Born in Singapore of a Dutch-South African father and an English mother, MARY NICHOLS came to England when she was three and has spent most of her life in different parts of East Anglia. She has been a radiographer, school secretary, editor for one of the John Lewis Partnership house magazines and an information services manager for an open learning company, as well as a writer. From short stories and articles for a variety of newspapers and magazines, she turned to writing novels. Mary writes historical romance for Mills & Boon as well as family sagas. She is also the author of The Mother of Necton, a biography of her grandmother, who was a midwife and nurse in a Norfolk village between the wars. She now lives in Ely, Cambrideshire.