Pamela Belle Wintercombe

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Wintercombe

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9780312023201: Wintercombe

Set against the background of the Civil War, this story of the conflicts of passion and loyalty tells of Lady St Barbe, who is in charge of the house Wintercombe while her husband is away fighting for Parliament. When enemy soldiers arrive, she is forced to question her principles and beliefs, and tempted to abandon all she holds dear. Pamela Belle is the author of "The Moon in the Water", "The Chains of Fate", "Alathea" and "The Lodestar".

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The year is 1644, and the Puritan Parliament has taken up arms against King Charles I. Wintercombe, a magnificent estate in the Wiltshire village of Norton St. Philip, lies defenseless now that its Puritan lord of the manor, Sir George St. Barbe, has marched off to lead a regiment of Roundheads in battle against the king's army. His young and capable wife, Silence, is left to manage both her family and all of Wintercombe. A Royalist garrison commandeers the house as headquarters, but Silence elects to stay on in order to protect the property and its workers from harmdespite the peril likely to befall her children and herself; these soldiers are not gentlemen. When a handsome Cavalier officer housed under her roof unexpectedly comes to her defense against his monstrous superior officer, romance blossoms. He is, of course, doomed from the start. All this could be rendered in cliches typical of the historical romance novel, but Belle's skill allows her to soar above the genre. Her research is thorough, and despite an occasional lapse into unlikely speech patterns, the period details are authentic without being cumbersome. With rich language that evokes 17th century daily life, and fully involving characters, Belle ( The Moon in Water ) tells an engrossing story.
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From Library Journal:

In the dawning years of the English Civil War wealthy Puritan George St. Barbe marches off to battle and leaves his children, mother, and the family home, Wintercombe, in the hands of his much younger wife, Silence. Complications arise when a Royalist garrison is quartered at Wintercombe, and Silence begins to care for one of the officers. Thankfully, the strength of this tale does not lie solely with the romance, for its outcome is entirely predictable. Despite an often overdramatic style, the reader's interest is kept by the family's spirited struggle to survive and the family members' genuine growth as individuals. For fans of the recent Masterpiece Theatre series By the Sword Divided . Lydia Burruel Johnson, Mesa P.L., Ariz.
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