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The Aunt Edwina Series

Welcome to clean read, feel-good, cozy genealogy mystery novels that value friends, pets, laughter and community. Each book takes readers on a journey of discovery as the team at Greymore Hall helps new researchers with their family history and genealogy brick walls. Riddles, clues, secrets and unexpected ancestors all make appearances to the delight of researchers. Everyone’s got an intriguing family history to share … researching your ancestors is both fun and satisfying. Escape to Greymore Hall for a while and enjoy your visit!

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What to Expect

The Aunt Edwina books are full of fun adventures and hijinks. The characters are a bit zany, but it’s all for a good cause. These are clean read, family-friendly books suitable for ages 10-110. They are light, heartwarming fiction reads for the amateur family historian or genealogist. You’ll find parish registers, census records, archives and family heirlooms mentioned, but not to the point where the book becomes a nonfiction ‘how to’ guide bogging down the fun story.

“Let it pass, let it pass. Hopefully Gilligan will escape again and then he’ll forget about the wretched lettuces.”

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PURCHASE BOOKS
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THE AUNT EDWINA SERIES - BOOK 1

When free-spirited painter Julie Fincher discovers that her fiancé is a gold-digger, she reluctantly decides to go ahead with the wedding to please her ailing father. Sadly, the family’s beloved ninety-two-year-old Lady Edwina Greymore passes away the day before the wedding and everything changes. Julie is appointed executrix of a large country estate and now must solve an intricate family history treasure hunt with clues scattered all around southern England. Leaving her deceptive new husband behind, Julie sets out on the madcap adventure of a lifetime, together with her eccentric, karaoke-loving cousin. Along the way, they meet well-meaning aristocrats, experienced genealogists, a handsome antiques shop owner, and a verbose lawyer with a curious potbellied pig ... this is an uplifting, family-friendly series.

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“A lightweight, warm, and often charming adventure.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“This was a wonderful story of bringing the past and the present together. It reminds us how important knowing about our ancestors is. It is cozy and comforting while the characters go on a scavenger hunt to better understand an aunt who has passed away. The characters are likeable and multidimensional. The story is fun and makes you want to keep reading. There is heartbreak, and love. A quirky cast of supporting characters adds to the color of the story. You never know what they will find next on their hunt. It shows how we live in a big world, but are all connected in ways we may not anticipate. A heartwarming read that is an absolute must!”
Amazon Reviewer, Five Stars

“As I don't read the blurb before trying a book I didn't know what to expect but it is brilliant. Different storyline to many other types of novels but one that I will read again at a later date. Very well thought out and written, well worth 5 stars. Thanks to Netgalley and publisher for this ARC.”

— NetGalley Reviewer, Five Stars

THE AUNT EDWINA SERIES - BOOK 2

Family history will never be the same ... Novice genealogist Julie Fincher is learning as she goes. A generous inheritance from Aunt Edwina allows her to open the Greymore Genealogy Research Site, a resource center welcoming everyone interested in family history. This innocent, charitable quest to help others soon turns into mayhem. Gertie, Ewan, the Major, Maude plus new zany friends team up with beginner researchers to uncover ancestors with secret World War Two wartime work. There’s also the tantalizing prospect of a family tree leading to new ownership in a centuries-old confectionery firm. Enjoy the Greymore team’s second foray into the fun world of the past.

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I received a copy of Aunt Edwina's Wonderful legacy from the author. This does not  affect my review.

In Aunt Edwina's Wonderful Legacy, Julie, Gertie, Ewan and the rest  return, along side some new zany characters! Julie's genealogical research facility is  launching, and it's time to help others explore their family mysteries!

What a fun read! I couldn't put it down. I really felt like there was a stronger flow to this book than the first one of the series. I  loved the way the characters new and old interacted.

I really wanna see more of Julie and Ewan together!! They're both so sweet,  I just  want them to be together.

I really love getting to know geneology.  It's so much fun getting to know the research techniques,  while solving mysteries

StoryGraph Reviewer, 5 Stars

 

Truly Delightful Read

Aunt Edwina’s Wonderful Legacy is the 2nd book in the Aunt Edwina series of Family History novels and once again we are all in for a genealogical treat. The truly wonderful-sounding Greymore Genealogy Research Site is now open to the public which brings lots of new arrivals, some good, some bad, plus a little bit of chaos and mayhem all thrown in for good measure. We get to meet a few new characters along the way, plus the usual regulars are back to join in with the fun, the puzzle solving and all the genealogical hard work. As an aside and a family history researcher myself, the Greymore Genealogy Research Site does sound like a researcher's dream! This time the team try to unravel the story behind some mysterious family heirlooms brought to their attention by a newcomer to family history, plus another new and rather unseemly character tries his hand at staking a claim to a family-run confectionary business. Both these mysteries involve the team making various field trips trying to piece the evidence and stories together. A delightful read for anyone who enjoys genealogical mysteries and history in general. I really can’t wait to see what Julie Fincher and the gang get up to in book 3.

Amazon Reviewer, 5 Stars

THE AUNT EDWINA SERIES - BOOK 3

The Greymore Genealogy Research Site’s family historians are back with a new adventure. It’s Christmastime in Oakhurst and after some shenanigans with the tree, everyone settles down for a lovely holiday dinner during a massive blizzard. When a tall American stranger turns up at the front door looking for help with a family history problem, the team is eager to help. After the snow clears, they delve into the world of a reclusive aunt, mysterious manor house and secrets. They must use all their ingenuity to save the historical collection for the archives and museum instead of the auction block. Ewan’s still hoping Julie will see him as more than a friend, and solicitor Fred Todling once again sponsors the local ballet ‘team’. Add in the valiant rescue of a senior being bamboozled by an unethical genealogist, and readers can look forward to another fun, family-friendly and heartwarming story. This is Book 3 in the Aunt Edwina series.

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Wonderful addition to the Aunt Edwina series. Enjoyed the scenes of an English Christmas and catching up with people from earlier books in the series. The new family history mystery is full of surprises, twists and turns

—  GoodReads Reviewer, 5 Stars

 

I received a copy of An Aunt Edwina Christmas from the author! It's the third in the Aunt Edwina family history series!

Christmas at the Greymore Geneology Research Site is interrupted when an American stranger walks in the door. He comes bringing with him a whirlwind of family mysteries that the team dives into head first!

I love the low stakes mystery of the Aunt Edwina series. The books keep me engaged and enjoying all the cast of characters!

I love all the wild situations the characters find themselves in, and the lessons they teach.

I also really love all this series teaches about genealogy!

I highly recommend!

—  StoryGraph Reviewer, 5 Stars

“Oh, come on, admit it. I’m the obscure, jolly cousin everyone assumes lives alone in a timber-framed cottage with a thriving herb garden and eleven cats. I’m also completely forgotten until needed. Except by you. You never missed a birthday or Christmas card. Thank you!”

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"The knowledgeable staff were simply excellent at helping everyone from the novice to the advanced researcher find out more about their ancestry. Most staff were eager seniors, researchers who finally had the time to dedicate themselves to this intriguing pastime. It was certainly not uncommon to walk in and be greeted by a sea of grins and eager faces, wondering what puzzle on a family tree a visitor had brought them today."

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