Romance, mystery and magic, with a touch of spine-tingling suspense …

‘A beautifully written tale of lost love and second chances, laced through with a touch of Irish magic. This is romantasy as its best, and I loved it!’

Jessie Cahalin,
Books in my Handbag, book blogger, writer

About Adrienne Vaughan

Adrienne Vaughan has been a writer since the age of seven, from the moment she first sat at the kitchen table, thumping out stories about ponies, witches, and unicorns on her turquoise Petite typewriter.

Today she writes award-winning, page-turning romantic suspense.

Adrienne’s first three books, The Hollow Heart, A Change of Heart and Secrets of the Heart – feature a feisty investigative journalist, a wilful West Highland terrier and a supporting cast of highly entertaining and eccentric characters; all set on a remote isle off the West Coast of Ireland.

Her latest novels, Summer of Secrets and Secrets of the Shell Sisters − are both spell-binding family sagas with a touch of Celtic magic and are based on Ireland’s Ancient East Coast.

Her collection of short stories and poetry, Fur Coat & No Knickers, was shortlisted for the Irish Carousel Prize for Anthology. Her short story Dodo’s Portrait was shortlisted for the Colm Toíbín International Short Story Award at the Wexford Literary Festival in 2018, and her short story Matilda’s Wings was runner up in the Society of Women Writers & Journalists Short Story Competition 2023.

All her books are enchanting, heart-warming, and uplifting tales of mystery and romance, laced with twists and turns, and many laugh out loud moments.

Brought up in Dublin, Adrienne now lives in the English countryside with her husband, two cocker spaniels and a rescue cat called Agatha Christie – ‘So-named because we never know who she’s going to kill next!’

Two of her favourite places in the world are the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland and the coast of South Devon, both great influences on her writing.

A former journalist, Adrienne runs her own PR practice, whilst writing novels, poems and short stories in her spare time.

And although being a novelist has always been her destiny, she still harbours a burning ambition to one day be a Bond girl!

Award-Winning Romantic Suspense

Praise for Adrienne’s work...

    Wonderful ending to the trilogy

    As with the other two books, Secrets of the Heart is wonderfully crafted, the engaging mix of characters vividly drawn and credible, and to top it off there’s the evocative and beautiful island of Innishmahon

    Enchanting, emotional, deeply moving – just wonderful

    It’s quite beautifully written, its perfectly described wild setting on the Atlantic coast integral to its highly original and compelling story. Emotionally, it’s absolutely perfect – and I can only urge other readers to give it a try, and hopefully love it as much as I did.

    This collection is absolutely wonderful. It’s a series of snapshots – peeps into the lives of a varied assortment of characters. Each and every one of them is interesting, but for different reasons.

    Seductive Irish-American Adventure

    Although part of a trilogy, this novel stands beautifully on its own.

    A skilful writer tells an amazing story

    It’s a love story with a love for life and living with an intimate knowledge of a wonderful setting. The more I read the greater my love of the unusual characters which are so well drawn.

    ‘A wonderful read, leaving one with a sense of warmth and well-being. Even now, the characters and story are vivid in my mind.
    An excellent writer who deserves to be a best-seller.’


    I enjoyed this novel as I have al of this author’s other work. It had everything I love in a romance: family, intrigue and a happy ending but with the prpomise of more to come in the sequel. I have just downloaded it and am looking forward to getting stuck in with it this weekend.

    A story to capture your heart

    This is a thrilling tale of crime and violence against a backdrop of true romance, deep friendship and gentle humour.

    Loved every moment…

    How gorgeous was this book? The story is just wonderful, moving from the cut-throat world of investigative journalism, through glamour, glitz and mayhem,and on to the perfectly-drawn setting of Innishmahon

    Magical tale of secrets, second chances and sisterhood

    A beautifully written tale of relationships, lost love and second chances, laced through with a touch of Irish magic – so deftly delivered it feels as natural as the sea itself.
    This is romantasy at its best and I loved it.

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