Dianne spent her childhood in Singapore and Cyprus, then raised her children in the Arabian Gulf and hasn't stopped travelling since. Her impressions of China, Guatemala, Russia and Israel will perhaps be rich pickings for future novels, but for now India remains her favourite and she keeps going back. The atmospheric settings of her novels reflect her experiences.
Still on the bucket list are Tibet, Bhutan and Burma.
Defying her controlling husband, Beth travels to Cairo to find 16 year old Layla who’s been forced into marriage. Layla is hiding in the City of the Dead and leading a group of women in rebellion against oppression. When Beth gets caught up, she’s rescued by Harry and falls in love. But what of her husband? Can Beth ever find peace and happiness? Will Layla's ideals of freedom ever be fulfilled?
When her husband is arrested for paedophilia, Polly flees the censure of her village and travels to India. Heartbroken at the plight of children living on the Kolkata streets, she stays to help. She meets and falls in love with Finlay whose home is filled with abandoned infants. In a terrible twist, she fears history is about to repeat itself. Will she ever again see those she has grown to love?
Rose leaves her Cornwall café to search for her daughter in the sweltering slums of Kolkata, India. In the daily struggle for survival, she is often brought to her knees, but finds strength to overcome the poverty and disease, grows to love the Dalit community she helps. But then there are deaths, and she fears for her own safety. Her café at home is at risk of being torched, and finally, she has to make the terrible choice between her daughter and the Indian children.