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Harper Teen

January 31st, 2017

IN ANOTHER TIME by Caroline Leech


Harper Teen

August 28th, 2018

Junior Library Guild selection - Fall 2018


“IN ANOTHER TIME is a glowing story of friendship, growth, and a steadfast first love as teenage Maisie negotiates the forests of the heart and of World War Two Scotland with equal determination.”

Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity



The fun one:

       Caroline Leech is a Scottish writer who moved to Texas for an adventure ten years ago. Her young adult novels, WAIT FOR ME and IN ANOTHER TIME are both set in Scotland during World War Two, and are published by Harper Teen. In addition to writing YA fiction, she blogs a lot, reads a lot, and almost always has an audiobook playing through her headphones. She lives in Houston with her husband and three children, and she can be found online at and @carolinesblurb. 

Credit: Priscilla Dickson Photograpy

The Serious One:

       Caroline Leech is a Scottish writer who has lived in Houston TX since 2007.  She writes novels for teenagers, and her novels, WAIT FOR ME and IN ANOTHER TIME, were published in 2017 and 2018, in the USA by Harper Teen and in the UK by Harper Collins Children's Books. Set in Scotland during World War Two, WAIT FOR ME won the 2014 Joan Lowery Nixon Award at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Houston, as well as the YA categories of both the Romance Writers of America Emily and Lone Star competitions. IN ANOTHER TIME was named a Junior Library Guild Pick in fall 2018. Caroline was also a featured author in the TXLA Spirit of Texas High School reading program 2019.

       Caroline’s previous career in public relations with performing arts companies in the United Kingdom culminated with her editing a glossy photographic book, WELSH NATIONAL OPERA – THE FIRST SIXTY YEARS.  She has written numerous feature articles on the performing arts in a number of newspapers and magazines here and in the UK.   As well as her personal blog at, Caroline founded a blog – – for which she interviewed some of Houston’s remarkable women, each of whom nominated their own inspirational woman for Caroline to interview. She also serves on the advisory board of Inprint, Houston’s leading literary non-profit organization.

Caroline is married with three children. 

“Caroline Leech’s WAIT FOR ME shines a beautifully written light on the precarious nature of love and war and asks its readers to believe, even when the hero doesn’t, that love can prevail. This is a book that makes you want to curl up with a cuppa and read straight through till the morning.

Kathi Appelt, National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor Winner



Trade Reviews for WAIT FOR ME

“Clandestine meetings and stolen kisses will satisfy die-hard romantics” Kirkus Reviews, September 2016

“Historical fiction, forbidden romance and a coming-of-age tale combine into a memorable story.” School Library Journal, November 2016

“. . . a fast-flowing narrative that immerses readers . . .”  School Library Journal, November 2016


“… delicious combinations of sighs, gasps, and swoons.… a satisfying happy ending." Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books - December 2016

“This quiet, matter-of-fact portrayal of life on the home front adds nuance to the usual tales of battle and heroism.” VOYA magazine, February 2017


“…the book is as satisfying as one of housekeeper Mrs. Mack’s delectable scones.” VOYA magazine, February 2017

Media coverage and Interviews with CAROLINE LEECH

PBS/Houston Public Media TV- COVER TO COVER (part of the Great American Read) - Episode 5 Love Stories - Panel discussion about what makes a good love story, and i read from ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell.

Intellectual Recreation - find out more about the historical background to IN ANOTHER TIME, and how I approached the task of distilling it into a novel - September 28th, 2018


NPR/Houston Public Media - Houston Matters program - Discussion panelist discussing favorite books for NPR's Great American Read program and Houston Public Media's Cover to Cover - September 10th, 2018


Classroom Connections/Caroline Starr Rose - interview about IN ANOTHER TIME, and about why historical fiction can help teachers teach history beyond the school textbook - September 7th, 2018

Adventures in YA Publishing - Interview about inspiration, ritual and revision - September 6th, 2018

NPR/Houston Public Media - Houston Matters program - radio interview on Houston Public Media - August 30th, 2018

Brazos Bookstore Blog - Interview with Joy Preble ahead of my IN ANOTHER TIME book launch - August 2018

To read/watch previous interviews, guest blogs and other coverage, click here.


News - PRE-ORDER GIFT! - to receive your specially illustrated map of my Scotland, just send me your IN ANOTHER TIME pre-order receipt; read about the Royal Air Force 100th birthday flypast over London and what to do when your writing project feels overwhelming.

News - WIN one of two advanced copies of my new book IN ANOTHER TIME, the audiobook of WAIT FOR ME is coming to the USA, Meet my Cover Designer, and WIN a copy of BROODING YA HERO who will help you avoid clichés in your writing.

News - Jessica Brockmole blurb for IN ANOTHER TIME, I go back to school, and Meet My Editor. Craft - Keep on Learning, History - Food rationing, and WIN Michael Noll's WRITER'S FIELD GUIDE TO THE CRAFT OF FICTION

News - Elizabeth Wein blurb for IN ANOTHER TIME, Audiobook for WAIT FOR ME, and Meet My Agent. Craft - Point of View, History - The Lumberjills, and WIN! - two copies of ROAD TO EUGENICA by AM Rose

News - My Debut Year and forthcoming book, Craft - Writing Time and Place well, History - German POWs, and WIN! - a copy of NIGHTBLOOD by Elly Blake

"Caroline Leech brings to vivid life the green Scottish Highlands in this touching wartime historical romance. IN ANOTHER TIME enthralls with strong and compassionate characters. Maisie McCall is the heroine we all need!"

Jessica Brockmole, internationally bestselling author of Letters from Skye


June 19, 2018

WAIT FOR ME Audiobook comes to America

The WAIT FOR ME audiobook will be released on June 19th on both digital download and audio CD. Beautifully narrated by Edinburgh-born actress Sarah McRae, who was most recently seen as Sandy in Outlander. You can pre-order the audiobook on Audible or Amazon, and if you'd like to listen to a few minutes of the opening chapter, there's an excerpt on the HarperCollins UK website - just click on the HAVE A LISTEN button.

August 30, 2018


7pm - Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas 77005 - Tel: 713.523.0701

Please join me for a celebration of lumberjills and lumberjacks, love, logs and axes, as I launch my new novel, IN ANOTHER TIME. I’ll be reading from the book, talking about the real-life lumberjills of WW2 and of course, signing some books. And there’ll be cake! And Scottish sweeties!


If you PRE-ORDER your copy of the book on the Brazos Bookstore website, you’ll also receive some cool book-swag, including my specially illustrated map of Scotland which will guide you round the places in this new book and in WAIT FOR ME.


I hope to see you on the 30th!

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"Compelling, moving and beautifully written, this extraordinary debut novel is rich with history, conflict and tension. The romance between the two main characters is delicious and quietly captured my heart. Caroline Leech is an exceptional storyteller.”

Sarah Alexander, author of The Art of Not Breathing



I love visiting schools, libraries, bookshops and book clubs. If you would like me to come and visit yours - in person or on Skype - please contact me via my Contact boxes below.

I am also putting together an Educator's Guide for WAIT FOR ME, to assist teachers of students grades 7-10. More information coming on here soon. In the meantime, please email me for further details.

“Wait for Me is a delicately written love story with a gorgeously evoked setting, an intrepid heroine, and a knee-weakening romance. This book is not to be missed.”

            Anne Blankman, author of The Prisoner of Night and Fog series and Traitor Angels



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“A sweetly engaging and richly authentic historical romance set in WWII Scotland, Caroline Leech’s debut YA, WAIT FOR ME, charms and satisfies. A heart-warming page turner and a fine addition to any shelf.”

Joy Preble, Children’s Specialist at Brazos Bookstore, and author of the bestselling Dreaming Anastasia series, 

The Sweet Dead Life, Finding Paris, and It Wasn’t Always Like This.