By Elizabeth Camden
After a youth rampant with uncertainty, Lydia Pallas has carved out an ideal existence for herself. She spends her days within reach of the bustling Boston Harbor, the place her ability with languages has landed her an enviable place as a translator for the U.S. army.
Lydia's abilities convey her to the eye of Alexander Banebridge, a mysterious guy short of a translator. pushed by way of a crusade to finish the opium exchange, Bane is coolly analytical and constant in his quest. He can't come up with the money for to fall for Lydia and needs to struggle the bittersweet love transforming into among them.
When Bane's enemies achieve the higher hand, he's pressured to show to Lydia for aid. made up our minds to end up her worthy, Lydia quickly discovers that accomplishing Bane's challenge will try out her wits and her braveness to the very limits.
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But before he could finish, a gust of wind snatched off his hat and sent it rolling down the lane. He ran after it, with Granny's mocking laughter following him. " she said, a little too loudly. Then, turning back toward the cottage, she let out a shriek. Blackie had wandered in from her pasture and was tearing at the shaggy thatch and turf that hung low off the cottage roof. "You Devil's bit! " she screeched, beating Blackie away from the roof with her fists. The wind must have carried her words along the lane because I saw the minister stop in his tracks with shock, then bend over and hurry on, one hand clamping his hat to his head.
The idea of leaving the only home I had ever known frightened me so much that I stopped dead, and Blackie, who had been walking behind me, nearly bumped into me and gave a reproachful moo. I had never been farther from Scalpsie Bay than the towns of Kingarth and Rothesay. The Isle of Bute was my whole world. Beyond it were strange realms peopled by fearsome creatures, the monsters and giants and goblins that filled Tam's stories. I pushed the thought aside. Where could I go, if I left the cottage at Scalpsie Bay?
That's where they'll be. It was a hard business finding my way up there in the dark, working around thickets of gorse, squelching through bog, and stumbling against stones. I ended up in a dip with the firelight out of sight, and I'd have given up and gone home if the piping hadn't started again. I could hear voices too—whoops and shrieks of laughter. I was closer than I thought. Something held me back from running into the circle of firelight to join the revelry. I suppose it was the thought of Granny's certain rage.
Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden