My Children’s Novels

The Angels of Abbey Creek

Book description:

In Australia, where Christmas is in summer and dads like to play cricket, is a small town. Not far from this town, along a narrow, winding road, is the village of Abbey Creek. And on the edge of this village, nestled among the shady gum trees, is a sprawling brick house. This is the home of the Angel family: Mum, Dad, Edward, Kate, Joe, Celeste, Lizzie and Annie.


And this is the story of their very adventurous year! It’s a year full of happy days and magic moments, of camping in the bush and perfect beach holidays, of feast days and birthdays and even a First Holy Communion. The year has exciting days and disastrous moments, with racing bushfires, naughty birds and scurrying mice. And it’s full of surprises. The biggest surprise of all happens on Christmas Day!


The Angels of Abbey Creek contains 22 individual adventurous stories which fit together to tell the tale of one exciting year!

The Angels Paper Dolls

Now Available: The Angel of Abbey Creek paper dolls and clothes. Now everyone can act out the stories in my book!

The Angels of Gum Tree Road


Book Description:

The Angel family of Gum Tree Road is looking forward to another year of adventures. As usual, there will be birthdays and feast days to celebrate. But what else will happen in the months ahead? Nobody knows. But there’s one thing they’re sure about: Life won’t be ordinary because, as Dad says with a grin, “We’re not an ordinary family.” When you’re adventurous and willing to try new things, anything can happen.

Why isn’t Kate looking forward to Easter? Will Mum run in the mothers’ race? Will Dad become a star? Is the Angels’ baby a boy or a girl? What crashes into Granny’s house in the middle of the night? Why do eleven girls need eleven pretty dresses? And will the Angels be upset when Dad tells them some unexpected news on Christmas Day?

This sequel to The Angels of Abbey Creek is the story of a Catholic family living on the edge of the wild Australian bush.

Available on Kindle, Amazon, and Lulu.


    • Elisa
    • September 4, 2012

    YAY!! We are reading the PDF on Kindle and are on chapter 4. I'm so excited! We really love it so far. The children beg to hear it.

    1. Elisa,

      I was so excited to hear you're reading my book! It's been sitting quietly online for a long time. I hope you enjoy the latest version. Thanks for reading it.

    • Elisa
    • September 9, 2012

    Every time I visit your blog, I get super happy..because I love that colorful blog header. And I wanted to tell you that Isaiah begged me again to read your book. =) I will post a review on my blog once we are all done. I have to hurry up and finish it quickly. =)

    1. Elisa,

      I'm glad you feel happy when you visit my blog. I'm feeling happy too. It's good to get this blog moving again. I initially started it to promote Suzie's book. I've been re-reading the early posts with all the comments, including Suzie's. Such lovely discussions we used to have.

      A review of my book would be absolutely wonderful. Thank you! I don't know what to do about the manuscript. I could just replace the existing Nicklebys blog with a new one, with the updated Angels of Abbey Creek version. Or I could hang out and try to solve my illustration problem before publishing. Or I could just publish the book without pictures… I need to do some more thinking. If only I had artistic talents!

      • Elisa
      • September 9, 2012

      Yes, maybe you could e-mail Melissa Wiley for some advice. And pray…the Holy Spirit will get it published the perfect way. =)

    2. Elisa,

      Great suggestion! Thank you. Yes, it will all work out perfectly.

      God bless!

  1. Sue, congratulations! How wonderful! My, with you publishing your first book and your girls busy writing books and stories, I have a feeling that the Elvis name may someday be famous in literary circles! Elvis books may become required reading for unschoolers, since the books will surely all be absolutely delightful! I have to catch up with your book. I must confess that I am not a fiction reader, but I'm making an exception for you. I'm also fascinated by Gemma Rose's fantasy tale which she told about so charmingly in her "interview."
    Love to all the talented Elvis writers, and especially to mom who's leading the pack! xoxo

  2. Patricia,

    I don't often read fiction these days, though I do like it. I just can't seem to settle into a book without my mind wandering. But my children's book doesn't need much concentration. It's simple tales of a Catholic family. The book is finished, and so are the illustrations. Andy is now arranging everything into a template. I hope the book will be complete very soon.

    I have been working on this project for a very long time. If I don't watch out one of the girls will get their book finished and published first! Gemma-Rose will be delighted when she sees your comment. Thank you!

  3. I loved your first book, I cant wait for the next one!

  4. Avery,

    Thank you! I'm so pleased you enjoyed my book. The next Angels book is called The Angels of Gum Tree Road. It's almost ready for publication. I hope you'll watch out for it.

    Thank you so much for stopping by. Your comment made me smile!

  5. You are most welcome, and I definitely will be looking out for your next book.

    God bless,

    1. Avery,

      It's lovely to hear from you again! I am taking a long time getting my second book published, aren't I? I've been waiting for the illustrations to be drawn. My daughter Charlotte drew some pictures, and then we had another idea about them. She drew them all over again. She has now finished all the illustrations. All we need is a cover picture and we can publish the book!

      Thank you so much for stopping by. I have enjoyed telling you about the progress of my next book which I hope you're going to enjoy!

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