Set during the years 1737-1742 in Dublin, Paris, London and Galway, The Scarlet Ribbon follows James Quinn, a young surgeon, on his controversial quest to become a man-midwife and the women who change his life. Following his marriage, tragedy strikes, and James sinks into a life of turmoil and despair. Throwing himself into his work, the young surgeon eventually begins to find solace in the most unexpected of places. But the course of his life was never set to run smooth. Battling prejudice, social constraints and suspicion of new medical techniques, James’ work takes him from the backstreets of Paris, through the glittering social whirl of London and finally back to Ireland. This is a story of the thorns of love and the harsh reality of life in the eighteenth century, where nothing is simple and complications of all kind surround James Quinn, Man Midwife.
Lucretia’s life as an astronomer is quickly turned on its head by her eldest brother when he is commanded by the king to build the grandest telescope in the land. Her nights spent on rooftops gazing at the stars are replaced by adventure as the family move to be nearer the king. In a race to build the Forty-foot telescope on time, misfortunes take their toll. The lady astronomer finds court life to be more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Can she find the strength inside to overcome the obstacles threatening her destiny? Only the stars will tell.This book was inspired by the life of Caroline Herschel who lived from 1750-1848.
Take tea with the Victorian Mafia – organized crime has never been so civilized. Revenge is a dish best served cold. At the Lamb residence, it is also served on fine bone china. The untimely demise of Thaddeus Lamb leaves his son Riley in charge of the vast Lamb empire, which imports tea, picks pockets, extorts, and keeps men warm on cold winter’s nights. And so the Lambs grieve for their father in the best way they know how… Retribution. Hired by the new head of the Fox Family, a position recently vacated by another untimely demise, the assassin O’Murtagh is tasked with the utter destruction of all the Lamb Family’s business associates. They learn the hard way that there is no better hit man than a beautiful woman with tricks and weapons up her finely coiffed sleeves. Treachery and deceit abound in the streets of London, and no one is safe. Honestly, it’s enough to make anyone drink. Would you care for one lump or two?