A Bowdon Romance by Ms Alice Frank
Romance, intrigue and murder in a 19th century suburban community.

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In 19th century Bowdon, Cheshire, Charlotte was a humble servant whose main care in life was her daughter Tooty. She only ever loved one man – her first husband, Rodney, who died tragically young. After his death she had no choice but to work long hours for the owners of the big houses of the day. It was a hard life for both mother and daughter, but it gave her a perspective on history as she saw the world changing before her eyes and class barriers and prejudices beginning to dissolve. When a series of terrible crimes come to light, Charlotte begins to wonder if her new friend David is somehow mixed up in them. Fate places her in unique position to understand what has really been happening and who is responsible. A Bowdon Romance weaves the thread of local history into a fascinating portrait of life as it must have been in 19th century England.

About Ms Alice Frank

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Beryl Organ, born in Bristol in 1928, has been fascinated by animals and flowers all her life. For many years she ran a modelling agency. In later life she took up writing and over the years she has produced a series of children's books, all focusing on the natural world - some in prose, some in verse. An accomplished artists, she also paints pictures of animals, birds and flowers, from pet dogs and cats to wild birds and butterflies. After publishing Tiggy's World and Benjy's Magic Mantle in 2010, Beryl has now completed Tales of Mr Winkle, the story of a garden gnome, and is working on three books of verse for children entitled Animal Antics, Our Woodland Friends and ABC of Flowers. Clifford Davis served as a Naval Chaplain both at home and abroad, in ships and shore bases, from 1936 until 1962. He was awarded the OBE (Military) in 1942 for his efforts to boost and maintain morale on board HMS Despatch, sailing in the Pacific, isolated and out of touch with UK. In 1959 he was appointed Honorary Chaplain to HM the Queen. But those first golden years of his life in the Norfolk Broads always drew him back to his childhood. In 1971 he wrote the 'Four Poplars' as a memoir of those times and a tribute to the village where he had known such happiness. The trees of the title, which stood by the spot where Clifford and his chums used to bathe, were a landmark, which stayed with him throughout his life. In 1943 Clifford married Joan Guy, who was serving with the WRNS at ITCRM, Lympstone where he was the Naval padre. They had six children, three boys and three girls. One boy, Simon, died in infancy. After leaving the Royal Navy in 1962, Clifford held several church posts, including Truro Cathedral, St Andrew's Church Coulsdon, St Mary's Episcopal Church Aberfoyle and finally Holy Trinity Church, Keith. Forty years on and 31 years after his death in 1980 at the age of 74, Clifford Davies' family have resurrected his manuscript and entrusted it to Memoirs Books to edit and publish. It is an enchanting story of an England which has long gone.
Published April 20, 2012 by Memoirs Publishing. 184 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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