Dilly-CourtDilly Court

Dilly Court grew up in North East London and worked as an advertising copywriter for commercial television. She is married with two grown-up children and lives in Dorset on the beautiful Jurassic Coast with her husband and large yellow Labrador.


Titles: Mermaids Singing, The Dollmaker’s Daughters, Tilly True, The Best of Sisters, The Cockney Sparrow, A Mother’s Courage, The Constant Heart, A Mother’s Promise, The Cockney Angel. A Mother’s Wish, Ragged Heiress, A Mother’s Secret, Cinderella Sister, A Mother’s Trust, The Constant Heart, The Lady’s Maid, The Best of Sisters, The Workhouse Girl, A Loving Family, The Beggar Maid, A Place Called Home, The Orphan’s Dream (Random House)

As Lily Baxter: We’ll Meet Again, Spitfire Girl,The Girls in Blue, The Shopkeeper’s Daughter, In Love and War, Poppy’s War (Arrow)

The Orphan’s Dream

Court The Orphan's Dream coverMotherless since she was five, Mirabel Cutler was raised by her father to be a lady. But when he dies suddenly, Mirabel finds herself cast out on the street by her ruthless stepmother.

She is taken to a place of refuge by charismatic sea captain, Jack Starke. But the safe haven turns out to be a house of ill-repute. Here she becomes a parlour maid and catches the eye of an elderly, retired army officer, Hubert Kettle.

Mirabel has fallen in love with Jack Starke but when she hears that his ship has foundered and all were lost, she has little choice but to accept Hubert’s offer of a home and marriage. Although desperately unhappy, Mirabel is determined to make the best of her life.

Until she receives unexpected news and her life is thrown into turmoil once more.

Thank you, Hilary, for your encouragement and invaluable advice. Your laser-like mind has the ability to go to the heart of the matter, spotting an aspiring writer’s good points as well as the bad. . . I learned more from you than all the books on How To Write.  ~ Dilly Court