Loveday Trials



The Loveday family

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It is now 1793 and as the Lovedays' finances recover from near ruin it is clear their trials are far from over.

Adam, returning to Trevowan with Senara - now his wife - and their baby son, finds himself for the first time at loggerheads with his father. Edward refuses to accept Adam's choice of bride, and as a result Adam finds it impossible to continue working in the Loveday shipyard, which was so dear to him. To support his family, he works as an English agent in a France still in the grip of the Terror, whilst Senara strives to be accepted by the Loveday family and the local community.

St John, meanwhile, is in trouble again. His involvement with the smugglers has made him some dangerous enemies - not least the corrupt and evil Thadeous Lanyon, who suspects him of being in league with the notorious smuggler, and Lanyon's arch enemy, Harry Sawle. Lanyon will kill anyone who crosses him and Lanyon hates St John - so when Lanyon is found murdered, and Sawle has an alibi, St John is arrested. He must face trial and, if found guilty, will be hanged.

This scandal does nothing to ease the growing dissent and rivalry that troubles the Loveday household. Even Edward must face a secret from his past that threatens to rock the stability of his own marriage. Can the Lovedays pull together as they have done before? Or will these new trials finally tear them apart?

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