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The Randolph Legacy

Eileen Charbonneau

Forge Books

In 1815 the Windover Plantation sits in triumph on the banks of the James River in souther Virginia, a symbol for the wealth and power of the vast Randolph empire.  But for ten years a pall has hung over this magnificent house, cast the day young Ethan Randolph went down on the merchant ship Ida Lee. When Judith Mercer, a beautiful young Quaker woman, comes to Windover with a strange and damaged young man, the reunion is anything but joyful.  The Randolph family cannot believe that this crippled, wraith-like creature, flogged to the brink of death as a prisoner of the British Navy, is their long-lost boy. With Judith's help, Ethan begins to regain his health and his rightful place as heir to the Randolph fortune.  But he also begins to fall in love with Judith, whose history is as traumatic as his own.  And she is a Quaker--how can she ever love a slaveholder? As in her splendid adult debut, Waltzing in Ragtime, Eileen Charbonneau has written a rich and powerful historical novel of a family torn apart both by loss and by reunion.
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The Randolph Legacy
1Henry Washington1April 1815 
One night of peaceful sleep. Judith Mercer petitioned for it, silently waiting for the Divine Presence. It did not visit. A soft, formless drowsiness did. Then, as sleep descended, the nightmare came.Black Africans, so crowded they could neither stand nor sit, shamed by their own filth until buckets hailed down fetid water from above. Some were shackled with iron collars, with arm and leg fetters secured by pins. Their feet were large, all out of proportion to thin, brittle-boned limbs, barely clothed. Their eyes, deep-set and glassy,
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  • Eileen Charbonneau

  • Eileen Charbonneau is the author of Honor to the Hills, In the Time of the Wolves, The Randolph Legacy and The Ghosts of Stony Clove.
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