My father was given a thrashing because he and his cousin sat up on the roof of their house in Greenwich with their Spam sandwiches to watch a dogfight between Messerschmidts and Spitfires over the London docks. Continue reading →
Edwardian specialist Arlen (Death of an Unsung Hero, 2018, etc.) leaps forward 25 years to showcase a dedicated wartime volunteer who learns that the real danger in her hometown is not from the enemy ...
Summer 1942. The world has been at war for three long and desperate years. In the remote English village of Little Buffenden, Poppy Redfern’s family house and farmland have been requisitioned by the...
We were raised on stories of the Blitz in London. My father was given a thrashing because he and his cousin sat up on the roof of their house in Greenwich with their Spam sandwiches to watch a dogfigh...
It seems incredible that we are now in our second year in this delightful old Spanish town. I love our neighborhood with its pueblo style homes, earth colored walls and delightful gates and entrances. And yes, one of those gates belongs to our house! Santa Fe, New Mexico. ... See MoreSee Less
I am delighted to announce that Berkley have bought my new historical fiction: IN ROYAL SERVICE TO THE QUEEN. Based on the little-known true story of Marion Crawford, who spent sixteen years in service to the British royal family as the beloved governess of young princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, and whose troubled relationship with the Queen ultimately forces her to choose between her loyalty to the crown and her own happiness. Coming 2021! ... See MoreSee Less
“Absolutely smashing! Arlen pens a dynamite beginning to a new series, filled with wartime suspense, skillfully wrought emotions, and a liberal dash of romance. Readers will fall in love with clever and quirky Poppy Redfern and the colorful villagers of Little Buffenden, as well as their dashing new neighbors—the American Airmen.” – Anna Lee Huber, bestselling author of the Lady Darby Mysteries ... See MoreSee Less
We are assembling Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders for release on November 5, 2019! Events are being organized, and I am delighted to say that I will be visiting Murder by the Book in Houston, TX and The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ in November. More details to follow! ... See MoreSee Less
Baby gardens can be a bit of a challenge: first year sleep, second year creep and third year leap. BUT yesterday this gorgeous rose unfurled its first bloom in the hot sun, and I sat next to it all afternoon! Golden Celebration lives up to its name with an exquisite scent and such rich color ... See MoreSee Less
We have resumed our early (very early) morning walk with the dogs at Frijoles trail head. The views of the Jemez and Sangre de Cristos mountains are incredible, and the dogs get to chase rabbits (unsuccessfully) and feel macho. ... See MoreSee Less
When I think of living in England again --this is the house that always springs to mind. A bit grandiose perhaps--but it doesn't hurt to dream big! Do you daydream of beautiful houses? ... See MoreSee Less
I think you would fit very nicely in this modest but beautiful house!! Xxx
i totally dream of a big beautiful house!!! so tired of tiny cramped places - i designed my dream house with plenty of space and room for company!!!
My friend grew up in a house just like that in Forest Hills Gardens, New York.
I just saw the movie "All Is True" today, and serious envy for Shakespeare's house.....
I daydream about tiny cottages with rose gardens in coastal villages where I can ride my bike. Nothing grandiose but definitely idyllic. But there is always a spare room for company.
Having grown up in a big old house (not at all elegant, just big), my first reaction is “oh no! So much to clean). You need a crew to clean a house like that and almost no one can find or afford staff. We kids were the cleaners in our house - dusting baseboards, sweeping 21 rooms, washing windows, etc.
Oh I love it, you are so right it doesn’t hurt to dream.
Poppy Redfern my protagonist in POPPY REDFERN AND THE MIDNIGHT MURDERS is an Air Raid Precautions warden in England in WWII. So what was it like living in a world that was 'blacked out' every night when even the flare of a lit match or the glow of a cigarette could be spotted by the German Luftwaffe (air force) from above?
Walking home from work in winter would be a laborious business without street lights. The edges of sidewalks were painted with luminous paint so that motor vehicles with their blinkered headlights did not mount the curb and knock pedestrians down, but the number of road accidents increased exponentially during the war. With a shortage of policemen muggings and burglaries increased, and in large cities no woman went out at night on her own. ... See MoreSee Less
I remember the air raids well during the war pretty scary this was in new England.
Really looking forward to it!
I lived in Nova Scotia and rememer the blackouts and lived through explosions there, when I was a child. It never goes away. But we lived through it and made new lives. I still scream at night Im told but I cant bare to remember the dreams. And thats a good thing I suppose.
I guess thats because Ireland had been under seige and enslaved by the Brits for seven hundred years and just didnt have the heart to care anymore. Erin Go Braugh.🍀🎻
The Republic of Ireland officially was neutral during the war. Thus, they didn't observe the blackout mandate. So, the Luftwaffe simply followed the lights up the island and bombed the crap out of the Belfast shipyards and other war-related areas. When ROI areas caught fire, for whatever reason, fire brigades in border counties in the North refused to respond.
If I had lived in those days...and maybe I did in another life....I would still be in the closet or under the bed...
I remember we had blackout curtains in Chicago during wwII.