Once Upon a Long Ago

The Kearton Bay Series

These books are set in a village on the North Yorkshire coast. Follow Eliza, Rose and Lexi as they make friendships, forge new careers, and fall in love … Kearton Bay is a close knit community, and there’s a lot going on there! From the ancient rooms of The Hare and Moon pub on the seafront, to the faded beauty of Whisperwood Farm; from the sweet delights of Mallow Magic, to the Elizabethan splendour of Kearton Hall, these romantic comedies will make you laugh, cry and long for a trip to Yorkshire.

Once Upon a Long Ago

Lexi Bailey doesn’t do love. Having seen the war zone that was her parents’ marriage, she has no interest in venturing into a relationship, and thinks romance is for fairy tales. As far as she’s concerned, there’s no such thing as happy ever after, and she’s not looking for a handsome prince.
For Will Boden-Kean, that’s probably a good thing. He hardly qualifies as a handsome prince, after all. He may be the son of a baronet, and live in a stately home, but he’s not known for his good looks. What he is known for, among the residents of Kearton Bay, is his kind heart, his determination to fund Kearton Hall — and his unrequited love for Lexi.

While Lexi gazes at the portrait of the Third Earl Kearton, and dreams of finding the treasure that is reputed to be hidden somewhere in the house, Will is working hard to ensure that his home survives. When he goes against Lexi’s wishes and employs the most unpopular man in the village, she begins to wonder if he’s under a spell. Will would never upset her. What could possibly have happened to him?

As plans take shape for a grand ball, Lexi’s life is in turmoil. With a secret from Will’s past revealed, a witch who is far too beautiful for Lexi’s peace of mind, and a new enchantress on the scene, things are changing rapidly at Kearton Hall. Add to that a big, bad wolf of a work colleague, a stepmother in denial, and a father who is most definitely up to no good, and it’s no wonder she decides to make a new start somewhere else.

Then she makes a discovery that changes everything — but time is running out for her. Is it too late to find her happy ending? Will Lexi make it to the ball? Will Buttons save the day? And where on earth did that handsome prince come from?

What readers are saying about Once Upon a Long Ago

“I absolutely devoured this love story.”

“Great storyline with twists and turns. I couldn’t put it down.”

“Includes many an unexpected yet believable twist.”