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Margaret Dickinson - Author

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Born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, Margaret Dickinson moved to the coast at the age of seven and so began her love for the sea and the Lincolnshire landscape. Her ambition to be a writer began early and she had her first novel published at the age of twenty-five. Married with two grown-up daughters, Margaret Dickinson combines a busy working life with her writing career.
 

Featured books by Margaret Dickinson

Welcome Home

Welcome Home

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/02/2015

There are some things which even the closest friendship cannot survive ...Neighbours Edie Kelsey and Lil Horton have been friends for over twenty years, sharing the joys and sorrows of a tough life as the wives of fishermen in Grimsby. So it was no surprise that their children were close and that Edie's son, Frank, and Lil's daughter, Irene, would fall in love and marry at a young age. But the declaration of war in 1939 changed everything. Frank went off to fight, and Irene and baby, Tommy, along with Edie's youngest son are sent to the countryside for safety. With Edie's husband, Archie, fishing the dangerous waters in the North Sea and daughter Beth in London doing 'important war work', Edie's family is torn apart. Friendship sustains Edie and Lil, but tragedy follows and there's also concern that Beth seems to have disappeared. But it is Irene's return, during the VE day celebrations, that sends shock waves through the family and threatens to tear Edie and Lil's friendship apart forever.

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Fairfield Hall

Fairfield Hall

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2014

Ruthlessly ambitious Ambrose Constantine is determined that his daughter, Annabel, shall marry into the nobility. A fish merchant and self-made man, he has only his wealth to buy his way into society. When Annabel's secret meetings with Gilbert, a young man employed at her father's offices, stop suddenly, she learns that he has mysteriously disappeared. Heartbroken, she finds solace with her grandparents on their Lincolnshire farm, but her father will not allow her to hide herself in the countryside and enlists the help of a business connection to launch his daughter into society. During the London Season, Annabel is courted by James Lyndon, the Earl of Fairfield, whose country estate is only a few miles from her grandfather's farm. Believing herself truly loved at last, Annabel accepts his offer of marriage. It is only when she arrives at Fairfield Hall that she realizes the true reason behind James's proposal and the part her scheming father has played. Throughout the years that follow, Annabel experiences both heartache and Joy, and the birth of her son should finally secure the future of the Fairfield Estate. But there are others who lay claim to the inheritance igniting a feud that will only reach its resolution in the trenches of the First World War.

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Forgive and Forget

Forgive and Forget

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2011

Polly Longden's china-doll looks belie a strong and fiery personality. When typhoid strikes her home city of Lincoln, she needs every ounce of that strength in order to cope. With the death of her mother, thirteen-year-old Polly has to give up her ambition of becoming a teacher to care for her family. When their father, too, falls victim to the typhoid, his only hope is to go to hospital, leaving Polly to cope alone. Thankfully she has the support of her neighbours: Bertha Halliday and her son, Leo, a young policeman. Through all the hardships that follow, Polly is sustained by her dream of becoming Leo's wife. But her father's hot temper leads him to the wrong side of the law during the railway riots of 1911, forcing Leo to take drastic action that Polly will surely never be able to forgive and forget...

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Other books by Margaret Dickinson

Sow the Seed

Sow the Seed

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2015

The second part of the Fleethaven Trilogy, Sow the Seed is a moving and evocative wartime saga from Margaret Dickinson. Lincolnshire, 1926. Kate Hilton is devastated when her mother tells her she is to be sent away to boarding school. For the more Esther tries to keep her from her childhood sweetheart, Danny, the more determined she is to marry him. It isn't until she is eighteen, and finally told the bitter truth about her family's past, that Kate is forced to see why she and Danny can never marry. Torn apart by these revelations, Kate finds unexpected release with the outbreak of war, when she leaves Fleethaven Point to become a driver in the WAAF. In the chaos and destruction of the war years, Kate will witness many things. For as well as all the pain, suffering and loss, she will experience her first taste of a love that finally allows her to leave the past behind . . . The Fleethaven Trilogy concludes with Reap the Harvest.

Reap The Harvest

Reap The Harvest

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2015

Following the disastrous floods of 1953, Ella Hilton is compelled to live at Brumbys' Farm with her grandmother, Esther, and is soon acutely aware of the mysterious surrounding her family's past. As Ella grows up and falls in love herself, the story of three generations of women - Esther, Kate and Ella - comes full circle and history seems destined to repeat itself in tragedy. In Reap the Harvest, Margaret Dickinson brings the 1950s vividly to life in a story of secrets and love, buried under years of pride and misunderstanding.

Plough the Furrow

Plough the Furrow

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2015

The first in her much-loved Fleethaven Trilogy, Margaret Dickinson's Plough the Furrow begins the story of Esther, and her determination and dedication to the Lincolnshire farm land. Lincolnshire, 1910. Shunned by her own family, desperate for work and a place to stay, Esther Everatt walks through the night to Sam Brumby's farm, seeking the chance to earn her keep. Reluctantly, the old man takes her on. Able to work alongside any man, Esther soon earns Sam's grudging respect and affection, and at last feels she has found a home she can call her own. But her peace and security are cruelly shattered when old Sam dies: as a woman, she has no right to inherit the lease on the farm. Believing that her passion lies solely with the land and a place of her own, Esther prepares to risk everything to secure her future - seeking marriage with a local farmhand. But as war arrives to dash the hopes of a generation, Esther begins to discover that it is only the truest of love that can survive the passing of the seasons . . .

Abbeyford

Abbeyford

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Joseph Miller is a proud man, so when his daughter, Sarah, becomes lady's maid to Lady Caroline up at Abbeyford Grange, he is very resentful - just at the time when local landowners are planning to destroy the last vestiges of villagers' independence by enclosure of the common land. And when Sarah falls in love with the squire's son it seems that their romance can only end in a tragedy which will destroy the Miller family. Meanwhile, Lady Caroline's wilful nature leads her into a clandestine romance with gentle Thomas Cole. Nothing and no one must stand in her way, not even Lynwood, the fourteen-year-old boy who loves her devotedly. But, like Sarah, will she bow to the pressures of family and friends, or will she take what she wants, regardless of the consequences? The first in the Abbeyford Trilogy, Abbeyford is a heart-warming historical romance by Margaret Dickinson.

Brackenbeck

Brackenbeck

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

At the beginning of the twentieth century a female doctor was often treated with mistrust. In Margaret Dickinson's Brackenbeck, Doctor Katharine Harvey goes to the village of Brackenbeck to take over Doctor Anthony Stafford's practice, only to find the villagers resent her presence and will not acknowledge her as a fully qualified doctor. Katharine soon learns that the villagers follow the lead of Jim Kendrick, owner of Brackenbeck quarry, and Jim doesn't like women doctors. Katherine's destiny lies in his hands. When tragedy strikes the village, Jim and the people of Brackenbeck need her help - but will they change their minds?

Abbeyford Inheritance

Abbeyford Inheritance

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Set twenty years after the dramatic events that unfolded in Abbeyford, Abbeyford Inheritance is the second volume in the moving and powerful saga from Margaret Dickinson. Lynwood felt a strange constriction in his chest. No! No - it wasn't possible! Caroline had come back . . . But this is 1815; Caroline had eloped in disgrace twenty years earlier, and the girl now standing before him speaks with a low husky drawl and an accent from America. Adelina Cole. Her daughter. Returned to Abbeyford in search of a grandfather she has never seen, and the estate which she, as closest living relative, has every right to inherit. Except that Lord Royston cannot bring himself to see Adelina - her disturbing beauty reminds too many people of the past. Reluctantly taken in by distant cousins, Adelina believes she has found an ally in Emily Langley and her betrothed, the handsome, ruthless Wallis Trent. A man with old scores to settle, Trent knows Lord Royston altered his will to make Emily the main beneficiary. But Adelina's return changes everything - perhaps now his hand may be more profitably played elsewhere? And there is Francis, Earl of Lynwood - the man who first discovered Adelina. He once adored her mother and now cannot forget the face which threatens his peace of mind again . . .

Pride of the Courtneys

Pride of the Courtneys

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

A historical romance, Pride of the Courtneys is Margaret Dickinson's first published novel. When Louella Lloyd arrives at Courtney Hall, she is greeted by Lady Courtney with undisguised hostility; Sir Hugh with pained bewilderment and Georgiana with pleasure. But perhaps the most disturbing personality at the Hall is Bassett Courtney. Louella soon realizes that Lady Courtney's hatred springs from the closely-guarded secret surrounding her mother's connection with the Courtney family some years before Louella's birth. Only the friendship of Georgiana and Charles Corby sustain Louella when, suspected of theft, she becomes a prisoner of her fear of Bassett, Master of Courtney.

The Road to Hell

The Road to Hell

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Originally published under the name Everatt Jackson, The Road to Hell is an early thriller from Margaret Dickinson, who has since become a bestselling saga author. It seemed to Ben Winwood that all his life he had been second best to his twin brother. Jason Winwood had succeeded where Ben had failed, but when Jason is killed in a mysterious car crash, Ben begins to find that his brother's life was not so enviable after all. Ben becomes involved with Jason's widow, and his associates, and through them is ensnared in a web of crime. Is the powerful influence of Jason reaching his brother from beyond the grave, leading Ben along the same road he himself trod - the road to Hell . . . ?

Brackenbeck

Brackenbeck

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/11/2014

At the beginning of the twentieth century a female doctor was often treated with mistrust. In Margaret Dickinson's Brackenbeck, Doctor Katharine Harvey goes to the village of Brackenbeck to take over Doctor Anthony Stafford's practice, only to find the villagers resent her presence and will not acknowledge her as a fully qualified doctor. Katharine soon learns that the villagers follow the lead of Jim Kendrick, owner of Brackenbeck quarry, and Jim doesn't like women doctors. Katherine's destiny lies in his hands. When tragedy strikes the village, Jim and the people of Brackenbeck need her help - but will they change their minds?

Beloved Enemy

Beloved Enemy

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Set in the turbulent period of the English Civil War, Margaret Dickinson's Beloved Enemy is a light romantic tale from the author of Fleethaven. Raised in a strict Puritan household, Charmian Radley is betrothed to her cousin Joshua Mason. But through the years of Cromwell's rule her memories are of the handsome Royalist, Campbell Denholm, now in exile. When the Royalists return, the marriage between Charmian and Joshua is hastily arranged. Arriving at the Mason's castle, the wedding party is surrounded by King's Men led by Sir Geoffrey Denholm and his son, Campbell. Is Charmian to know him only as an enemy?

Abbeyford Inheritance

Abbeyford Inheritance

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Set twenty years after the dramatic events that unfolded in Abbeyford, Abbeyford Inheritance is the second volume in the moving and powerful saga from Margaret Dickinson. Lynwood felt a strange constriction in his chest. No! No - it wasn't possible! Caroline had come back . . . But this is 1815; Caroline had eloped in disgrace twenty years earlier, and the girl now standing before him speaks with a low husky drawl and an accent from America. Adelina Cole. Her daughter. Returned to Abbeyford in search of a grandfather she has never seen, and the estate which she, as closest living relative, has every right to inherit. Except that Lord Royston cannot bring himself to see Adelina - her disturbing beauty reminds too many people of the past. Reluctantly taken in by distant cousins, Adelina believes she has found an ally in Emily Langley and her betrothed, the handsome, ruthless Wallis Trent. A man with old scores to settle, Trent knows Lord Royston altered his will to make Emily the main beneficiary. But Adelina's return changes everything - perhaps now his hand may be more profitably played elsewhere? And there is Francis, Earl of Lynwood - the man who first discovered Adelina. He once adored her mother and now cannot forget the face which threatens his peace of mind again . . .

Abbeyford

Abbeyford

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Joseph Miller is a proud man, so when his daughter, Sarah, becomes lady's maid to Lady Caroline up at Abbeyford Grange, he is very resentful - just at the time when local landowners are planning to destroy the last vestiges of villagers' independence by enclosure of the common land. And when Sarah falls in love with the squire's son it seems that their romance can only end in a tragedy which will destroy the Miller family. Meanwhile, Lady Caroline's wilful nature leads her into a clandestine romance with gentle Thomas Cole. Nothing and no one must stand in her way, not even Lynwood, the fourteen-year-old boy who loves her devotedly. But, like Sarah, will she bow to the pressures of family and friends, or will she take what she wants, regardless of the consequences? The first in the Abbeyford Trilogy, Abbeyford is a heart-warming historical romance by Margaret Dickinson.

Portrait of Jonathan

Portrait of Jonathan

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Portrait of Jonathan is an early novel by Margaret Dickinson, author of Without Sin. Jonathan, Viscount Eldon, is absorbed in the business of building a steamship, but his quiet, reserved personality is in contrast to the wildness of his younger days. He has a great influence upon the lives of those around him and tries to curb the impetuosity of his young brother, Giles. Jonathan also shapes the future of Lavinia Kelvin, whose life is altered by him. Loving him in vain, she finds he is never far from her thoughts.

Abbeyford Remembered

Abbeyford Remembered

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

The years have done nothing to dull Evan Smithson's cold fury against his father's family. Born the illegitimate son of Guy Trent, Evan has lived his life fuelled by the desire for vengeance, leaving little time for his daughter Carrie and her questions about their own family history. But Evan's grudge is old, and the new generation of Trents and Smithsons have their own agenda. Carrie turns to Jamie Trent, Guy Trent's grandson and heir, for answers and the pair fall in love. Evan stands between the lovers, convincing Carrie that Jamie has betrayed her. In desperation Carrie marries Lloyd Foster, only to discover that her father has deceived her. Carrie's new husband takes her to London, Paris and even India, but Carrie is unable to find true happiness while her thoughts keep turning towards Jamie Trent. How can she live in the present when her heart remains in the past? The final part in the sweeping Abbeyford Trilogy, Abbeyford Remembered is a tale of old grudges, new love and heart-warming drama, from the much-loved author Margaret Dickinson.

Twisted Strands

Twisted Strands

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2014

It is 1914, and Eveleen Hardcastle, now in in her early thirties, has married Richard. As the First World War breaks out, Eveleen, a sophisticated young woman, is left to manage the factory while Richard goes off to fight for his country. Eveleen's mother Mary has found happiness at last in her marriage to Josh. Her young granddaughter, Bridie, still lives at home, and is beautiful, but has a spirited, strong will which her grandmother finds hard to control. Bridie is secretly besotted with her godfather, Andrew, whom she is convinced she will marry when she is older. While the war plays out, Bridie becomes a nurse, looking after wounded soldiers billeted in the local Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire stately homes and there finds a vocation that is both rewarding and gives her a maturity beyond her years . . . The follow-up to Tangled Threads, Margaret Dickinson's Twisted Strands follows the dramatic highs and lows of the Hardcastle family as they endure the upheaval caused by war.

Sing As We Go

Sing As We Go

Author: Margaret Dickinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2014

Sing As We Go is a heart-rending wartime novel from the much-loved author of The Clippie Girls, Margaret Dickinson. Kathy Burton longs to escape the drudgery of her life as an unpaid labourer on her father's farm. With only the local church choir and the occasional dance at the village hall for amusement, she yearns for the bright lights. Spurning Morry Robinson's proposal of marriage, Kathy goes to work in the city and is captivated by the sophisticated and handsome floor manager, Tony Kendall. Kathy has fallen deeply and irrevocably in love and, even when the country is plunged into war, she can see no obstacle to their future. But she has reckoned without the devious mind of Tony's invalid mother, Beatrice Kendall. Determined that the possessive woman won't win, Kathy plans her wedding, but the day is ruined when Tony is called up. Feeling deserted, Kathy is forced to face yet further heartache alone. At last, she finds solace in joining a concert party entertaining service men and women. But behind the songs and the smiles, her heart is breaking . . .

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