Inherit the Skies

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The box kite began to move, slowly at first, bumping over the uneven turf then gathering speed. The twin propellers whirred, the ground raced by beneath his wheels. He was taxiing now as fast as was safe. There was nothing between him and disaster except . . . flight!

Two women watched as Adam Bailey made that first momentous attempt to take the first prototype box kite into the air, two women whom fate had already thrown together yet who were already sworn enemies.

Alicia Morse, beautiful, spoiled and ruthless, was the daughter of Gilbert Morse, land owner and head of the family engineering firm. She had lived her life taking what she wanted - and now more than anything she wanted Adam.

Sarah Thomas was the orphaned daughter of a village seamstress. She had been raised alongside Alicia, for Gilbert had taken pity on the child who had been destined for the workhouse. That was long ago now - at seventeen she was as daring as she was lovely and had made a name for herself parachuting from a balloon at air displays the length and breadth of the country. But she too loved Adam. To her his dream of manufacturing an aeroplane that would fly was the most important thing in the world. And she was prepared to sacrifice anything to ensure he did not fail.

Inherit the Skies is the story of how that dream became reality, of the birth of an aircraft corporation of worldwide renown and the price it extracted from those pioneers who dedicated their lives to it.

About Janet Tanner

Janet Tanner is a prolific and well-loved author and has twice been shortlisted for RNA awards. Many of her novels are multi-generational sagas, and some – in particular the Hillsbridge Quartet – are based on her own working class background in a Somerset mining community. More recently, she has been writing historical and well-received Gothic novels for Severn House – a reviewer for Booklist, a trade publication in the United States, calls her “a master of the Gothic genre”. " " " " Besides publication in the UK and US, Janet’s books have also been translated into dozens of languages and published all over the world. Before turning to novels she was a prolific writer of short stories and serials, with hundreds of stories appearing in various magazines and publications worldwide. " " " " Janet lives in Radstock, Somerset.

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The Eden Inheritance
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Folly's Child
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The Black Mountains
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The Emerald Valley
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The Hills and the Valley
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