A Hare’s Footprint written and self-published by Celia Moore is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
CELIA MOORE’S A HARE’S FOOTPRINT is the final part of the Fox Halt Farm trilogy – the compelling epic tale with a backdrop of Dartmoor, Devon continues… There is so much of the past that Billy has spent years avoiding. There’s a future where dreams could rip everything apart. And someone has a deadly vendetta. Should you grasp at your dreams?
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This is the final instalment in the Fox Halt Farm trilogy and I was keen to return to Dartmoor to Billy and the farm.
I first read book one in the series, Fox Halt Farm, back in March 2019 and I quote “an emotional and compelling debut novel with a chilling twist.” I read book two in April 2019 that carried on with the complex life of Billy and those people around her. A Hare’s Footprint has us back at the farm that has become quite successful with the hard work of Billy, her mother and the team.
Billy is happily married to Richard and they’ve had such a rocky, almost unorthodox road to their relationship however, as Richard is nearing the date of his retirement from the corporate world their happy marriage becomes strained as both Billy and Richard appear to have different ideas for the future.
Billy has struggled emotionally and physically following different events in her life but she knows she is good with animals at the farm and also running the dairy. Billy is highly intelligent and she can see an opportunity to expand when an unexpected project is presented to her. She’s soon full of ideas and aspirations to grow the farm but Richard has ideas of slowing down and wants Billy to slow down with him. A battle of wills ensues and I was a little annoyed with the characters at this stage, they needed to talk, to come to a compromise but they were both stubborn. However, when matters are taken out of their hands and the farm and their lives are in danger they have to make an immediate adjustment giving them both a chance to reassess their focus in life.
The Fox Halt Farm series has been an enjoyable trilogy of a young woman coping with the complexities of life, love, tragedy and new beginnings. There’s a whole heap of characters that bring something to Billy’s life that shape her to what she is now. These sub characters all have their own battles to face and at times in Billy’s life they play a vital cog in her survival.
A family saga of survival against the backdrop of stunning Dartmoor and life on a working farm.
NB: I would thoroughly recommend reading all the books in the series in order to appreciate the character’s history and follow on with their progression.
About the Author
1967, when I was born, my parents lived on a small farm near Moretonhampstead in Devon UK and I have a treasured photo of Dad with his plough horses, Blossom and Pleasant. He could work an acre a day, and B and P knew to stop if the plough was about to hit one of the many rocks sticking out of the ground.
Later, we moved to a farm, 30 miles away, near Whiddon Down and kept a small dairy herd. The farm never made money and my parents eventually sold up. Dad then worked in a local cheese factory, a massive change in his fifties but he said he loved the regular wage, lack of worry and set hours. I think he loved the camaraderie of his new work mates most of all – it’s lonely on a farm sometimes. I studied for my degree in London and had a career with Lloyds Bank in London, Bristol and Taunton working as a Chartered Surveyor but in 2000, I followed a dream to North Wales, training to be an outdoor instructor, teaching rock-climbing, canoeing, mountaineering, and even skiing. I climbed everything I could in the beautiful national park.
Next, I moved to Somerset to teach in an outdoor education centre. I ran additional programmes for children excluded from school and children in care, instructing many different activities including archery, rifle shooting and mountain biking– and ended up managing one of the centres!I loved watching the non-academic children shine and the activities allowed teachers to see some pupils in a new light too.
When, in 2008, I met my husband, it wasn’t fair to expect him to put up with my all-consuming job. He is the best thing that has ever happened to me – and I gave up teaching and came to live with him back in Devon – Home at last! By the way, I had actually been in primary school with Paul but I hadn’t seen him for 25 years when we met up again!
Today, I work as a gardener, eat cake, drink tea and chat. Many of my customers have lost their other halves to cancer and I feel what I do now is wholly appreciated. I run too so I can eat more cake. I have completed the London Marathon 4 times but won’t do it again until I’m 60 when I hope I’ve forgotten how hard it was last time!
In winter 2016, I started blacksmithing to earn some money when there wasn’t much gardening to do. I created organically inspired items for gardens (sundials, bird feeders, arches etc.) but that all stopped when I woke up one morning with a story in my head that I just had to write – And now I garden most of the year and write whenever I can. I love writing and by book 7 I hope to have discovered exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.
My debut novel, Fox Halt Farm was published in 2017, Culmfield Cuckoo its sequel in 2019 and the final part of the Fox Halt Farm Trilogy will be available in May 2021. To find out more simply visit my website or social media pages below.