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Monday, January 11, 2016

blurred lines between research and criminality - 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.


Description:

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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32 comments:

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

The thing I like about historical romance is visiting a different time.
Jennifer Rote

debra Philippon said...

The past is like a different world.

Rita said...

I like the clothes they wore and the way men were gentlemen and they knew how to treat a lady.

Jan Lee said...

I don't really read historical anything lol Sorry but it's more fun to read mysteries or thrillers :)

Natasha Lamoreux said...

I love that its less complicated and pure. So many things get in the way of romance these days.

Penny said...

I love going back in time. No cell phones.

gregory said...

historical canvas most of all

Jolanda LovestoRead said...

Because it's different time with other views and oppinions.

Wendy Hutton said...

its like going back in time and actually seeing yourself in the scenery

Corey Hutton said...

I love the historical part, if it is actually accurate.

Richard Brandt said...

I like visiting a world so unlike our own and yet one that actually existed.

Dan Denman said...

I like to think about other times and places. I like to think about people in earlier times and the lives that they had.

Stephanie LaPlante said...

I love how it brings you back to a time you've never seen.

Angie D said...

I enjoy feeling like you are in a completely different time period that is way different from today.

James Robert said...

I am not the big reader but I have a sister who loves any romance books to read. She has asked me to watch for good ones online. Not sure exactly what she likes about them

Judy Thomas said...

I love the old fashioned values :)

zukaakazux said...

I love how in old times there was more restrains and emotions seems like they were purer, more worth then today they are.

Christy Maurer said...

I love reading historical fiction because it shows you what other times were like.

Misty said...

I love to read how people lived and coped when there was no technology or any modern means.

Recipe Fairy said...

I love historical fiction because I like "traveling" back in time and immersing myself into a different world!

Catherine Goldfinch said...

"What do you love about historical romance?"
The thing I enjoy most about historical romance is experiencing a new part of the past. Though it mightn't be real, I think it's interesting to read into the lives of other people and what they experience at each portion in time.

Jennifer L. said...

I love the glimpse into another time period and learning how people lived in the past.

Marta Vieira said...

Love that it takes us to others eras, other costumes...

Lysa Joseph said...

I love the traditional values, lovely dresses and its history.

Roselle Torres said...

love the traditional values and the simplicity of the way their living

Cathy Burnett said...

When reading historical romance, I feel like I am transported back in time and get to actually interact and feel what it would be like.

Diane Elizabeth said...

I like being able to travel back in time.

Michelle K said...

I like that you learn about history in a fun way!

Bridgett wilbur said...

I love going back in time when people treated each other with respect.

Kathy Davis said...

I love history, but also it's easier to imagine a more romantic place in the past.

Deb C. said...

I love historical romance and fiction because it is interesting to imagine life during that time period.

Juana said...

I like the way they lived esp if they live in a castle, and the clothes they used to wear too.