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August 8th, 2016
Village of Stockbridge
25 August 1660
Catherine Abbott stole quietly through a half-timbered hall toward the wide staircase of the family quarters, carefully feeling her way in the cloaking darkness. A single curl fell from under her sleeping bonnet and tumbled before her eyes, obscuring her path. She shoved the wayward lock back into her lace nightcap and then turned to make her way down the stairs. She paused for a moment on the landing and looked through the leaded glass windowpanes to the hills beyond the Abbey gardens that were as familiar to her as the back of her own hand. In the distance, barely visible above the treetops, the ghostly stone chimney pots of Houghton Hall glowed in the light of a full moon. At the sight of the imposing manor, Catherine’s thoughts unexpectedly began to drift toward its eighteen-year-old heir. A loyal, rambunctious, even reckless childhood conspirator, she’d known Miles Houghton all of her fifteen years. She smiled softly at the memories of long summer days spent running wild through the wheat fields with Miles and her younger brother, Charles, delicious memories of archery competitions and games of quiots with ropes and rocks in the cool, dark forest behind the Abbey. As she stared out over the hunting grounds toward Houghton Hall, Catherine wondered briefly if Miles would be much changed when at last he returned from his university studies in Paris. The thought of him now, in the quiet moonlight, sent a tiny, unfamiliar shiver through her that she did not quite understand.Catherine shook her head abruptly to clear her mind and tiptoed down the staircase. The sturdy wooden planks of English oak were warm to her bare feet as she descended to the floor below but when she stepped to the black and white marble squares of the formal entrance hall, she felt a sudden chill. She wondered why the two floorings should feel so very different when outside the late summer air was soft and warm. She often wondered why things were the way they were.
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 Mackenzie 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.
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
Knight Wenstrom Publishers
BISAC: Fiction / Romance / Historical
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I loved the book! I enjoy historical novels. I got caught up in the story and enjoyed the spicy romance! I loved learning about the plague and the beautiful descriptions made me feel like I was in another era! A fun read!
I don't read much historical fiction but a friend of mine suggested this and I'm glad she did. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought the character development was great. The author did a lot of research and I found her descriptions and knowledge of the era wonderfully depicted. I would definitely read the next book if there is a series.I think the one star rating from the person who hadn't even read the book was very unfair and should be removed. This is definitely a good read !
If you love historical romances you will absolutely adore this book.It is full of twists and turns and plot suprises.Catherine is a strong beautiful woman. Such an amazing character for sure. I feel for her and her internal struggle of doing the right thing and going through with the arranged marriage for her family. Or following her heart and her passions, and doing what her heart desires.This author did a splendid job developing the characters and the story.I am personally a very avid believer that men and woman should follow their heart so of course I was rooting for her to do what she wants and follow her passions.
The Boundary Stone is one of the remarkable books that you fall easily in love with before you know it! The story sweeps you away to medieval times in England, and features a strong woman and a strong man...and of course a few scoundrels. I couldn't put the book down, and finished it on our trip in just a couple of days. I would highly recommend this book to anyone in love with historical fiction....just wish I could continue reading the story in a subsequent book! P.S. Book Clubs would love this book....lots to talk about over wine or coffee!
This is a richly textured, intricately detailed historical romance set in England during the terrible plague of the 1600's. It introduces a heroine who struggles to express her intelligence and self worth in an era that devalued women. The author deftly writes the characters and weaves their lives into the devastatingbackdrop of the plague's ruthless march across England. It is a fascinating depiction of medical practices ill equipped to deal with the crisis and the insight of a young doctor able to persevere in the face of tragedy. Add a heart warming romance and you have a must read! Enjoy!