Elizabeth, reluctant teacher and aspiring author, retreats to a Highland croft house to fulfil her lifelong ambition of writing a novel. She wants to be left in peace. Andrew, her solitary neighbour, is seeking the inspiration to complete his PhD and trying to avoid commitment. However, his 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, gamekeeper and uncle to Elizabeth's pupil, Dorothy? Elizabeth finds her vision of an idyllic existence being challenged by her students. Furthermore, they are determined to find her a love-match. Will it be Andrew or 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).
Catherine E. Chapman is a UK-based author of fiction and romance.
Catherine's longer works have been described as quirky romances. They are accessible literary character fiction, set in contemporary times, with humour being an important ingredient. Catherine also writes shorter fiction in the genre of historical romance.
Most of Catherine's publications are available digitally on Kindle. 'Elizabeth Clansham,' a novel set in the Scottish Highlands, is also available in print from Amazon and Createspace.
'Three Romances,' a collection of the historical romances, 'Brizecombe Hall,' 'Kitty' and 'The Hangar Dance,' is also available in print.
"Very engaging read; authentic to the time," (5 star review of 'Kitty,' February 2013).
"The plot was tight and kept me engaged; good characterisation meant I truly cared about what was happening," (4 star review of 'Danburgh Castle,' April 2012).
"I loved this book ... Many LOL moments. A very satisfying read," ('The Beacon Singer,' March 2013).
Catherine really values feedback from readers and would like to thank all those who have taken the time to read, rate, review and comment on her fiction.
She is currently working on ideas for new full-length fiction, with a couple of short historical romances also in the pipeline...