Irish Novels - the 'Mist Na Mara' series
Come with me to the beautiful area of Connemara in the west of Ireland, and meet some unforgettable characters.
Published by Rebecca J Vickery Publishing February 2014
English actress Jenna Sutton and American artist Guy Sinclair first meet when they jointly inherit a house on the west coast of Ireland. Curious about their unknown benefactress and why they are considered as ‘family’, they discover surprising links to the original owners of the house.
They soon unravel an intriguing tale of a nineteenth century love affair. At the same time, their mutual attraction grows, despite personal reasons for not wanting romantic involvements at this point in their lives.
A local property agent appears to have her own agenda concerning the house while other events pull Jenna and Guy back to separate lives in London and America. Friction builds over their decision about the house and its contents.
Will their Irish inheritance bring them together - or drive them apart?
"Paula's description of the scenery and charm of the Irish countryside is amazing but most of all, I love the story. What a great plot, characters and setting. Could not put it down."
"I was hooked from the first page and felt that I was there with the hero and heroine. The intriguing story line is fascinating and I could not wait to find out what happened."
Published by Rebecca J Vickery Publishing February 2015
Romance and intrigue in Connemara
Charley Hunter returns unwillingly to Ireland to complete the filming of a TV drama series. She still hasn't come to terms with the tragic loss of her husband there two years previously, and the last thing she expects is an instant attraction to an Irish veterinary surgeon.
Luke Sullivan's life is full as he tries to balance caring for his two young children with his busy rural veterinary practice. After the break-up of his marriage, he vowed to leave women well along, but finds himself drawn to Charley.
While Charley struggles with the re-awakening of her emotions, Luke faces a series of unexplained crises at his clinic, as well as an impending custody battle with his ex-wife.
How can an English actress and an Irish vet reconcile their different worlds? And will their relationship survive when Luke believes Charley has endangered his children's lives – and then betrayed him?
"I felt that I was in Ireland because the descriptions were so vivid."
"Paula's characters are so well written you can't help but root and fall in love with them. A story so intriguing you never want it to end."
Published by Rebecca J Vickery Publishing February 2016
Another novel of romance - and secrets - in Connemara
While working at Mist Na Mara Arts Centre in Ireland, Kara Stewart embarks on a search for the birth parents of her mother, who was adopted in 1960 by an American couple. She soon realizes the task is not as simple as she anticipated when she meets with a wall of secrecy surrounding Irish baby adoptions at that time.
Taxi driver Ryan Brady is also hiding the secret of his real identity but, when he offers to help Kara trace her Irish family, the mutual attraction between them grows and deepens into love.
As the secrets are gradually revealed, they drive a wedge, not only between Kara and Ryan, but also between Kara and her mother.
Can they find a way to heal the rifts and heartbreak created by all these secrets?
"The author's descriptions of the Irish landscape made you feel as if you were right there viewing it with the characters in the story."
"It was a great love story with twists and turns to keep the reader interested."
Published by Rebecca J Vickery Publishing March 2017
After a devastating car accident which halts her career as a professional dancer, Ellie Vaughan finds a new but equally rewarding life teaching dance at the Mist Na Mara Arts Centre, amidst the beautiful surroundings of Connemara and the stunning scenery of Ireland’s west coast.
A chance meeting with charismatic Irish actor Dan Nicholas leads to them working together as director and choreographer of a musical show at the local school. Their mutual attraction grows, until Ellie discovers Dan has deceived her. He, in turn, is shocked and angered by what he believes is her lack of honesty.
As soon as one problem appears to be resolved, another takes its place, with Ellie’s former dancing partner and Dan’s ex-girlfriend adding to the complications, as well as a thirteen-year-old schoolboy, who is hiding his own secret.
When the deceptions mount up, can Ellie and Dan find a way to overcome all the obstacles that threaten to tear them apart?
"It is an emotional and heart warming story that at times keeps you on the edge of your seat or gives you a lump in the throat"
"Ms. Martin's scene setting is almost magical in the way she weaves in the detail and clarity behind every scene."
'His Leading Lady'
First published by Whiskey Creek Press June 2011
Re-published by Rebecca J Vickery Publishing November 2014
Jess Harper's predictable life is turned upside down when she discovers that Lora, her twin sister, has disappeared. It's just a week before rehearsals are due to start for a new West End musical in which Lora has the lead role.
Jess decides to pose as her sister in order to save Lora's career. This brings her into close contact with arrogant theatre director Kyle Drummond.
Attraction sparks between them but there's also evidence that he had been dating Lora. So is Jess simply a substitute - in real life as well as in the show? And what will happen when Lora eventually returns?
"His Leading Lady has a gripping cast of characters taking you on an emotional journey of sisterly love, betrayal and desire."
"Paula has brilliantly written a page turner that dives the reader head first into romance, intrigue and mystery, set in London's Theatrical West End."
'Fragrance of Violets'
First published by Whiskey Creek Press November 2011
Re-published by Rebecca J Vickery Publishing October 2015
The title is derived from a quotation by Mark Twain - "Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it".
Abbey Seton distrusts men, especially Jack Tremayne who destroyed their friendship when they were teenagers. Ten years later, they meet again. Can they put the past behind them? Abbey has to forgive not only Jack, but also her father who deserted his family when she was young. Jack holds himself responsible for his fiancée’s death. He’s also hiding another secret which threatens the fragile resumption of their relationship. Will Abbey ever forgive him when she finds out the truth?
"A book you'll remember long after the last page has been turned."
"It's a page turner with a secret hanging over the couple's relationship."
'Her Only Option'
First published by Whiskey Creek Press in November 2012
Re-published by Rebecca J Vickery Publishing April 2016
Winner of the 'Best Romance Novel' in the Preditors and Editors Readers' Poll 2012
'Her Only Option' is set in Egypt, mainly in Luxor and the Valley of the Kings.
Neve Dalton loves her job as a tour guide on a River Nile cruise ship as much as she values her independence. She isn’t ready to settle down with her Egyptian boyfriend, despite his repeated proposals and his father’s desire to see him married.
Nor is she ready to meet Ross McAllister, a compelling and fascinating archaeologist. She struggles against her growing attraction to him until she can no longer ignore what her heart is telling her. This is the man who sets her soul on fire.
When she starts receiving cryptic messages, and Ross’s work in the famous Valley of the Kings is threatened, Neve has to make a heart-breaking and life-changing decision which she feels is her only option.
Can they discover whose enmity is forcing them apart before it's too late?
"Paula has penned a wonderful tale incorporating a unique story line, romance and just the right amount of conflict for her characters."
"Paula takes the reader to Egypt and gives one a good glimpse of what it would be like to visit. She describes the scenery and the heat so well! She also makes one feel like you are right there as a passenger on the cruise."
'Changing the Future'
Published by Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing in May 2012
Despite their acrimonious break-up several years earlier, they soon realise the magnetic attraction between them is stronger than ever.
However, the past is still part of the present, not least when Paul discovers Lisa has a young son.
They can't change the past, but will it take a volcanic eruption to help them change the future?
"I immediately identified with the characters and become engrossed in their lives and conflicts and from the first page on it was an easy, smooth and deeply satisfying read."
"Paula Martin created likeable, interesting characters who lead life like real people. You wanted their happy ending but she didn't make it easy for them to get there."
"Changing the Future pulled you into the drama and conflict when assumptions, jealousy, and stubbornness entered the picture taking what could have been a totally different outcome and giving it a different one by default."
'Dream of Paris'
Published by Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing February 2013
Attraction sparks between them, but Matt’s behaviour is strangely inconsistent. Anna is shocked when she discovers the reason and is sure there is no future for them.
Can Paris work its magic and make her dream come true?
"This romance feels warm and inviting from page one, as you get to know Anna, Matt, and the world they live in. Furthermore, this story is spiced up with both the charms of Paris and - even more effective for me - the unexpected twists back home."
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