Vanessa LaFaye - Author

About the Author

Vanessa LaFaye grew up in Tampa, Florida, but but made the UK her home from 1987. She worked for academic publisher Wiley in Oxford, commissioning online resources.  She detailed the impact of living with cancer in her popular blog Living While Dying, which was picked up in a number of media outlets such as the Daily Mail. She wrote two acclaimed historical novels, Summertime published in 2015 and First Light two years later, both published by Orion, with another recently acquired by HQ. She died in February 2018 aged 54.

Featured books by Vanessa LaFaye

Summertime

Summertime

Author: Vanessa LaFaye Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/01/2015

Florida, 1935. Heron Key is a small town where the relationships are as tangled as the mangrove roots in the swamp. Everyone is preparing for the 4th of July barbecue, unaware that their world is about to change for ever. Missy, the Kincaid family's maid and nanny, feels that she has wasted her life pining for Henry, whom she has not seen since he went to fight on the battlefields of France in WWI. Now he has returned with a group of other desperate, destitute veterans on a government works project, unsure of his future, ashamed of his past. When a white woman is found beaten nearly to death in the early hours, suspicion falls on Henry. Old grievances and prejudices threaten to derail the investigation. As the tensions rise, the barometer starts to plummet. The residents think they're ready, and so do the soldiers. They are wrong. Nothing in their experience could prepare them for what is coming. For far out over the Atlantic, the greatest storm ever to strike North America is heading their way...

Other books by Vanessa LaFaye

Miss Marley The Untold Story of Jacob Marley's Sister

Miss Marley The Untold Story of Jacob Marley's Sister

Author: Vanessa LaFaye Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Before A Christmas Carol there was... Miss Marley A seasonal tale of kindness and goodwill Christmas 1843 and two orphans, Jake and Clara Marley peer into the window of Mr Quoit's toy shop, admiring a large doll's house that looks like their old home in Hampstead. Clara wishes she could just curl up inside it, rather than sleep in the dark alleys of Covent Garden with the other beggar children, but even those alleys are better than the workhouse they'd found themselves in just months before... Every night, before they go to sleep, Jake says to his little sister `Tomorrow will be better.' Jake is determined he will claw his way out of poverty, and will drag his sister with him. Finding a cut-throat victim, stabbed and dying, is Jake's chance of a better life, even if it means leaving the man to bleed to death in the darkness. But as Jake reminds Clara, `He'd have stepped over our bodies to get in his carriage...' From there, Jake begins to build the fortune that will see him doomed for all eternity -a fortress of wealth that will keep the world out, and keep Clara in...

At First Light

At First Light

Author: Vanessa LaFaye Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2017

1993: The Ku Klux Klan hold a rally provoking violence from an unexpected quarter which leaves authorities with an extraordinary dilemma: how do you handle a 98-year-old perpetrator who will not speak out except to admit her guilt? 1919: Exiled in disgrace from her family, mixed-race Alicia is shocked by the primitive conditions when she arrives in Key West. Unlike anywhere else in Florida, people just get along - whites, blacks, Cubans, Catholics and Jews. At the same time, the last troop ship from Europe arrives, full of wounded and traumatized soldiers. Among them is Daniel, who survived the war by shutting himself off from other people. But an unseen passenger is also arriving: the deadly Spanish flu. As the epidemic takes hold, the Klan sets up residence, extending their hatred to anyone not white and Protestant. On Christmas Eve, the situation ignites in the most deadly of ways... From the bestselling author of SUMMERTIME, comes a story of a decades-old grievance and a promise made on a night which changed many lives for ever.

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