Salting the Wound

By Janet Woods

A desirable romance set in nineteenth-century Dorset - Charlotte Honeyman jilts her long-time swain, and at the spur of the instant marries a stranger. His satisfaction broken and his matrimonial plans upturned, sea captain Nick Thornton threatens to take revenge. Charlottes more youthful sister, Marianne, takes pity on Nick and secretly forums his send, the place she meets with an

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Adam watched them elect disappointment in his eyes. There not anything beside the point within the courting among the pair. It used to be visible that the boy had an exceptional domestic. The soldier additionally had a brand new relatives to aid. For the 1st time in his lifestyles Adam felt to blame approximately what he was once approximately to do. yet baby stealing was once a misdemeanour, now not a legal, so he’d most likely break out with it if he had an excellent excuse, and he anticipated that he might have. however it was once now not his task to pass judgement on Colonel Hardy. in truth, he infrequently provided an opinion to his consumers except they requested for one. His activity were to discover the kid. He had, and will be paid good for either his time and services. whereas their faces have been nonetheless clean in his brain he quick sketched either guy and baby, then became and walked away. The boy’s query caught in his brain, and how either their smiles had light. ‘Marianne,’ he whispered, and attached it to the fisherman declaring that there have been sisters. Marianne Honeyman needs to be the more youthful one. He was once tempted to capture the fellow up and inform him what the fisherman had stated, however it used to be particularly none of his enterprise. doubtless they might understand quickly sufficient while the send lower back. yet what if she used to be stored on board opposed to her will and disposed of? Later, Adam wrote a observe and signed it with a reputation he used occasionally. prior to he headed for the railway station, he positioned it within the palms of a messenger to carry to Harbour condominium. pricey Colonel Hardy, we're not familiar, yet the day prior to this I overheard younger girl referred to as Marianne Honeyman is lacking from her fire and residential. A fisherman, during a talk, pointed out rather by the way that he observed her move aboard a boat known as Samarand at the day the younger woman disappeared. i can't, after all, be sure that the knowledge is true, yet for what it’s worthy, you'll desire to query the fellow your self, and certainly, stick to this line of enquiry up. The fisherman’s identify was once Rob. clearly, Henry Smith ‘Samarand,’ Charlotte cried out, and significant Mitchell jumped and gave a startled yelp. lightly massaging his scalp along with her fingertips she shushed him, then decreased her voice. ‘There, I knew Nick Thornton had stolen her away. I’ll shoot him useless whilst he will get again. simply see if I don’t. ’ She started to weep. ‘My terrible sister. Nick has ruined her to spite me, and it’s all my fault. If I’d in basic terms married him within the first position, then this wouldn’t have occurred. We needs to ask a Justice of the Peace to factor a warrant for his arrest, and we’ll have him thrown into penitentiary while he returns. ’ ‘Charlotte, this isn’t approximately you, or approximately you taking revenge. For Marianne’s sake it might be greater if this enterprise is hushed up. As for Thornton, there’s no facts that he was once taken with her disappearance whatsoever. ’ Eyes livid she gazed up at him, ready to argue. ‘But the letter—’ ‘It used to be written by way of a stranger, and will be a mischief. until eventually we all know needless to say what has occurred to Marianne we won't accuse an individual of whatever. What if Nick Thornton is blameless of wrongdoing?

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