Brotherly Love





Fred Hale returns home from the Navy after 4 years, as an experienced man. Surprised is he to find that his sister, Margaret has grown into a woman, but lonely. After school and a year with caregiving their parents, Margaret has yet to be out with a man and the years are starting to mount. At his first hint that Margaret is beginning to have “those feelings”, he endeavors to teach her the ways of men and set her on a path to marriage. At the same time, he begins to find love himself, and Margaret realizes that Fred must not treat his woman as if she waited on the docks and various seaports. Family friend Adam and Fred concoct a way for her to be noticed by John Thornton, totally oblivious to her. The rollicking “coming of age for Margaret” saga is full of twists, turns, humor and finding the ability to love.

Another Fantasy Novel of Margaret and John

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(Paperback 385 pages)

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Sweet Surrender



(Epic Length – Paperback 500+ pages)

It’s a year after the proposal rejection day. Margaret finds that she and Dixon are destitute. Her father has passed and left very little money. Mr. Bell is in the America’s. She finds that she and Dixon must move to a different flat, which is on the edges of the Princeton area. Margaret’s pride keeps her from becoming a begger to her few friends. She begins to search for work in one of the mills while Dixon takes in washing and ironing, so they can eat. In her desperation, Margaret inquires about employment at Marlborough Mills. Seeing her enter is his mill yard, John hurries to Miss Hale, wondering what she is doing there. Confronting John and looking into his eyes, Margaret apologizes for wasting his time and flees his presence. John had no idea that the employment she mentioned was for her, but he did see she was sickly, pale and thin. Margaret disappears into the Princeton District to escape John’s pursuit of her. John begans an ambitious campaign to find her as a spark of hope is born again.

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The Courtship of Margaret Hale



John and Margaret have finally found each other on the train platform. Life becomes hopeful for both of them. As time passes John comes to feel there is no going back for the two of them and begins to settle his anxieties of losing her again. Margaret wants to be courted and John desperately wants the same. He buys her an heirloom wedding ring. Margaret felt the ring chose her and John could feel it was hers to have, regardless of the cost to him, no longer a successful Mill Master. Unbeknownst to either, they begin to have similar dreams of a time almost seven hundred years in the past. John dreams of himself as medieval noble warrior and Margaret dreams of herself as a noble Lady. Does the antique ring hold the answers to their dreams? Is it cursed or enchanted? It is mystical or mythical? Will it show them a troubled destiny as yet untraveled for the original lovers which they must complete? Is there a chance that John can lose Margaret once again? Margaret sees a death in her dreams; John sees a castle and battlefields, warriors and archers. What is happening to our Milton lovers?

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Margaret becomes depressed and lonely after the passing of her last parent. She knows no one in Milton since she has been involved in caring for two aging parents. After many months and hiring her mysterious, yet, entertaining new driver, she decides to go into business. She wants to open a Lady’s Club. Her driver thinks she is daft and needs a husband. Whimsy, Margaret’s new driver, finds himself drawn to her for reasons other than a romantic love. Attending the theater with family friend, Adam Bell, Margaret is introduced to the woman in John Thornton’s life. Sparks will eventually fly, igniting an unquenchable fire.

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My Soul to Keep



John and Margaret are weeks away from their planned marriage when life starts to unravel for the committed couple. Margaret has unknowingly presented John with a nightmare he could never have imagined. John cannot bring himself to give up hope. Does it still exist? Can his obsession for the woman he has waited many years to marry bring her back? Fate continues to deal its heavy hand as Margaret and John become embroiled in a mystery with the Braithwaite family. Will John defeat the challenges laid before him as Margret struggles and the inflicted tragedies mount?

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Northern Ways


After his rejected proposal, John Thornton loses his way. With his life in ruins, he becomes a damaged man. John goes to extremes as he tries to eliminate Margaret Hale from his life. His obsession does not want to abate. As Margaret Hale comes to realize all that she lost when she sent John away that day, she endeavors to bridge the gap she had created. John vows to never suffer this hurt again and dismisses her at every turn. Margaret becomes as despondent as John. Seeing her at the Masquerade, John begins to feel there may be hope, until he sees Margaret in the arms of the other man. John, now wants to be lost to all.

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Margins of her Heart



How does a Milton Mill Master fall in love with the same woman twice? Follow John Thornton as he buys a second hand book and falls in love with the woman who wrote her heart in the margins of Jane Eyre. Margaret Hale, finding herself in reduced circumstances as a care-giver to her father until his passing then seeks work as a governess. Being hidden from Milton’s notice since settling there , Margaret Hale comes to the aid of a community fire. There she is noticed by John Thornton and other Masters. He begins to feel she is the woman he has sought all his life, unknowing that she is the one who has captured his heart in the margins, being the previous owner of the book.

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Comedy of Eras



A time-travel novel. How does a 2012 London teacher fall in love with an 1850 Milton Mill Master? Can John Thornton find any redeeming features in a brash young woman, who lands in his world with a skimpy tube top, jeans, and trainers? What will Margaret do when she finds no toilet paper? John is taken aback, knowing she’s English, but her words are not understood to him. What does “ducky” mean? And she keeps saying OK, what does that mean? Can Margaret conquer the quill pen and the wax seal – after she learns how to fold the note? Margaret knows that Master Thornton will someday be in the history books. How will it tell her story or will it?

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Forever Champion



As soon as the coach stopped in front of the Hale home, John flew through the door and up the steps. Not finding Margaret in her room, he started opening other doors until he found her at her father’s feet. This was a very poor occasion to be meeting her father for the first time but he ran to her and pulled her to him. She felt like a rag doll; she was almost lifeless. He stood, gently folding her into his arms and carried her downstairs.
Margaret looked at John and in a monotone voice said, “You cannot love me, please do not love me anymore.”
John felt like shaking her. She was talking nonsense.
“John, if you love me, I will only disappoint you. I will break your heart. I cannot do that to you, so please go away.” Margaret knew the words were falling from her lips against her will but she had no will anymore. She knew her next few months, the rest of her life, would be spent situating her father and Dixon and falling out of love with John.

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I Killed Him



After two years, absent from Milton and John Thornton, Margaret Hale finds herself being coerced into a pending marriage by a decorated military captain for the inheritance she will receive in the near future. At stake is the life of her brother, Fredrick Hale who has been branded a mutineer and wanted by the Navy to be hung as an enemy of the crown. Hiding the consistent physical abuse and fear from her family, an attempted sexual assault finds Margaret Hale believing she will meet death soon after the wedding. Pushed to her ultimate limit, she flees to the only man with whom she feels safe, John Thornton. In her flight, she knows she is tipping the balance against her brother in retribution and her own life. Has she now thrown the respected mill owner’s life into the line of fire? This is a North and South Fantasy story.

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