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Janet Woods writes popular fiction and her style encompasses contemporary romance, mainstream fiction and historical romances set in the 18th century. One of them, Daughter of Darkness won a major prize from over 600 novels in the Australian Woman's Day/Random House contest. Over forty of her short stories have been published internationally in popular women's magazines. She also has two stories for children published in educational series and has been included in two anthologies. Twice awarded the Bronze Quill for short story writing, Janet started writing fifteen years ago.She belongs to several writer organisations both in Australia and overseas, and was recently awarded life membership of The Society of Women Writers.
If youâ€™re look for an enchanting mix of romance, triumph over tragedy, bittersweet memories but most of all a cracking good read then look no further than Janet Woods. Her novels, set in Dorset are well researched and will not disappoint in any way.Similar this month: Anne Baker, Alexandra Connor.Comparison: Maureen Lee, Meg Hutchinson, Lyn Andrews.
Following a romantic shipboard marriage, Joanna Morcant has everything her heart could desire: a dashing new husband and an adorable baby son.But an unforeseen tragedy leaves Joanna destitute and with no choice but to return to her childhood home, the Isle of Portland off the Dorset coast, a place which holds disturbing memories from Joanna's troubled past.Just as Joanna is starting to make a new life for herself and her young son, Toby, the past rises up to haunt her once again. Toby's grandfather, the dissolute Lord Durrington, has vowed to take the child and make him his heir - whether Joanna agrees or not. And he's not the only sinister figure to emerge, determined to cause trouble.But in Joanna's darkest hour, a knight in shining armour will ride to her rescue - and that knight is someone she least expects.
A romance set against the background of the Australian Gold RushWestern Australia, 1890. Sarette Maitland is orphaned when her father dies of a snake bite on the goldfields. Rescued by adventurer John Kern, she takes the place of his own dead daughter in his heart. When tragedy strikes and Kern is killed, Sarette is introduced to Kern's nephew, Magnus, whose honesty and heart are tested when he discovers his uncles has left Sarette a considerable fortune . . .
Now a wealthy young widow, former peasant girl Siana Forbes has overcome her humble beginnings to become mistress of Cheverton Manor, the handsome estate which her infant son, Ashley, will one day inherit. Following her grief over the death of her husband, the powerful and sensual squire, Edward Forbes, she is at last beginning to enjoy life again. When the man she truly loves, village doctor Francis Matheson, asks for her hand in marriage, it seems as though her happiness is complete. But trouble lies ahead. The death of his brother means that Francis must undertake a perilous voyage to Van Diemans Land on the other side of the world - where danger and hardship await. Left behind to raise a growing family, Siana faces trouble on the home front too. A sinister figure from her past re-emerges, determined to cause havoc. And a terrible ordeal suffered by Siana's stepdaughter, Maryse, on the night of the harvest supper, means that Siana is left with a heartbreaking choice to make. Will she be able to overcome the odds stacked against her - and will she and Francis ever be reunited?
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