Sarabrand for Two Sisters Author:Philippa Carr Angelet and Bersaba Landor were born identical twins. But as they grew to adulthood, they found their likeness was purely physical. For while Angelet was outgoing with a sunny disposition, the passions that burned within Bersaba were of a different nature. Before she was seventeen Bersaba was convinced she was hopelessly in love with her handsom... more »e cousin, Bastian Casvellyn, and had undertaken to test that love.
It was the unexpected intrusion of the lovely Senara at the Casvallyn's ancestrial Castle Paling, where one Senara's mother had arrived flung on the forbidding stores by a stormy sea, that brought an end to the Landor twins' pleasant, if bucolic, life. In short order Senara had usurped Bastian's devotion, discarded him and swept off to London to wed the dashing Sir Gervaise Pondersby, leaving chaos in her wake.
And when, shortly thereafter, Bersaba fell ill of the dreaded smallpox and Angelet was sent to safety in London, life changed forever for the Landors. For among the teeming trading stalls of London's St. Paul's, Angelet encountered Richard Tolworthy, and almost before she could believe it found herself married to him- a King's general, years her elder, whose first marriage had ended in tragedy- and transported to preside over his considerable estates. Far Flamstead proved to be a handsome house, yet within its walls, and outside them in the intriguing miniature "folly" castle, lurked a secret that was to threaten Angelet's happiness and, in course, her life itself.
At first there were days of happiness when it seemed Richard would have the heir he so desperately sought, and a terrible night after which he would not. Then a recovered Bersaba came to Far Flamstead to comfort her bereaved sister- and met Angelet's husband. And so a swirl of dramatic events is set in motion, which sweep this romantic novel to its climax as battles flare, ghosts rise and the fate of a nation is settled.
Against a background of the stirring events of the beginnings of England's Protestant Revolution, Philippa Carr has set a novel of gothic romance that stands as a worthy successor to the earlier books in her ambitious saga: The Miracle at St. Bruno's, The Lion Triumphant, and The Witch from the Sea.« less