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Janet MacLeod Trotter

Janet MacLeod Trotter

email: janet@janet
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A WELCOME FROM JANET

“Thanks for visiting!

When I was a child on holiday at the family home on the Isle of Skye, my brothers and I would gather around the fireside to hear our mother read aloud historical novels by the light of a paraffin lamp. Rosemary Sutcliff, DK Broster, Nigel Tranter, Geoffrey Trease. That's when my passion was lit for stories set in the past. As a teenager I devoured the novels of Jean Plaidy, Daphne Du Maurier, F Scott Fitzgerald and EM Forster.

Now I like nothing more than immersing myself in the past and creating my own stories!

If you love history, family drama or 20th century nostalgia I hope you’ll find something of interest here.  My historical novels cover many political events and social upheavals. My India Tea Series was inspired, in part, by the lives of my grandparents in northern India, where my grandfather was a forester. They left an amazing treasure trove of diaries, cine film and letters that document their intrepid travel in the foothills of the Himalayas. The other driving factor was my passion for tea!

My blog sometimes throws a spotlight on the research behind the novels, as well as forthcoming book events. I'm a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and an active member of the Northumbrian branch.

If you want to get in touch or leave comments, I’d be pleased to hear from you.

All the best, Janet.”

Janet and Friends.

My newsletter has information on new publications, events, and an insider's view of how I write & what I'm working on next.


HISTORICAL NOVELS    * Janet's Sagas are consistently bestsellers on Amazon *

'The book was wonderful' couldn't put it down and read it all in one go. Each of your books seems better than the last. I have a complaint - it cost me a fortune in hankies!'

'I meant to write ages ago to complain... Hardened commuters are not supposed to cry on the 19.15 from Kings Cross!'

'You managed to draw out of this reader every emotion possible.'

'The house is in a mess, the kids had to eat at McDonalds and I'm not getting any sleep - and its all your fault! I just can't put your brilliant book down...'

'In my opinion there are few gifted storytellers, but you have achieved the difficult task...'

Just a few of the comments Janet has received from her readers!

The Jarrow Lass

THE INDIA TEA SERIES

From India to Britain, an epic journey of extraordinary women in momentous times.

These novels were partly inspired by rediscovered diaries and letters of Janet’s grandparents in India.

Unique cine footage that her forester grandfather filmed in the foothills of the Himalayas in the 1920s and 30s provided further inspiration. Take a look at the clip showing Janet’s mother and uncle being transported in a basket on top of a mule along narrow mountain tracks!

http://youtu.be/Ea_cIY-u0a4


THE TEA PLANTER’S DAUGHTER – India Tea Series Book 1

Lush, green, fragrant: the Indian hills of Assam are full of promise. But eighteen-year-old Clarissa Belhaven is full of worry. The family tea plantation is suffering, and so is her father, still grieving over the untimely death of his wife, while Clarissa’s fragile sister, Olive, needs love and resourceful care.

Beautiful and headstrong, Clarissa soon attracts the attention of young, brash Wesley Robson, a rival tea planter. Yet before his intentions become fully clear, tragedy befalls the Belhavens and the sisters are wrenched from their beloved tea garden to the industrial streets of Tyneside.

A world away from the only home she has ever known, Clarissa must start again. Using all her means, she must endure not only poverty but jealousy and betrayal too. Will the reappearance of Wesley give her the link to her old life that she so desperately craves? Or will a fast-changing world and the advent of war extinguish hope forever?

Tea Planters Daughter

THE TEA PLANTER’S BRIDE – India Tea Series Book 2

When Sophie is suddenly orphaned at the age of six, she is taken from her parents’ tea plantation, the only home she has ever known, to be raised halfway across the world in Scotland.

As the years pass and her exotic childhood becomes a distant memory, adventurous Sophie finds refuge in her friendship with her kind, shy cousin, Tilly. It is no surprise when the girls follow each other to India to embark on new adventures, new lives and new loves.

But the reality of 1920s India is far removed from their dream: the jungles are too humid and the breathtaking tea gardens too remote. And amongst the stifling beauty, intrigue abounds; while Sophie struggles with affairs of the heart, Tilly, alone in a difficult world, delves into the mystery of Sophie’s parents’ deaths. As the past begins to darken their friendship, will long-held secrets shatter everything they’ve ever striven for?

The Planters Bride

SCOTTISH HISTORICAL ROMANCES INCLUDE:

THE JACOBITE LASS: a stirring and passionate story inspired by Scottish heroine Flora MacDonald.

1740s: growing up on a remote Scottish island, beautiful and free-spirited Flora MacDonald is in love with childhood sweetheart, elusive Jacobite, Neil, yet increasingly drawn to passionate and handsome Allan. But tragedy strikes and the fate of a fugitive prince is in her hands. Will she risk everything for the sake of those she loves?

Janet writes: THE SCOTTISH HEBRIDES are steeped in the history of Jacobite Risings and the legendary Flora MacDonald – a beautiful, spirited young woman from the Outer Isles who dared to put her life at risk to help the fugitive Bonnie Prince Charlie. And she may just be a cousin of mine! Although I’m a proud MacLeod – a clan genealogist has worked out that Flora and I are distant cousins – five steps of kinship removed and several generations! I have been following in her footsteps to get a feel of where she came from and the places where she lived – now I feel like I know her! I hope you will enjoy reading this novel as much as I enjoyed writing it.”

You can find further information on THE JACOBITE LASS on the Book Page

The Jacobite Lass

 


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