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The Life and Times of Jane Rashleigh
Jane Rashleigh lives a privileged existence as the daughter of the wealthy Jonathan Rashleigh. Wanting for nothing, she becomes the inseparable companion of her older brother Philip. They spend their days singing and dancing and entertaining their mother in her rooms. Jane expects nothing more from life than that one day she will marry and leave Menabilly for a new home with her husband.
When handsome, charming Ralph Willington appears in her life she falls hopelessly in love and cherishes the dream that he is the one who will carry her off to a life of wedded bliss. Her hopes are dashed in a way she does not at first understand but eventually accepts, opting instead to enjoy a life of cultural pleasures.
Jane’s story is divided between her home in rural Cornwall and the opera houses and salons of London during a period of musical and literary opulence.
When tragedy strikes and her world crumbles around her, she must find an inner strength to cope with what lies ahead
Joanne spent her childhood on a sheep and cattle farm in Tasmania, Australia. After marrying and raising a family in Tasmania she moved to Wales in 2003 and still lives there, close to the Herefordshire border.
Always a keen historian, she became fascinated by her own family history and by the lives of her ancestors - some of whom she discovered to be very colourful indeed.
This led her to begin writing. Honora and Arthur - The Last Plantagenets is her first published book.
In her own words 'I am the end product of a melting pot ranging from convicts to Royalty. There are so many stories waiting to be told. I just hope I live long enough to do it.'
Books by Joanne McShane...
Honora and Arthur - the Last Plantagenets