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The story of Alex Campbell begins among the hills and glens of middle Scotland and moves to the Low Countries of Flanders and Zeeland, taking the reader on an exciting journey of romance and adventure where young Alex Campbell is banished from home by his father. He finds the love of his life and is torn from her when he is sent off to join the growing Scots Brigade of mercenaries who serve the faltering cause of William of Nassau/Orange fighting for the freedom of religious worship in the Spanish Nederlands against the mightiest army in the known world – that of Phillip II, King of Spain and its many territories. Adventures at sea, coupled by adventures on land combine together the strong bonds of love serving to knit together young Alex Campbell, his woman, his men and their women. Alex Campbell’s story is set against the backdrop of 16th Century Europe, a time of great changes in society throughout the developing states in western Europe. It begins when a young King, James VI, is on the throne of Scotland and the child’s birthright is ruled by a succession of Regents. Prince William’s armies continue to be beaten by the Spanish and only the skills of the sea beggars, the precursors of the Royal Dutch Navy, keep the mighty Spaniards from recovering the whole of the Low Countries. Sieges are being waged. Men, women and children are dying from starvation and disease. What price romance? What price the future of any of the Scots in Holland? Campbell’s Reivers takes a fresh look at the period and brings to life the characters involved.
; August 2007
270 pages; ISBN 9781587496219Read online
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Title: Campbell’s Reivers
Author: Neil Grant
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"Kiss me, Alex," breathed the young woman and Alex bent forward to kiss her soft, downy cheek. At that instant, Shona turned her head slightly and their lips met. The meeting was not of brother and sister and both young persons gasped and sought more. Shona eventually drew away and whispered to her cousin, "Alex. I have always loved you. You are breaking my heart with this going off into the unknown. I don't even know if you'll come back." The young man's head was in a spin. His covering had slipped down, revealing his well-muscled torso. He was astounded to say the least and could not think of anything appropriate to say except, "Mhairi?" "She loves you as a sister, dearest, but I love you as a lover. I will wait for you. No matter how long it takes, I'll be here. Kiss me again. Please. Quickly. Now." His mind awhirl, the two met in close embrace again. The embrace became a fondling, a kneading, a touching of each other's bodies. Sheer ecstasy filled the air and Alex used the heel of his right hand to push up the girl's nightdress. He sought a breast and captured it, sucking slowly while its owner moaned. The fullness of it increased his awareness of its shape and form. The other did not get ignored either as his hand caressed her and moved slowly down her belly, her abdomen, and eventually found its reward between her spreading thighs. She was ready for him. Aye, more than ready. She pulled him over on top of her and reached for his manhood. She caused him to slide within her entrance as she called out softly, "Oh, Alex, Alex." His body was sprung like a bow. The kissing began again in earnest as he slid in to her and almost out of her in the age-old motion of love. Shona urged him on, clinging to his body as a limpet clings to the rocks on the seashore, nibbling at his ears and using her darting tongue in a most delectable way. She groaned out her responses to his love-making and Alex felt himself about to explode from within. Colours were swirling in his head. He felt himself passing out of control. Suddenly, as if a length of cold steel had entered his body, his motion stopped. The young man withdrew quickly from the girl's moistness and the seed from his loins splattered across her bare stomach. She cried out, "Oh God, Alex. Why did you leave me? I wanted you all. You're a beast." Alex looked at her in a shame-faced way. She pouted out, "Yes you are. Nothing but a beast." Suddenly she smiled and the smile lit up her face. "I truly love you, my Alex. I will wait for you forever. That is my promise to you. Though I live to be an aged spinster, an old, dear aunt to Mhairi's children, no one and I mean no one will ever take your place. My heart is yours. My love. My Alex."