Rebels Repentant

At six feet tall and prodigiously clever Deborah Wilson Horden has no hope of marriage in seventeenth century England. Her birth is unluckily timed when Horden Hall is on fire and her mother is prejudiced against her from the start. Her brother, John, born four years later, is cosseted and protected, but intimidated by Deborah’s cleverness and at thirteen he is desperate to impress the family with an achievement of his own. He becomes passionate for the Stuart cause and runs away to Scotland with a Catholic youth whom he hero-worships. He sends letters home that he is travelling and sight-seeing with his friend. These console the family but they never dream he will join the rebels who are fighting to restore James the Second to the throne.