At the end of the 18th century an orphaned bastard is set to inherit a fortune without knowing it. His half brothers and their mother want him dead. He ends up presses into the navy but it seems his enemies still know how to reach him.
Good story but the ending is unbelievable.
Young Jacob Fletcher, whilst unsure of his parentage, did know that
as an apprentice he couldn't legally be seized by the press gang.
But this particular gang couldn't actually read the rules. And didn't care anyway.
was how he found himself risking life, limb and sea sickness on board
His Majesty's frigate Phiandra, about to do battle with what looked like
half the French fleet.
Meanwhile at Coignwood Hall, the late Sir
Henry lay face-down in his soup as his beautiful but evil widow, Lady
Sarah, along with their two loathsome sons, ransacked his papers for the
will that would disclose to their horror that the entire family fortune
has been left to a previously unknown illegitimate son.
Who would now have to be tracked down and disposed of as a matter of some urgency...
What will become of Fletcher's Fortune?
Fletcher's Fortune is the first in a rollicking series of memoirs that bring the 18th Century back to life in its tawdry glory.
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