Enemies of the Heart
Enemies is the story of a family divided by war. In 1909 Yorkshire-born Vicky Hudson and her American cousin, Zelda, marry into the same wealthy Berlin family. In WWI Vicky and her children flee home to Yorkshire. Zelda remains in Berlin. The inter-war years forge deep bonds between their children and the results, in WW2, are passionate love affairs, great heroism, betrayal and unimaginable tragedy.
The Golden Prince
Edward VIII became notorious for his abdication, but in 1911 he was a prince from a fairy-tale, seventeen and in love for the first time. Though aristocratic, Lily Houghton is not royal and so not one of the princesses Edward’s father, King George V, would have him marry. Edward’s battle to make Lily his wife has results neither he, nor Lily can possibly foresee; results that will have a monumental impact on British royal history.
When Virginian, Delia Chandler, marries into British aristocracy she is unprepared for the realisation that her husband does not love her. When he is sent to Cairo as an advisor to King Fuad, Delia’s life, and the lives of her two daughters, are plunged into a royal circle full of scandal, passionate love affairs and, when WW2 breaks out, secrets that could mean the difference between victory or defeat for the Allies.
Wallis Simpson is a woman of myth and legend. Her many secrets begin in her Baltimore childhood and are added to during a marriage of nightmare violence. She flees to China and a lifestyle both tempestuous and dangerous. A second marriage provides an oasis of calm – but it is excitement Wallis craves. Introduced to Edward, Prince of Wales, she senses his deep need of her – a need that could make her first a princess and then a queen. With destiny’s hand on her shoulder, Wallis prepares to embark on a liaison that will shake the monarchy to its foundations.
(published in the USA as THE SHADOW QUEEN)
A Season of Secrets - a Margaret Pemberton novel
Sweeping from the Great War, through the Jazz Age to the 1940's, this unforgettable tale follows the entwined lives of the Fentons, an aristocratic family from Yorkshire.
Thea, the eldest daughter of Viscount Gilbert Fenton, flouts the unwritten rules of her class by embarking on a love affair with Hal, the fiery socialist son of one of her father's tenant farmers.
Carrie, her close childhood friend and granddaughter of the Viscount's nanny, has always been expected to marry Hal - but when she goes into service she finds herself longing for the one person she can never hope to marry.
Olivia, the middle Fenton sister, follows a more conventional path, forging friendships with the British royal family and attending a finishing school in Germany. Her relationship with Count von der Schulenburg does not raise eyebrows, but as the mid 1930's approach, she finds herself in a country experiencing rapid, radical and dangerous social change.
Violet, the youngest of the Fenton sisters, is also the most reckless. She dreams of becoming an actress inHollywood, unaware her life will be filled with more drama than any part she will ever play.
And then thre is Rozalind, their American cousin, who is secretly in love with a married US senator. Her ambitions to become a photojournalist will also take her into the heart of Hitler's Germany.
Set against the rich canvas of the early twentieth century, A Season of Secrets is an unforettable tale of passion and betrayal, love and war.
Beneath The Cypress Tree - a Margaret Pemberton novel. Publication March 2017
In the summer of 1935, best friends Kate Shelton, Ella Tetley and Daphne St.Maur are on the cusp of a new life, having graduated with Classics degrees from Oxford University.
Kate is desperate to start work on an archaelogical dig straight away. Her older brother Kit is director at the famous Knossos palace site in Crete, and she is thrilled to be given a position there. However, Kate doesn't bargain for being under the tutelage of brusque site director Lewis Sinclair, nor for her own complex feelings towards him.
In Yorkshire, Ella's family expect her to marry Sam, her long-time, steady friend who is training to be a doctor, but Ella too fels pulled to the Mediterranean by the promise of independence. When she meets Christos Kourakis - a former shepherd - at the dig, life as country GP's wife seems even less appealing. . .
Daphne meanwhile throws herself straight into London's high society, falling madly in love with diplomat and heir Sholto Hertford - and she's too busy enjoying herself to share her friends' work ethic, but then Sholto's work brings them to Crete, and her life becomes as entwined with the island as thiers.
All the while, the threat of war rimbles on, as reports of Hitler's rapid expansion across Europe becomes impossible to ignore. It seems that nothing can touch the perfect, glittering sea and snow-capped mountains of Crete - until war smashes through.
And Kate, Ella and Daphne know that the perfect island haven they now call home will never be the same again, as a battle begins threatening to furn friends into enemies, lovers into fighters. . .
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