Alan Morris with author Jacqueline Carpenter.

Jacqueline Carpenter is the author of the novels Louisa, Joan & Nancy. I first met her at a quiz in a local bar in Los Alcázares in Murcia, Spain.

How I met Jacqueline Carpenter.

Sometime in 2017, I walked into The Celt Bar in Los Alcazares, on a Friday evening for a drink. I walked to the bar ordered a pint & was asked by the barman if I was going to enter the quiz as they were about to start. Next to me, sitting at the bar was Jacqueline & her then-husband, Dinksy, they invited me to join them to do the quiz.

We had a great laugh, but alas we didn't come even close to winning the quiz, I believe we had a chance to win a bottle of wine for being the worst team, but we somehow managed to not win the bottle for this either. 

We became friends that night & used to bump into each other in different bars & restaurants in Los Alcázares. We would sometimes arrange to meet for a coffee at La Encarnacion on the beachfront. I remember meeting there once for a tostada & coffee, Jacqueline became concerned about my leg. It was very swollen & I was having trouble walking, she insisted on walking with me to the surgery, to make sure I got an appointment to see the Doctor. Luckily for me, I saw the Doctor & he was able to give me antibiotics to treat the infection I had in my leg.

Jaqueline has now written three books & I have read & enjoyed reading all three of them. Indeed she gave me a signed copy of a preprint version of her second book, Joan, which I treasure & have on a bookshelf in my apartment.

Jacqueline organised three competition's to win restaurant vouchers for each of her books. She kindly asked me to judge the competitions, to pick a winning photograph for each of the books that she had written & I enjoyed looking at all the entries & picking a winner each time.

Jacqueline recently returned to the UK to live, to be closer to her family. She will be missed by all of her friends in Spain & I am very proud to be able to call her a friend.

Books, written by Jacqueline Carpenter.

Louisa.

Louisa is fifteen & living a contented, happy life in London. The Second World War is threatening their peace of mind. Will they all have the strength to survive?

Louisa by Jacqueline Carpenter is available on Amazon.

Joan.

A heartwarming tale of family life set in England during the 1950s.World War Two is over & Great Britain is celebrating. Join Louisa, her lovable family & quirky friends for an exciting decade in their lives as they encounter love, happiness, sorrow, deceit, strength & human kindness.

Joan by Jacqueline Carpenter is available on Amazon.

Nancy.

It's the swinging sixties & life in Great Britain is soaring ahead with fabulous fashions, sensational music, a booming economy & newfound freedom for all. Join Louisa, her lovable family & quirky friends for a thrilling decade as they experience love, laughter, sorrow, success & female strength.

Nancy by Jacqueline Carpenter is available on Amazon.