Writing life – book 4 in the Belleville saga during the saga of Covid

What a strange year 2020 has turned out to be. For me, Covid-19 was a big distraction, and my work rate suffered. And yet, apart from travel, our lives in Queensland have been relatively unaffected except for a short period of lockdown. I feel so sorry for people in countries overseas where coronavirus is rampant. … Continue reading Writing life – book 4 in the Belleville saga during the saga of Covid

Social distancing? Writers are used to it.

I couldn't help but think that writers are probably the one group of people most suited to social distancing ... but even we get to a point where we need to see another human being and interact with someone, at least with our loved ones. I feel really sorry for people who live alone during … Continue reading Social distancing? Writers are used to it.

In my fiction, some bits are real

St Paul's CathedralCriterion HotelPowder compact circa 1942 As I begin to write my 4th Belleville novel, I was reflecting on my pleasure in having my fictional characters inhabit a world that is not entirely fictional. I enjoy grounding my characters in real environments, (where practical, I hasten to add). I originally set out to write … Continue reading In my fiction, some bits are real

Book Review 4**** stars: Return to Prior Park by J Mary Masters

And Mrs B, a dedicated reviewer, finished book 3 in my Belleville series, Return to Prior Park. She awarded all books 4 stars. Thanks so much, Mrs B.

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Title: Return to Prior Parkreturn to prior park smallAuthor: J Mary Masters

Published: February 28th 2019

Publisher: PMA Books

Pages: 400

Genres: Fiction, Historical

Rating: 4 stars

A final act of vengeance. An illicit liaison. A passionate affair. In this third instalment of the Belleville family story, loyalties will be tested and new secrets concealed as the family begin to rebuild their shattered lives. But in the end, it is Prior Park that draws them back as the next generation of the family begins to emerge.

In this third book in the series, the Belleville family begin to rebuild their shattered lives. Wrongly believing they are safe from the madman Alistair McGovern, he escapes from custody to attempt one final act of vengeance. In the aftermath of this final desperate act, each of them must come to terms with the events of the past.

Her marriage in tatters, Julia Belleville begins to question whether she can rebuild…

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Book Review 4**** stars: To Love, Honour and Betray

Thank you, Mrs B, for reading on and posting this great review for book 2 of the Belleville family saga, To Love, Honour & Betray

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Title: To Love, Honour and Betrayto love honour and betray smallAuthor: J Mary Masters

Published: July 7th 2017

Publisher: PMA Books

Pages: 284

Genres: Fiction, Historical

Rating: 4 stars

It’s 10 years since the end of book 1, Julia’s Story and the stresses are beginning to show in two marriages.

Julia Belleville, now Fitzroy, continues to mourn the daughter she was forced to give up, while her husband James begins to look elsewhere.

And CatherineRichard Belleville’s wife, restless and unimpressed by her life in Australia, embraces the unexpected events in her family that draw her back to her English life.

Hundreds of miles from the Belleville family’s grand home Prior Park, a terrible accident robs a young girl of her parents. It is only later that the consequences of this tragedy become known.

And what of Alistair McGovern, the late Francis Belleville’s bastard son? Now a young adult, he demands his share of the Belleville…

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Book Review 4*** Stars: Julia’s Story

I’m seriously delighted to share this great review from Mrs B’s Book Reviews for book 1 of the Belleville family saga, Julia’s Story

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Title: Julia’s Storyjulais story smallAuthor: J Mary Masters

Published: March 29th 2015

Publisher: PMA Books

Pages: 334

Genres: Fiction, Historical

Rating: 4 stars

It’s 1942. The world is at war. Julia Belleville, the headstrong only daughter of the wealthy Belleville family, falls hopelessly in love with American Army surgeon Dr Philippe Duval. When he is suddenly posted away, Julia is devastated, fearing she will never see him again.

Half a world away, Julia’s elder brother Richard is fighting for Britain, flying dangerous missions across the Channel knowing the next mission could be his last. He meets the beautiful Catherine Cavendish whose aristocratic parents disapprove strongly of the brash young Australian officer. Is he destined to find happiness with Catherine or will he be haunted forever by, Jane, the woman he left behind?

Brought up in Richard’s shadow, William Belleville resents the popularity of his older brother and when there is an…

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4 Star Review: Julia’s Story

I wanted to share this 4 star review of the first of my Belleville books, Julia's Story. The review was written by  ElizaBeth Adams » 30 May 2019, 21:31 4 out of 4 stars ****  BUYING OPTIONS CLICK HERE: All I have to say is, “Nooooooo!” Not, “No, don’t read this book,” or, “No, it isn’t any good.” … Continue reading 4 Star Review: Julia’s Story