A murdered father, a vanished home, a stolen love amounts to a lost life. Lost is how Liam Channel feels at the tender age of twenty when he learns his disappeared bride Villa and their newborn child have died. Having spent the last five years completing his murdered father's indenture contract as stablemaster for Lady Belle Equestrian Farms of Surry County, Virginia, his only consolation is a sickly foal who requires constant care. Liam saves Spirit's life, and Spirit saves his. There is another who wishes to rescue the fetching son of bonded immigrants, but he rejects the love offered by Oralena Cutter, the redheaded pixie who pestered him as a child. Oralena has purchased Liam's favorite horse Spirit, but she returns it to him as a parting gift when she leaves Virginia heartbroken.
Owning his own farm and stable of horses is the legacy Liam wishes to fulfill. To earn money for horses and construction on the land deeded to him by King George, Liam takes the job of stablemaster in the Shenandoah Valley in 1734. It is on Bridger's Shenandoah Horse Farm that destiny finds Liam. The child he thought died comes to life, born in his image and with the same abnormality. Is Raynes Bridger, the five-year-old son of the prosperous owner, his child or is the trait a dastardly trick played by God? No matter, for Liam dedicates his life to the boy, watching him grow, teaching him about horses, and following him to Philadelphia when Raynes is sent to school. In this new work of city dwellers, Liam starts a livery business and falls into the arms of a seductive and wealthy woman he will never love.
In this second book of the Channel Legacy, Liam's obsession is protecting Raynes and preserving the secret that Raynes may be the son of a stable hand and a scullery maid. As the perceived son of the well-to-do, Raynes lives a life of privilege, and he becomes a target of those who wish to profit by him. With the help from an old friend, Mistress Oralena Cutter Craighton, Liam comes to the rescue in a series of sinister plots. And when Liam discovers who murdered his own father, he returns to Virginia to seek revenge, but it his mother, the lassie from Ireland, who beats him to the deed.
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About the Author
"The first child will be called John and the second one will be named Frank." Mr. Carroll was true to his words, even though two daughters were the outcome. Mrs. Carroll added some ie's to the names and tacked on ugly middle names (which they will not divulge) and the Carroll sisters proceeded to grow up hearing the old song: "Frankie and Johnny" sung everywhere they went in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the beginning, Frankie and Johnnie were embarrassed by their boy names, but when teenage years rolled around, their monikers gained them a lot of attention. Frankie hopped into Johnnie's Studebaker and they cruised Boot's Drive-in, where the sister team attracted boys with their bell-bottoms, wit and names. Frankie Carroll and Johnnie Carroll McDonald have teamed up again to write a series of hen lit novels. And what qualifies them to be authors? Johnnie, somewhat buttoned up and motivated, heeded their mother's advice to be all that she could be, earned an MBA and honed a successful career as a human resources administrator. Frankie, emulating their gregarious father, took a different path. While also establishing a career, she acted in and directed little theater, and played a little poker on the side. Extensive life drama, travel, and motherhood were thrown in the mix to enrich their creative imaginations. Frankie resides in Tulsa where she works in the health career industry. Johnnie sits lonely at the computer in the foreign land of New Jersey, where she puts on the paper the crazy plots she and her sister cook up.