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Hazel Gaynor

Biography

Hazel Gaynor

Hazel Gaynor is an award-winning New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author. Her 2014 debut, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME, won the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award, A MEMORY OF VIOLETS was a 2015 WHSmith Fresh Talent pick, THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY was shortlisted for the 2017 Irish Book Awards, and THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S DAUGHTER was shortlisted for the 2019 HWA Gold Crown Award. LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS (co-written with Heather Webb) won the 2018 Women's Fiction Writers Association Star Award. Their most recent collaboration is MEET ME IN MONACO. Hazel's latest historical novel, WHEN WE WERE BRAVE & YOUNG, is set in China during WWII.

Hazel was selected by Library Journal as one of Ten Big Breakout Authors for 2015. Her work has been translated into 14 languages to date. She is co-founder of creative writing events The Inspiration Project, and lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.

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Books by Hazel Gaynor

by Hazel Gaynor - Fiction, Historical Fiction

China, December 1941. Having left an unhappy life in England for a teaching post at a missionary school in northern China, Elspeth Kent is now anxious to return home to help the war effort. But as she prepares to leave China, a terrible twist of fate determines a different path for Elspeth and those in her charge. Ten-year-old Nancy Plummer has always felt safe at Chefoo School, protected by her British status. But when Japan declares war on Britain and America, Japanese forces take control of the school, and the security and comforts Nancy and her friends are used to are replaced by privation, uncertainty and fear. Now the enemy, and separated from their parents, the children look to their teachers to provide a sense of unity and safety.

by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance

When struggling perfumer Sophie Duval shelters Grace Kelly in her boutique to fend off a persistent British press photographer, James Henderson, a bond is forged between the two women and sets in motion a chain of events that stretches across 30 years of friendship, love and tragedy. James cannot forget his brief encounter with Sophie. Despite his guilt at being away from his daughter, he takes an assignment to cover the wedding of the century. In Monaco, as wedding fever soars and passions and tempers escalate, James and Sophie --- like Princess Grace --- ultimately must decide what they are prepared to give up for love.

by Hazel Gaynor - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction

1838: Northumberland, England. Longstone Lighthouse has been Grace Darling’s home for all of her 22 years. When she and her father rescue shipwreck survivors in a furious storm, Grace becomes celebrated throughout England. But far more precious than her unsought fame is the friendship that develops between Grace and visiting artist George Emmerson. 1938: Newport, Rhode Island. A pregnant Matilda Emmerson has been sent away from Ireland in disgrace. She is to stay with Harriet, a reclusive relative and assistant lighthouse keeper, until her baby is born. A discarded, half-finished portrait opens a window into Matilda’s family history. As a deadly hurricane approaches, two women --- living a century apart --- will be linked forever by their instinctive acts of courage and love.

by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb - Fiction, Historical Fiction

August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes that it will be over by Christmas. But Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict, and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war, he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father’s newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears --- and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?

by Hazel Gaynor - Fiction

1917. Two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright, claim to have photographed fairies at the bottom of the garden. When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle becomes convinced of the photographs’ authenticity, the girls become a national sensation. Frances and Elsie will hide their secret for many decades, but Frances longs for the truth to be told. One hundred years later. When Olivia Kavanagh finds an old manuscript in her late grandfather’s bookshop, she becomes fascinated by the story it tells of two young girls who mystified the world. But it is the discovery of an old photograph that leads her to realize how the fairy girls’ lives intertwine with hers, blurring her understanding of what is real and what is imagined.

by Heather Webb, Hazel Gaynor, Beatriz Williams, Jennifer Robson, Jessica Brockmole, Kate Kerrigan, Evangeline Holland, Lauren Willig, and Marci Jefferson - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Stories

November 11, 1918. In the aftermath of World War I, soldiers, loved ones and survivors await the years ahead with hope, even as their hearts are marked by all those who have been lost. As families come back together, lovers reunite and strangers take solace in each other, everyone has a story to tell.

by Hazel Gaynor - Fiction, Historical Fiction

For years, Mr. Shaw’s Home for Watercress and Flower Girls has cared for London’s flower girls --- orphaned and crippled children living on the streets and selling posies of violets and watercress to survive. Assistant housemother Tilly Harper discovers a diary written by an orphan named Florrie, who died of a broken heart after she and her sister, Rosie, were separated. Moved by Florrie’s pain and all she endured in her brief life, Tilly sets out to discover what happened to Rosie.