Jan 19, 2016

The Boundary Stone (The Stockbridge #1) by Gail Halverson



When the terrifying Great Plague of 1665 spreads from London to Wells, the town’s very existence is threatened and Catherine must confront her fears, her place in the world – and the burning passions she has long held inside.


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Published: November 15th, 2015
Bound since childhood to an arranged marriage with the restless and irresponsible heir of Houghton Hall, Viscount Miles Houghton; Lady Catherine Abbott, now grown, finds herself torn between duty to her family and her smoldering ambitions. Possessed of a nimble, curious mind, a love of science and the natural world, and a singular talent for illustration, Catherine desperately longs to accomplish something before she resigns herself to a loveless marriage and the idle, aristocratic whirl of parties and social gatherings within the confines of the palatial Houghton Hall.

Banished before his final year of medical training for pushing harder on the boundaries of scientific knowledge than any student at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, the mysterious and driven Simon McKensie has blurred the lines between research and criminality and must now choose between exile to the rural country village of Wells, or the hangman’s noose.

When the terrifying Great Plague of 1665 spreads from London to Wells, the town’s very existence is threatened and Catherine must confront her fears, her place in the world – and the burning passions she has long held inside.

EXCERPT

In the windowless back room of the tidy thatch roofed cottage, a pearl-handled knife blade glittered in the light of a flickering candle, suspended over the now shirtless body of the beggar. Outside, the muted footfalls and low murmurings of the village waking to a Christmas morning could be heard. Somewhere in the cottage, a small clock softly chimed the early hour. A heartfelt prayer of forgiveness on this, the holiest of days, was whispered. Then, the razor-sharp bladepoint of a pearl-handled knife met the soft, yielding flesh of a man at once unknown and uncared about in this world, with a very practiced hand.
About the author:
GAIL HALVERSON is the playwright and composer of musical plays that have been performed for over 250,000 children since 2004.

Writing for both theater and television, she holds a degree in English Literature and Communications from the University of California, Davis; and is currently at work on a television pilot for Double Trouble Productions, Inc.

She lives in Northern California with her husband and son. The Boundary Stone is her first novel.

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