Jean Saunders (born 8 February 1932 in London, died 3 August 2011) was a British writer of romance novels since 1974. She wrote under her married and maiden name, and also under the pseudonyms of Rowena Summers, Sally Blake, and Rachel Moore. Jean also wrote an erotic novel as Jodi Nicol and also published writing books. Jean Saunders was elected the seventeenth Chairman (1993–1995) of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and she was the Vice-Chairman of the Writers’ Summer School of Swanwick. Se also was member of Romance Writers of America, Crime Writers’ Association and West Country Writers’ Association.
THE BANNISTER GIRLS
The bright dawn of the twentieth century finds itself shadowed by the strictures of the Victorian Age. Women, whatever their status in society, are still women and are expected to conform to their well-defined role in life as a mother and wife. For the Bannister girls, daughters of a wealthy and respected family, this is not enough.But the Great War, with all its horrors and degradation, brings with it opportunities for the girls – the stolen lives of a whole generation of young men slowly erode the man-made barriers to equality and fulfilment. For Ellen, tempestuous and headstrong, the way is paved for her to join the suffragette movement; for young Angel, yet to discover her true self, the war creates challenges that harden her character, and nurtures a love that unleashes a dangerous passion; and for Louise, the eldest, bright but sensible the terrible conflict brings a tragedy that threatens to tear her life apart – until the prospect of a new romance promises a heartwarming regeneration of her soul…The Bannister Girls is a poignant novel of love and war, of the choices facing a young generation that will mould Britain’s future in the new century…
Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 3rd December 2012
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A DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE
‘There’s no way to soften this, so I’ll say it outright. I already have a wife.’In a single sentence Walter Radcliffe destroyed everything Kate Sullivan had lived for up to their wedding day.Coventional family life in 1920s rural Somerset left her totally unprepared for the shame and disgrace of being jilted. Desperate to escape, she accepts the insulting gifts of Walter’s money and his sham wedding ring and flees to the honeymoon hotel in Bournemouth to try and forget.Then handsome Luke Halliday introduces himself, drawn to the beautiful woman who always dines alone. A talented photographer, Luke recognises Kate’s potential as a model, and persuades her to come back with him to London.The promise of a new life, and Luke’s sympathetic generosity seem the answer to all Kate’s troubles. But Luke doesn’t know the terrible secret of her past, and when Walter suddenly reappears, angry and violent, dare she risk their fragile trust by telling him the truth?
Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 26th November 2012
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WITH THIS RING
Tania Paget bitterly resented Frenchman Claude Girard, who had survived an tragic mountaineering accident, while her brother, James, had not. Then, astonishingly, Claude asked for her co-operation on a book about the two men’s mountaineering exploits. Tania finally agreed, but it meant living in the family chateau in the Pyrenees for six months. As she got to know Claude, Tania begins to understand the male fascination with mountains. When Claude’s own life was in danger, she discovered the truth about love as well.
Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 30th October 2012
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