THE BOOKS - The Finder Series
The Finder Series is a collection of stand alone books that take the main protagonist on a journey through time and adventures to enable her to grow and find out who she is as a person, growing up in the 1960's. She lives with her family in the North of England but gets taken, with the help of a 'wise woman', back through time to different places. She is a brave and kind girl who happens to be good at finding things and each book sees her age by one year as they take place during the summer holidays.
The Shield, book one, takes her, aged ten years, to medieval England in 1340 to the time of King Edward the third and his Queen Philippa and their son Edward who later becomes the Black Prince.
The Miniature, book two, sees her in France during the time of the French Revolution in 1792. Her finding of a miniature while living with her Great Aunt Ruth in Honfleur in France leads her to meeting a young Napoleon Bonaparte and King Louis the fifteenth and his Queen Marie Antoinette.
The Letter, book three, takes her via the West Indies to Plymouth Colony in 1630, ten years after the first landings. She has to try to bring together two brothers, one whose letter was lost for centuries, only to be found by our heroine. She befriends indigenous people who help her in her quest to foil a war between the different tribes and a spy in the form of a French trapper.
The Ring, book four, sees her as almost fourteen years old so growing up with body changes and dreaded hormones causing problems. She finds the ring belonging to her Great Aunt Ruth who loses it while visiting for the wedding of her older sister. The ring was originally lost by an Arabian Princess in a desert in the Middle East during the Second World War. It was found by Great Uncle François whilst changing the tyre on his jeep and given to his soon to be wife, Great Aunt Ruth. In this book she is aided by Marco Polo from the West and Ibn Batutta from the East.
The Pen, book five is currently being written. The pen which is lost and found by our girl belonged to a young Lewis Carroll in the North of England, Croft, where he lived while his father served as Rector of St Peter's Church. She gets taken back in time to Victorian England in 1850 when Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was eighteen years old.
The Seal, book six is planned and ready to be started in the writing process when book five is completed.
The Crystal, book seven, will close the series and hopefully answer any questions readers might have about how she got taken back in time and who the wise woman really is?
People lose their belongings. That is a fact of life. It can happen by accident, but sometimes it can happen when you put them in a very safe place and forget where that safe place is. Not many people are good at finding them again.
A young gutsy girl with a kind heart, who's searching for her own identity growing up in the 1960's, just happens to be very good at finding things. Can she be the one to help return whatever is lost - anywhere and at any time - to it's original owner?
The second book in 'The Finder Series' sees our kind, brave girl, one year older yet still changing her name as the mood takes her. She is not happy though as she faces a whole month of her precious summer holidays away from 'the gang'. She must travel to Northern France as her injured Great Aunt Ruth, whose doctor has ordered to spend a month of bedrest, needs to be nursed. 1792 is the year, the time of the French Revolution. Can she help rescue three women from the French Court? Can she be brave enough to try to rescue the Royal Family? With the help of a young Napoleon Bonaparte and her 'brother' in this time, Philippe, she attempts this daring double rescue mission.
Once again the start of the summer holidays sees our heroine one year older and braving the open seas after finding an aged letter deposited long ago in the secret drawer of an antique desk belonging to the new family in the street. She is taken back to 1630, and following the boat ride from the West Indies, she eventually finds herself at Plymouth Colony in North America. In this time, she must try to right the wrongs between two brothers and with the help of the indigenous people she tries to prevent a tribal war being started by a French spy, posing as a fur trapper.
What are the chances of a soldier during World War Two finding a small blue ring in the desert? A ring lost by an Arabian Princess in 1330. Great Uncle François did just that whilst changing a tyre on his jeep. On his return to England he gave it to his then girlfriend, Great Aunt Ruth, who treasured it throughout the years. After many years living in France she visited England for the wedding of the oldest of her two great nieces. She lost the ring, only for it to be found by our brave and kind girl who was good at finding things. With the help of the 'wise woman' she gets taken back to 1330, to the desert somewhere in North Africa. Can she bring about a union between East and West? Meetings with Ibn Batutta from the East, a wise and clever traveller and Marco Polo from the West might help her to rescue the beautiful Princess Amira from a life of captivity by her cruel father the Caliph. Will she manage to make her way home to wear the awful pink meringue dress her sister plans to make her wear as her bridesmaid?