Merryn Allingham spent her childhood moving around as a soldier's daughter, and the desire to travel stayed with her into adulthood. After working briefly as a secretary, she landed a job with an airline which introduced her to a vast range of people and adventures around the world - riding in the foothills of the Andes, walking by the shores of Lake Victoria and flying pilgrims from Kandahar to Mecca to name just a few.
Later settling down in Sussex to raise a family, Merryn earned a PhD from the University of Sussex and for many years taught university literature until turning to her own writing. She has published six Regency period novels under the name Isabelle Goddard. The Secret of Summerhayes is the 6th title under the name of Merryn Allingham