Blog Tour: The Second Son (Andy Blackman)

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Good morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Second Son by Andy Blackman.

I am so thrilled to be able to bring you a character spotlight on my stop, but first, let’s take a look at the synopsis for The Second Son!

As the second son of the Duke of Hampshire, Grenville St John Hampton isn’t likely to inherit his family’s title or estate, leaving him pondering an empty, aimless future. During the summer break from university, he impulsively decides to go backpacking with one of his oldest friends, Johnathan; their destination is Belize.

One sultry night on the Central American coastline, Grenville and Johnathan meet Tom. A game of darts takes a vicious turn. Realising he has nothing to look forward to back at home, Grenville decides to stay on in Belize with Tom, in pursuit of adventure. Together, the new friends establish an import business, and for the rest time in his life, Grenville has a sense of purpose.

But back in England all is not well. The sudden death of his brother leaves Grenville with an unexpected – and now unwanted – inheritance, with new consequences and responsibilities. He will return to claim the family’s seat with a dark secret in tow.

Keep reading to check out a character spotlight on Grenville St John Hampton!

Blogging Banner 3Grenville St John Hampshire was born into a world of wealth and luxury, being the second son of the future Duke of Hampshire, always knowing his place in the family, and not likely to inherit the family title or estate he was always unsure what his role in life was.

When Grenville was born, his Grandfather was the Duke of Hampshire being blue blooded his parents did not really bring him up, he was born in an era when children were seen and not heard, so he was initial brought up by his nanny but one person who was his world from an early age was his grandfather.  Grenville was a happy go lucky boy, unlike his serious reserved brother, which although he tried on many occasions he could never get close to or engage with, the same could be said of his parents he never found a closeness with them, but with his Grandfather it was different.  His Grandfather taught Grenville from an early age the importance of family and honour, and the family history and as a Hampton he had over 400 years of tradition to uphold, lessons which Grenville never forgot throughout his life.  Once his older brother went off to boarding school Grenville’s life with his Grandfather became to Granville his happiest time. and they were always found in each other’s company, up until it was his turn to attend boarding school, his Grandfather could see the prospect of this bother Grenville, but as was his way his Grandfather explained he was following in a long family tradition of attending boarding school, this Grenville accepted as his lot.  While at school, his Grandfather died which left him devastated, what made it worse his father now the Duke of Hampshire refused Grenville attend his Grandfather’s funeral.   Throughout his life, Grenville never forgot the lessons he learns with his Grandfather, which helped to make him the man he was to become.

At school Grenville had a very small circle of friends, it was not that Grenville was unpopular, it was Grenville was always aware of who he was as the son of a Duke some people can see that as a stepping stone into the upper class so he only had two close friends at school at this friendship continued well into their adult lives.  

So when Grenville first met Tom he was impressed by his ability to be self-sufficient and his ability to reason and use logic to find an answer to a problem, Grenville was not used to being self-sufficient, always having servants to do his bidding, and never having to worry about the things in life most common people struggle with every day, although not pompous he was unaware of the struggles of life.  It did not take Grenville and Tom long to become close friends as they both understood each other, both were unsure of the future but together perhaps they could work it out.   

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Be sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour for The Second Son!

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