Ye Olde Antique Shoppe
Book One - The Edward V Coin
When Rachel's only relative, an elderly aunt, dies she expects to inherit her house. What she does not expect is to find herself the new owner of an antique shop which hasn't been opened since 1955.
She takes her friend, Peter, an archaeologist and historian, to investigate the shop and there they discover a room filled with an odd assortment of historical garments and artefacts. Among them is a rare coin, minted during the short reign of the young King Edward V, one of the princes who disappeared in the Tower of London in 1483.
Ye Olde Antique Shoppe
Book Two - The Anne Boleyn Necklace
Rachel vowed she would never again go back in time. But then she discovers that her aunt had a daughter whom she was forced to leave behind in the sixteenth century.
Rachel knows she'll never be able to rest until she has found Caroline and made certain she is safe and happy. It is Christmas at the court of King Henry VIII and Rachel and Peter arrive to find themselves invited to share in the celebrations. Caroline is a ward of the King and he has arranged a marriage for her, a marriage which she is reluctant to accept.
After spending the twelve days of Christmas at the palace, they manage to rescue Caroline along with another guest they had not been expecting.
But having the King as her guardian has made Caroline a great lady and she expects to be treated as such. It is apparent that she will never fit into the twenty first century. Things are not going to plan.
Book 3 The Ripper Rings
Two years after their trip to the court of King Henry VIII, Rachel is researching her ancestors online while Peter is trying to find more interesting artifacts in the antique shop.
Rachel discovers that her great great grandmother, Isabella, disappeared from the records in the nineteenth century. She is curious, but unsure about trying to go back in time to discover the truth.
Peter, meanwhile, has found in the mysterious back room of the shop, three brass rings that jog his memory. Could these be the rings stolen from Annie Chapman, a victim of Jack the Ripper? And if they are, how did they get into Rachel's antique shop?
There's only one way to find out.
Book 4 The Roman Bracelet
When an estate agent approaches Rachel to ask her to sell the Antique Shop, he refuses to take no for an answer. Convinced that she doesn't know how valuable her property is, and seeing the items in the back room, he thinks he'll take something to get valued to prove his point.
When his business partner rings Rachel to tell her that David has disappeared, she has a pretty good idea of where he has gone.
Book 5 The Confederate Cap
Peter still spends a lot of time cataloguing items in the back room of the Antique Shop, but when he finds a cap from a Confederate army uniform, he is puzzled. The cap appears to have no properties to take him anywhere, but then he finds another door and what he discovers next makes him understand why Rachel is so afraid of the shop.
He is destined to go on a journey that will bring him something he had never dreamed of, as well as the heartache that will go with it.
Book 6 The Tarot Cards and the Rosary
Rachel is relieved when Peter seems reluctant to return to the Antique Shop after his last trip. She hopes that they can now put the place out of their lives, but it is not to be.
Dreams have plagued their sleep, dreams of a medieval nun and they both feel drawn to the shop. They will have no peace until they know what it wants.
On arrival in the shop, the last thing they expect to find is a message from Martha Parnell, Rachel's ancestor who stranded them in the London plague of 1665. And it seems Peter and Rachel are not the only ones dreaming of the nun.
While I don't usually know where my ideas come from, my first venture into time slip does have its roots in a real life story.
In 1909, a pharmacist in Somerset called William White died. Since his son and heir knew nothing about the business of dispensing medicines, he boarded up the shop and that's how it stayed until some time in the 1990s, when it was discovered on the death of the last surviving relative.
The shop was sold at auction, as it stood, and was bought by Flambards Theme Park in Helston, Cornwall. It was transported by them, carefully reassembled and is now on display, complete with cobwebs.
It was this time capsule shop which started me off on the idea for this series, although mine is an antique shop.