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.

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Tigger Fantastic

20 September 2020
Did not want the book to finish. More please…

Mrs J Bosence Lovely read

17 August 2020
Carried on lovely from the first one. Enjoyed all of the characters. I also was born and live in North Devon so recognised the surroundings. I hope there will be book 3 to carry on the story.

Kindle Customer –Maureen Body

8 August 2020
A truly addictive read cannot wait for the sequel how did Annie continue her life as a lady was she ever accepted by Roberts family

Valerie Y – Excellent read ! ¥

8 July 2020
What a lovely story ! I enjoyed ‘The Angel Maker ‘ very much , and enjoyed learning about the ways of country folk in the 19th century. What a hard life people had . Marcia Clayton has a knack of getting into her character’s minds and bringing them to life. I would recommend both of her books to anyone who loves a good story with wonderful characters and a good knowledge of the times. Once again , ” thank you Marcia “


Stephen Perham Lovely read

4 July 2020
Well worth five stars, thoroughly enjoyed, I would strongly recommend this book to any lover of local North Devon history


mary mary Loved it!

28 June 2020
I couldn’t wait to start this book,I wasn’t disappointed! The story carried on from the first book and just flowed , I loved all the characters especially Sabina and Sam, I’m looking forward to more stories from Hartford Manor! If you liked upstairs downstairs and Catherine Cooksons books you’ll love this one ! I would definitely recommend this book and ill definitely be looking out for Marcia Clayton books .