Diane Allen - Author

About the Author

Diane Allen was born in Leeds, but raised at her family's farm deep in the Yorkshire Dales. After working as a glass engraver, raising a family, and looking after an ill father, she found her true niche in life, joining a large print publishing firm in 1990. Rising through the firm, she is now the general manager and has recently been made Honorary Vice President of the Romantic Novelists' Association. Diane and her husband Ronnie live in Long Preston in the Yorkshire Dales, and have two children and four beautiful grandchildren.

Featured books by Diane Allen

For A Father's Pride

For A Father's Pride

Author: Diane Allen Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/10/2014

In 1871, young Daisy Fraser is living in the Yorkshire Dales with her beloved family. Her sister Kitty is set to marry the handsome and wealthy Clifford Middleton. But on the eve of the wedding, Clifford commits a terrible act that shatters Daisy's happy life. She carries her secret for the next nine months, but is left devastated when she gives birth and the baby is pronounced dead. Soon she is cast out by her family and has no choice but to make her own way in the world. When further tragedy strikes, Daisy sets out for the bustling streets of Leeds. There, she encounters poverty and hardship but also friendship. What she really longs for is a love of her own. Yet Daisy doesn't realize that the key to her happiness may not be as far away as she thinks ...A heartbreaking story of love and loss from bestselling saga author, Diane Allen

For a Mother's Sins

For a Mother's Sins

Author: Diane Allen Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/11/2013

It is 1870 and railway workers and their families have flocked to the wild and inhospitable moorland known as Batty Green to build a viaduct on the Midland Railway Company's ambitious new Leeds to Carlisle Line. Among them are three very different women -- tough widow Molly, honest and God-fearing Mary Pratt, and Helen Parker, downtrodden by her husband and seeking a better life. When tragedy strikes, the lives of the three women are bound together, and each is forced to confront the secrets and calamities that threaten to tear their families apart.

Other books by Diane Allen

Daughter of the Dales

Daughter of the Dales

Author: Diane Allen Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/09/2018

A moving Yorkshire saga, Daughter of the Dales is the much anticipated finale in Diane Allen's Windfell Manor Trilogy. The death of the family matriarch, Charlotte Atkinson, at Windfell Manor casts a long shadow over Charlotte's husband Archie and her two children, Isabelle and Danny. With big shoes to fill, Isabelle takes over the running of Atkinson's department store but her pride - and heart - is tested when her husband James brings scandal upon the family and the Atkinson reputation. Danny's wife Harriet is still struggling to deal with the death of their first two children - a death she blames Isabelle for. But Danny himself is grappling with his own demons when a stranger in town brings to light a long-forgotten secret from his past. Meanwhile, Danny and Harriet's daughter Rosie has fallen under the spell of local stable boy, Ethan. But will he stand by her or will he cause her heartache? And can Isabelle restore the Atkinson reputation and her friendship with Harriet, to unite the family once more?

Daughter of the Dales

Daughter of the Dales

Author: Diane Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/08/2018

A moving Yorkshire saga, Daughter of the Dales is the much anticipated finale in Diane Allen's Windfell Manor Trilogy. The death of the family matriarch, Charlotte Atkinson, at Windfell Manor casts a long shadow over Charlotte's husband Archie and her two children, Isabelle and Danny. With big shoes to fill, Isabelle takes over the running of Atkinson's department store but her pride - and heart - is tested when her husband James brings scandal upon the family and the Atkinsons' reputation. Danny's wife Harriet is still struggling to deal with the death of their first two children - a death she blames Isabelle for. But Danny himself is grappling with his own demons when a stranger in town brings to light a long-forgotten secret from his past. Meanwhile, Danny and Harriet's daughter Rosie has fallen under the spell of a local stable boy, Ethan. But will he stand by her or will he cause her heartache? And can Isabelle restore the Atkinsons' reputation and her friendship with Harriet, to unite the family once more?

The Windfell Family Secrets

The Windfell Family Secrets

Author: Diane Allen Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2017

A moving Yorkshire saga, The Windfell Family Secrets is the much anticipated follow up to Diane Allen's The Mistress of Windfell Manor. Twenty-one years have passed since Charlotte Booth fought to keep Ferndale Mill and her home at Windfell Manor following her traumatic first marriage. Now, highly regarded in local society and happily married to her childhood sweetheart, Archie Atkinson, she seeks only the best for their children, Isabelle and Danny. But history has a habit of repeating itself when Danny's head is turned by a local girl of ill repute, despite his promise of marriage to the far more respectable Harriet Armstrong. Meanwhile, the beautiful and secretive Isabelle shares all the traits of her biological father, the notorious Joseph Dawson. And when she announces that she is to marry John Sidgwick, the owner of High Mill in Skipton, her mother quickly warns her against him. An ex-drinking mate of her late father who faces bankruptcy, Charlotte fears his interest in Isabelle is founded more upon self-preservation than any notions of love. What she doesn't realize is how far he's willing to go to protect his future . . .

The Windfell Family Secrets

The Windfell Family Secrets

Author: Diane Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2017

A moving Yorkshire saga, The Windfell Family Secrets is the much anticipated follow up to Diane Allen's The Mistress of Windfell Manor. Twenty-one years have passed since Charlotte Booth fought to keep Ferndale Mill and her home at Windfell Manor following her traumatic first marriage. Now, highly regarded in local society and happily married to her childhood sweetheart, Archie Atkinson, she seeks only the best for their children, Isabelle and Danny. But history has a habit of repeating itself when Danny's head is turned by a local girl of ill repute, despite his promise of marriage to the far more respectable Harriet Armstrong. Meanwhile, the beautiful and secretive Isabelle shares all the traits of her biological father, the notorious Joseph Dawson. And when she announces that she is to marry John Sidgwick, the owner of High Mill in Skipton, her mother quickly warns her against him. An ex-drinking mate of her late father who faces bankruptcy, Charlotte fears his interest in Isabelle is founded more upon self-preservation than any notions of love. What she doesn't realize is how far he's willing to go to protect his future . . .

The Mistress of Windfell Manor

The Mistress of Windfell Manor

Author: Diane Allen Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/10/2016

Charlotte Booth loves her father and the home they share, which is set high up in the limestone escarpments of Crummockdale. But when a new businessman in the form of Joseph Dawson enters their lives, both Charlotte and her father decide he's the man for her and, within six months, Charlotte marries the dashing mill owner from Accrington. Then a young mill worker is found dead in the swollen River Ribble. With Joseph's business nearly bankrupt, it becomes apparent that all is not as it seems and Joseph is not the man he pretends to be. Heavily pregnant, penniless and heartbroken, Charlotte is forced to face the reality that life may never be the same again . . .

The Mistress of Windfell Manor

The Mistress of Windfell Manor

Author: Diane Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/08/2016

Charlotte Booth loves her father and the home they share, which is set high up in the limestone escarpments of Crummockdale. But when a new businessman in the form of Joseph Dawson enters their lives, both Charlotte and her father decide he's the man for her and, within six months, Charlotte marries the dashing mill owner from Accrington. Then a young mill worker is found dead in the swollen River Ribble. With Joseph's business nearly bankrupt, it becomes apparent that all is not as it seems and Joseph is not the man he pretends to be. Heavily pregnant, penniless and heartbroken, Charlotte is forced to face the reality that life may never be the same again . . .

Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

Author: Diane Allen Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/10/2015

There would be trouble in Paradise . . . From birth, Polly Harper seems destined for tragedy. Raised by her loving grandparents on Paradise Farm she is unknowingly tangled in a web of secrecy regarding her parentage. When she falls in love with Tobias, the wealthy son of a local landowner of disrepute, her anxious grandparents send her to work in a dairy. There she becomes instantly drawn to the handsome Matt Dinsdale, propelling her further into the depths of forbidden romance and dark family secrets. But tragedy strikes, Polly is forced to confront her past and decide the fate of her future. Will she lose everything, or will she finally realize that her roots and love lie in Paradise?

Christmas Fireside Stories A Collection of Heart-Warming Christmas Short Stories From Six Bestselling Authors

Christmas Fireside Stories A Collection of Heart-Warming Christmas Short Stories From Six Bestselling Authors

Author: Diane Allen, Margaret Dickinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2014

Christmas Fireside Stories is a delightful festive collection of short stories that includes delicious Christmas recipes recommended by the authors as well as extracts from Pan Macmillan's favourite saga novels. Christmas at Briar Farm by Diane Allen Christmas preparations are in full swing at Briar farm as the Bainbridge family get ready for a traditional 1960s Christmas - with all the trimmings. Kate's Miracle by Rita Bradshaw Its Christmas 1919 and things are looking bleak for Kate and her two small children in the north of England. That is until Kate discovers the strength of friendship and community at Christmas time . . . The Gift by Margaret Dickinson Christmas Eve, 1914. A moment of hope unites soldiers on both sides of the firing line as the spirit of Christmas crosses even the divides of war, and an act of generosity changes one man's life forever. Christmas at Thalstead Halt by Annie Murray At Thalstead Halt, the station master has the unexpected task of sheltering snow bound passengers in the run up to Christmas 1886. And the eclectic mix of travellers bring more than one surprise with them . . . You'll Never Know Just How Much I Love You by Pam Weaver Christmas, 1943. The post office at Goring-on-Sea is surrounded by a heavy blanket of winter snow but nothing can stop the last post, or the power of true love at Christmas time. A Wounded Christmas by Mary Wood Can friendship, humour and a Boxing Day party help to ease the sorrows of 1942? A heart-warming story featuring characters from the saga novel Proud of You.

For A Father's Pride

For A Father's Pride

Author: Diane Allen Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/10/2014

In 1871, young Daisy Fraser is living in the Yorkshire Dales with her beloved family. Her sister Kitty is set to marry the handsome and wealthy Clifford Middleton. But on the eve of the wedding, Clifford commits a terrible act that shatters Daisy's happy life. She carries her secret for the next nine months, but is left devastated when she gives birth and the baby is pronounced dead. Soon she is cast out by her family and has no choice but to make her own way in the world. When further tragedy strikes, Daisy sets out for the bustling streets of Leeds. There, she encounters poverty and hardship but also friendship. What she really longs for is a love of her own. Yet Daisy doesn't realize that the key to her happiness may not be as far away as she thinks ...A heartbreaking story of love and loss from bestselling saga author, Diane Allen

For a Mother's Sins

For a Mother's Sins

Author: Diane Allen Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/11/2013

It is 1870 and railway workers and their families have flocked to the wild and inhospitable moorland known as Batty Green to build a viaduct on the Midland Railway Company's ambitious new Leeds to Carlisle Line. Among them are three very different women -- tough widow Molly, honest and God-fearing Mary Pratt, and Helen Parker, downtrodden by her husband and seeking a better life. When tragedy strikes, the lives of the three women are bound together, and each is forced to confront the secrets and calamities that threaten to tear their families apart.

For The Sake of Her Family

For The Sake of Her Family

Author: Diane Allen Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2012

1912 in the Yorkshire Dales and Alice Bentham and her brother Will have lost their mother to cancer. Money is scarce and pride doesn't pay the doctor or put food on the table. Alice gets work at Whernside Manor looking after Lord Frankland's fragile sister Miss Nancy. Meanwhile Will and his best-friend Jack begin working for the Lord of the Manor at the marble mill. But their purpose there is not an entirely honest one. For a while everything runs smoothly, but corruption, attempted murder and misplaced love are just waiting in the wings. Nothing is as it seems and before they know it, Alice and Will's lives are entwined with those of the Franklands' and nothing will ever be the same again.

Pray, Hope, And Don't Worry: True Stories of Padre Pio Book II

Pray, Hope, And Don't Worry: True Stories of Padre Pio Book II

Author: Diane Allen Format: eBook Release Date: 23/04/2012

Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry: True Stories of Padre Pio, Book II is written by Diane Allen and published by Padre Pio Press. The author continued her research and study of the life and spirituality of Padre Pio for her second book on the saint who has often been referred to as "e;the greatest mystic of the 20th Century."e; She has also continued to travel to different parts of the U.S. with her husband, Deacon Ron Allen, in order to interview those who met Padre Pio and had a testimony to share. The introduction to the book is written by Reverend Edward Steriti, O.C.S.O. of St. Joseph's Trappist Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts. Included in the book is the story of Alex Quinn, popular song writer and recording artist of Belfast, Northern Ireland and the miracle his family received through the intercession of Padre Pio. Be sure to read the testimony of the cloistered Carmelite nun, Sister Pia of Jesus Crucified, who found her vocation to religious life on her first visit to San Giovanni Rotondo and made her confession to Padre Pio on many occasions. Mario Bruschi, organizer for the last 33 years of the annual Padre Pio Mass and Celebration at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Washington, New Jersey, was also interviewed. Mario reluctantly agreed to accompany his mother to the monastery of Our Lady of Grace in San Giovanni Rotondo in 1957. His meeting with Padre Pio proved to be a life-changing experience. Father Vic Robles, founder of the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in the Philippines and rector of the Shrine for fifteen years, also shares his story of the graces he received through the intercession of Padre Pio. Additional chapters include: Padre Pio - An Extraordinary Confessor, Padre Pio's Love for the Holy Angels, The Clergy Remembers Padre Pio, Padre Pio's Gift of Bilocation, Padre Pio's Prophetic Spirit, More Stories from the War Years, Padre Pio - A True Spiritual Father, Padre Pio and the Children, Dreams of Padre Pio, Padre Pio's Hospital:The Home for the Relief of Suffering, Padre Pio's Healing Touch, Padre Pio's Seraphic Father: St. Francis of Assisi and much more. Padre Pio's prayers are also included.

Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry: True Stories of Padre Pio Book 1

Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry: True Stories of Padre Pio Book 1

Author: Diane Allen Format: eBook Release Date: 04/04/2012

Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry: True Stories of Padre Pio Book 1 by Diane Allen is a glimpse into the life and spirituality of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, who has often been called "e;The greatest mystic of the 20th Century."e; Forty individuals, all who met Padre Pio, were interviewed for this publication. The author and her husband, Deacon Ron Allen, have traveled to many parts of the United States in order to record the personal testimonies of Padre Pio's friends from near and far. Other chapters in the book which examine Padre Pio's unique spirituality are titled, The Transverberation, The Extraordinary Perfume of Padre Pio, Padre Pio's Way of the Cross, Padre Pio's Love for the Virgin Mary, Padre Pio's Holy Death, and more.

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