Ann Carroll’s love of fiction began when, as a young child, she spotted a book written by someone with the same surname as her. That was Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland. And years later when she got the urge to write, her first attempt certainly had shades of Alice in Wonderland about it. However, by then she was married and so her children’s books, adult thrillers and non-fiction articles were all published under the name of Ann Evans.
When it came to writing romance, she was delighted to return to her maiden name as a pseudonym. Her romances include: A Tropical Affair, Champagne Harvest and A Place to Belong. Her first book for Solstice Publishing is Stowaway Bride.
Ann lives in Coventry, England, with her rescue dog Rusty. When she’s not writing or walking the dog she’ll be spending time with her three grown up children and grandchildren.
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It’s 1817 and baker’s daughter Ruby Baxter has finally met the man of her dreams. After a whirlwind romance, she and Akram, a merchant trader, are sailing to Morocco where they will marry and live. Ruby’s one regret is leaving behind the family she adores.
The voyage is a nightmare. The storms, the food, the facilities all prove unbearable. As for the ship’s captain, Tobias Sutherland, he and Ruby are soon at loggerheads. She finds him arrogant. He finds her beyond foolish for embarking on such a perilous journey with a man she has known such a short time. Yet there’s no denying the underlying attraction that has sparked between Ruby and Captain Sutherland. As for Akram, it’s not long before his true intentions become evident, and Ruby’s dreams are shattered forever. But as her grandmother would say – you’ve made your bed, now you must lie in it.