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Publication Order of Beach View Boarding House/Cliffehaven Books

There'll Be Blue Skies (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Far from Home (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keep Smiling Through (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where the Heart Lies (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All My Tomorrows (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Always in My Heart (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Some Lucky Day (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
While We're Apart (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sealed with a Loving Kiss (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sweet Memories of You (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shelter from the Storm (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Until You Come Home (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Waiting Hours (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
With a Kiss and a Prayer (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
As the Sun Breaks Through (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On a Turning Tide (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
With Hope and Love (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Homecoming (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Ellie Dean is the pseudonym of bestselling author Tamara McKinley, who is best known for her sagas.

While she started out writing historical romance as Tamara McKinley, she decided to venture into the writing of Sagas in 2011 when she penned her debut novel “There’ll Be Blue Skies.”

She would kick on from there to pen more than a dozen novels since then. While she is based in the United Kingdom Ellie, Dean loves to travel to Australia every year to go research her plots and settings most of which are based there.

Even though she was successful under her real name, she found even more success as Ellie Dean.

Dean’s Cliffehaven series of novels has sold more than a million copies over the years and has been translated into more than 15 languages across the world.
She now makes her home in the East Sussex town of Jevington, where she lived with Geoffrey Oliver her husband until his demise in 2020. Ever since she lost her husband she has actively been visiting her children and grandchildren spread across several states in the US.

Following the death of her husband, Ellie Dean was devastated since he had been her friend and companion for decades. She would ultimately retire in 2021 as she asserted that it was finally time to say goodbye to her fans and fiction writing.

She said that in the months after the loss of her husband, she had been in a lot of pain and just could no longer find the motivation to write.

Dean thanked her readers and friends for giving her a career that spanned more than twenty-five years and resulted in more than 30 titles that were popular all over the globe.

She published Homecoming the last novel of the Cliffehaven series in 2020.

Ellie Dean is a huge lover of wide-ranging multi-generational historical fiction in addition to thrillers and detective fiction. As such, she can often be found reading the likes of Kate Mosse, Edward Rutherford, and Ken Follett.

It is thus not surprising that she writes in those genres. She prefers to pen her works during the winter since she can hardly stay indoors in summertime good weather.

She works from home in an office overlooking the garden and the paddocks on the neighbor’s land that lies just beyond a hill. She will often be found surrounded by souvenirs and reference books she picks up from all over the place.

She always has a cup of coffee and a jolly good heater to keep herself warm. On the walls of her office are all manner of Aboriginal artifacts and pictures from Australia which is her birthplace.

While it for the most part looks so messy, she has a system and usually can get almost anything she needs to write.

As Tamara, Ellie Dean is the patron of Andredida Writers, where she has been praised for her contribution to Saga and historical romance fiction.

Ellie Dean’s novel “There’ll Be Blue Skies” introduces Sally, a sixteen-year-old who moves to the south coast of England. She is uncertain about what will happen to her as all she is used to are the sounds and sights of East End London.

Still, while it pains her to leave behind the familiar sights of London, she knows she has to grow up and take care of Ernie her six-year-old brother that needs her.

It is not the first time she is playing mother as Florrie her real mother has never been there for her children. She has not even come to wave them off despite promising to do so.

But Ernie who has been a cripple since he was afflicted by polio at a young age has learned to depend on his sister Sally.
Upon arriving in Cliffehaven, they are taken in by the Reilly family that make their home in Beach View Boarding House. They are an open-hearted and loving family and it is not long before Sally and her brother are loving life with them.

Soon enough, Sally finds a job working at a uniforms factory so that she can contribute to household bills and buy medicine for her brother.

But then their mother arrives in town and in her wake is chaos and disaster. Sally will have to decide where her true loyalties lie.

“Far From Home” by Ellie Dean is a work that happens in the dire settings of World War II. It is 1940 and Polly Brown the Staff Nurse has been sent to south coast based Cliffehaven Memorial Hospital so that she can be near Jack her badly injured husband.

But the posting means she will have to leave behind Alice her five-year-old daughter who has to be sent to Canada where she will be safer. Her heart is torn as she heads out to take the train to Cliffehaven and has to say her goodbyes to her daughter.

In Cliffehaven, she befriends Danuta, a Polish woman who is still grieving as she lost all her family when the Germans invaded her country.
While Danuta happens to be a well-trained and qualified nursing practitioner, the Cliffehaven Memorial Hospital’s matron does not believe her. Since she desperately wants a job, she decides to become a skivvy.

But just as Polly is getting used to the fact that Jack’s injuries may just kill him, she gets a telegram. The boat on which her daughter was traveling to Canada, had been torpedoed by the Nazis.

Ellie Dean’s novel “Keep Smiling Through” is a work set in 1940, at the height of the Second World War. Rita lost her father and mother when she was very young but she does not lack people she can talk to in the close-knit community in Cliffhaven.

But then Italy joins Germany and her closest neighbors and friends find themselves declared enemies of the state and are sent to prison.

With the war raging across the continent, Rita is determined to make her contribution. But she is denied her lifelong dream of becoming a member of the WAAF and has to downgrade to fire warden.

When her own home is hit, she vows to never give up and continues to work hard to contribute to the cause of her country.

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