THE TROUBLE WITH PLAYBOYS
The essence of the story is about love lost and found against a background of the 2nd World War, and how one man’s lust had the power to ruin the lives of the following generation.
It is partially set in Wangaratta, my birth place, and an Australian country town that is still dear to my heart. Parts of the story are set in Malaya and Singapore . As my late father served there during World War 2, I was able to get first hand information on the terrible happenings and chaotic situation in the few weeks before Singapore capitulated to the Japanese and Pearl Harbour was bombed.
My father was engaged to my mother at the time, he wrote many poignant letters to her, which I had access to. I wanted the memory of their love and fortitude, and that of their generation, who fought against such tremendous odds, to be remembered, but not in some dusty history book shoved on some out of the way library shelf.
BLURB – 'THE TROUBLE WITH PLAYBOYS':
When a wealthy Englishman, Paul Ashfield travels to Australia in search of the birth mother he thinks deserted him, he never expects to meet and fall in love with Daphne Clarke. Upon meeting her parents, Paul is horrified by the possibility that they have the same mother. He beats a hasty retreat, believing he has slept with his sister.
Amidst the turmoil of WW2 they meet again in Singapore , where he discovers the truth, Daphne is not his sister. They marry as the Japanese pour into Malaya and Singapore teeters on the brink of invasion. In the chaotic aftermath, each believe the other has died during the bombing. When they finally see each other again, it is in a church, where Paul is about to enter into an arranged marriage.
Margaret Tanner is an award winning multi-published Australian author. She loves delving into the pages of history as she carries out research for her historical romance novels, and prides herself on being historically correct. Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia .
Margaret is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia, the Melbourne Romance Writers Group (MRWG) and EPIC.
In 2008 she won Author of the Year at AussieAuthors.com.
Her contemporary novel Holly and the Millionaire went to No 12 on the Fictionwise Romance Best Sellers list.
The Trouble with Playboys is published today by the The Wild Rose Press.