The Forth Contention
During the 19th century the Darmon
family owns Mayfair. The 120 acres first came to the Darmon
family in the days when William The Bold, third Earl of Rothmere
bestowed a chunk of his property upon his daughter for her engagement
gift as she prepared to marry the scion of the Forth family.
James Forth despite his newly acquired huge holdings wanted
the 120 acres with a craving he could not contain. Following
James' death in 1653 his son John continued the attempt for obtaining
Mayfair. Nothing worked, not even his attempt to starve the
Darmon family out. When a fire was set in 1670 in what appeared
to be an attempt to burn the Darmon's out nearby townsfolk decided
they had had enough and drove the Forths away. John died in
1699 and things seemed to settle down.
The apparent calm was not to
continue, the property was still coveted to the point of chicanery
by the Forth family. Before long Mayfair heir, William and his
wife Elizabeth find themselves fighting to keep their home.
With the help of Elizabeth's brother in law Charles Bagwell,
William sets out to locate the deed to the property. How the
Forth family managed to obtain a writ forcing the Darmon's to
show a deed or forfeit Mayfair is a mystery. How does Egypt
figure into the mix. William is determined to discover this
and whatever else he must in order to retain his old family property.
Writer Thorpe in Forth Contention
has created an interesting group of characters who are individual
in behavior. From the determined, greedy Forths, the desperate
Darmon's and William's interesting aunt Lady Catharine each is
intriguing. Thorpe has created a nicely crafted historical
fiction with a credible plot, well developed characters and an
acceptable conclusion. Forth Contention is a 'keep em turning
the page' read in which writer Thorpe displays his excellent
writing skills, and superb grasp of the dramatic. This second
in a series is a must read for those who like their history spiced
up with a gripping mystery filled with credible characters, convincing
story line and plausible conclusion.