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Paperback,  6″ x 9″
285 pages with photographs
ISBN 978-1-63381-217-8

by Robert W. Spencer

When Canadian miner Clarence Potter moves to Maine in 1897 to make his fortune working the Oxford County pegmatite mines, he finds himself immersed in a welcoming community of native Mainers. One exception is widow Aphia Stevens, an herbalist who has not been able to escape her personal demons. She makes life difficult for Potter and his new wife from Massachusetts, and for the family of successful dressmaker Lizzie Millett. The story takes place with a backdrop of the Maine mining scene at the turn of the twentieth century.

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Robert has crafted and spun the story so nicely, woven his story with the facts, history with imagination.
—Jane Perham, author of Maine’s Treasure Chest

A great storyteller of how life used to be. Just when you thought you knew about Maine, Bob has found another intriguing twist.
—Tom Buckley, Milton, Massachusetts


Robert Spencer is a retired garden designer whose eye for details of landscape and appreciation for history provide unique insights into New England’s past. After residing in Charlestown, Massachusetts, for forty years, he now lives in a renovated mill building atop a nineteenth-century split granite dam in southwest Maine. A library trustee and active historical society member, Spencer heads up a friends group that is creating a self-guided walking trail along City Brook in South Waterford that celebrates the industrial history of the village.

Author of The Spinster’s Hope Chest.

For more information, visit the author’s website.

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