BY REBECCA JENKINS

Frederick Raif Jarrett

Raif Jarrett has left the army after a decade fighting the French overseas for King George III.

Previously, his artistic skill and loner temperament led him into a life as a Riding Officer — a map-maker and spy behind enemy lines.  Jarrett has grown used to the freedom and independence of that life, and he struggles to adapt to civilian existence as he sets up home at the Old Manor outside the small town of Woolbridge. With the military buttons he keeps in his watch pocket and his attachment to his campaigning boots, he is still a soldier at heart.

In the past Raif Jarrett's survival has depended on his keeping his feelings in check. Drawing and painting have become a mechanism by which he distances himself from troublesome emotions.  This reserve and his deeply engrained sense of duty and justice, are the keys to his character.

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