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May McGoldrick

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May McGoldrick

(a.k.a. Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick, Jan Coffey, Nicole Cody)

Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick are storytellers, teachers, and partners in the truest sense.

Nikoo was born in Tehran, Iran, and moved to United States on the eve of Iranian revolution. After receiving a degree in Mechanical engineering, for fifteen years she worked in shipbuilding and robotics, holding manufacturing and higher level management positions. Always a writer and teacher at heart, she gave up her engineering career to pursue writing full time over a decade ago. These days, she also conducts frequent workshops on writing and publishing and serves as a visiting author at middle and high schools.

When their first son was born, Jim gave up a successful career in shipbuilding to pursue a PhD in Medieval and Renaissance literature. After being awarded tenure at a university in Pennsylvania, he found that the opportunity to write novels full-time could not be ignored. Since then, he and Nikoo have written well over two dozen works of fiction and nonfiction. Along with his writing, he currently teaches English and Creative Writing in northwestern Connecticut.

Together, Nikoo and Jim write historical fiction as May McGoldrick and contemporary suspense thrillers as Jan Coffey.

These prolific and popular authors have been the recipients of numerous awards for their work. They now reside in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

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The nervous hand, fluttering across the worktable, knocked over the inkwell, spreading the liquid on the surface and staining the young woman's skirt as she leaned quickly to right the well. Read the first page
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Historical with Memorable Characters 5 Sep 2001
By Sheri Melnick - Published on
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Moving from medieval Scotland to eighteenth century England, co-authors Jim and Nikoo McGoldrick have penned a novel, which will certainly elevate their popularity in the genre of historical romance.
Rebecca Neville was forced to flee London in 1760 for fear that she had accidentally killed her lecherous employer, Sir Charles Hartington. Fortuitously, she is almost run down by a passing carriage whose lone occupant decides to help her. Elizabeth Wakefield needs a companion and asks Rebecca to aid her in her journey to the colonies with her newborn son, James. Weak from childbirth, Elizabeth does not survive the voyage, and Rebecca is forced to raise James on her own.
Employing the skills she obtained at Mrs. Stockdale's Academy for Girls, Rebecca is able to make ends meet for herself and Jamey. She also skillfully fends off any amorous advances by inventing a fictitious Mr. Ford, her now deceased husband. Though Rebecca is a woman to be greatly admired for her ingenuity and fortitude, she is at times a little too sweet, with no apparent faults.
Nevertheless, Rebecca does well for herself and Jamey until ten years later when an agent of his father's tracks her to Philadelphia and asks that the boy return to England to live with his father, Samuel Wakefield, Earl of Stanmore. Rebecca travels to England to make sure that James is well settled and meets the coolly aloof Stanmore.
The development of the relationship between Rebecca and Stanmore makes this novel a step above many historicals. While Rebecca doesn't initially agree with the manner in which Stanmore relates to his son, she can't help being attracted to him. And while he is at first attracted to her beauty, he slowly begins to see beneath the surface and wants her for more than her physical attractiveness alone.
Villainous characters such as Louisa Nisdale, the jealous former lover, and Squire Wentworth, Stanmore's evil neighbor who dabbled in the slave trade, add a sinister element capable of tearing the lovers apart. And the historical depiction of the slave trade provides a unique addition to this novel primarily because the subject is not usually addressed as an eighteenth century English problem.
For a sure winner with characters you won't want to leave behind, THE PROMISE can't be beat.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite winner! 28 Sep 2001
By Huntress Reviews - Published on
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When Rebecca Neville was attacked by her employer, she defended herself and had to flee from the law. During her flight, Rebecca met a dying woman, Elizabeth Stanmore, who was on her way to America with her new born son, James. They left London together with the agreement that once Elizabeth died, Rebecca would raise James as her own.
Ten years had past when the lawyer for the Earl of Stanmore showed up at Rebecca Ford's door. James was hard of hearing and had one misshapen hand, but the kind lawyer relayed that the earl was claiming James as his heir. Rebecca went with them to London to make sure James was happy before she left his life. The father, Lord Stanmore, was a handsome, but cold hearted man who cared nothing for his new found son. Slowly, the earl saw what true love really was as he watched Rebecca and James. Passion ignited between Rebecca and the Earl. All might have been well, however, outside forces were at work.
Lady Louisa Nisdale had been the Earl's mistress for quite a while and refused to acknowledge the fact that their affair was over. In addition, the Earl had been fighting in Parliament to end slavery in England. The Earl's neighbor, who owned and abused slaves, was none too happy about that either.
***** A definite winner! The author is a husband and wife team who seem to have their pulse on what readers want to read! Excellent plot and interesting sub-plots that will capture the attention of its audience and hold onto them like cement glue! Highly recommended! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving, joy-filled and wonderful story ! 26 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on
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I had so enjoyed May McGoldrick's Scottish trilogy that I was eager to read her latest book. I must say that this one completely blew me away...I cried, I shared moments with the characters and I felt I learned a great deal along the way. I had had no idea that there was a history of slavery in Britain and was shocked to learn that the abolionists there faced the same horrors our own did here in the States.
Regardless of the historical lessons, May McGoldrick has created memorable, remarkable characters. As the mother of a 9 year old son myself, I felt a particular kinship to Rebecca and was cheering along with her when her dreams came true.
This is a page turner of a novel, a beautiful love story and a mystery all rolled into one. It's a book not to be missed !
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS ONE IS A WINNER! 9 Jun 2003
By Leiya - Published on
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In escaping a lecherous employer in the dark of night, with pursuers hot on her heels, a spunky but penniless teenager was almost run down by a speeding carriage. Fate lent Rebecca Neville a hand when the fleeing occupant in the carriage, the Countess Of Stanmore who was bound for the colonies took her along - together with the Countess's newborn babe.
When the young mother died during the ocean crossing, Rebecca took the infant into her care and raised him as her own. Swearing never to return to her homeland, Rebecca strived to make a new life for herself and the child in the new country.
Yet ten years later when the Earl Of Stanmore tracked down his missing son and heir, Rebecca had no choice but to accompany her boy back to England to ensure his well-being.
Towards the end, there's a surprise secret about Rebecca that'll take your breath away.
This book also introduces characters who'll go on to have their own stories in "THE REBEL" and "BORROWED DREAMS". Make sure you read "THE PROMISE" before reading "THE REBEL" otherwise the surprise will be spoilt.
"THE PROMISE" offers an appealing version from a nine-year old child's viewpoint which is not found in many romance novels. This delightful aspect should be pursued by authors more often.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story, beautifully told 4 July 2004
By F.Faulkner - Published on
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This book was the best romance I have read in a long time. You cared about the characters, you wanted to know more about them... all of them from the two butlers Daniel & Philip to the family of Lord North. Fine job by the author. I was engrossed in the story at the end and didn't want it to end. I wanted to know more about the dashing earl's family and past, and more about Rebecca's newfound family.
I look forward to discovering her other books.
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