Friday, May 3, 2024

Shining a bright Springtime Spotlight on Marcia Clayton's evocative novel, Betsey #HistoricalFiction #FamilySaga #BookSpotlight


Prequel to the much-loved Hartford Manor Series

by Marcia Clayton

Set in 1820, Betsey is the prequel to the much-loved Hartford Manor Series.

Betsey, a sadly neglected child, is shouldering responsibilities far beyond her years. As she does her best to care for her little brother, Norman, she is befriended by Gypsy Freda, an old woman whose family is camped nearby. Freda's granddaughter, Jane, is also fond of the little girl and is concerned about her.

Thomas, the second son of Lord Fellwood, happens across the gypsy camp and becomes besotted with Jane. However, Jasper Morris, the local miller, also has designs on the young gypsy, and inevitably, the two men do not see eye to eye. 

Betsey is drawn into their rivalry for the attention of the beautiful young woman, and she finds herself promising to keep a dangerous secret for many years to come.

Praise for Betsey:

'I was transfixed from the very beginning to the end, and I urge everyone to read this book.
This is the first book I've read by the author, but it certainly won't be the last.
The story follows the life Betsey from six years old upto her twenty-first birthday.
There are a lot of characters in the book, but they all intermingle with each other, and it makes sense why they're included.
I highly recommend this book and the author is definitely a new addition to my favorite authors.'
~ Vicky Peplow, Amazon Reviewer

Betsey is available to read on #KindleUnlimited.

Marcia Clayton

Marcia Clayton was born in North Devon, a rural and picturesque area in the far South West of England. She is a farmer's daughter and often helped to milk the cows and clean out the shippens in her younger days.

When Marcia left school she worked in a bank for several years until she married her husband, Bryan, and then stayed at home for a few years to care for her three sons, Stuart, Paul and David. As the children grew older, Marcia worked as a Marie Curie nurse caring for the terminally ill, and later for the local authority managing school transport.

Now a grandmother, Marcia enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She’s a keen researcher of family history, and it was this hobby that inspired some of the characters in her books. A keen gardener, Marcia grows many of her own vegetables. She is also an avid reader and mainly enjoys historical fiction, romance and crime books.

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