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Spring Fires

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A Beauvisage/Raveneau/Hampshire Novel

 

by

 

Cynthia Wright

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events or locales is entirely coincidental.

 

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Copyright 1983, 2011 by Cynthia Challed Wright. All rights reserved.

 

Cover by Kim Killion

 

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Thank You
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For my wonderful parents, Gene and Priscilla Challed,

with my love and gratitude.

 

 

 

 

 

Cast Of Main Characters

 

LISETTE HAHN—proprietor of Han's CoffeeHouse in 1793 Philadelphia

 

NICHOLAI BEAUVISAGE*—a man who has been driven back from France, after a decade, by the Revolution

 

ERNST HAHN—Lisette's ailing father

 

HYLA FLOWERS—Lisette's co-worker and friend

 

JAMES STRINGFELLOW—CoffeeHouse barman and friend

 

Familiar Faces from past books

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From
CAROLINE:

 

ALEXANDRE and CAROLINE BEAUVISAGE—Nicholai's brother and sister-in-law

 

ETIENNE, NATALYA, and KRISTIN—their children

 

JEAN-PHILIPPE and ANTONIA BEAUVISAGE—Alec's parents

 

NICHOLAI*—the younger Beauvisage brother

 

KATYA BEAUVISAGE—the youngest sister, now Lisette's best friend

 

RANDOLPH EDWARDS—Katya's fiancé

 

PIERRE DUBOIS—Alec's valet

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From TOUCH THE SUN:

 

LION and MEAGAN HAMPSHIRE—a couple now married four years

 

MARCUS REEMS—Lion's half-brother

 

BRAMBLE—the Hampshires' cook

 

WONG—Lion's valet

 

ANNE BINGHAM—a wealthy Philadelphia socialite

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON—the President

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From SILVER STORM:

ANDRE and DEVON RAVENEAU—a sea captain and his wife

 

MOUETTE and NATHAN—their children

 

HALSEY MINTER—Andre's first officer

 

 

 

Part 1

 

They meet but with unwholesome springs

And summers which infectious are;

They hear but when the mermaid sings,

And only see the falling star,

Who ever dare

Affirm no woman chaste and fair.

 

What madman, 'cause the glow-worm's flame

Is cold, swears there's no warmth in fire

Cause some make forfeit of their name,

And slave themselves to man's desire,

Shall the sex, free

From guilt, damn'd to bondage be?

WILLIAM HABINGTON (1605-1654)

 

 

 

Chapter 1

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