Published: 28/06/2015
ISBN: 9781784623067
eISBN: 9781784629243
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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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Legacy of Van Diemen's Land
Third in the 'Heart of Stone' Saga
by Shelagh Mazey

Set in the mid-nineteenth century, Legacy of Van Diemen’s Land is the latest installment in the ‘Heart of Stone’ saga. The story follows the lives of the Stone and Dryer families, focussing on the children of Violet, fathered by Richard Dryer and Matthew Stone – the protagonists from the previous books in the series, Brandy Row and Dawn to Deadly Nightshade.

Legacy of Van Diemen’s Land follows the travels of the Machiavellian character, Nathan Meakins, as he is transported to the antipodes to suffer the hardships of the colonial penal system. Hated and feared in equal measure by his fellow prisoners, it appears as though the evil and devious Nathan has finally got his comeuppance. But his threat to reap revenge on his adversary, Joshua Dryer, brings fear to all who live at the Manor of Alvington.

In Nathan’s determination to return to Somerset and settle the score, innocent people become embroiled in his wicked plans and are left to suffer the tragic consequences...

Inspired by authors such as Thomas Hardy, George Elliott and Charlotte Bronte, Legacy of Van Diemen’s Land introduces a colourful group of characters. A tale of tragedy, heartache, celebration and tradition, told through the beautiful local and social history of both Portland and Yeovil, this book will appeal to fans of Shelagh Mazey’s previous books, as well as readers who enjoy historical and romance fiction.

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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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