THE CRY OF THE OWL by Margaret Mayhew


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1701 it was when gales and storms ""vented their fury unchecked on Romney Marsh,"" a drear gobbet of bogs and drained pastureland in Kent. But to Tamazine, whose sheep rancher father has recently died, the marsh is home. To save the homestead for her flighty mother and sister, Tamazine agrees to marry a distant cousin, shady Joslan Penrose, who has inherited the farm. It soon becomes obvious to Tamazine, and to the nice clergyman who loves her, that Joslan is a free-wheeling brigand who has thrown in his lot with the local ""owlers""--wool smugglers. But it is also obvious that Tamazine is inexplicably attracted to Joslan--especially after he breaks his promise of marriage-of-convenience abstinence. And so, in spite of at first working hand and gauntlet with a pursuing Dragoon after the owlers, Tamazine saves Joslan at the last. A fine flood, muffled threats and nightrides, plus a 20th-century introduction and envoi which posit a century-linking daydream--adding up to a nice little hoot from a comparatively new (Master of Asygarth, 1976) owl in the forest of romance.

Pub Date: July 15th, 1977
Publisher: Doubleday