Vicky Adin

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in Cardiff, The United Kingdom



Catherine_Cookson Jean Plaidy aka Victoria Holt or Philippa Carr.

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Award winning historical fiction author, Vicky Adin is a genealogist in love with history and words.

After decades of research Vicky has combined her skills to write poignant novels that weave family and history together in a way that makes the past come alive. She is particularly fascinated by the 19th Century pioneers who undertook hazardous journeys to find a better life. Especially the women, whose strength and determination to flourish in a new country still coming to terms with its existence is inspirational.

Vicky draws her characters from real life stories - characters such as Brigid, the Irish lacemaker and Gwenna, the Welsh confectioner, or Megan who discovers much about herself when she traces her family tree back to Constance and

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Vicky Adin The language. I love words. I love being able to describe a scene, an emotion, or a place using all sorts of different words. Also, the fact you can…moreThe language. I love words. I love being able to describe a scene, an emotion, or a place using all sorts of different words. Also, the fact you can write anywhere when the mood takes you.(less)
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Average rating: 4.14 · 185 ratings · 51 reviews · 7 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Cornish Knot

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The Art of Secrets

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The Disenchanted Soldier

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  If you asked people who know me well what I enjoy the most, they would tell you books and writing, travel and history, antiques and genealogy, and not necessarily in that order. I can’t imagine a day when I do not read and I mean a book, not simply a newspaper article or online post, or write something; and again, I mean write words as part of a book, not just articles, although I do both.  ... Read more of this blog post »
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Gwenna The Welsh Confectioner by Vicky Adin
"4☆ An Endearing Historical Romance

Gwenna lives at home with her step mother, younger brother Charlie and step brother Elias.
Since Gwenna's father passed away her brother Elias has become head of the house and the boss of the homemade confectionery..." Read more of this review »
Gwenna The Welsh Confectioner by Vicky Adin
"I thoroughly enjoyed this story about Gwenna and her sweet making. The author has obviously done a lot of research into the subject. Having six sisters myself, I loved the interaction between the girls, each one portrayed marvellously with their o..." Read more of this review »
Gwenna The Welsh Confectioner by Vicky Adin
"Gwenna the Welsh Confectioner is a captivating novel filled with fantastic characters, a moving plot, and beautiful writing.

I love how real this feels. The time period and everyday life of Gwenna felt extremely real. I love Vicky Adin's writing st..." Read more of this review »
Brigid The Girl from County Clare by Vicky Adin
"Brigid The Girl from County Clare—a most enjoyable read for me. What could be better? An historical novel about a 19th Century Irish woman who emigrates to New Zealand! Adin is a competent storyteller. The characters, plot and storyline are neithe..." Read more of this review »
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What a beautiful way to tie up all the loose ends to the series and introduce a new storyline. Well done to the author. River's End has become a favourite place to visit.
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There is an old-fashioned charm about River's End and the people who live there - Christie and Martin, Martha and Thomas, Randall who they all love, Elizabeth, Angus, Trev the local policeman, and so many more. Beautiful characters that fit. They lov ...more
" K wrote: "I have been researching my family history for more than 20 years. Then in 2005, I began my online foray into genealogical research (via Ance ...more "
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“History is about ordinary people living their ordinary lives, just as we do today, while all around the world is changing. It makes heroes out of some people and victims out of others.”
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“I’ll let you into a little secret. If you want quality, if you want elegance, if you want individuality, then Gwenna’s Superior Sweet Treats are for you.”
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“There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.”
Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

“All morning I struggled with the sensation of stray wisps of one world seeping through the cracks of another. Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes -- characters even -- caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you.”
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“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
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“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”
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