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(The first book in the Wintercombe series)
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Sometimes we find light in the darkest of places...

Tortured by a cold, Puritan father, Silence has learned to conceal her passionate nature inside a prison like shell of passivity.

Her eventual marriage does not offer her the escape that she longs for and she craves some semblance of autonomy.

It is only the sweep of history that finally offers Silence the freedom she so desires.

Civil war has raged and her sombre husband has been away for two years.

During this time Silence - now Mistress of Wintercombe - has enjoyed a harmonious time with her children.

Yet this sheltered world is shattered when enemy Cavaliers invade, causing havoc in the town.

Wintercombe, once a tranquil bastion of family virtue, is transformed into an unruly, drunken, and licentious garrison.

As the ugliness of war continues, Silence must learn to shed the submissive nature that life has forced her to assume and draw upon the inner strength that she has always possessed.

From this turmoil a still more subtle threat dawns in the handsome shape of Captain Nick Hellier.

As the battle for England is matched by the struggle within her soul, it's not long before Captain Hellier starts to slowly unlock the chains around Silence's fragile, Puritan heart...

Praise for Pamela Belle

'A lovely warm tapestry of a book, weaving together suspense and drama with a bittersweet love story and a richly detailed account of life in an English Manor House during the Civil War. Pamela Belle's best book so far' - Rosemary Sutcliff

Pamela Belle was born and bred in Suffolk, the daughter of a local prep school headmaster. She went to the University of Sussex, and went on to become a primary school teacher. The Moon in the Water was the first in the four-volume Heron saga.


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Used availability for Pamela Belle's Wintercombe

Hardback Editions

November 1988 : USA Hardback

Title: Wintercombe
Author(s): Pamela Belle
ISBN: 0-312-02320-0 / 978-0-312-02320-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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September 1988 : UK Hardback

Title: Wintercombe
Author(s): Pamela Belle
ISBN: 0-370-31250-3 / 978-0-370-31250-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd
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Paperback Editions

November 1989 : UK Paperback

Title: Wintercombe
Author(s): Pamela Belle
ISBN: 0-330-31056-9 / 978-0-330-31056-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Kindle Editions

July 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Wintercombe (Wintercombe Series Book 1)
Author(s): Pamela Belle
Publisher: Endeavour Press
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