NORWAY — Local author Robert W. Spencer will read from and discuss his latest book, Francena Hallett’s Heart: A Novel of Romances and Revenge, on Wednesday, February 8, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Norway Memorial Library.

Copies are available at The Tribune, Bridgton Books, and other independent bookstores, from Maine Authors Publishing, direct from the author, and on

Please join Robert as he reads excerpts from his book, discusses how and why he wrote it, and allows participants to ask questions and share opinions of the book. Set in Southern Maine in the first decade of the twentieth century, this book tells of dressmaker Francena Hallett. She proves her love by becoming the caregiver to a best friend after she suffers a damaging miscarriage. Francena sacrifices her search for love, happiness, and professional success. This third volume of the Lizzie Millett Series concludes a tumultuous and vengeful relationship between imprisoned murderer Aphia Stevens, Lizzie Millett, and her family.

Robert, who lives in Waterford, draws inspiration for his writing from the beauty and history of the Oxford Hills. He has written three historical fiction novels and a series of non-fiction articles for local groups. As a retired landscape architect, Robert draws upon his appreciation for both the natural and developed world to provide vivid views of the environment. Before moving to Maine, he lived in Charlestown, Massachusetts for 43 years, where he ran a design-build garden design practice.

Robert founded the first company in the United States to import and distribute Irish Blue Limestone, a unique multipurpose building material. He received an MA in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a Graduate Certificate in Landscape Design from Radcliffe Seminars (now Boston Architectural College). Robert enjoys gardening, serving as a trustee of the Waterford Library, and heading a community effort to make a commemorative walking trail along Waterford’s City Brook.

Learn more about Robert and his work at or reach him at [email protected] For more information on this program, please call 743-5309 ext. 1, stop by the information desk, or e-mail [email protected]

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