BioSam Russell was born in London, but it was her family’s move to the English countryside which ignited her passion for writing and love of the rural life. She worked as a groom and trained as a riding instructor, teaching in the UK and abroad before returning home and marrying a farmer.
Russell ran a livery stables from the farm whilst raising their three children and was inspired to write her debut romantic novel, A Bed of Barley Straw, after her children had flown the nest.
Sam lives and works on the family farm, which she shares with her husband and pets, and when she’s not writing, you'll find her out in the fields with the animals and the dogs. You can read more of Sam's story on her Rustic Romance blog.
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A Bed of Barley Straw Sam Russell
You can bury the past, but can you forget it? Hettie Redfern has no time for men for anything but the most vital of needs. She has learnt from past experience. Her career is more rewarding, horses are more trustworthy, and dogs are easier to love. So when Alexander Melton returns to Draymere Hall, where Hettie manages the stables, she quickly concludes that despite his good looks, his arrogance leaves a lot to be desired. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop Hettie from desiring him, and the attraction is powerful. Proud, judgemental and damaged…for Alexander women are a convenient pleasure to be used and forgotten. So why has he let Hettie Redfern get under his skin? A foolish obsession, given her reputation. Read on as their history unravels in the perfect storm of frustrated passion.
A Bed of Brambles Sam Russell
This was never going to be a conventional love story. No bed of roses. Proud, passionate and wilful, Hettie and Alexander are alike in so many ways. That has to be a good thing, doesn’t it? Or it could be a disaster…both carry scars, and old wounds have a habit of causing new hurt. Physical attraction draws them together but hearts and minds can be thorny. One thing is certain, together, or apart, their lives will move on. Alexander and Hettie’s clashes of spirit will only be part of the story. Second chances. New beginnings. The opportunity to make things right. Or to make the same mistakes all over again. Unless fate takes the future out of your hands...