Wednesday 5 June 2024

A thirst for education. Shattered dreams. Fragile relations.

Novice Threads 
By Nancy Jardine

Publication Date: 15th May 2024
Publisher: Nancy Jardine with Ocelot Press
Page Length: 356 Pages
Genre: Victorian Scotland Saga / Historical Fiction / Women’s Fiction

A thirst for education.  Shattered dreams. Fragile relations.

1840s Scotland

Being sent to school is the most exhilarating thing that’s ever happened to young Margaret Law. She sharpens her newly-acquired education on her best friend, Jessie Morison, till Jessie is spirited away to become a scullery maid. But how can Margaret fulfil her visions of becoming a schoolteacher when her parents’ tailoring and drapery business suddenly collapses and she must find a job?

Salvation from domestic drudgery – or never-ending seamstress work – comes via Jessie whose employer seeks a tutor for his daughter. Free time exploring Edinburgh with Jessie is great fun, but increasing tension in the household claws at Margaret’s nerves. 

Margaret also worries about her parents' estrangement, and the mystery of Jessie's unknown father.

When tragedy befalls the household in Edinburgh, Margaret must forge a new pathway for the future – though where will that be?

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Nancy Jardine

Nancy writes historical and contemporary fiction. 1st Century Roman Britain is the setting of her Celtic Fervour Series. Victorian and Edwardian history has sneaked into two of her ancestry-based contemporary mysteries, and her current Silver Sampler Series is set in Victorian Scotland.

Her novels have achieved Finalist status in UK book competitions (People's Book Prize; Scottish Association of Writers) and have received prestigious Online Book Awards.

Published with Ocelot Press, writing memberships include – Historical Novel Society; Romantic Novelists Association; Scottish Association of Writers; Federation of Writers Scotland; Alliance of Independent Authors.

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#VictorianSaga #HistoricalFiction #Scotland #WomensFiction #BlogTour #TheCoffeePotBookClub


  1. Good Morning, Mary Anne. Thank you so much for featuring Novice Threads today. I love the image at the beginning!

  2. Thank you for the recommendation, I am going over to Amazon. I can't wait to read it.

    1. You are more than welcome. I hope you enjoy Novice Threads.

    2. How wonderful! Enjoy the read!

  3. I have just finished reading Novice Threads. I highly recommend it. It completely drew me in.

  4. Thank you for hosting Nancy Jardine today. I love the banner.

    Take care,
    Cathie xx
    The Coffee Pot Book Club


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