The Armstrong Saga Trilogy Gift Pack by Catherine Marshall

The Armstrong Saga Trilogy Gift Pack by Catherine Marshall

Catherine Marshall

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The Armstrong Saga Trilogy Gift Pack 

Catherine Marshall

1. The Sands of Life

Northumberland, 1808: Dispossessed after the Battle of Culloden, the Armstrongs are now reduced to labouring for the Maitlands of Leetsvale but they have sworn to reclaim their ancestral lands. Two generations on, it lies to Sam alone to carry on the quest; to succeed, or to pass it on in turn to his sons.

Sam Armstrong is determined to marry Rosie, the orphaned niece of Martha Wardley, but he must break down Martha's fierce opposition. Neither Rosie nor her sister Laura will marry a miner. That way lies heartbreak; thus has life taught Martha, who sacrificed her own chance of happiness to bring up her brother's orphaned daughters.

Rosie Wardley has always known she and Sam would marry but then tragedy strikes. Her beloved Sam is crippled in a rock fall in the depths of Stackley mine and walks away from her, telling her he can no longer support a wife.

Grief turns to fury when Sam returns to Leetsvale, healed and intent on a new start. Rosie wants nothing to do with him. She is convinced he is having an affair with one of the local gypsies and in retaliation she feigns an affair with Owain Jones, the enigmatic Welshman her sister loves.

Owain is a man with a dark secret, a convicted murderer on the run from the hangman and with his sight set on a new life far from England's shores. When disaster strikes once more Owain saves Sam's life but in doing so reveals his presence to the authorities.

James Maitland, the owner of Stackley, is aware that Owain is about to be arrested and offers him sanctuary in return for a relationship that Owain cannot accept. Nevertheless James gives him the means to escape but too late. Owain is arrested and is to be hanged, along with a local gypsy accused of aiding him. With the noose looming and Rosie expecting a child, can Owain and Sam put aside their personal animosities to save Owain's life and Rosie's reputation?

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count:  324

Internal pages: B&W

2. Reuben's Lass

Reuben Armstrong, Sam Armstrong's eldest son, is faced with marriage to a faithless local lass who may or may not be carrying his child. Then he bumps into Hannah Rigby and his life is changed forever.

Hannah is a gritty, stubborn Yorkshire lass whose life is devoted to supporting her ageing parents and their small farm. She finds Reuben's compelling attraction hard to resist, but resist she does - she is not his lass, whatever he might say.

Then one day she defies her grandfather's stepson, Matt Kelly, who contests the will that bequeaths the farm to her parents. She wins, but pays a terrible price. Matt's retribution all but takes her life and leaves her broken in body and spirit.

Reuben finds out what happened to Hannah but before he can find her he must extricate himself from Mary Ann's clutches and track down the abducted wife of his gypsy friend Stefan. With dogged determination he succeeds but finds that Hannah wants nothing to do with him and refuses to countenance marriage to him or any man.

When Reuben must leave to farewell his dying mother he tells Hannah he won't return. Rosie Armstrong dies not knowing of her son's torment. Reuben is offered the chance of a new start in Quebec with his uncle and is forced to choose which road his life will take - the Old World or the New. And what of the Armstrong's quest to regain Strathvoe, a charge laid squarely upon his shoulders by his father.

As Reuben grapples with decisions, Hannah finds herself in deep trouble. Matt has tracked her down once more and this time will not be thwarted. He is determined that the Rigby farm will be his. Can Hannah find the strength to defy him a second time?

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count: 310

Internal pages: B&W

3. Ten Thousand Miles

Nathaniel Armstrong and Sarah Roberts have grown up together in the small East Yorkshire village of Alderby, but fate tears them apart when Sarah is orphaned and sent into service at Ravenswood Hall. Nathaniel leaves Alderby to work on a farm in the Dales and the years pass. With childhood behind them, they meet again and realise the depths of their feelings for each other. Nathaniel asks Sarah to marry him and Sarah accepts.

Their plans are shattered when Nathaniel is accused of compromising his employer’s daughter. If he refuses to marry Gilda Garrowby, her father threatens both Nathaniel and his family with financial ruin.

But someone is watching over the pair. Old Eleni the gypsy foretells their future together and reveals to Sarah her gypsy heritage. It becomes clear to Sarah where her gift of clairvoyance comes from—Eleni herself, Sarah’s grandmother.

In an attempt to keep the two together, Eleni persuades them to participate in a traditional gypsy betrothal ceremony, but afterwards Sarah and Nathaniel quarrel bitterly and go their separate ways. Sarah, falsely accused of stealing from her employer, flees south to London where life becomes a struggle to survive on the streets. Nathaniel finds himself on board a ship bound for Australia, dressed in the garb of an escaped convict. Life in the young colony is harsh and he despairs of ever returning to his native land, let alone achieve his mission to reclaim Strathvoe, the Armstrongs’ ancestral home.

Ten thousand miles lies between them. Grinding poverty holds them captive. Will Eleni’s prophecy prove true, or are the two doomed to live their lives apart? 

BOOK DETAILS

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)

Page count: 328

Internal pages: B&W

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