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y separately published work icon Belleville Family Story series - author   novel   historical fiction  
Alternative title: Belleville Family Saga
Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 Belleville Family Story
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y separately published work icon Julia's Story The House of Secrets : Julia's Story J. Mary Masters , Manly : PMA Books , 2017 16945603 2017 single work novel historical fiction

'Set against the backdrop of World War 2, the wealthy Belleville family must face the tragedies and heartbreak that war brings to the doorstep of their grand Australian home. 'There is Julia, headstrong and on the cusp of womanhood, who falls desperately in love with an American Army officer against her family's wishes. 
For Julia, it is life-changing. For her family, it is a secret they swear to keep forever but can they?

'Half a world away, her brother Richard is fighting for Britain, flying dangerous missions across the Channel knowing that the next mission could be his last. He meets the beautiful Catherine Cavendish whose aristocratic parents disapprove strongly of the brash young Australian officer. Is he destined to find happiness with Catherine or will he be haunted forever by, Jane, the woman he left behind?

'Brought up in Richard's shadow, William Belleville resents the popularity of his older brother and when there is an unexpected death in the family, it is William who attempts to usurp his older brother's authority and take charge of the family fortune.

'Into this mix comes James Fitzroy, handsome and charming, who sets his sights on Julia. But can he remain faithful to just one woman or will his roving eye mean more trouble for the family.

'And what of the matriarch Elizabeth Belleville, whose preference for her elder son is well known, but who must endure the fecklessness of her husband, Francis, and the disappointment of a failing marriage.' (Publication summary)

y separately published work icon To Love, Honour and Betray J. Mary Masters , Manly : PMA Books , 2019 16945688 2019 single work novel historical fiction

'A chance encounter. A secret from the grave. A brutal act of revenge. Ten years on and heartbreak threatens to tear the Belleville family apart as their deepest secrets are tragically exposed. 

'Hundreds of miles from Prior Park, the grand home of the wealthy Belleville family, a tragic accident robs a young girl of her parents. As yet, this means nothing to the family, and especially not to Julia, the only daughter. Yet in New York, her long lost love Dr Philippe Duval receives an unexpected letter from his past which he cannot ignore.

'Julia’s brother Richard laments he can no longer hold on to his aristocratic wife Catherine Cavendish who longs to return to her life in England. Unexpected events in her family provide the perfect excuse for her to return home.

'It is Richard and his brother William who must face the unwelcome demands of Alistair McGovern as he presses his claim for inclusion in the family. They are determined his very existence must be kept secret from matriarch Elizabeth Belleville, now a widow. 

'For each of them, long buried secrets from the past will begin to surface to reveal the shocking depths of the betrayals within their midst and the bitter legacy for those who remain. In a dramatic final act of revenge, Prior Park itself must pay a price as the secrets and betrayals are brutally exposed.' (Publication summary)

y separately published work icon Return to Prior Park J. Mary Masters , Manly : PMA Books , 2019 17086947 2019 single work novel

'A final act of vengeance. An illicit liaison. A passionate affair. Against this backdrop, the Belleville family begin to rebuild their shattered lives and reclaim the future of Prior Park for the next generation.

'As the Belleville family begin to rebuild their shattered lives, they believe they are safe from the madman Alistair McGovern. Yet he escapes from custody to attempt one final act of vengeance on the family. In the aftermath of this final desperate act, each of them must come to terms with the events of the past.

'Julia Belleville begins to question whether she can recapture the romance of her first love, little knowing she may have a rival. Her elder brother Richard, determined to gain custody of his two sons, laments the failure of his marriage to Catherine, who is already looking elsewhere. Yet Richard too finds himself falling in love against his better judgement even as he confronts Julia’s first love Philippe Duval over his troubling behaviour.

'Meanwhile, at their new home, it is William and Alice who provide the stability of a settled family life. Yet they too are caught up in the unsettled lives of the people they love.

'In this dramatic third instalment of the Belleville story, there are many twists and turns as the family rebuild their lives. But in the end, it is Prior Park that draws them back as the next generation of the family begins to emerge from childhood.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

y separately published work icon Heirs and Successors J. Mary Masters , Australia : J. Mary Masters , 2023 28047899 2023 single work novel

'It’s 1968 and the Belleville family - Richard, his brother William and their sister Julia - believe their lives are settled until a near tragic accident almost claims the life of a beloved family member. As the family recovers, no one has any inkling of the chain of events that will be unleashed by the near tragedy.

'At twenty-two, it is Richard’s son Paul at the centre of this period of turmoil. His lack of judgement leads to a shocking betrayal for which he and others will pay a big price, including his own father.

'And there are newcomers too in the family circle. Is Richard right when he considers meeting Amanda Robinson a stroke of misfortune for the family? And will they similarly come to regret putting their trust in the charming but ambitious Alex Fraser?

'In the midst of the family’s problems, William and his wife Alice remain steadfast, offering comfort and support in their sprawling homestead at Prior Park. Yet, they too will suffer the bitter disappointment of their daughter Marianne’s choices.
There is trouble ahead too for Julia’s marriage to Philippe Duval. Julia and Philippe’s story continues in the new book First Born Son, published as a companion title to Heirs and Successors.

'As the decade turns to the 1970s, the Belleville family appear settled again. Except there is a new secret at the heart of the family. A secret known only to three people. A secret that, if revealed, could tear marriages apart and threaten the very foundation of everything the family has built. Richard Belleville is determined this secret must never become known ...' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2015
    • Manly, Manly - Wynnum area, Brisbane - South East, Brisbane, Queensland,: PMA Books , 2015- .
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