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.
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.
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.