Beacon Hill, Boston. 1832.
“You are innocent. You are loved. You are mine.”
After surviving the brutal attack and barely escaping death at Lancaster Castle, Beatrice Mason attempts to build a new life with her husband Joshua across the Atlantic in Beacon Hill. But, as Beatrice struggles to cope with the pregnancy and vivid nightmares, she questions whether she is worthy of redemption.
Determined to put the past behind her after the birth of her daughter Grace, Bea embraces her newfound roles of motherhood and being a wife. Nevertheless, when she meets Sarah Bateman, their friendship draws Bea towards the underground railroad and the hidden abolitionist movement, despite the dangerous secrets it poses. Whilst concealed in the shadows, Captain Victor Hanley returns, obsessed with revenge and the desire to lay claim to what is his, exposes deceptions and doubts as he threatens their newly established happiness.
Now, Beatrice must find the strength to fight once more and save Grace, even if it costs her life.
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(Stuff you may or may not already know!)
No one really knows this, but I named the principal character Beatrice Lightfoot after my female ginger tabby cat Beatrice; Bea for short. Whilst the name Lightfoot came from the last name of my family doctor growing up, Dr Lightfoot.
I have a degree in theatre production and design. I have designed sets and costumes for a variety of shows, including one for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. My vivid imagination and background in theatre design allows me to create the world of Ropewalk inside my head as a performance.
In my spare time, I enjoy knitting and crocheting, whilst watching TV dramas on
the TV, especially in the winter, and it's raining and cold outside.
I love the research aspect of writing historical fiction and falling down the rabbit hole, and seeing where I end up discovering additional facts, becoming obsessed with reading about it through other books and novels, YouTube videos and documentaries. Until I have consumed everything there is about an outlet. For example, when researching saving grace, I discovered the Underground Railroad. And the myths and legends attached to it. PSP documentaries. Colson Whitehead novel of an alternative history of the “Underground Railroad”. Or they claim TV show, “Underground”.
One of my first experiments, writing was whilst I was at university, and I wrote a fanfiction of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows hit the bookshelves. It is interesting writing characters you've you've read and watched, but I found it confused my writing style as I wrote like JK Rowling, instead of HD Coulter, and those fanfiction chapters will never see the light of day.
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H D Coulter
Hayley was born and raised in the lake district and across Cumbria. From a young age, Hayley loved learning about history, visiting castles, and discovering local stories from the past. Hayley and her partner lived in Ulverston for three years and spent her weekends walking along the Ropewalk and down by the old harbour. She became inspired by the spirit of the area and stories that had taken place along the historic streets.
As a teacher, Hayley had loved the art of storytelling by studying drama and theatre. The power of the written word, how it can transport the reader to another world or even another time in history. But it wasn't until living in Ulverston did she discover a story worth telling. From that point, the characters became alive and she fell in love with the story.
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