Historical fiction with deep love stories.
IN DARKEST DAYS MAY BLOSSOM
Copyright 2019 Leila Snow
Bruised but not broken, she stood in the mud of the street, wearing nothing but a tattered shift the day Jonathan first saw her. He had watched in mesmerized fascination as the girl swiped a filthy arm across her split lip, squared her shoulders, and raised her chin in defiance of her assailants. But when, by random happenstance she turned her head and her piercing, blue eyes met his regard, Jonathan knew his entire world had tipped on end.
Charlotte had known nothing but adversity and hardship the entirety of her life. Orphaned at a young age and condemned to fend for herself, she learned to trust no one and rely solely upon her own strength. Yet, when she’s cut down in the street for a crime she didn’t commit and Jonathan comes to her rescue, Charlotte is begrudgingly compelled to the realization that perhaps hope and love do exist in this miserable world.
England, at the end of the 18th century, is a land exemplified by firm divisions between the social classes. What is a life of ease and prosperity for some, is an arduous existence for others. Nevertheless, ’tis true that love can bloom in the unlikeliest of places. But when a grievously injured Charlotte is falsely accused of a crime and sent to one of the most infamous prisons in the land, the tender bud of Jonathan and Charlotte’s love is threatened. Jonathan is forced to defy family in a desperate bid to save her from the hangman, whilst conspiracies and betrayal are afoot in a cruel effort to keep them apart.
"Us to teach that love and grace In darkest days may blossom, And that a tender bloom of hope May shine in sorrow’s bosom.”
OVERRULED BY FATE
Copyright 2017 Leila Snow
Nathaniel and Madeline are childhood companions, mismatched to be sure. He is the son of a servant and she, the daughter of the Lord of the castle. Nevertheless, they are inseparable, each unaware of the deep emotions of the other until it is too late. One stolen night is all they are granted before Madeline is given in marriage to the wealthy and titled, Earl of Marbourne, who is fast friends with the king.
A whirlwind of intrigue and contrivance follows Nathaniel and Madeline as they join the court and Madeline catches the eye of the king. A story of love, lust, betrayal, greed, and even murder. Whilst it seems that the twists and turns of cruel fate conspire to keep Madeline and Nathaniel apart despite their desperate love.
"It lies not in our power to love or hate,
For will in us is overruled by fate."
~ Christopher Marlowe
PROOF OF VIRTUE
Copyright 2017 Leila Snow
When Emma’s parents perish during the 1848 cholera epidemic, it is left to her to care for her two young siblings. But in Victorian England, where the strong use their power against the weak, her choices are limited and she is forced into the most dreaded of places, the workhouse. As if the degradation and physical labour of the workhouse are not sufficient trials unto themselves, she also catches the eye of Edward Wells, the lecherous owner of the local textile mill. And so begins a game of cat and mouse where Emma is compelled to choose between the well-being of her brother and sister, and her own.
Gideon, Lord de Monthaut is smitten the moment he sees Emma, despite her being on the arm of one of the most notorious blackguards in Manchester society. A game of chance with a heinous wager reveals that all may not be as it appears. Could Gideon possibly see past Emma's circumstances and will they both learn the true Proof of Virtue?
“In struggling with misfortune lies the true proof of virtue.” - Shakespeare