Today’s entry is from Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter, book One of “The Serpent’s Tooth” historical trilogy, published by Books We Love. Set during the turbulent 18th century, the series follows Anne Darvey from her impoversihed childhood in rural England to the American colonies and the War for Independence.
…I could easily see this series as a movie-maybe one day I will. So, if you are a fan of dark gothic themes, enjoy seeing the underbelly of British society and what goes on behind the scenes, as it were, I highly recommend you buy this trilogy. — LAS Reviews
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As a child Anne often sought and found comfort in her mother’s arms. She found protection and warmth. And solace against the cruelty of other children who didn’t understand…who couldn’t understand. Perhaps her mother’s stories were nothing more than fabrications, or, at best, the stretching of a sordid truth. It had never mattered. She believed.
“Tell me about my father,” she had implored night after night. And night after night, Julia told her the same story until she knew it by rote. Often her mother enhanced the tale; she had a gift for embellishment, a gift that manifested itself in storytelling and in the intricate needlework that kept her busy until the small hours of the morning.
Night after night Anne allowed her imagination to run wild with tales of the handsome young soldier who had left his bride of a week for the New World, and how he died a hero’s death on the Plains of Abraham.
“Did you love him?” she had asked over and over, an expected part of the ritual.
“Yes,” her mother never failed to reply, her eyes glazed with a faraway glow. “I loved him deeply.”
Following these exchanges, they would find themselves close and silent in each others’ arms. And Anne would drift to sleep with fantasies dancing in her mind.
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