By Alys Clare
The recent novel within the ever-popular ‘Hawkenlye’ sequence - Autumn, 1210. A yr in the past, King John was once excommunicated – and now his males have come to Hawkenlye Abbey to take it over. Abbess Caliste, Helewise’s successor, concerns how she is to feed the nuns lower than her care, not to mention behavior her traditional solid works. in the meantime, Helewise has moved into Hawkenlye Manor with Josse, and their lives are choked with kinfolk and heat. yet after a trip to St Edmund’s Chapel, Helewise’s eleven-year-old granddaughter, Rosamund, is going lacking – and shortly all that they carry expensive is threatened . . .
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Others, too, awaited Josse – Gus, Tilly and their children, Will and Ella too, servants in name but more like family to Josse – and their faces flashed one by one across his mind. It would be good to get back. He realized he was hungry. The household at the House in the Woods ate well, even given the current circumstances, for virtually everything that went on their table came from their own land. Over the year, Josse and his small workforce had gradually cut back the trees surrounding the house, and now several acres were under cultivation.
It was faint today, obscured by high, thin cloud, but she could tell where it was. The air was cold; she huddled deeper inside her thick cloak and tightened the strings of her hood.
Then he nodded. There was a sudden commotion in the courtyard outside, and a group of a dozen men erupted into the hall. While they were still settling down to hear the sheriff’s instructions, there was the sound of a horse’s hooves clattering across the yard, swiftly followed by the arrival of Leofgar Warin. He went to greet his mother. Then he spotted his younger brother and, without a word, went across to take him in his arms in a tight embrace. ’ Josse was heading for the House in the Woods.