Finding the right girl

The trouble with writing so many books is that I sometimes feel I might be in danger of running out of characters to populate my future stories. I’ve been struggling for weeks to come up with the right kind of girl to be in my next book. She has to be feisty from the start, to work in the plot I have in mind, but she needed a soft side too. Would she be tall and willowy, short and plump, dark or fair? I knew she had to be exceptionally pretty, but I didn’t want a picture perfect girl with no spirit. I scrolled through images on the internet, looking for the perfect girl but I simply couldn’t find the elusive quality I needed.

I can’t begin to write the story without knowing my main character inside and out, and although I knew her nature, I couldn’t picture her, so I began to draw some sketches. Reverting to my art training of many years ago, I drew many variations of eyes, noses, and mouths, in different shapes and posed the features in various ways until I found her. Hazel Harris came to life under my pencil  and I fleshed her out in colour yesterday. Now the first chapter of her narrative is in the bag. (Or rather, on the page.)


I know I’ve been quiet for the last month and haven’t blogged or messaged on social media because I was so preoccupied with my search, but now I’m going to go silent once again while I concentrate on writing the book.

As soon as I have a taster ready to post on my website, I’ll let you all know. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll find something to interest you among my previous works. Please browse my website to find tasters of all my books. Perhaps there’s something there you haven’t read yet?

Happy reading



Freedom for Cassie now available for pre-order


The fourth and final book in the series, “WW2 Women of courage,” is now available for pre-order from all Amazon stores.

Freedom for Cassie is set in 1973 when a young journalist asks to interview a Polish woman for a Remembrance Day article in the local newspaper.

1973 – The hidden terrors of Cassie’s past have prevented her from embracing life as fully as she might have. The Polish immigrant leads a quiet life as a nurse but when her friend’s daughter asks to interview her for a Remembrance Day feature in the local newspaper; the long forgotten memories begin to surface and help to set her free.

1943 – After an outrageous abuse by a German soldier, Cassie escaped from the Lodz ghetto in Poland. A group of partisans found the sixteen-year-old and her younger sister and helped them to cross Europe in an audacious plan to reach safety.

Travelling thousands of miles through enemy territory, Cassie endured some terrifying ordeals and survived on starvation rations. She lived in constant fear of patrols and ambushes, but her world changed when a young Austrian Jew befriended her.

Under the extreme conditions of trying to escape the holocaust, friendship soon turned to love, and Gunter became the focal point of her chaotic life.

Was Cassie resilient enough to travel the infamous freedom trails to reach the safety she craved? Would Gunter give up his partisan life to join her?

By the end of this final instalment of the series, readers will discover what happened to all the characters of the previous books. Don’t miss out on reading this thrilling adventure, pre-order your copy now.

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Competition. Win a paperback

Take a break from the Christmas preparations and enter the Goodreads giveaway for Ingrid’s Mission.

This is the third book in the series, “WW2 Women of Courage.”

Full of action, adventure and romance, this series will give you a taste of life for Jews in Europe under Hitler’s rule.

Available in ebook and paperback from all Amazon stores, or enter the Giveaway to win one of two paperback copies.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Ingrid's Mission by Pearl A. Gardner

Ingrid’s Mission

by Pearl A. Gardner

Giveaway ends December 30, 2017.

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Happy Christmas and happy reading



I’m busy writing, editing, marketing and generally getting myself into a tizzy but I wanted to give readers a heads up on my latest FREE promotion. I don’t do these often, so take advantage while I’m feeling generous!

Evelyn’s Fight, the first book in the series, Women of Wakefield,

will be FREE in all Amazon stores

for five days from 18th to 22nd November.


Take advantage of this FREE offer.

Click to begin the emotional adventure now!




Evelyn’s Fight is the first book of the Women of Wakefield series following Yorkshire women as they love, learn and try to survive in a war-torn world.

Each book can be read as a stand-alone novel but might be better enjoyed when read in sequence.

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Third book in series ready for pre-order

At last, the third book in my ‘WW2 Women of Courage’ is ready for pre-order on all Amazon sites.

In this series I write about the war from the ordinary German civilian perspective, and concentrate on what it was like for the Jewish people living under Hitler’s rule.

What happened in the holocaust is common knowledge, but there are many untold stories about how Jews were saved by non-Jewish neighbours, by partisans, and through their own brave efforts.

My series follows four different women, from various backgrounds who all have one thing in common. They are all European and have lived under Hitler’s regime.

Of course, each story has a romantic element and all my heroines experience love and sometimes loss in these moving novels. Keep your tissues handy, but I hope you’ll also find yourself smiling and cheering my girls on as you read of their heart-warming adventures in the especially chilling times they lived through.

Book One is ‘Your Name is Jane’


After a devastating air-raid, a young woman finds herself trapped in the ruins of a building. She has no idea where she is or how she got there. The only fact she is certain of is adding to her confusion. Her thoughts are in German, but her rescuers are speaking English.

When asked what her name is, she is disturbed to realise she doesn’t know the answer.

As parts of her memory slowly return, she begins to understand her life has not been easy but is afraid to tell anyone about the incriminating and confusing fragments she can recall.

Not knowing who to trust, she sets out to uncover the mystery of who she is, and why she is in Sheffield when her home country is at war with England.

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Book Two is ‘Hannah’s Conflict’


After escaping Europe before the outbreak of WW2, Hannah’s passionate response to the oppression of her fellow Jews leads her back to Germany.

Working with a group of partisans, she helps to rescue Jewish prisoners from their places of hiding, from labour camps and from certain death.

Living with danger, and in constant fear of discovery, she learns her lover is not what he seems. With no-one to confide in, she lives with the constant menace of his secrets and lies. If the truth gets out, it could threaten the whole operation.

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Book Three is ‘Ingrid’s Mission’


Ingrid lived the sheltered life of an elite Nazi socialite until her father was executed by the Gestapo. Then her world turned upside down.

She learned her lover was responsible for betraying her father and vowed never to let another man take her heart.

Feeling guilty about the Nazi beliefs she had lived by, she determines to make amends for her previous acceptance of Hitler’s doctrines. Her self-imposed mission is to save as many oppressed people as she can.

Working with a group of partisans, she learns the skills she needs to fight the Nazi regime, but in the midst of her new and dangerous life, can one liberated Jew steal her heart?

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Book Four is still in progress and has the working title, ‘Freedom for Cassie’


This book will follow a young Jewish girl’s journey as she travels the Freedom Trail from Poland, across Europe, over the Pyrenees and into Spain.

She eventually settles in England and we see her life in retrospect as she is interviewed for a Remembrance Day article. The interviewer is a young female journalist who works for the Sheffield Telegraph. Her mother brings the series full circle thirty years after the war ended.

This story will have a double romance thread running through it, but it won’t lack the thrills or the excitement you’ll find in the previous three books. Cassie will have her share of adventures.

I hope to tie up all the loose ends of the previous books with this final story to give a satisfying conclusion for all my WW2 Women of Courage. Book four should be ready for publication by the New Year. Watch this space for news…



Happy reading

Pearl A Gardner



Back to work after a short break

How time flies when you’re having fun! A whole month of my life has vanished in a blur. My Australian family are safely back home after what seemed like a whirlwind visit, though they were here for four whole weeks.

We visited castles and stately homes, historical cities and nature’s natural wonders, but the place that will live on in the memories of all my grandchildren is Sherwood Forest, where they all did the treetop adventure, ‘Go Ape’. They skipped along the terrifyingly high walkways, clinging precariously to flimsy wooden structures, while we older ones watched in awe from the ground with cricked necks.


We tried to put a little culture in the mix by dragging them around the places of historical interest, but children just love having fun. Consequently the local trampoline park, crazy dino golf and playing with their English cousins were voted as the best days. However, they managed to find fun even in the most cultural spots we took them to. Harry Potter broomstick riding lessons at Alnwick Castle and fishing in the river at Bolton Abbey were big highlights for them.


All good things come to an end, and it was painful to say goodbye. Having all my family together was very special, and I will treasure the happy memories we made until the next time, whenever that might be.

Now I’m back at my computer, sketching the outline for the next novel and working on the marketing for my latest release. With that in mind, here’s a reminder that there are only five more days left to enter the Goodreads Giveaway for Hannah’s Conflict. Good luck if you decide to enter.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Hannah's Conflict by Pearl A. Gardner

Hannah’s Conflict

by Pearl A. Gardner

Giveaway ends July 25, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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