© Nancy Carson 2018
THE BLACK COUNTRY CHRONICLES
SYNOPSIS Still reeling from the events and traumas she encountered in A Country Girl, Aurelia Sampson tries to come to terms with her miserably failing marriage and the birth of her daughter conceived out of wedlock. Meanwhile, Algie Stokes, the cause of her downfall, settles down to a normal life running his bicycle manufacturing business. However, an epic conflict arises with Aurelia’s estranged husband Benjamin - a rival in business - when Benjamin embarks on his quest to ruin Algie, and destroy Aurelia’s future and that of her children. Yet another, unanticipated, antagonist unexpectedly emerges in the shape of Clarence Froggatt. Driven by jealousy, he finds himself in a position to seriously damage Algie’s thriving business. Set in the 1890s, A Fallen Woman is a compelling story, bursting with intrigue, an ample measure of juicy scandal, and the unexpected twists and turns that typify Nancy’s novels. Fans will love it. EXTRACT . . . ‘We don’t get the chance to talk these days,’ Aurelia remarked candidly. Always Algie had found her to be unnervingly forthright, always disquietingly forward, and he had no answer, for it was the sad truth and he could utter neither confirmation nor denial. ‘Maybe it’s for the best,’ she added. ‘How is he these days?’ Algie indicated with a nod that he meant Benjamin, then settled on Aurelia’s glistening eyes, wallowing in their deep blue depths. ‘As unpleasant as ever.’ Algie sighed, frustrated at this deplorable, despicable waste. ‘He’s hopeless with money. That share of the money my father left – you know? It’s all gone. He said he wanted it to invest in the business. So I stupidly gave in and let him have it. My guilty conscience, I suppose. But I’m sure it never was . . . Invested, I mean. I’m sure he’s just squandered it. The business is worse off than ever.’ Algie shook his head in sympathy. ‘I’m so sorry, Aurelia.’ He sounded truly sincere. ‘Things generally are not good anyway. But if there’s anything I can do to help . . . To help you, I mean, not him or his business.’ She put her hand on his arm in acknowledgment of his concern, and it was like a pleasurable bolt of electricity surging through him. ‘You have your own responsibilities these days, Algie.’ ‘I’m all too aware . . .’ SERIES INFORMATION: A Country Girl introduces Marigold Bingham and her family, the Stokes family, the Meeses, the Froggatts and the Sampsons in this first novel. The sequel, A Fallen Woman published as an ebook 8 February 2018, is the explosive sequel and conclusion to this potent saga. Paperback format due 17 April 2018.
A Fallen Woman The inevitable consequences, some benign, some appallingly bad, for the characters of A Country Girl, after the events that overtook their lives in the prequel, A Country Girl.
PUBLISHING INFO  Available in paperback ande-book, UK: 8 February 2018  Amazon UK link: http://amzn.to/2DRDSRg  In paperback from 17 April 2018, ISBN 978-0008173555
NANCY CARSON