Milford-Haven Novels & Stories

Women’s fiction – like the women who read it – has evolved to include subjects and themes that range far beyond romance. Romance, wisdom and mystery are the topics of What the Heart Knows and Where the Heart Lives by best-selling author Mara Purl and resonate with women readers. In her novels, you will meet Miranda Jones, a wildlife artist; plus a cast of characters that include a television journalist, an environmentalist, a Native American part-time student, a builder and an heir to an oil fortune in the fictional coastal town of Milford-Haven.

“Women’s fiction lets readers taste the subtleties of relationships, romance and mystery,” shared Purl, a former star of Days of Our Lives. “In my novels What the Heart Knows and Where the Heart Lives, the reader should let her imagination and her heart be her guides. Don’t be afraid of where the story will take you. While the outer journey takes you to California’s gorgeous Central Coast, the inner journey can be even more exciting, a transforming adventure you won’t want to miss.”

The Milford-Haven Novels have ranked in the top 5 in multiple genres at Amazon.com, including #5 in Books, #5 in Romance, and #3 in Women’s Lit & Fiction.

In Contemporary Fiction, book one hit #1. One of the most popular genres in the country, this category encompasses the last few decades . . . perfect for Milford-Haven, which is set in the late 1990s, the affluent, pre-9-11 time of infinite possibilities.

And in Saga Fiction, book one also hit #1—giving readers an important hint. This is a true series. The stories follow the lives of the main characters, each a complete storyline, but their stories also continue as the Milford-Haven novel series progresses. So although one important storyline concludes in each novel, the entire story will not conclude till the end of the series.

“My characters are real people with hopes and dreams that I have found women identify with in today’s world, even though the series is set in the ‘90s,” Purl explains. “Each book stands on its own, as a new story, but also builds as an overall saga. Each time you pick up a Milford-Haven novel, you’ll feel like you’re visiting with old friends.”

Read the Milford-Haven Series in Order

The Milford-Haven Saga is set in the late 1990s and will conclude just before the new millennium. Here’s the internal story Chronology::

  • August 1996: When Hummers Dream (Short Story/ Novella)
  • October 1996: What the Heart Knows (Novel #1)
  • November 1996: When Whales Watch (Short Story/Novella)
  • December 1996: Where the Heart Lives (Novel #2)
  • March 1997: When Otters Play (Short Story/ Novella)
  • March 1997: Why Hearts Keep Secrets (Novel #3)

Original Collectors’ Editions are now out of print.
A list of those editions with the awards they won may be found courtesy of Haven Books