Lynne Francis grew up in East Yorkshire but studied, lived and worked in London for many years. It was while she was on a writing course in West Yorkshire that the characters and setting for The Mill Valley Girls novels came into being. She draws her inspiration from landscapes and the countryside, as well as the history of an area.Now living in east Kent she has written a new trilogy set here in the Georgian era, with the first book, The Margate Maid published in 2020.
An impressively researched Cinderella tale of a sweetly ambitious
country girl, deserving of a better life than being her aunt's
drudge. Feisty, but too innocent with men, she falls unwisely in
love and is forced to find a new life and place to call home.
Themes of art and horticulture perfectly link the locations of Kent
and London and the City tavern scenes with their lusty characters,
are a particular delight. I loved this five star book -- Kay
Brellend, author of A Workhouse Christmas
An engaging, thoroughly researched tale of youthful naivety and courage in the face of adversity, full of rich detail and imagination. Highly recommended! -- RoNA award-winning, bestselling novelist Tania Crosse