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Lavender, William.
San Diego : Harcourt, 2002
ISBN 0152025871
Good day.  My name is Mrs. Morley and I have been working for the Prentice family for many, many years.  When Edward, the third Earl of Almsbury, passed away, it was left to me to care for his young daughter.  After all, who else would do it?  Edward has squandered his riches after his wife died and we had lived in humble means for the past few years.  Now the Earl's young brother has agreed to take us in.  Unfortunately for me, Robert is living in America.  What kind of place is that for the likes of young Lady Jane?  I've heard the colonies are filled with uneducated ruffians.  And savages.  How will we ever survive in South Carolina?  The ocean passage is horrible enough but when we arrive in Charleston, Robert is nowhere to be found.  He has sent his wife's brother to meet us and take us in.  Robert is staying out on his plantation.  I'm sure it's just some backwoods farm.  But we are here and must make the most of it.  To make matters worse, there is talk among some of the townsfolk about breaking with England and going their own way.  Why would anyone not be loyal to England?  I have heard that Robert Prentice is extremely loyal while his cousin Hugh is not.  How politics can divide a family.  It is just too much for me.  I am here to protect Lady Jane.  And I think she needs protection from more than just talk of war.  It seems that several young men in the area have their sights set on her.  I'm telling you.  This is just too much for an old woman like me.  I wish we had never left England.  What will become of us in this barbaric land?
SUBJECTS:     Charleston (S.C.)  -- History -- Revolution, 1772-1783 -- Fiction.
                        Family problems -- Fiction.
                        Loyalty -- Fiction.
                        United States -- History -- Revolution, 1772-1783 -- Fiction.
                        Orphans -- Fiction.


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