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A marriage is in crisis, with a problem that cannot be solved alone, and the future of the Linmore Estate hangs in the balance.

ESTRANGEMENT – (LINMORE SERIES BOOK 5) continues the family saga about the trials and tribulations of the gentry at Linmore Hall, and the wealthy industrialists who seek to control them. Set in rural Shropshire during the Post-Napoleonic Regency era: (1816-1817).

(The Sequel to Held to Ransom)

Marriage has changed Joshua Norbery, and the loss of his father makes him doubly aware of his own mortality. He needs a son and heir to comply with conditions for the return of the Linmore mortgage, but duty and antipathy make poor bedfellows.

Bored with her marriage, Annabel Norbery evades Linmore’s state of mourning to visit the sister of her former beau, whose social circle is vastly different to that with which she is familiar. Caught in a situation beyond her control, Annabel rushes home to the husband she disdained. Can she persuade Joshua to believe her version of events? Will there be consequences for her if he does? Dare she risk her father’s anger if he does not?

Embroiled in a web of marital deceit, Miss Maria Dinchope knows the precarious state of her employer’s marriage, and the demands made on Joshua by his wife’s father. Can she, in recognising her mistress’s plight, forgive the slights of the past to help Annabel in her distress – and still retain the master’s trust?

Major Charlie Cobarne, a childhood friend of Joshua Norbery, grew up on the Linmore Estate but left in anger. Scarred by the wars, Charlie wants to heal the rift, but this must wait while he rescues a lady in distress. In serving her needs, his loyalty to the past is compromised. How will he make amends to the friend he maligned…?

The story continues in Hiding the Truth