BioDianne Ascroft writes historical and contemporary fiction, often with an Irish connection. Her series The Yankee Years is a collection of Short Reads and novels set in World War II Northern Ireland. After the Allied troops arrived in this outlying part of Great Britain, life there would never be the same again. The series strives to bring those heady, fleeting years to life again, in thrilling and romantic tales of the era.
Her other writing includes a ghost tale inspired by the famous Northern Irish legend of the Coonian ghost, An Unbidden Visitor; a short story collection, Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves, and an historical novel, Hitler and Mars Bars.
Dianne lives on a small farm, in Northern Ireland, with her husband and an assortment of strong-willed animals. When she’s not writing, she enjoys walks in the countryside, evenings in front of her open fireplace and folk and traditional music.
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Do Wishes Come True? (a short story in The Yankee Years series)
Since the Allied troops arrived in this quiet corner of Great Britain, life has been much more exciting. Hardworking farm girl Violet Thompson fell for Flying Officer Walt Morgan, an American RAF airman, as they waltzed together two weeks ago. But when they meet again and twirl around the room to ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’, Violet has her feet firmly in her mouth, not on the dance floor. Has Violet ruined her chances with the man of her dreams or can her desire for his love be fulfilled?
Do Wishes Come True? is a short story in The Yankee Years series.
The Letter: A Suffragette's Daring Deed
Even a small deed may be a significant act to further a just cause.
July 1914: Encouraged by her city dwelling sister Rachel’s accounts of the growth of the women’s suffrage movement and the support it is receiving throughout Ireland, small town grocer and undertaker’s wife, Sarah Stewart decides to join a letter writing campaign, petitioning ulster unionist leader, Sir Edward Carson, to fulfil his 1913 pledge to grant women’s suffrage as part of plans for a provisional ulster government. But, even such a seemingly small act as writing a letter can have wide-ranging repercussions and should not be undertaken lightly. The rural community is unforgiving to those who misstep. Will Sarah find the wisdom to discern the right course of action and the courage to employ her knowledge?
The Christmas Cure Preview
December 1942: Lieutenant Marjorie Baxter is an intelligent, competent U.S. army nurse newly posted to the 160th Station Hospital at Necarne Castle, Irvinestown, Northern Ireland. Preparing to spend her first ever Christmas away from home, she appears aloof as she struggles to hide her homesickness. And everywhere she goes, she hears “White Christmas”.
Reverent Herbert Lindsay, the widowed rector of a nearby village church and a keen herbalist, is rebuilding his life after his beloved wife’s unexpected death two years ago. Exempt from military service after a childhood accident left him blind in one eye, he is dedicated to serving his parishioners as well as the Allied military personnel he encounters in his community.
Thrown together this Christmas, what can they offer each other?
A Timeless Celebration preview
A small town, a big party, a stolen gift. When an artefact from the Titanic is stolen before her town’s 150th anniversary celebration, it’s up to Lois Stone to catch the thief.
Middle-aged widow Lois has moved from bustling Toronto to tranquil Fenwater and is settling into her new life away from the dangers of the city. Then two events happen that shatter her serenity: her house is burgled and an antique watch belonging to a Titanic survivor is stolen from the local museum. Her best friend, Marge, was responsible for the watch’s safekeeping until its official presentation to the museum at the town’s 150th anniversary party, and its disappearance will jeopardise her job and the museum’s future. Lois won’t let her friend take the blame and the consequences for the theft.
Friends and Foes (a short story in The Yankee Years series)
The charming Yankee soldiers were sent from America to this quiet corner of Great Britain to help win the Second World War but they’re winning the hearts of the local girls too. Can neighbours Robbie and Sean, divided by centuries of religious and political conflict, unite to face their new rivals? Life in rural Northern Ireland will never be the same again.
"Friends and Foes" is a short story in The Yankee Years series.