Troubador His Small Shadow

Released: 01/12/2012

eISBN: 9781780887920

Format: eBook

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His Small Shadow


It is autumn, 1863, in rural Kent. Cecily Carpenter, at only fourteen, has been sent into service as the housemaid of the local rectory, and is distraught as she faces the loss of her long-held dream of becoming a teacher. Alfred Nicholson, though ten years older, also struggles to come to terms with the path set down for him by fate and family. He is a gentle, musical man, who has become the reluctant heir of a small building business. Only his love for Emma Fielding, the local schoolteacher, gives him hope that his life has meaning and purpose.

Both Cecily and Alfred face an age-old problem as they set out into adult life. Should they fight for their dreams, or give them up in the face of difficult circumstances, their own inadequacies and the expectations of their families and society?

At the heart of their story lies a tragedy, now buried beneath years of silence and shame. The 'small shadow' of the title is a young child, who stands in a stream building a dam on a hot summer's day. He is unaware that he holds in his hands, not just rocks and stones, but the power to destroy his brother, or save him.

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Sue Hallett-Martin

Sue lives in East Sussex with her husband and two of her four grown up children. Like most women she has a number of jobs, some paid (as a specialist dyslexia teacher and special needs co-ordinator of a local primary school) and others unpaid. The most rewarding aspect of her work is sharing the excitement of young children as they learn to read and begin to discover a love of stories for themselves.

In the last four years Sue has enjoyed spending time immersed in stories of her own making. Her first novel, His Small Shadow, was inspired by a family photograph of her great grandparents taken in 1904. The story takes elements of their lives as young people in the mid 1860s and fictionalises them. The setting is also fictionalised, but is based on the area near to Tunbridge Wells in which they lived.

Sue has recently received first prize for a short story in a local writing competition and is currently researching and planning a sequel to His Small Shadow.

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