the Kees & Colliers series
Set in the tumultuous years between WWI and WWII, the Kees & Colliers books are full of grief, joy, love, and loss.
Inspired by Gone with the Wind and The Great Gatsby, this series combines a dash of whimsy with a period drama to create sweet, compelling stories that tug on all your heartstrings.
The books in this series are better read in order … and taken a grain of salt, as these are early works by the author!
Want to learn more about this series? Scroll to the end of this page for extras!
1: Souls Astray
Adele has been lost for a long time now …
Adele Collier has sought a carefree lifestyle ever since her tragic childhood. Determined to never allow anyone or anything to control her life or emotions again, she consistently seeks distraction in gaiety. But shaking her ghosts isn’t as easy as she’d like.
Troy Kee has been alone in the world since the Great War took his parents and left him in charge of his younger sister. When she marries, he’s left to seek after his goal of a healthy, complete family. But how can he focus on his dream when trouble plagues his family vineyard?
When Adele and Troy meet, a whirlwind romance begins—but can two lost souls have a healthy relationship?
2: The Lady of the Vineyard
Is it too late for Adele to return to her daughter’s life?
When her ex-husband reappears in her life determined to spend more time with their child, Adele Collier allows him to take Judy to France for the summer. As the summer goes by, an internal battle rages in Adele’s heart. Can she give up her glamorous lifestyle to win her daughter’s heart?
Six-year-old Judy is more than happy to trade Adele’s neglect for her father’s adoring care. She loves his vineyard and wishes she could stay there forever, but someday she must return to England. Can Judy trust her mother again?
3: Flowers in Her Heart
Her entire world is changing—and there’s not much left to hold on to.
When her husband goes off to war, Adele feels lost and confused. In a new, less-than-ideal place in a frightening, less-than-ideal time, she flees to the garden with her daughters, determined to make their new house a home, even if it is from the outside in.
Battered by her own inner turmoil and scoffed at by those close to her, Adele seeks to make something beautiful amidst chaos. But can even the most beautiful flowers cover the years of scars?
Prequel: Goldfish Secrets
Judy only has one friend: her goldfish, Marlie.
With Marlie gone, who can Judy rely on?
This short story is set between Souls Astray and The Lady of the Vineyard.
Here’s a section for supplementary materials that may make the reading or the remembering of this series more fun! Let’s get into it! Anything that contains spoilers should be clearly marked.
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The Souls Astray Launch Wrapup
This blog tour wrapup has a bunch of posts whose links may or may not work, and it also is just another little look back into things in 2019 when I originally launched this series in its current form. Read it here!
Souls Astray: Character Takeover Day
In which characters from the story take over a blog post! This one is just for fun. Read it here!
An Imaginary Changing Of The Names In The Kees & Colliers Series
This post explores an alternate set of names that might have been used for characters had I planned ahead a little better. It does include minor spoilers. Read it here!
2019: Year of the Relaunch
Sometimes it’s fun to look back on old things, and this is definitely an old thing – me talking about the formation of the Kees & Colliers series when it first became the Kees & Colliers series and stopped being just “The Lady of the Vineyard and Other Stores”! Read it here!
More On The Lady Of The Vineyard
This post, originally released in 2016, shares an early, now-deleted scene from The Lady of the Vineyard and talks about the “origin story” behind this project (which is related to The Chronicles of Alice & Ivy!). Read it here!
The Most Terrifying Moment In My Author Career
This is a post I wrote back in 2016 before I even drafted The Lady of the Vineyard, and I include it here because I think it’s important for you all to know I am not very bright. Read it here!
The Kees & Colliers Blog Tour Wrapup
This 2019 blog tour has a bunch of links which I can’t promise will be live forever, but if you want to check out how I was talking about the series way back then (and what others were saying!), here’s a great post for you! Read it here!
The Heart Behind Second-Chance Romance
I include this post because it features a trope used in book 2 of the Kees & Colliers series. It explores my reasoning behind covering this trope a little better, which is truly the heart behind the writing of the whole series. It is free of spoilers. Read it here!
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Here are some FAQs about the Kees & Colliers series!
What are the “content warnings” for this series?
You can read my content review of Souls Astray here.
You can read my content review of The Lady of the Vineyard here.
You can read my content review of Flowers in Her Heart here.
How does this series compare to The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy?
It’s not as well-written or edited. There are some serious flaws in its execution in general. It’s a little heavier on the drama and leans more toward immaturity. In general, I wouldn’t recommend it … and yet neither can I quite dismiss it!
Of course, it is also set in a different era, features wildly different characters, and deals with a wide variety of themes!
Is the Kees & Colliers series Christian fiction?
Yes! But it’s written in a slightly different style than The Chronicles of Alice & Ivy.
Can these books be read as standalones?
Not really. They kind of need to be read as a series!