The wild and haunting Romney Marsh in the South of England
It’s the beginning of a long hot summer when Hazel Dawkins, a spirited young solicitor, takes maternity leave anticipating a period of tranquillity. Instead, the dreams begin. In them she encounters Annie, a passionate young woman whose romantic and tempestuous life was adventurously lived, more than two centuries previously, in the cottage that Hazel now occupies.
As their destinies entwine, Hazel not only confronts a terrifying challenge which parallels history, she finds herself desperately fighting for survival in a cruel and unforgiving age. Even more disturbing is the realisation that her battle will affect the future for those in the past whose fate is, as yet, unwritten.
Her only ally is Annie. Together they face events that echo through the centuries, events that are as violent and compelling as they are unexpected.
And, as the past collides with the present, the time for the birth of Hazel’s child draws ever nearer.
Marion Eaton is a retired Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Judicature of England and Wales, a holistic health practitioner, and a writer. She is also a wife, the mother of two independent daughters, a keen gardener and maker of herbal and aromatherapy potions, and the owner and walker of a beautiful Saluki dog.
At the time Marion entered the legal profession in the early 1970s, it was still very much a male preserve, and she soon discovered that the doors too many clubs and associations were barred to her by virtue of her sex. This was a time when the Cold War was much in evidence and the fear of nuclear conflict was very real, but it was also a time when a young woman found warmth, friendship and laughter in a small community that was inordinately proud of its heritage.
40 years on, by way of acquisitions and mergers, the practice she originally set up on Romney Marsh has become a very large and flourishing concern, but has lost much of the personal element in which she took great pride.
In the early 1990’s Marion’s interest in complementary health led her to qualify in several alternative and complementary healing modalities including aromatherapy and Reiki, and to set up a Health Centre in Hastings, East Sussex. The Centre was sold in 2008 when Marion planned to retire but she found retirement impossible and still practises and teaches these subjects.
Having always wanted to write, she is delighted that she now has the space and freedom to give her imagination free range. Her first novel, When the Clocks Stopped, was self-published in July 2013 and was quickly followed by a second in the same Mysterious Marsh Series, entitled ‘When the Tide Turned’. Both include a good deal of local history, a sprinkling of the supernatural and a rollicking adventure. She has recently published ‘Soliciting from Home’, a memoir on which ‘When the Clocks Stopped’ was based, under the pseudonym Melanie Russell. And her most recent offering is a fictional memoir of a small girl in 1950s India entitled “The Elephants’ Choice’. In the pipeline now is a third in the Mysterious Marsh Series and an adventure set in colonial Burma between the two World Wars.