Featured: The Angel Maker by Marcia Clayton
Review: The author portrays a wonderful feel for the era and the sense of community that kept the common folks going through challenging times.
1884 North Devon, England
When carpenter, Fred Carter, finds a young woman in dire straits by the roadside, he takes her to the local inn where she gives birth to a daughter. Charlotte Mackie is an unmarried mother and has run away from home where she would have no sympathy from her strict parents.
A few days later, Fred takes Charlotte to her aunt’s house and does not expect to see her again.
When their paths unexpectedly cross, Fred finds Charlotte is distraught as her aunt has arranged an adoption behind her back. Charlotte is desperate to find her baby, and Fred promises to help. However, they are unprepared for the sinister discoveries that lay before them.
Set alongside the absorbing detail of country life and budding village romances, dark forces are at work, which ultimately test the bravery and resourcefulness of the whole community.
The Angel Maker is the sequel to The Mazzard Tree and the second novel in a compelling series that follows the lives and loves of the villagers of Hartford. A rare treat for lovers of historical fiction.
Meet Marcia Clayton:
I was born in North Devon, a rural and picturesque area in the far South West of England. I am a farmer’s daughter and my family has lived in this region for generations.
When I left school I worked in a bank for several years until I married my husband, Bryan, and then stayed at home for a few years to care for my three sons.
As they grew older, I returned to work, first as a Marie Curie nurse caring for the terminally ill, and then for the local authority managing school transport. I remained in this job until retirement.
I like gardening, and we grow most of our own vegetables. I’m interested in researching family history, and this hobby inspired some of the characters in my books. I love reading and also walking in the beautiful Devon countryside.
I have written three books in the “Hartford Manor Series” which is set in North Devon in Victorian times. I wrote my first book The Mazzard Tree, in spare moments over several years as I was also working full time and raising my family. The second book is called The Angel Maker, and the third book, The Rabbit’s Foot.
You can find out more about me and my books on my website: https://marciaclayton.co.uk/
Review by Tracey Gerrard:
Oh, I love aunty Margery.
The Angel Maker is the second book in the Hartford Manor Series and follows on from the Mazzard Tree. With Robert and Annie still wanting to marry with or without the acceptance of his family and the Carter family along with villages and Sam the old vagrant coming together to discover just what is going on at Buzzacott House, this story is one captivating read.
Annie really comes into her own in this book when she finds an ally in Robert’s Aunty Margery and Robert like in the first book isn’t afraid to help out the lower class much to his mother and father’s despair.
There’s so much going on in this story it really does keep you on the edge. New relationships, deaths, and a strange tall woman with a dark side to investigate. Plus, a secret that will definitely throw the Lord and Lady into a tailspin.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Angel Maker and, I am looking forward to how the secret, which has just come to light, will impact on the lives of the Manor House.
If you love a good Victorian Saga, then this series is a must!
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