Welcome to Writing with Labradors, author page for Lynn Bryant, writer of historical novels, wife of computer geek, mother of teenagers, servant of labradors.

This website is about my books, my dogs, history and the places I love. You can find out about the settings of my books, their historical context and more information than anybody could ever want about Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington.

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A Respectable Woman


Published February 2017 An unusual Victorian woman is torn between her work and her love.
A Marcher Lord Published 13 March 2017 On the Anglo-Scottish borders in the sixteenth century a Scottish Lord plays reluctant host to a young Englishwoman who may hold secrets dangerous to both sides.
The Reluctant Debutante Published in April 2017 A light-hearted Regency romance between a cynical Waterloo veteran who has unexpectedly come into a title and the determined daughter of a City merchant who has no intention of making the society marriage her father wants.
An Unconventional Officer (Book One of the Peninsular War Novels) To be published in May 2017 In 1802 Bonaparte’s armies were sweeping through Europe, and two young officers arrived at the barracks of the 110th Infantry to join the light company.

Officers had come and gone before but none of them had been like Paul van Daan, a man with a past and a whole new attitude to army life.

The novel follows Paul’s career in the army, his relationships with both officers and men and the women in his life.


With Rowena Summers, the shy, gentle orphan he meets in a village church, he finds a peace and stability he had never realised he lacked.

With Anne Howard, the lovely daughter of a wealthy manufacturer whom he meets in a snowstorm, he finds the girl he had never thought existed for him – a woman whose courage and zest for life matches his own.

As the 110th arrives in Portugal to fight a desperate action against the French, Paul and Anne find themselves thrown together against a backdrop of war and bloodshed.

A love story about two extraordinary people in a land at war.


Photographs of Settings from Lynn Bryant’s historical novels

These are some photographs of some of the settings and places associated with my books.  If possible I love to visit the places I’m writing about.  Writing historical fiction means that many things will have changed, but it helps give me a sense of where my characters have come from.

Almost all of these photos are the work of my husband Richard Dawson who is a fantastic amateur photographer.  For those of you who enjoy photography I do recommend you have a look at his Flickr site – he specialises in really fast motorbikes, but his landscape photos are amazing as well.

Settings from ‘A Marcher Lord’

This book is set on the Anglo-Scottish borders, one of my favourite parts of the UK.  I used a variety of castles, bastle houses and peel towers for locations.  The actual site of Crawleigh Castle is somewhere near Jedburgh where I’ve stayed many times, but the location I imagine is that of Smailholm Tower although Crawleigh is a much bigger and more impressive castle.

Settings from “An Unconventional Officer” the first book in the Peninsular War Saga

We went to Portugal and Spain earlier this year on a whistle stop tour of locations from the Peninsular War books.  We managed an amazing amount in eight days and we’re hoping to go back again for more.  This book covers the battle of Talavera but we didn’t go there as it was too far out of our way.  We did tour the amazing lines of Torres Vedras and we went to Viseu and to the bridge over the Coa where General Robert Craufurd made a very rare mistake and got himself out of it by the skin of his teeth.

Settings from “An Irregular Regiment” Book 2 in the Peninsular War Saga

Book two starts with the battle of Bussaco, an amazing site.  The area is covered with trees now which were not there in Wellington’s day, but it is still incredibly easy to see how the battle played out.  Later in the book we follow the Allied army as it chased Massena out of Portugal, culminating in the battle at Sabugal, a beautiful little place.

Settings from “An Uncommon Campaign” Book 3 in the Peninsular War Saga

An Uncommon Campaign tells the story of the battle of Fuentes de Onoro.  Once again, we were able to stand at the French lines and look up at the ridge where Wellington almost overstretched himself.

Settings from “A Redoubtable Citadel” Book 4 in the Peninsular War Saga

Book four, which is published in September, tells the story of the storming of Cuidad Rodrigo and Badajoz, the two imposing fortresses known as the keys of Spain.  We visited both of these as well as going to Elvas which also features in the book.