Mary Forrest George ~ Elizabeth Thornton
January 24, 1940 – July 12, 2010
Elizabeth Thornton (Mary Forrest George) was born and educated in Aberdeen, Scotland, and taught school for a number of years before establishing her own nursery school, St. Swithin Street Nursery School, an institution that is still going strong today. Elizabeth Thornton (Mary Forrest George) died on July 12, 2010, at Victoria General Hospital, Winnipeg, MB Canada.
She and her husband emigrated to Canada with their three young sons in 1969. She taught kindergarten and Grade One for a number of years in Winnipeg, Manitoba, before becoming lay minister at a Presbyterian Church in Winnipeg.
As part of her continuing education, she enrolled in evening classes at the University of Winnipeg to study Classical Greek. Five years later, having completed an Honor’s thesis on Women in Euripides, she received her B.A. (Classics Gold Medalist).
After reading her first romance, a Regency by Georgette Heyer, she was captivated by the genre. Hereafter, writing became her hobby. In 1987, her first book, a small Regency entitled, Bluestocking Bride, was published by Zebra books.
She is the author of twenty-seven historical romances, and two novellas. She was nominated for and received many awards including the Romantic Times Trophy Award for the best New Historical Regency Author and Best Historical Regency. Seven of her novels have been finalists in the Romance Writers of America Rita awards, Scarlet Angel, Strangers at Dawn, Princess Charming andThe Perfect Princess, Shady Lady, The Marriage Trap, and The Bachelor Trap. Her books appear regularly on national best-selling lists and have been translated into many languages.
Elizabeth’s hobbies included reading (particularly mystery and suspense novels, biography, and history), and traveling to do research for her novels. She was also an avid Harry Potter enthusiast.