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Author Joan Fallon

Palette of Secrets
Palette of Secrets is a mystery story about a famous artist, Nancy Miller. Nancy has been persuaded by her agent to publish her memoirs but needs a ghost writer to help her to write them. She finds a young woman called Ana who is keen to take on the job. However, as Nancy starts to recount her life story, it becomes obvious to Ana that the artist is hiding something, so she decides to dig more [...]


LOVE IS ALL
When Mark tells his wife that he has been having an affair with her oldest and dearest friend, he sets off a chain of events that reverberates throughout his whole family and changes the lives of those he loves forever. Love Is All tells the story of a family still grieving after the death of the youngest son, five years previously. Teresa, Mark and their two grown-up sons are at last coming to [...]


The Ring of Flames - The al-Andalus series Book Three
It is the year 1008 AD and al-Mansur, the despotic ruler of al-Andalus is dead. Without his iron grip the country is heading for civil war as the pretenders to the throne engage in battle after battle in an attempt to gain supremacy of the Omayyad dynasty. Amidst all the turmoil, Ahmad continues to look after the falcons, but he is torn between his concern for his family's safety and his loyalty [...]


THE THREAD THAT BINDS US
'A family secret can have as much impact as a dastardly crime and this one has many layers and unpredictable surprises.' Sophie Meredith Have you ever had a secret that you cannot tell anyone - even your closest friend? Susan's childhood was full of secrets 'Don't tell anyone,' was her mother's favourite phrase. So when she discovers that her father had an illegitimate child called Michael, she [...]


THE EYE OF THE FALCON - Book 2 in the al-Andalus series
When the caliph of al-Andalus, al-Hakim II, dies leaving an eleven-year-old boy as his heir, Queen Subh knows that her son is in danger other members of the Omayyad court have their eyes on the throne. Captured by slavers and brought to Cordoba as a child, Subh has risen to become the most powerful woman in the realm. A woman of great intelligence, beauty and ambition, she does not intend to let [...]


The Shining City
'Exotic, romantic and rich with historical detail' Karen McCann 5.0 out of 5 stars - 'Took me to another place / another time.' Darius Stransky This is the story of a city, a city that is now in ruins: Madinat al Zahra. The year is 947 AD, a time when southern Spain is under the rule of the Moors. The ruler, Caliph al Rahman III is rich, powerful and cultured. His lands are, at long last, at [...]


The Only Blue Door
It is September 1940, Maggie and her young siblings, Grace and Billy, are living in the East End of London. Their father has been killed at Dunkirk and their mother is in hospital having her fourth child, while the children stay with a neighbour. In one of the worst bombing raids of the war their home is destroyed and the neighbour is killed. Bewildered and frightened, the children wander the [...]


Spanish Lavender
Elizabeth is visiting her parents in Malaga when the Spanish Civil War breaks out. All foreigners are told they must evacuate - the Nationalist soldiers are coming and no-one is safe. But Elizabeth's ambition is to be a photo-journalist and she decides she will stay, despite her parents' objections. Alone in the devastated city of Malaga, she begins to regret her hasty decision until she meets [...]


SANTIAGO TALES
'A really heart warming book.' 'Beautifully written, with believable interesting characters.' 'I found Santiago Tales a most compelling read.' Beth is a woman whose life is falling apart; there are problems with her marriage, her career is in the doldrums and her health is not good. When she discovers her husband has been leading a double life she realises she has to get away from the cosy [...]


Loving Harry
Fashion designer Carla has been too busy climbing the career ladder to sustain a long-term relationship - until she meets the charming, charismatic Harry Wilkinson, and falls deeply in love for the first time. There's only one problem: Harry is already married to Barbara, a stay-at-home wife who's been content until now to devote all her energies to looking after her husband and children. The [...]


The House on the Beach
Rocio and Inma meet as children and promise to be life-long friends. Set in Spain, in the years after the Civil War, their unlikely friendship faces many challenges. It is a time when women have few rights and are controlled not only by a dictatorial State but also by an ever-watchful Church. The girls come from different strata of society, one is poor and the other rich. But they each have their [...]


Daughters of Spain
Daughters of Spain gives a gripping account of the hard won changes within society for the women of Spain, through the eyes and experiences of the women themselves. I first began to think about writing this book in the late 1980s, when I lived in Spain for a brief period. I was impressed by the way the Spanish women I met had embraced the freedom of modern life in the short period since the death [...]


M is for MEMORIES
With my latest novel, M IS FOR MEMORIES, I have moved away from historical themes to present day Marbella. As usual I am writing about women and in this case the story looks at two areas - one is old age and the problems (and also the freedoms) of growing old; the other is about domestic abuse and how difficult it was to report it to anyone back in the 1960s. For those of you old enough to [...]


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