Preliminary extract from Book 3 of the Charles and Amanda series
Shadows Blue, Silver and Gold
Book 3 of my Charles and Amanda series is well under way, and it has the working title of "Shadows: Blue, Silver and Gold".
It takes Charles and Amanda, Jamie, Thomas and Scarlett to the UK where Peter King is under heavy sedation after having had a cardiac event:
While his surgeons predict a successful outcome, they say that Peter will only be gradually reawakened from his heavy sedation, for his own safety. Jamie, his son, and Phoebe, his wife will remain at his bedside but the others are warned that it will be at least three days before he is fully awake.
The surgeon says "I recommend two important therapies for Mr King. One is that he must, give up eating so much fatty meat, and the second is that at least two, and possibly four, horses, be found for him. And that if he uses a tractor a lot on his farm, he should hire a tractor driver to get him out of that damned seat."
So Scarlett and Chris and Thomas decide that while they will stay in constant touch with Phoebe and Jamie, they will drive the 62 miles to Cambridge. And when they walk soberly out of the hospital they are delighted to see the big black armoured Range Rover and Wilfred opening the doors to let them in. Half an hour later, using Wilfred's "Blues and Twos" (lights and horns) they were proceeding at a highly illegal speed around Cambridge, where Lily and Hari were waiting for them.
After a great deal of hugging and kissing, Thomas said, "It's an extraordinary thing, but his surgeon is confident about a successful outcome and he specified two therapies. One is that Phoebe must take charge of his diet to reduce the amount of fatty meat that he eats, and that he should hire a tractor driver so that he can get some more physical exercise. This doctor recommended that we purchase for him at least two and possibly four heavy horses, capable, in pairs, of pulling an old-fashioned plough. If one pair was bigger and stronger then the second pair should have their own, slightly smaller and lighter, plough. Do you know anybody who has heavy horses for sale?' asked Thomas.
"I do, actually," said Hari, " there is a great guy down in Grantchester who breeds Shires and other sorts of heavy horses, and he offers good value too".
"Can we call him, " said Thomas, "and see what he has got?"
"Straight away." said Hari.