WHAT IT'S ABOUT
After years spent fighting alongside King Richard in the crusades, Lord Edmund of Hawksford is finally returning to his ancestral home. But far from a joyful reunion, what awaits him is devastation. His elder brother is dead, killed in a tragic fire at Hawksford Castle—and the title of duke now falls to Edmund.
When he strives to rebuild the fire-scarred castle, Edmund learns that his was not the only life the fire shattered: his childhood friend Lady Phillipa survived the flames that took Edmund’s brother, but badly burned, she has hidden herself away from those she loves. Yet as the pair renews their acquaintance, they find that their affection runs deep—perhaps even deeper than they’d ever realized.
As Edmund and Pippa begin to question whether the fire was truly an accident, they must discover the truth of the past before they can plan for their future. While coming perilously close to the answers they seek, Edmund and Pippa find themselves at the mercy of a dangerous foe who will stop at nothing to lay claim on Hawksford—and he will destroy any who stand in his way.
I've found a new author! I appreciate the recommendation of a coworker. I really enjoyed the audiobook. The characters are engaging, and I loved the childhood-friendship-turned-romance storyline. The villain was vile.
4 1/2 stars
Such a fun, clean, exciting story about love, trust, intrigue, and appearance.
Fun story to listen to. Enjoyed it all
I was all sorts of caught up in this book. Knights and castles, Lords and Ladies, danger and intrigue. This story captured my interest and held tight the whole way though.
I loved the emotional stirrings Pippa's story provided. Her insecurities and hurt are gradually overcome by friendship and love. Lord Edmund was all that a male hero should be. Strong, determined to try to do his best and gentle with Pippa. He was the one person who really saw her and heard what not only her mouth was saying but her heart as well.
The story starts out so gently and grows in intensity until the very dynamic ending. I loved every minute of it!
Content: some violence, peril, kissing
- I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
It's been quite awhile since I've read a book set in medieval times. I feel like most of what I know about the time period I learned from movies, and I kept thinking about Disney’s Robin Hood. This novel wasn't silly like that cartoon, but it sort of made me smile when the thoughts came to mind.
I was drawn in by the action of King Richard and his knights being attacked. My attention held as I was introduced to Phillipa. Her situation was so sad, having been burned in a fire while trying to save others. She felt like there was no place for her at the castle anymore, and went to live in a convent. I liked the relationships she formed there, and the love she was shown by her father and the others in her life (although initially she didn't want to see anyone besides the nuns and her father).
My attention waned somewhat as the story went on. I can't put my finger on why, but I wasn’t driven to finish as quickly as I hoped. Things did get pretty exciting near the end though, with some intense situations, and it had a nice ending.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
You can usually tell just how much I like a book by how quickly I read (or maybe devour is a better word!) it. I read this book so fast! I read it all on the same day. I didn't want to put it down until I found out what happened to Edmund and Pippa and all the other amazing characters from this story.
I loved Pippa. I felt sad for all she had gone through and how she suffered from it still. I imagine that being among people was hard for her after she'd been burned by the fire. And even if no one else noticed the burns she suffered from, they would have seemed to be more obvious than they really were to her. I loved that she was courageous though, and that's why she had the burns. I noticed several points during the story where she would have rather shrunk and not done anything, but she fought on and was courageous. I LOVED her character!
Then there's Edmund. I was afraid for him after the opening bit, but luckily he reappeared later in the story. He is a hero, and a good man. He could have let the things he had seen during war and his injury cripple him and not come back to his home himself, but he chose to move past everything he'd been through. And he came out stronger, strong enough to fight the evil he needed to fight and do it well.
The plot of this one is packed full of action and adventure. There's fires, dangerous caves, evil men enough that you don't know who the characters can trust, and of course a love story! All of these things keep the plot moving and interesting. I didn't want to stop reading, for fear I'd miss something. I couldn't wait to see just what was going to happen.
This isn't a time period that you see written about very often anymore and that makes this book stand out. It really is great, make sure you take time to read it!
Lord Edmund’s been away for years fighting for king and country. But when he returns and finds his brother has died, and he is the new Duke of Hawksford, he has mounting suspicions that someone is out to get him. With King Richard still in captivity, and Prince John seeking to replace him, loyalties can’t be taken for granted. Another startling discovery he makes is that his childhood friend, Pippa, has taken refuge in the nearby convent after she suffered burns from the terrible fire that killed his brother and his wife. As he restores their friendship, he finds himself falling in love, and the story gets more and more interesting. This medieval romance was super intriguing. Lots of knights fighting, mysterious, dark happenings that lead to superstition and suspicion among the townspeople, plot twists, and great character development. I really liked this story, and inhaled it in two days. Medieval settings can be gruesome and cruel, but this has those elements without being graphic or crude. Can’t say enough good about this book.