Rebellion & In From The Cold

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REBELLION & IN FROM THE COLD

An InterMix Book / published by arrangement with the author

PUBLISHING HISTORY

REBELLION

Harlequin Books edition / July 1988

InterMix eBook edition / April 2012

IN FROM THE COLD

Harlequin Books edition / March 1999

InterMix eBook edition / April 2012

REBELLION
Copyright © 1988 by Nora Roberts.

IN FROM THE COLD
Copyright © 1999 by Nora Roberts.

Excerpt from
The Witness
copyright © 2012 by Nora Roberts.

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CONTENTS

REBELLION

IN FROM THE COLD

Special Excerpt

Rebellion

Prologue

Glenroe Forest, Scotland, 1735

They came at dusk, when the villagers were at their evening meal, and the peat fires sent smoke curling from the chimneys into the chill November air. There had been snow the week before, and the sun had beaten down and then retreated until the frost had set hard as rock under the bare trees. The sound of approaching horses rang like thunder through the forest, sending small animals racing and scrambling for cover.

Serena MacGregor shifted her baby brother on her hip and went to the window. Her father and the men were returning early from their hunting trip, she thought, but there were no shouts of greeting from the outlying cottages, no bursts of laughter.

She waited, her nose all but pressed against the window glazing, straining for the first signs of their return and fighting back her resentment that she, a girl, was not permitted to join hunting parties.

Coll had gone, though he was barely fourteen and not as skilled with a bow as she herself. And Coll had been allowed to go since he was seven. Serena’s mouth became a pout as she gazed out through the lowering light. Her older brother would talk of nothing but the hunt for days, while she would have to be content to sit and spin.

Little Malcolm began to fuss and she jiggled him automatically as she stared down the rough path between the crofts and cottages. “Hush now, Papa doesn’t want to hear you squalling the minute he walks in the door.” But something made her hold him closer and look nervously over her shoulder for her mother.

The lamps were lighted and there was the scent of good, rich stew simmering over the kitchen fire. The house was neat as a pin. She and her mother and her little sister Gwen had worked all day to make it so. The floors were scrubbed, the tables polished. There wasn’t a cobweb to be found in any corner. Serena’s arms ached just thinking of it. The wash had been done and the little lavender sachets her mother loved so much were tucked in the chests.

Because her father was laird, they had the best house for miles around, built of fine blue slate. Her mother wasn’t one to let dust settle on it.

Everything looked normal, but something had set her heart to racing. Grabbing a shawl, Serena wrapped it around Malcolm and opened the door to look for her father.

There was no wind, no sound but the horses’ hooves beating against the hard frost on the path. They would ride over the rise any moment, she thought, and for a reason she couldn’t name, she shuddered. When she heard the first scream, she stumbled backward. She had already righted herself and started forward when her mother called out to her.

“Serena, come back in. Hurry.”

Fiona MacGregor, her usually lovely face pinched and pale, rushed down the stairs. Her hair, the same red-gold shade as Serena’s, was pinned back and caught in a snood. She didn’t pat it into place, as
was her habit before welcoming her husband home.

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