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Book details
  • Genre:HISTORY
  • SubGenre:Europe / Great Britain
  • Language:English
  • Pages:278
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543966879

The Accident

by Elizabeth Connell

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Set in England during the Regency period and the Napoleonic Wars, it is a story of a young girl denied a mother's love. Her father raised her like a son. The accident took her mother's life and also crippled her father. At seven-and-ten, instead of a come-out in London, she must take on the duty of nursing her invalid father and managing their estate. After her father died, his heir, Captain Beverly, was brought home with severe war injuries. Through many twists and turns, she learned more about life and love and finally learned the shocking truth about her mother.

The heroine is a young woman whose family inhibited her early years. When her mother died in a hunting accident, her father was severely injured as well, making him an invalid. She nursed him and managed their estate for eleven years. It was like her life stood still. He restricted her movements, making her a recluse. Having no son, the estate was inherited by a cousin. Anne was destitute - she would have to leave when he took possession. But the heir was a soldier fighting in the Napoleonic Wars in Portugal. Anne was asked to continue her duties as manager. She resigned herself to a loveless life - her future was bleak. A year later, the soldier was injured and sent home in high fevers. She once again had a patient. As he improved, they became friends. Then his old school friend visited and he had an interest in Anne. She feared him as they had quarreled when they last met and he told her terrible rumors of her mother's life in London. Anne and Joseph tried to solve the mystery of the accident, especially the rumor of murder. They shared the tragedy of it, even through the tender beginnings of love. One day, Anne read the letters from her father's security box and they learned the devastating truth, throwing her into great fear and pain. They decided they must take action against the perpetrators and to seek justice, for Anne's sake.
About the author
Elizabeth Connell, historical novelist, was born in Nova Scotia. She married and moved to the USA in the early 60's, raising children and working in banking and real estate. Widowhood saw her back in Canada for a few years, but 9-11 resulted in her moving back to be nearer her daughters. Now living out west, she travels often to visit family and see the world. Great Britain and Ireland are two of her favorite destinations, where she continues to trace ancestors. Her first try at self-publishing was disappointing, but after time passed, she started re-writing it. Besides the Regency genre, she writes about her family history and also short stories.
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