Published: 01/08/2013
ISBN: 9781783060238
eISBN: 9781783069866
Format: Paperback/eBook



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THE CONCEPTION OF BRANDY ROW I have been a closet writer for many years working on this manuscript. My objective was never publication, I just wanted a challenge and to see if I could do it. Thus B... read more

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Dawn To Deadly Nightshade
Sequel To Brandy Row
by Shelagh Mazey

Dawn to Deadly Nightshade, the sequel to Brandy Row, is the second in a collection of West Country historical novels by Somerset author Shelagh Mazey.

Set in the Yeovil area in the mid-nineteenth century, it follows the life of Joshua, the handsome young son of Violet and Richard Dryer as he takes on the ownership and title of Lord of the Manor of Alvington. Joshua arrives in Somerset to find the folk on his estate are just as superstitious as those he left behind him on Portland. He is soon to learn that people’s fears are justified when he discovers the existence of a coven in the neighbouring parish and he comes into conflict with their warlock.

Joshua’s main adversary is Nathan Meakins, the arrogant son from a neighbouring estate. They first clash over Meakins’ cruel treatment of Joshua’s sister Rebecca, but this discord and tension is to escalate throughout the story, exposing long held secrets from within his own family.

Dawn to Deadly Nightshade draws readers into the celebrations, customs, heartbreaks and fears of the region and era.

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Review of Brandy Row by Teresa Gess

"For anyone with Isle of Portland connections who are not only interested in their own ancestry but also local and social history, then Brandy Row is a must. This book is based around a romance (or two) but cannot really be classified as romantic fiction, it has too much else to offer. It gives you an understanding of the Isle over almost 30 decades mid 19th Century, Portland comes alive with topographical descriptions, as well as those of the families. Names mentioned are Attwool, Byatt, Comben (sadly no Cox for me) Pearce, Stone, White and others. Although fiction it is based on fact which helps you travel back in time to exist amongst your ancestors and appreciate their lifestyle. I just hope that Shelagh will enlighten us in the future with the next generation, and for me also a prequel as my direct Cox line left Portland pre 1840's. A book I shall certainly read again."

Teresa Gess


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