FLYING WITH ANGELS

Volume Five of the Angel Mountain Saga

2005

in which Mistress Martha has one last love affair, and at the same time has to cope with family disaster, the effects of religious revivals, the Irish Potato Famine, and the Society of Sea Serjeants. She does not know it, but the families of some of the dastardly squires with whom she has crossed swords in the past have very long memories........

SYNOPSIS

It is 1845, and Martha Morgan, Mistress of Plas Ingli, is beginning to feel her age. She dreams of a peaceful and graceful dotage, but then she receives warnings that she should “take care” and she cannot work out why. Her comfortable world starts to fall apart. In the most unexpected of circumstances, the estate collapses, and Martha has to call upon her deepest reserves of strength in order to survive. But her misery is lessened when an eccentric industrialist arrives from Swansea to save the estate, and when she has a chance encounter with a travelling evangelist on the very summit of Angel Mountain. It turns out that the fate of Amos Jones Minor Prophet is inextricably bound up with her own, and the two of them plan to grow old together. But a single indiscretion in Tycanol Wood splits the community and tests the loyalty of friends and family to the limit, and starts a drift towards the final tragic episodes of Martha’s life.

While Martha is dealing with these personal crises, she is also drawn to try to do something the help the plight of the Irish peasants as the Irish Potato Famine of 1845-48 leads to starvation and emigration on a massive scale. A shipwreck on the coast near Newport gives her the opportunity to do something to help the Irish, but she finds herself caught up in the murky affairs of the secret Society of Sea Serjeants, whose members hate all Papists. Her family tries to protect her from evil men who are driven by ancient family animosities. But her fighting spirit is stronger than her body, and she takes them on. It becomes increasingly apparent that Martha will not die in her bed; nor does she, but in the final act of her exciting life there are breathless twists and turns which confound her enemies and leave her victorious.

This is a complex and compassionate tale in which the realities of growing old are sensitively examined, and in which personal crises are juxtaposed with great events on the world stage. There is much brutality in the book, but Mistress Martha’s courage and generosity of spirit shine through on every page, and although she is really a flawed and tragic heroine the message of the book (and the message of the whole saga of five volumes) is ultimately optimistic. So Mother Wales goes to fly with her angels.............

 

 

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