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Patricia Gaffney gave up her job in 1984, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following her successful treatment she has written 12 historical romances, which have all been bestsellers in the USA, and four works of contemporary fiction. She lives in Pennyslvania, USA.
This American author rose to fame over here with an extraordinarily sensitive book about womenâ€™s friendship and breast cancer, The Saving Graces, which was semi-autobiographical and obviously written from the heart. Her subsequent books have not succeeded in making me cry as that did but I still love them. This tells of a dependent 32-year old being forced to face life.Comparison: Anne Tyler, Rebecca Wells, Adriana Trigiani.Similar this month: Noelle Harrison, Lorna Landvik.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Saving Graces and Flight Lessons comes Book II of the Wyckerley TrilogyTo Have and to Hold Suave, cynical, and too handsome for his own good, Sebastian Verlaine never expected to become a magistrate judging the petty crimes of his tenants and neighbors. Nor can the new Viscount DAubrey foresee that, when a fallen woman appears before him, hell find himself beguiled against all reason to alter her terrible fate...Rachel Wade has served time in prison for her husbands violent death, but soon discovers that freedom has its own price. For no one will offer her a second chance but a jaded viscount who needs a housekeeper. Scorned by the townspeople of Wyckerley as DAubreys mistress, tempted beyond her will by the devilish lord, Rachel risks everything she has to claim a life of her own...and a love that will last for all time.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Saving Graces and Flight Lessons comes Book I of the Wyckerley TrilogyTo Love and To Cherish He is a local vicar, whose handsome, noble features resemble those of an angel. And with his golden-haired good looks and palpable strength, Christian Christy Morrell has unexpectedly become the single source of light in Anne Verlaines dark life. Almost from the moment they met, she realized she couldnt help loving him.But Anne is imprisoned by an unhappy marriage to the man who was once Christys closest friend. Yet when her husband leaves Anne behind in Wyckerleyin pursuit of a dangerous planshe finds herself unable to deny the breathtaking passion Christy has awakened in her. She knows she has no right to ask Christy to love her, and no choice but to need himeven though she risks both their ruin.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Saving Graces and Flight Lessons comes Book III of the Wyckerley TrilogyForever and Ever Sophie Deene is every bit her fathers daughterproud, fiercely independent...yet bound by the constraints of convention. When she takes over her fathers copper mine upon his death and finds herself wildly attracted to the handsome, insolent Cornishman she has hired as foreman, she refuses to risk everything for an unsuitable marriage...Embittered by past tragedy and burdened by dark secrets, Connor Pendarvis lives only to destroy the belle of Wyckerley. But even as he begins to tear apart Sophies world, Connor finds himself falling in love with her... and fighting a passion that promises to engulf them both forever and ever...
On the eve of the French Revolution, the daughter of a traitor might be the only one who can save the British CrownCassandra Merlin is in dire straits. Her father, Patrick, has just been executed for treason against the British Crown. Her aunt, Lady Elizabeth Sinclair, is eager to marry her off rather than bear the expense of sheltering a turncoat's daughter. And when a handsome young patriot named Philip Riordan enters her life, Cass knows he is destined to complicate matters further.Riordan wants her to enter the spy game, to provide valuable information about her father's plot against the monarchy in order to save the king's life. But the intelligence game is never a simple one, and even a heart as jaded as Cass's may not be safe from the charms of Philip Riordan, renowned cad, Member of Parliament . . . and die-hard loyalist.
A young noblewoman, fleeing from the darkness of her past, falls into life as a housemaid at a country manorand into the arms of the lord who owns itBorn a lady, but now orphaned and left to the care of distant relations, Lily Trehearne's fortunes are low indeed. All she inherited from her spendthrift father is a tangled web of debt, and her ultra-pious guardian, the Reverend Roger Soames, seems determined to marry her off to his son Lewis.Determined to save herself from that dreary fate, Lily panics and flees to Cornwall. Under the pseudonym Lily Troublefield, she accepts the first position she is offered, as a housemaid at the ominously named Darkstone Manor, property of Devon Darkwell. Lily's new master is eccentric, deeply troubled . . . and strangely irresistible.
Trapped in a loveless marriage at the turn of the twentieth century, a British noblewoman finds renewed passion with a young architect Lady Sara Longford's once-storybook marriage is falling apart. Her husband, Ben Cochrane, a New York entrepreneur, married Sara in the hopes that a high-society English wife would improve his odds of entering New York's uppermost social strata, but so far those ambitions have remained unfulfilled, and the relationship has soured.But things change when Sara meets up-and-coming draftsman Alex McKie, hired to build Cochrane's garish summer home in Newport, Rhode Island. When Cochrane sends Sara away to Newport to oversee the construction, Sara finds herself increasingly drawn to the charming Alex. As their relationship develops, Sara must chose between the safe life she knows and the forbidden love that threatens to destroy everything she holds dear.
A young city doctor moves to the country, where a mute and beautiful local woman will change his life foreverNewly installed at his modest post in Wayne's Crossing, Pennsylvania, Tyler Wilkes is a doctor, a hero of the Spanish-American War, and the heir to a great fortune. His wealthy family in Philadelphia doesn't approve of his new station, but Tyler is sure of his calling. And the young ladies of Wayne's Crossing can't seem to get enough of their handsome young physician, exploiting every excuse to visit his offices with imagined maladies.Tyler is most intrigued by Carrie Wiggins. Mute, sensitive, lovely, and troubled, Carrie lives with her abusive alcoholic stepfather, Artemis, in the mountains just outside of town. Her gentle nature and the loving care she bestows on injured animals in the woods quickly endear her to Tyler, though they belie the darkness in her life. Can she overcome her tortured past to give voice to her heart?
Two con artists team up in 1880s California for the score of a lifetimebut end up fighting for their lives insteadIn a stagecoach en route to San Francisco, Grace Rousselot is posing as a nun to drum up ';donations' from fellow travelers. Across from her, Reuben Jones is faking blindness to prey on unsuspecting travelers. Both grifters are surprised to learn that they have competition, and even more surprised when their stagecoach is ambushed and robbed, leaving them both flat broke.Not keen to discuss the robbery with the police, Reuben and Grace decide to work together to recoup some of their losses. Soon enough, what starts out as a practical partnership evolves into something more. And with the Chinese mafia hot on their heels, neither is sure just how far they can trust a manor a womanwith a crooked heart.
A legendary gunfighter brings big trouble to a frontier town, and ignites the passion of a local saloon owner When Jesse Gault saunters into Paradise, Oregon, with a gun on each hip, the town is instantly abuzz. What could a legendary gunslinger want in Paradise? And what will the townsfolk have to do to keep his trouble from becoming their own? Cady McGill, proprietor of the Rogue Tavern, thinks she may know what Gault has come for, and she doesn't like it one bit.Cady's ongoing battle with Merle Wylie, who has been buying up or burning down properties all over town, is coming to a head, as Wylie tries to get his hands on her tavern and her dried-up gold mine. Hiring a gunfighter like Gault would be just Wylie's speed. But Cady senses something else behind Gault's mysterious faade, and as the two grow closer she learns that his closely guarded secrets could spell life or death for the townand for Cady herself.
The puppy started it. The poor thing was cold and trembling, abandoned on their front doorstep. Dash, impulsive as always, decides on the spot that they should keep it. But her husband, Andrew, thinks its the craziest thing hes ever heard. A fight over a scruffy little dog doesnt seem like much of a reason to walk out on your husband of twenty years - but the spat over the puppy is just the last of many straws. Dash is so tired of the faculty parties at Mason-Dixon College that Andrew insists they attend even though he wont mingle with his colleagues, tired of his constant fretting over illnesses he doesnt have, tired of the glass of warm milk he must have every night before bed. Why cant he see that with her mother gone and their daughter off at college, Dash needs something more?Now, living on her own for the first time in years, Dash can do whatever she wantsif only she could figure out what that is. But every time she starts making plans for the future, she finds herself thinking about the past - remembering the mother shes lost, her daughters childhood, and the husband she isnt entirely sure she wants to leave behind
Gaffneys characters are appealing and realistic. Readers will race through this book. New Orleans Times PicayunePoignant. Entertaining. As good as it gets. New York PostNo other author writes about the lives and friendships of women with more warmth and grace than New York Times bestseller Patricia Gaffney.A true master of womens fiction, with Circle of Three she flourishes the same breathtaking characterization and storytelling skills that made her previous novel, The Saving Graces, a readers favorite. The story of a woman grieving for her losses and her life, and her relationship with her overbearing mother and precocious young daughter, Circle of Three focuses on three generations of a troubled family, the anger and misunderstanding that separates themand the love that holds them together. Gaffney does beautifully what Elizabeth Berg, Anne Rivers Siddons, and Anne Tyler also do so well: exploring the tricky bonds of family in novels both heart-soaring and heartbreaking.
THE SAVING GRACES: A heartwrenchingly moving story of love, loyalty and courage - four friends put to the ultimate test. CIRCLE OF THREE - A wise, emotional but wholly unsentimental novel of three generations of women, and the changes they face when one of them is unexpectedly widowed. FLIGHT LESSONS - A beautiful, funny and ultimately reassuring tale of life and love.
Imagine a bond that's richer than that between siblings, stronger than those within a marriage. Four ordinary women have found just this, and after more than ten years of shared life, their friendship has become a remarkable and invincible force Isabel has a broken marriage behind her and a grown up son she loves but rarely sees. Two years into remission from breast cancer, she embraces everything that is alternative, and exists by forgiveness. Lee is blessed with money, but didn't find love until she had abandoned all hope; now she has Henry - but no children, a longing that seems a wish too far. Rudy is young and beautiful, damaged by her past and an off-centred family, and now married to a brutal and controlling man. Emma, feisty and insecure, does not believe in love - until she falls for the one man she can never have. In this warm, funny, spirited and heartfelt novel, Patricia Gaffney unfolds two years in the lives of the Saving Graces, as together they face one another's high and low points. But then when out of the blue tragedy strikes and they are faced with the unthinkable, a shadow looms over their bond, threatening to destroy it for ever...
Through the interconnected lives of three generations of women in a small town in rural Virginia, this memorable novel explores the layers of tradition and responsibility, commitment and passion that bind them. After the sudden death of her husband, Carrie must come to terms not only with her grief, but with the guilt that their love had already died. Struggling to go on, to support her loving and vivacious daughter, Ruth, she slowly shakes off the sorrow that surrounds her and begins a new life. Complicating matters is Carrie's mother, Dana, who believes she has always acted in her daughter's best interests. Having driven Carrie away from her first love, the soulful, unconventional Jess, Dana has no idea how to behave now that he has re-entered her daughter's life. Skilfully weaving together the voices of Ruth, Dana and Carrie, Patricia Gaffney explores the dichotomies inherent in all female relationships in a spirited and wholly unsentimental way. CIRCLE OF THREE is about believing in impossible things, like second chances - and maybe even happy endings.
Growing up, Anna admired and emulated her unmarried Aunt Rose, who led a much more exotic and glamorous life than her mother. But as her mother lies dying, Anna finds out that the woman she looked to more than her own mother betrayed them both in the worst way. Now an acutely mistrustful adult, Anna suffers yet another betrayal, at the hands of her lover. Looking for an escape, Anna returns home, though it means helping her aunt run the family restaurant. Rose, who for 20 years has struggled to regain Anna's trust, realizes that although her niece has come home, it's clear she doesn't plan to stay. Feelings are frosty as ever, and Anna is so deadset on leaving, that she fails to recognize true love, even as it reaches up to grab her by the heart. Moving, funny, and ultimately reassuring about life and love, Gaffney's new novel is just the thing her readers have been waiting for.