The River Girl

Published in paperback and e-format by Pan Books, large print and audio by Magna.

Tania was inspired by the wild and savage beauty Dartmoor's of the Tavy valley to write this gripping novel which depicts the harsh reality of farming and mining in the area in Victorian times. She also tackles sensitive subjects which were as rife then as they are now.

When little Elizabeth Thornton's father is killed in a mining accident, she and her mother have no choice but to take refuge on her uncle's humble tenant farm in the Tavy Valley. It is as well that her mother is a skilled herbalist and wise-woman as their lives are governed by the succession of babies her aunt brings into the world.

Inspired by her mother's work, Elizabeth yearns to study medicine and become a doctor, but as a member of the fairer sex in mid-Victorian England, she knows she must be content to follow in her mother's footsteps. Besides which, she could never bring herself to leave the valley she loves so deeply and the tumbling waters of the upper River Tavy.

As she grows into a beautiful young woman, however, her uncle has other plans for her. But out of tragedy comes salvation, and Elizabeth finds peace and security in the most unexpected place. Meanwhile, across the Channel in France, trouble is brewing, and Elizabeth has no idea that a series of events in the Franco-Prussian War will shatter her tranquil existence.

Praise for the River Girl

Best book since Jane Eyre Amazon reader
I will treasure this book for ever Amazon reader
One of the best books I have read in a long time Amazon reader
Set against a well-researched historical background Newbury Weekly News
Never less than entertaining. The plot fairly races along Historical Novels Review
A rich dish of Victorian drama served up with a tasty side salad of intrigue Torquay Herald Express