Sarah Stuart has been a writer since she could hold a pen: her debut novel, published in July 2014, is only the beginning of a lifetime ambition to embrace the freedom of creating characters in depth. Her first publications were articles about wildlife, horses, and dogs, followed by short stories created for mature students when she worked as a literacy tutor. During a period when she ran Kennel Club accredited dog obedience training classes she edited a monthly magazine.
Her passion for the theatre, the major setting for her first series of books, is rooted in dogs. She supplied them for the stage, which gave her an unrivalled opportunity to meet producers, directors, choreographers, wardrobe mistresses, dressers, stagehands, and performers.
History, and British history in particular, interests her but, so far, she has resisted the temptation to write historical novels. Instead a link to English and Scottish royalty runs through her current contemporary work that is firmly imbedded in the twenty-first century. A confirmed Christian, she has no qualms about tackling subjects that push the boundaries of faith and forgiveness.
People hold the greatest fascination of all. Mother, child-minder, foster mother, student landlady, “university wife” meeting the rich, famous, titled and royal, and an appetite for worldwide travel, all contribute to her deep understanding of how individuals react to different circumstances and triggers. Her characters “live”; in one guise or another they have, or do, live.
BLURB & LINKS FOR DANGEROUS LIAISONS
Lizzie, daughter of a wealthy Scottish Laird, inherits a Book of Hours passed secretly from mother to daughter for almost five centuries. It belonged to Margaret Tudor, James IV of Scotland’s queen, who used it as a diary. On her deathbed she wrote “I direct and beseech my heirs to find love where they may. Love is a gift of God, not of kings”.
Lizzie finds love with charismatic Michael, a young man born in poverty but destined, with her unstinting help, for stardom and celebrity status. The couple develop a passionate relationship, fraught with misunderstandings. Marriage drives Lizzie to decipher the queen’s coded secrets, desperate for comfort while Michael tours the world leaving her to bring up the children.
Lizzie, as Queen Margaret decreed, passes the Book of Hours to their daughter, Lisette. Her role model is Jeanne, the queen’s manipulative, vengeful, granddaughter. The result is immorality and a crime the whole family conspire to hide from the paparazzi, but can Lizzie forgive the man she loves a graver sin than Queen Margaret’s traitorous betrayal of a king?
BLURB FOR ILLICIT PASSION
Lisette Marsh, leading lady in two Broadway musicals, is approached by a man from her past. When she refuses to help him succeed in showbiz he blackmails her with the threat to expose a secret she thought safely hidden forever. Rich, she agrees to pay him, and that is the end of it… or is he so easily shrugged off?
Harriet Marsh, the new owner of the Book of Hours, deciphers the coded entries made by Queen Margaret’s great-granddaughter, Lady Harriet Allanach. Should she follow her namesake’s example to comply with the queen’s command “I direct and beseech my heirs to find love where they may” or do what she knows is right?
Two decades on, Michael’s worst mistake comes back to haunt him in ways he could never has guessed were possible. Once again, the whole family hover on the brink of disaster at the hands of the paparazzi.
Coming soon – Preview of the Prologue may be read at:
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(There is a link to the free love story on my IAN page.)