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Shake Loose the Border

Wedding Day Turmoil

Andrea Matthews

With Will and Maggie’s wedding just a week away, the last thing they need to stumble upon is Johnnie Hetherington’s dead body tied to a tree, especially one that’s so close to their cottage. Recognizing it as a sure sign that Johnnie has betrayed the family once too often, Sergeant Richie Carnaby gathers Will and his family together for questioning, though it seems obvious only a fool would kill a man on his own land. Then who did murder the rogue, and why?

Feeling confident it wasn’t any of the Fosters, Richie allows Will and Maggie’s wedding to proceed, but the couple has barely exchanged vows when the Armstrongs attack in force. Geordie is determined to rescue his niece from the clutches of Will Foster, whether she wants to go or not. And if he happens to make her a widow in the process, so be it. Will senses the danger and implores Dylan to get Maggie away to safety, no matter where — or when — that may be.

Though Maggie protests, Will assures her he will follow as soon as he is able. Yet how can that be possible when Dylan whisks her back to the twentieth century? Sharing her fears about Will, and unable to forget his own love, Annie, Dylan attempts to return to the past one last time despite his growing concerns over the disintegrating amulet stone. But will he make it in time to rescue Will, or will the villainous Ian Rutherford, who has already killed in cold blood once, win the ultimate battle and see Will and Maggie separated forever?

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The sun was still well above the horizon when Will settled down by the burn, quite content to listen to the tranquil sounds of his valley. The afternoon sun felt warm upon his face, and the blanket of grass beneath him created a welcoming mattress. Had he realized how tired he was, he may have fought harder to stay awake, but as it was he slipped into the arms of Morpheus, secure in the belief that Maggie would wake him as soon as she arrived.
By the time he awoke, the sun had dipped beneath the distant hills and a heavy mist covered the meadowsweet that sprang up along the gurgling burn. Stretching his weary muscles, he took a deep breath of the damp evening air and glanced around the grassy bank, but his contentment was short-lived. A sudden realization chilled him to the bone. Where was Maggie?
His heart stood still, a sickening panic gnawing at his stomach. Surely, she knew the way. After all, they had been back and forth at least four times, and the path was easy enough to follow. Wasn’t it? But then, Maggie didn’t know these woods like he did. A thin film of sweat broke out on his forehead. If anything happened to her, he would never forgive himself.
He scrambled to his feet, his stomach clenched so tight he feared it might burst. Praying she had just dozed off as well, he searched the deepening shadows, but she was nowhere to be seen. The cottage! Perhaps she had gone inside to warm herself after the sun had dipped beneath the trees. Calling out her name, he darted up the small knoll, hoping she was within the distance of his voice. Much to his dismay, not even a single peewit answered his call. A lump formed in his throat as time and again he called out, but still no answer came.
The cottage was dark as well, the shutters pulled closed and latched. Without another thought, he lit the lantern that hung by the door and held it high, illuminating every corner of their small home, but all was the same as they had left it. Though he closed his eyes, trying to calm his nerves, his hand shook as he shut the door behind him. Then, taking a deep breath, his heart pounding furiously against his ribs, he headed off to search the woods.

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Andrea Matthews is the pseudonym for Inez Foster, a historian and librarian who loves to read and write and search around for her roots, genealogical speaking. She has a BA in History and an MLS in Library Science, and enjoys the research almost as much as she does writing the story. In fact, many of her ideas come to her while doing casual research or digging into her family history. She is the author of the Thunder on the Moor series set on the 16th century Anglo-Scottish Border, and the Cross of Ciaran series, where a fifteen hundred year old Celt finds himself in the twentieth century. Andrea also writes a historical mystery series, The South Shore Mysteries, under the pen name I. M. Foster. Andrea is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Long Island Romance Writers, and the Historical Novel Society.

You can keep track of Andrea's upcoming releases and tidbits about her books on the following sites:

Website: https://andrea-matthews.com - for romances
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