Kathleen McGurl is a novel writer where a mystery from another era that uncovered and solved today.
She lives by the sea in Bournemouth, England, with her husband and has two adult children now living abroad. He recently retired after many years working in IT for a large retail company and is currently writing full time. Or at least, writing novels between your various trips.
I always wanted to write, and for many years had been waiting until I had time available. Eventually, cames to the bitter conclusion that no one would pay for a year's license to write a book, so sat down and began writing one anyway. Since then, she has written and published several novels, all historical or set in two eras. Until recently, she worked in the IT industry, but now she's taken a big step toward becoming a full-time novelist.
It is 1829, and handsome, well-off Henry Cavell, recently returned to England having served in the army in India, sets up home on the seafront in the newly fashionable town of Worthing. He is in possession of a large diamond, given to him in India, which he vows he will give to the woman he loves – when he finds her, that is.
Jemima Brown, sixteen, good-hearted and hard-working, comes to work for him as a general maidservant. When Mr Cavell stands up for her against the unwanted attentions of some tradesmen working in his house, she sees at once that here is a man of high morals and integrity.
But it is Caroline Simpson, daughter of Henry’s house-painter, who catches his eye. She may be socially his inferior, but she is good-looking, flirtatious and knows how to use her charms. She manipulates Henry into marrying her, and only the loyal Jemima knows he’s been tricked.
How can Jemima fight her growing feelings for her master, maintain her morals and stay in Mr Cavell’s employment, despite her mistress’s increasingly erratic behaviour?