This Book Funnel promotion features 20 historical fiction books; some focus on just history, but others feature romance or have a military theme celebrating the end of war.


Lily: A Short Story is part of that promotion, which currently runs until May 4th.  You will be able to download a free sample of all the books, including mine.


Lily is 92 and failing in health. Her family told her she was going on a little holiday, and although she finds herself still on her beloved Isle of Wight, to her horror she is now living permanently in a residential home at the mercy of Bridie, the ‘horrible’ one.

To make what is left of her life happier she thinks about years gone by, and once again wonders about the strange disappearance of her 14 year old sister Violet in 1897. Her depression lifts when another new resident manages to shed some light on the 76 year old mystery…


This short story is a fabulous gem that has been very well researched and written from a sympathetic position telling how life was for every day people in the 1800’s through into the 1900’s. We track life through the eyes of a family through several generations detailing the differences each character has gone through in life. Told partly from the memories of the central character and the current events towards the end of her life and we see how important family is and how relationships within the family circle really can and do make everything possible. There are happy times as well as the desperate feelings that fall in place when times are harsh and the reader laughs and cries throughout as the story unfolds.

This is a must read for anyone who likes to read about the every day lives of ordinary people in times gone by and I would heartily recommend it.