Reviews for An Independent Woman, a Victorian mystery romance, new on Amazon.

charming blend of mystery and romance ... a book which will appeal to those who enjoy a sweet, clean romance, likeable characters and a perplexing mystery, writes Carol Cork on the review site Rakes and Rascals.   

The romance between Philomena and Hugh is beset by ...deceit, distrust, dark secrets and fiendish villains... heartwarming... an authentic, Victorian feel.
Unputdownable says Pippa Dunbar on An historical romance with a compelling mystery.

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An Independent Woman
With nothing left from her childhood except a tiny portrait of a beautiful woman, some skill with a needle, and the knowledge of a dreadful secret, Philomena escapes her tormentor, Joseph, and the dank fogs of Victorian London, only for a train crash to interrupt her quest for independence and freedom.

Trapped between the upstairs and downstairs occupants of the great country house, Philomena hears whispers of the mysteries and lies that lurk in empty corridors and behind closed doors. Her rescuer, the dangerous, enigmatic Hugh, Lord Thatcham, wrestles with his own demons and makes Philomena’s heart race, but she must fight her passion for she can never marry.

Haunted by her past, Philomena’s only hope of happiness is to confront the evil forces that threaten to destroy her.

Her eyes were half closed. His lips brushed gently, soft and warm, over her mouth. For an endless moment she stayed quite still, beguiled by the spicy sharp taste of his lips. A charge electrified her body.

Then her head cleared. She gasped. Was she mad? This was Lord Thatcham and she was nothing but a penniless waif in his power. He meant to have his way with her, just as Joseph had tried to do.

She tore herself away from the embrace. “How dare you.” Her voice shook with fury. “How dare you treat me so?”

Lord Thatcham’s arms fell away. Blood drained from his countenance, leaving the dark eyes aglow in a white face. He said not a word.

An Independent Woman: how and why I write Victorian mystery romances

As part of the Writing Process blog hop, I’m writing a little about the way I write. The full post can be found on my Victorian blog.

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My author friend Pat McDonald, kindly invited me to take part in this Writing Process blog hop. You can read her post on her Facebook page.

What am I working on?
Life is extra exciting at the Evesham’s just now, as we’re busy getting ready for the launch of my first novel,  An Independent Woman, a historical mystery romance, on 11 June 2014.
An Independent Woman
An Independent Woman
At Thatcham Hall, an English Great House, the fiery, determined Philomena leaps straight out of the frying pan into the fire. She's escaped the perils of 19th century London only to tumble into a whole new set of predicaments that force her to face an impossible dilemma... read more on my Victorian blog.

An Independent Woman: Cover Reveal

Soon to be published by the Wild Rose Press, my new Victorian mystery novel An Independent Woman has this amazing cover designed by the talented Debbie Taylor.

Future updates (and loads of lovely Victorian trivia) from my new blog

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A New Blogsite: My Letter to SpeechContacts Friends

Dear Friends,
After blogging here for  some years, I am moving to a new site at Frances Evesham's Blog. 

I'm thrilled that my Victorian Mystery Romance is due to be published later this year, by the lovely, friendly Wild Rose Press. As soon as I have a launch date for the novel, I'll let you know via the new site.

I am taking the content from the SpeechContacts site with me, and I hope very much that you'll come over and continue to read the new posts over there.

It's easy to follow the new site from the Home Page. There's a follow button at the top of the page.

You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook, and like my Facebook page. So much to do, and so little time!

I've enjoyed blogging on Blogger and talking to you all. I hope you'll enjoy my new site even more. If you'd like to leave a comment to tell me you've arrived safely, I'd be delighted.

Until then, thank you very much for reading.

See you soon,

Frances xxx

Frances Evesham's Blog. 

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Frances Evesham: on the run around Europe for years, with only a husband, three children and a succession of opinionated cats to keep me out of trouble. Somerset stopped me in my tracks. Now I walk in the country and breathe sea air. I will get around to cleaning the house soon.

I've been a speech therapist, a professional communication fiend and a road sweeper. I sometimes work in the criminal courts to uphold fair questioning of people with special needs.

I smell the roses, lavender and rosemary as I cook with a glass of wine in one hand and a bunch of chillies in the other. Writing historical romances and books on communication leaves enough time to enjoy bad jokes and puns and wish I’d kept on with the piano lessons.