I write women's fiction and romance. My longer works have been described as quirky romances. I also write shorter fiction in the genre of historical romance. For tasters of my writing, the short stories, 'Opening Night,' 'The Ramblers,' 'The Family Tree,' 'The Office Party' and 'All The Trimmings,' are available to download for free from Smashwords & their retailers. Many thanks to all who have reviewed, recommended and rated my books. I really appreciate feedback from readers. 'Brizecombe Hall,' a novelette set in England in the early Victorian period, has been my most popular book to date, receiving great responses from readers who appreciate that it's intended to be an homage to the Brontes. A review of 'Kitty,' my Regency romance, written in an Austen-esque style, concluded, "Well worth your time for a light and light-hearted read. I recommend it to all who just need a small diversion from life." 'Three Romances,' a collection of the stories, 'Brizecombe Hall,' 'Kitty' and my WWII romance, 'The Hangar Dance,' is available digitally and in print. The novel, 'Elizabeth Clansham,' is also available in both digital and print formats. My latest contemporary novella is 'Clifton.' There are more short historical romances in the pipeline...
Elizabeth Clanshamby Catherine E. Chapman
Elizabeth Clansham retreats to a croft house in the Scottish Highlands to write a novel and avoid real life. Reluctant teacher and aspiring author, she finds that the job she has taken to fund her idyllic existence impacts upon her more than she'd anticipated; her students are determined to find her a love-match. Will it be Angus, gamekeeper and uncle of one of
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Elizabeth Clansham retreats to a croft house in the Scottish Highlands to write a novel and avoid real life. Reluctant teacher and aspiring author, she finds that the job she has taken to fund her idyllic existence impacts upon her more than she'd anticipated; her students are determined to find her a love-match. Will it be Angus, gamekeeper and uncle of one of Elizabeth's pupils, or Andrew, Elizabeth's reclusive neighbour in the croft?
Andrew's solitary bachelor life is turned upside-down by the arrival of his former girlfriend, Laetitia – fleeing the city of Glasgow and her mounting debts, and seeking shelter with Andrew in the hills. Will their old flame be rekindled or will Lauren, Laetitia’s seven-year-old daughter, get her way and realise a father-figure in Angus?
Andrew maintains it’s the things you don’t do in life that you regret but is it ever too late for love to blossom?
"Elizabeth Clansham is a finely-crafted tale of social interactions, of love and of finding yourself, all tied up into small-town life," (Goodreads review, Sept. 2011).
"...Tentative friendships, secrets, cowardice, fleeting passions, and resentment..." (Goodreads review, Aug. 2011).
"There were several scenes at which I laughed out loud ... folks who enjoy literary fiction and/or romantic fiction should enjoy this," (4 star review, March 2012).
"If you enjoy a laid-back approach to the romance genre ... you will enjoy this book. Each character goes through their own growth period and finds out who they truly are or want to be ... the author does a splendid job bringing each one to life," (4 star review, May 2012).
"I like romances and I found this very refreshing. Characters well developed and quirky. Several LOL moments," (March 2013).
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- 18 Years
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Elizabeth Clansham By Catherine E. Chapman Elizabeth Clansham has recently moved to a small town in the Scottish Highlands in order to pursue her writing, all the while she teaches English part time. Across from her small home lives Andrew a former pop star who drifts listlessly through life until Laetitia and her daughter Lauren arrive on his doorstep, Laetitia is fleeing Glasgow when a menacing man shows up to her flat and threatens to hurt her daughter if she does not repay her debt. Then there is Angus, the gamekeeper and father figure who has taken in his niece when her mother has abandoned her. Between the four romance begins to bloom and each of their lives is changed by the others. This book reminded me a lot of Debbie Macomber’s style of writing using real life scenarios as the focus instead of fantastical situations. If you enjoy a laid back approach to the romance genre and something more realistic than vampires or a serial killer who focuses on the main character for any number of reason you will enjoy this book. Each character goes through their own growth period and finds out who they truly are or want to be. Catherine E. Chapman managed to encompass four individuals but also Elizabeth’s students into the story each one having their own romantic trysts; it was very intricate and well written I only wish there had been more conclusions to some of the individual stories, but the author does a splendid job bringing each one to life.
Elizabeth wants to write a book and isn't sure she can do it in London. So she moves to the Scotland countryside and gets a teaching job, hoping to write the book in her spare time. She meets some interesting people and finds her writing a bit more difficult than she'd imagined. It took me quite a while to get into the book. I couldn't get the characters straight and just couldn't get attached to Elizabeth. There are quite a few characters that run parallel with each other and only at times intersect. But about half way through the book I figured out who was who and started enjoying the book. The ending seems to wrap up decently and yet leaves room for more if the author chooses. I could see this being a series since some of the character's stories could have been developed more or thoughts carried further. All in all, I enjoyed this book. It was well written and had enough going to keep my interest. I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
I gave up on page 15, as i have found with three of her books, she is just a self published "author"