Victorian Inspirations Feat. Marcia Clayton


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Details about “The Mazzard Tree” – Book 1 of The Hartford Manor Series

It is mid-winter in 1880 and life is harsh in the remote Devon countryside. When Annie Carter’s father dies of consumption, her mother Sabina is left with seven mouths to feed and the family soon face the workhouse. To save them from starvation, Annie steals vegetables from the Manor House garden, risking jail or transportation. She is watched by Robert, the Lord’s son, but far from turning her in, he befriends her.

Annie introduces Robert to a very different world from the one he knows, and he is fascinated by the life she leads. Difficult though it is, they begin to spend time together and soon develop feelings they know have no future.

Harry Rudd, the village blacksmith has long admired Annie and when he proposes, her mother urges her to accept. She reminds Annie, that as a kitchen maid, she will never be allowed to marry Robert. Harry is a good man and Annie is fond of him. Her head knows what she should do, but will her heart listen?

Author Bio

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. I have always enjoyed the peaceful way of life to be found here and would never wish to live anywhere else.

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 am 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 two books in the "Hartford Manor Series" and am about to start work on the third. 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. My second book, The Angel Maker is a sequel to the first and was written after I retired. The series is set in Devon in Victorian times. You can find out more about me and my books on my website here:



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