The House on Rosebank Lane by Millie Gray
English | 2019 | General Fiction/Classics | ePUB | 2.7 Mb
The House : Kirsten Mowat, eighteen years old and with a joyful spring in her step, couldn’t be more in love with her sea-faring sweetheart Duncan Armstrong.
But, seven years later – after a hasty wedding, a twist of lies and wrenching loss – Duncan and Kirsten’s relationship has faded to tatters. When those closest to her turn their backs, Kirsten – alone, with a young family to care for – must gather all her spirit and strength if they are to survive.
From much-loved Millie Gray, The House on Rosebank Lane is an Edinburgh story of families entwined, of sorrow and hopefulness . . . and of a young mother’s love for her children and a transforming quest for happiness.
“Like what?’ he said, as he began to dance around her affectionately.
‘Know how . . . well . . .’ She paused to swallow some air. ‘We did what we should not have done until we were churched?’
‘Yeah, I liked that. Hope you’re saying you fancy doing it again tonight.’
‘I certainly am not!’
‘And why not?’ He was nudging her playfully. ‘Admit it, you liked it too, because I was good at it . . . very good.’
‘You’re right there. Too good by half, you were.’ She sniffed. ‘But, there’s always a price to pay for sinning – and in our case . . .’ She stopped and turned towards him. ‘Duncan, I’m pregnant!’
‘You’re what?’ Duncan blustered. His feet stopped dancing and his jaw dropped.
‘You heard. You’ve put me up the Swanee!’
‘Eh! Oh no. Gosh!’ He grimaced, then added, ‘What am I going to tell my mum?’
‘Tell your mum!’ Kirsten gasped as she started blubbing like a child. ‘Don’t you think that what we say to my mum is what will take some doing?’
‘There, there, sweetheart,’ Duncan soothed, taking her into his arms. ‘You know I want to marry you, so now it will be sooner rather than later.’ He stopped to take a deep breath before adding, ‘So what? Stop bawling and I’ll tell you what we’ll do.’
‘No, there’s no need for that. You see, we just won’t tell anyone about the baby coming until we are married.’
‘But who would marry us? I mean, where will we go to get churched?’
‘No church, darling. I’m afraid it’ll be the registry office for us.”