SETTLE based writer Diane Allen's latest book 'A Child of the Dales' is described as a is a 'sweeping novel of family, deceit, separation and love'.

Diane's 19th novel, it tells the story of Ruby Blake. Abandoned on the steps of a remote inn as a baby Ruby is brought up by the landlord's wife, Martha Metcalfe, who is unaware of the family searching for her.

One wild stormy night, Ruby is reunited with her long-lost father, who wants to whisk her away for a happy life with her true family. Feeling betrayed by Martha, Ruby follows her father for the chance of a new life. However, Ruby is quickly outcast from her real family for being born of Romani blood by everyone, but the charming stable hand, Tom Adams.

Diane was born in Leeds, but raised at her family's farm in the Dales. After working as a glass engraver. raising a family and looking after an ill father, she joined a large-print publishing firm in 1990. She now concentrates on her writing full time and supports the Romantic Novelist’s Society.

Diane and her husband, Ronnie live in Settle and have two children and four grandchildren.

A Child of the Dales is published on September 15 by Pan. Price £7.99. It can be pre-ordered ahead of the publication date at all good bookshops.