Catherine Law - historical romantic novelist

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Map of Stars

Can love survive the turmoil of war?

Secrets, lies and espionage… can love survive the turmoil of war?

Kent 1939 When Eliza and her fiance Nicholas are involved in a car crash, it is not him who frees her from the wreckage, but a stranger with stunning green eyes.

As war rages and their lives are thrown into turmoil, Nicholas grows increasingly distant. And soon Eliza can’t resist the pull of that mysterious man. But with spies infiltrating even the country houses of Kent, and the enemy waiting just across the Channel, nothing is simple.

Torn between passion and duty, Eliza must make her choice. A choice with consequences she can little imagine…


Map of Stars was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Association Historical Novel award 2017.

Available on Amazon in paperback, audio and ebook.

Publisher: Zaffre ISBN 978-1-78576-047-1


What they’re saying about Map of Stars

Map of Stars is an emotional story about what it feels like to lose, to love and to hold on no matter what happens. Catherine Law’s fabulous writing style and choice of words make this book very special. I absolutely loved this novel and highly recommend it. It’s a true gem and it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.’
Suze Lavender, Amazon

‘This book has everything that a reader could want. A touch of forbidden love mixed with thrilling wartime espionage and secret codes, this is more than just a romance story and will therefore enthral readers who like a bit of romance but also like some mystery and intrigue.’ E Thomas, Amazon

‘Lovely story written with knowledge and feeling.’ Mrs V Pinches, Amazon

‘Possibly the best book I’ve read this year. Lovely emotional and absorbing story. Can’t recommend it enough.’ Mrs G, Amazon



  • Map of Stars back cover
  • The paperback cover
  • Map of Kent and France. You can see the coast of Calais from Dover...
  • Oast houses and spring blossom, from a London Transport Railway poster
  • Vintage railway poster
  • 'The Moon' by Alphonse Mucha 'Only shows one face'
  • River Stour at Wickhambreaux, near Canterbury, Kent
  • Evelyn Dunbar (Second World War artist): Section Officer Austen, Women's Auxiliary Air Force Meteorologist 1944.
  • 'Corporal Stediford’s Mobile Pigeon Loft' by Eric Ravilious.  (During World War Two, thousands of lives were saved by pigeons flying home bearing the co-ordinates of a crash site, and every bomber crew carried one).
  • Crews of No 137 Squadron RAF pose with a mascot in front of their Whirlwind Mk I fighter bombers at RAF Manston early in 1943. The aircraft entered service with the squadron in September 1941. Only two squadrons were equipped with its twin-engined layout during World War II, and despite successful use in the ground attack role with a highly durable bombing platform it was withdrawn from service with the squadron in June 1943.
  • The Night Sky, a Ladybird Book, published in 1965 with illustrations by Robert Ayton.
  • 'The Moon and Stars' series by Alphonse Mucha.  From left, 'Morning Star' (bringer of light), 'Evening Star' (herald of darkness), 'The Moon' (only shows one face), 'The Pole Star' (fixed, unmovable point).
  • Map of Kent
  • Deal sea front