Troubador Greays Hill

Released: 01/12/2012

ISBN: 9781780883328

Format: Paperback

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The Border country – a wild moorland barrier between the Scots and English – had, in the late 18th century started to settle down after years of lawlessness. Reivers, the vagabond thieves who plundered across the Cheviots, had all but disappeared.

Jack Charlton is an independent drover, herding cattle across the fells of Northumbria, living largely on his wits with his companion, Phillips, a feisty red haired Scot. On a grim stormy night in an out-of-the way hostelry, he hears of the passing of his Aunt Meg, a spinster owning a hundred acres of rough farmland and a dwelling, Greays Hill – a small fortified farmhouse.

Jack accepts the challenge of his inheritance and begins his integration with the local community and the realisation that he needs a wife. Murder, mischief, intrigue and skulduggery abound alongside Jack’s conquests, including the flirty and conniving Squire’s daughter. Along the way he discovers whose son he really is – and has to deal with the tragic consequences.

The narrative flows across the fells, from the Tyne to Jedburgh, explores bygone farming practices and the value of good sandstone, reveals both harsh realities and staunch friendships, brings the colour and flavour of the Northumbrian way of life and tells how the love of a girl can help a drover overcome all.

The latest in the Manor series, 'Benchmark' is becoming a firm favourite with my readers. After 'Contour', a tale of entrancement re-defined' "no punches pulled, convincing yet tender" came 'Trig Point'with its racy story of a young girl's development, and 'Benchmark'delves deep into the mystery of Irish folklore. 'Twelve Girls' has its own emotionally charged benchmark of lives interwoven for the better. 'Windblow' has to be read from cover to cover to appreciate the way deeply established love can overcome even the most demanding of challenges and improve the lot of everyone involved. Soon there will be 'Seeking', different, a pure romance woven with poetry and music and shows the immense power of linked like minds in a fascinating 1970's tale.

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Jon Beattiey

Well established as a writer who understands human relationships, Jon Beattiey makes this genre his own, penning great stories to reflect the nuances of individuals interaction primarily but not exclusively in romance.

From a background in industry, management of people and property, then a spell with the National Trust and latterly running his own business, he utilises talents and wide experience to great effect. He relishes the challenge of taking real life scenarios and turning them into the realms of conceivable fiction.

He lives in Bedfordshire with his wife Sue, has three grown-up children and six grandchildren; enjoys gardening, long walks in open country and the challenge of writing in all aspects as well as keeping a business afloat. He recently has taken on the role of mentor to young people wishing to develop their own writing skills.

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