Hello and welcome to my website. I write contemporary fiction, combining romance, mystery, a sense of the past, emotion, humour and sometimes a touch of magic. My latest book, Meant To Be, an uplifting romance about five generations of women and one very special heirloom necklace, is available as an ebook and paperback. It will be published in the US in July (titled The Lost & Found Necklace). My debut The Perfect Dress, inspired by my research into the history of wedding dresses, has been an Amazon #1 bestseller, and is published in the US – as The Second Chance Boutique – and in Germany, Spain and Italy. I am busily working on my next novel. More details soon.
MEANT TO BE
April 20, 2021
Jess has always loved taking chances, but after a terrible accident, she's ready for a quieter life. No more unsuitable boyfriends or unsafe adventures. More time with Tim, her dependable boyfriend who seldom surprises her.
More time with family, like her ailing grandmother, Nancy, who wants Jess to bring home the lost vintage necklace that has been in their family for generations. The delicate moonstone pendant features a flutttering butterfly, and some say it has a history of leading its wearer to her soul mate. Jess isn't sure about that, but the necklace belongs to the Taylor women, and she's determined to bring it home.
All Jess has to do is bid on it at a local auction. But when a rival bidder outplays her and sweeps the necklace off the table, Jess finds herself face-to-face with a charming straanger who has his own reasons for wanting the necklace. He might be willing to part with it, if Jess will have dinner with him...
Desperate to bring back the necklace before her grandmother's health gets worse, Jess has no choice, even if her boyfriend objects. She has to bring the necklace home, no matter what it does to her own happily ever after...
"I thoroughly enjoyed this... Utterly charming & sigh-worthy."
Josie Silver, author of #1 New York Times bestseller One Day in December
"A wistful and inspiring read to sweep you off your feet." Women's Weekly
"Leaman's debut will entrance readers." Booklist
"Those who fantasize about that perfect wedding dress and wouldn't miss an episode of Say Yes to the Dress will enjoy." Library Journal
"Ahh, this book was so beautiful. Romantic fiction but with a depth that made it a dream to read." Amazon Review
"Vibrant and beautiful from beginning to end." Goodreads Review
"I just loved Fran. She has so much hope and love for what she does. You just want her to have a happy ending." Amazon Review
"A whispering dress isn't just a yard of trimmed and stitched fabric you see. It's a story, a legacy, a lesson from history.”