By Dewey Lambdin
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The yr 1809 begins out badly for Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal military, and his send, HMS Sapphire. They’ve extracted the unwell, chilly survivors of Sir John Moore’s military from catastrophe at Corunna, obtained hit by means of lightning whereas escorting the military to England, and suffered a shattered mainmast which could finish Lewrie’s lively fee if a substitute can’t be chanced on or shaped quickly. Admiralty wishes troopships, no longer sluggish, previous Fourth cost two-deckers, so Lewrie needs to beg, borrow, thieve, and gild the evidence such a lot glibly if he needs to maintain her and her expert group together.
Just while he imagines he’s succeeded, new orders come appointing him a Commodore over a wee squadron assigned to prey upon French seaborne provide convoys off the treacherous north coast of Spain, greater referred to as the Costa da Morte, the Coast of dying, the place the ocean can be extra risky to him and his ships than the French military! Basing out of newly gained Lisbon, the place Lewrie hopes his mistress from Gibraltar, Maddalena Covilhá, could circulation, he’s certain of 1 factor: It's going to be a rocky yr that, with a bit of luck, doesn’t contain wrecking at the rugged shorelines of Spain!
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Leger beamed. "That is so good of you, Lady Olivia. It is just splendid. Stephen? " Stephen nodded shortly. " So it was that, after the meal, the group gathered in the smaller, less formal dining room, grouped around the table. " Irina, so far so quiet that one would hardly know she was in the room, spoke up to arrange the rest of the seating. She put herself on one side of her mother, Olivia noticed, with Mr. Babington on the other. She put Stephen's mother next to Babington and Pamela next to herself, with Belinda beyond her and Stephen at the opposite end of the table from Madame Valenskaya.
We will stop them," Olivia said flatly. "Let's consider. First, how did they find out about this family that used to live here? The Martyrs. I would not think that is common knowledge. " "They were not terribly important historically," Stephen agreed. "But it's something of a local legend. You know how that is--tales of some ghostly woman who is seen at midnight, and people say she was one of the martyred family. It makes a good story. There is a family history of the St. Legers, and I believe the martyred Scorhills are mentioned there.
Then, during Queen Elizabeth's reign, it was given to our ancestor, along with the title--the first Earl St. Leger. He was one of the Queen's seafaring raiders, and he brought the Queen a good bit of Spanish gold. " "So we had nothing to do with it," Lady St. Leger said, her voice still tremulous with tears. She dabbed at her eyes with her handkerchief. "How can they make Roderick suffer? " Olivia took Lady St. Leger's hand in sympathy. " "It's so cruel," Lady St. Leger protested. " Olivia glanced at Madame Valenskaya, her expression hardening.
A Hard, Cruel Shore: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure by Dewey Lambdin