Settlement is the novel I didn’t plan to write. It’s the sequel to Displacement. I thought I’d told all of Rachel and Jack’s story but readers of Displacement told me no. They insisted there was more to tell. And they were right. I loved spending time with these characters again and although the book is a sequel it can be read as a standalone – but of course I’d love it if people read both.
Settlement is the sequel to literary romance novel, Displacement, but it can be read as a stand-alone.
Falling in love is the easy bit. Happy ever after requires work, commitment and honesty.
She wants him to be her friend and lover. He wants her as his wife. Can a compromise be reached? Or are things truly over between them?
When former Edinburgh policeman Jack Baxter met crofter and author Rachel Campbell at her home on the Scottish island of Skye, they fell in love. It was a second chance at happiness for them both.
But after Jack proposes marriage, it becomes clear they want different things.
Then, as Rachel prepares to return to the Middle East to work on a peacemaking project that’s close to her heart, and as Jack’s past catches up with him, it seems their relationship is doomed.
Can Rachel compromise on her need to maintain her hard-won independence?
Can Jack survive the life-threatening situation in which he finds himself?
Will they get the chance to put things right between them?
If you like a complex, contemporary, grown-up romance with lots of raw emotion, dramatic and exotic settings, all mixed in with some international politics and laced with elements of a crime thriller, then this is the book for you.
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The background to Displacement comes from my own experience of living for many years in the Scottish Hebrides and from my long association with Israel-Palestine. The latter is rooted in my friendship with an Israeli woman which began when we were schoolgirls in Edinburgh in the 1970s. Her father came to Edinburgh University to do his PhD and he brought his family with him. I volunteered to look after the new girl in class. After a year she returned home, but our friendship has endured. And because of that friendship I’ve visited Israel several times and I’m both fascinated and frustrated by this amazingly complex and beautiful country.
It’s never too late to fall in love, but the past can get in the way of a happy future.
From the Scottish Hebrides to the Middle-East, Displacement is an intense, contemporary love story where romance and realism, and the personal and the political, meet head on.
Divorce, the death of her soldier son and estrangement from her daughter, leave Hebridean crofter, Rachel Campbell, grief stricken, lonely and lost.
Forced retirement due to a heart condition leaves former Edinburgh policeman Jack Baxter needing to take stock and find a new direction for his life.
After the two of them meet in dramatic circumstances on a wild winter’s night on the island of Skye, a tentative friendship develops between them, despite their very different personalities. Gradually, however, their feelings for each other go beyond friendship.
But Rachel is about to go to Israel-Palestine where she plans to explore her Jewish heritage and to learn more about this contested land. And Jack is already in what is, for him, the ideal relationship – one where no commitment or fidelity is required.
Will they be able to overcome the obstacles that lie in the way of their deepening love?
Can Rachel find a way forward and let herself love again?
Can Jack trust himself not to hurt her?
For readers who enjoy mature, romantic, and thought-provoking fiction.
Change of Life
Change of Life is my first book. I began writing it after being diagnosed with, and recovering from, ovarian cancer. Although it was a difficult time in my life, having a brush with my own mortality helped me to stop procrastinating and take my writing seriously. In the book, one of the main characters has breast cancer and other significant disruptions in her life. And although her experiences aren’t the same as mine, the book does deal with what it’s like to have to cope with enormous upheaval and change and how you come out the other side.
A tale of life. A poignant mix of sadness, hope and love.
Be careful what you wish for…
Wife to heart surgeon and control freak, Tom, and mother to four adolescent children, Rosie feels taken for granted as she juggles family life and her work as a teacher. She longs for a change of life.
When she hits a teenage boy with her car, her life explodes into uncharted territory. The boy is Robbie – and Rosie discovers he is part of a terrible secret that Tom has kept for seventeen years. Then Rosie is diagnosed with breast cancer. Rosie leaves home and begins the fight for her life. Meanwhile Tom, is forced to learn what it means to be a husband and father. He struggles to keep his family together and strives to get his wife back.
For readers who like mature main characters, heartwarming romance and an uplifting take on some difficult issues.