Winner of the Online Book Club Novel of the Year Award for 'Other Fiction' (2018)
Published June, 2018
Celebrated author J.G. MacLeod is honoured to share her first page-turner with readers. Ms. MacLeod's close friends, family, and of course her editor, know how much work was put into getting this book ready for release and publication. She is excited to finally share Abalone with a wider audience and hopes you enjoy it. This novel began as a series of vignettes written over a period of two years and then left untouched for another twelve. Finishing this story was a labour of love and determination, pieced together with the voices of countless women Ms. MacLeod met over a period of more than two decades. This work honours their stories of courage.
Liz is a quiet, but insightful woman of eighteen who is in her final year of high school. Forced into a life of introversion, Liz escapes her broken home life through her dreams of leaving Abalone Lake, her small home town. Enter James Macewan, an older misfit with his own demons, and a desperate need to be loved. Liz soon finds herself entangled in a relationship that is both passionate and abusive. Abalone is a story of first love, violence, and renewal, and the ways in which human beings tolerate, adapt, and heroically transform during periods of extreme trauma.
*The domestic violence described in this novel can be graphic and triggering for some. The author believes that the overall message is too important not to share, however, but understands if some readers are emotionally impacted by the scenes in this book. Please seek professional assistance should you find yourself triggered in any way.* (18+ advised.)
Winner of the Breakthrough Novel Award for Historical Fiction (2018)
Published July, 2018
This nineteenth-century-style novel was inspired by a journey to Ireland in 2016 and a daydream among friends while sightseeing on Inis Mor, Aran Islands. Author J.G. MacLeod wove the tale loosely together with historical figures and events (such as the Guinness family, the Duke and Duchess of Manchester, and the Act of Union) in order to create an exciting work of fiction that you will be sure to love. Order your copy of Lady Ellen today and let her know what you think. Reviews are always appreciated.
Set against the breathtaking landscapes of Kylemore Castle (circa 1845) and Inis Mor, Ireland, this is the first book in Ms. MacLeod's captivating "Irish series" (The Adventures of Lady Ellen Montagu). Lady Ellen is the story of an aristocratic nineteen-year-old who has just "come out" in society. She is soon promised to a man whom she reviles, but is secretly engaged to a man far his superior. Banished for disobeying her father, Lady Ellen finds herself on the isolated Aran Islands where she must carve out a new existence among strangers. Intriguing, sensual, and haunting, Lady Ellen blends the sensibility of Austen with the honesty of Hardy.
Published November, 2018
Two Paths is the second book in The Adventures of Lady Ellen Montagu series.
Set in Galway-Mayo Counties, this is the tale of Lady Ellen's romantic journey with Lord Ardilaun as she attempts to reconcile herself to her new life at Ashford Castle, Ireland. Still desperately attached to Grady and her adventures on Inis Mor, Lady Ellen must face new challenges as the Irish potato famine threatens to tear apart everything she holds dear. Readers will be inspired by a more mature and independent protagonist who is determined to live life on her own terms. Two Paths is a story of romance, survival, and growth that readers are sure to love! This book is advised for ages 18+!
Published December, 2019
New London is the final book in The Adventures of Lady Ellen Montagu series.
Set in Victorian Canada (southwestern Ontario), this novel traces the final recorded chapter of Lady Ellen's life. As a new mother in a land of intrigue and danger, Ellen faces unspeakable turmoil. This is not the Canada we know today! Soon, she learns that old wounds have a way of sneaking up on you, like a thief in the night. Danger lurks around every corner and threatens the safety of those she holds dear. New London is a tale of courage against all odds that celebrates the resilience of women & mothers.