Troubador Revenge

Released: 28/04/2019

ISBN: 9781789018219

Format: Paperback

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1790. Widowed without income, Martha Tilby is forced by the hunger of her five children to find work or face the workhouse. Fortune smiles down when she finds work for herself and her son in the fields of Tate Farm, where she meets the rugged and aloof Andrew Tate and his family. When Martha falls behind on the rent, she can’t understand why Barney Beemer, the rent collector, hasn’t thrown them out... until she finds bruises on her younger daughter Nona. Out of character, Martha takes a mother’s revenge but soon realizes that Beemer is not a forgiving man. To escape him, she takes her remaining children to London where she hides in the dark labyrinth of the East End’s narrow lanes and alley ways. But is she safe there from Beemer’s revenge?

Emma, Martha’s eldest daughter, finds employment at Claydon House. But it is soon obvious to Emma that the staff live in fear of their cold calculating Mistress, that the Master is conspicuously absent and that the last maid has left without saying why. And even more peculiar yet, who is the strange man in the forest that gifts her a piece of silver - one which will soon cost two people their lives? 

Anne now has a third book published, Between Classes. It is the sequel to Revenge and starts in Australia 12 years after the Tate family move there. Being set in 1803 a lot of research went into this book. Anne also found a cousin in Australia who helped her with the distances and terrain of that time.

Anne's writing still highlights the hardship that lower class women have suffered over the years, but as always, has a romantic element that will fill the reader full of hope for her character to survive against all the odds.

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Anne Willingale

Anne has been writing for many years; at first children's stories, then articles and short stories for magazines. She took two creative writing courses at Cambridge Community College. She also attended Ely, Community College, where she took more courses, the first, Writing for Profit, and the second, Script Writing for Television.

She formed a writing group in Cambridgeshire with four other writers in the year 2000 and that group is still active today writing for magazines, novella, and novels. Anne is still able to be a part of that group by using e-mail and telephone. She travels to East Anglia at twice a year to attend meetings.

She turned her hand to novel writing in 2004 finishing Revenge in 2006 on the day that her husband died.

Her second romantic novel The Key to the Street is set in 1665 and is about the life of a foundling child, Letty Denton. This story is about the survival of a girl of 13, who falls in love with Alfie Melts another inmate. The story portrays happiness, loss, hunger, homelessness, and love from beyond the grave.

Her writing depicts the struggle for survival where the odds are stacked against the underprivileged woman. She brings to life the conditions of the time in which she writes, not of the rich but of the poor. She writes about need, love, hate, abuse, and survival.

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