for Penelope, then her father would give up on the match. Rowan immediately put her plan into action, but just as quickly she ran into a snag-Lucas, a playboy and the earl's servant. He had only just met Rowan and had already tried to kiss her!
Amanda is sleeping, held in strong, warm arms. She reaches out to kiss the man who holds her, but to her surprise, he is not her husband but a naked, handsome stranger. Searching through her memory, Amanda remembers that she was knocked out in a stagecoach accident before she ended up here. This stranger protected her during the accident, so she thanks him and asks for his name. To both of their surprise, the handsome stranger has forgotten everything-the accident, his own name, everything...
Featuring some of Louise Allen's best historical romances!The Viscount's BetrothalWho would ever want a graceless, freckled beanpole like Miss Decima Ross? Hearing that she is once more to be paraded in front of an eligible gentleman, Decima hurriedly leaves her brother's house.And encounters Adam Grantham, Viscount Weston, the first man she's ever met who's tall enough to sweep her off her feet...literally! Could such a handsome rake really find her attractive?The Society Catch Miss Joanna Fulgrave has turned herself into the perfect society catch to be worthy of dashing Colonel Giles Gregory. But all her hard effort to improve herself comes to nothing when it looks as if Giles is about to propose - to someone else! Can Joanna convince Giles to have eyes only for her?Practical Widow to Passionate MistressStranded in France, and desperate to reunite with her sisters, Meg finds passage to England with injured soldier Major Ross Brandon. Dangerously irresistible, Ross's dark, searching eyes are those of a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders...The Bride's SeductionMiss Marina Winslow assumed she would never marry. Then the Earl of Mortenhoe proposed a practical, passionless match. Marina knew it was madness to accept when she was in love with him. But perhaps she could risk her heart...Married to a Stranger Sophia Langley's life is in turmoil. When she learns of her estranged fiance's death, the last thing she expects is for his twin brother, Callum Chatterton, to make a shock proposal! .A Most Unconventional CourtshipAlessa wants nothing to do with the Earl of Blakeney - even if he is shaped like a Greek God! But the maddening man seems determined to wrest her away from her comfortable life in beautiful Corfu. Worse, he'll return her to the bosom of her stuffy family.
FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR Thrown Away Child is a memoir covering Louise Allen's abusive childhood in a foster home, how she survived - using her love of art as a sanctuary - and how she hopes to right old wrongs now by fostering children herself and campaigning for the improvement of foster care services. It is a compelling and inspirational story. This book gives a voice to the many children who grew up unhappily in care.
A Marriage of Convenience?Miss Marina Winslow assumed she would never marry. Then the Earl of Mortenhoe proposed a practical, passionless match. Marina knew it was madness to accept when she was in love with him. But perhaps she could risk her heart...
RUNNING AWAY FROM LOVE!Miss Joanna Fulgrave has turned herself into the perfect society catch to be worthy of dashing Colonel Giles Gregory. But all her hard effort to improve herself comes to nothing when it looks as if Giles is about to propose-to someone else!Deciding that bad behavior is infinitely more attractive than perfection, Joanna flees her shocked family. Giles is hot on her trail, determined to catch her and bring her safely home. But will he be as determined to make her his bride?
St Edmund's Church in the beautiful village of Warkton, Northamptonshire is an unassuming place - but it holds some of the most exquisite sculptures in all of Britain. Commissioned by the local Montagu family, these four Baroque marble statues commemorate the lives of four of their members. Two of the statues were created by Louis Francois Roubiliac, one of the greatest sculptors of Georgian England. Adorned with related poems by schoolchildren and other locals, this illustrated guide explains the history of St Edmund's Church, the Montagu family and the monuments they erected between the 1750s and 1830s. It also details their painstaking restoration in recent years and the role of the church in the community.
Iba a ser un viaje hacia el placer...La noche antes de que el disoluto lord Denham se embarcara en un viaje por Europa, se encontro con una complicacion inesperada. Vestida con ropa de chico que no lograba disimular sus curvas, su amiga de la infancia, lady Althea Curtiss, se presento en su puerta, desesperada por huir de un matrimonio concertado, y le pidio que la llevara con el.Rhys acepto con reticencias a aquella companera de viaje, sabiendo que el escandalo le explotaria en la cara. Hasta que descubrio otro territorio mucho mas intimo que lady Thea sentia curiosidad por explorar. Pronto se dio cuenta de que corria el riesgo de despertar no solo la sensualidad de Thea, sino tambien su propio corazon...
El necesitaba desesperadamente una esposa...Con la reputacion destrozada y huyendo, Julia Prior estaba completamente desesperada cuando conocio a un caballero que le hizo una proposicion sorprendente. Convencido de hallarse a las puertas de la muerte, William Hadfield, lord Dereham, vio en Julia a la mujer perfecta para cuidar de su adorada propiedad cuando el ya no estuviera, si antes accedia a ser su esposa...El matrimonio era la salvacion de Julia: como lady Dereham podria escapar por fin de sus pecados. Pero transcurrieron tres anos y el marido que creia muerto volvio a casa, fuerte, sano y atractivo, decidido a reclamar la noche de bodas que nunca tuvieron...