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Autumn's Flame (The Seasons Series Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Denise Domning
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Upon her husband's untimely death Elyssa of Freyne petitions England's court to avoid a third forced marriage and to gain custody of her frail son. Never again will a man control her life or her fate. But the shire's new sheriff is no ordinary man. Although Geoffrey FitzHenry, Lord Coudray owns the beauty of an angel--save for the scars his dead wife laid on him--it's said he's the Devil's own spawn. He proves his black heart when steals her frail son from her. To save her son she must reveal that she is with child and put herself in the sheriff's custody.

Geoffrey FitzHenry curses the law that demands all pregnant widows live as the sheriff's ward until their babes are born. Taking this coppery-haired firebrand into his sphere threatens all he seeks to protect behind the rumors of his supposed evil nature.

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A writer of immense power and intense emotion whose star shines brighter and brighter. --Romantic Times

From the Author

Autumn's Flame is the fourth book of the Graistan Chronicles, the stories of the FitzHenry brothers.  In this book I not only got to explore both the position of the sheriff and the idea of wardenship, but to share the amazing fact that sheriffs had to witness the birthing process of all pregnant widows. Now that was something I didn't expect, yet it made perfect sense against the mindset of the time..

As far as the content of the story, the book was written while I was grieving for my son Adam, who was murdered in 1994 just after Winter's Heat was published. Although the story of his life and death is as dramatic and tragic as any I could conceive of writing, it isn't one I want to write. Suffice it to say that I am now at peace with his passing and part of that peace came out of the issues I allowed Geoffrey and Elyssa to explore in Autumn's Flame.

Product Details

  • File Size: 719 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1493711598
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (April 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W9C5XU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Romance July 14, 2002
By Claire
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lady Elyssa is a widow with a 12 year old son and another one on the way. She loves her son with a passion and ,after an unhappy marraige, she now wants to be left alone in peace. So, she does not take too well the news that ,until her baby is born, Geoffrey Fitzhenry, the sherriff of the shire, has to keep her under his protection. To make matters worse, Geoffrey does not agree with the way she is raising her son, treating him as a if he was a weak boy, and thus decides to give him a new foster family.
Elyssa does not appreaciate this treamtent and she is not at all pleased to be forced to live under his roof until her baby is born. Besides, she finds herself unexplainably attracted to this handsome man who has such a disfiguring scar on his face. She is able to see beyond his scar.
Geoffrey feels himself attracted to this beautiful widow, even though he does not agree at all with her treatment of her son. He also likes the fact that she is the only woman who does not flinch when she looks at him and his scar does not seem to bother her. She is also very good with his daughter and manages to make her speak after a long time.
This is a thouroughly enjoyable romance where we see love slowly emerge between two persons who have been deeply hurt in their lifes and are still wary of love. They both try to deny their attraction towards each other at first but soon they will realize its impossible.
Beautiful romance and i also liked the characterization of the two main characters in the romance. This book is part of afour book series. the otehrs three are :
Spring's fury, Winter heat and Summer Storm.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall Rating: 3.75 February 14, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Overall Rating: 3.75 // Action: 3.25 / Emotion: 4.75 / Romance: 4 / Sensuous: 2.75 / Intrigue: 3.75 / Medieval Flavor: 5 / Humor: 8 / Tears: 6

Readers who really enjoy medieval romances should read "Autumn's Flame," the fourth book in Denise Domning's "The Graistan Chronicles." Domning has done an incredible job of giving the reader a true flavor of medieval life in this book (as with the entire series) -- the conversations, the action, the feelings -- all have the tone of twelfth century England.

The hero, Geoffrey FitzHenry, Lord Coudray, is the third son of Henry of Graistan. Even though the widower hates living at Crosswell (shire's seat), Geoffrey has purchased the duties of sheriff in the shire that oversees the lands that house his father-by-marriage, Baldwin de Gradinton in an effort to keep his now mute and fearful daughter out of Gradinton's grasp. The death of Gradinton's three sons have caused him to go to great lengths to gain custody of Cecilia, his only living heir.

"Autumn's Flame" is the story of how Geoffrey becomes the ward over Lord Freyne's newly widowed wife and her son, Jocelyn, a weak, monastery-bound, momma's-boy. Geoffrey is not happy to have to take the sharp-tongued, "won't stay in her subservient place" widow. Geoffrey is afraid that the strong-willed Elyssa of Freyne will unearth secrets that would ruin Cecilia's future. That conflict will arise between Geoffrey and Elyssa is guaranteed, because Elyssa is determined to find out why Geoff would let himself be perceived as evil, so she can extort her freedom and gain custody of her son, Jocelyn.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Passable January 3, 2014
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Not much that can be said about this story. In fact, i found it to be a little longer than what would have been advisable. While I liked some little things that were unusual in other stories (her being older than him, his scars*SPOILER* the mad wife, the villain being in love with another woman whom he genuinely cared for*SPOILER*) ultimately nothing of this gets truly explored and ends up being more of the same. The climax was chaotic, and since we suddenly have a crossover with the other part of the series, I would have liked much more to see what was everyone else doing. Being blind in one side at no point seems to cause our hero problems (unless it's to ask the heroine to sit on his other side) and I found her to pretty annoying with her wild mood swings. I also found unfair that you need to have read a previous tome to understand chronologically what is happening at certain times (particularly concerning the early middle). One would think something as important as that would Make the hero nearly kill Lyssa, but no, it's just brushed away.

I found the bedding scene to be extremely uncomfortable for me to read, with pages and more pages dedicated to telling us in detail how his new, naked wife really makes our hero 'stand for occasion' and his brothers providing repetitive comment.

I think what i liked the most was the birth scene, and this is the only part where I could actually see all kind of goodness in the character's chemistry- no, wait, I'm lying. There's another scene where he tells her his story and they are just sitting together cuddling and it's really quite sweet. It's a pity it didn't follow that line more closely.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good read September 4, 2012
By true
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The pregnant widow, Lady Freyne, sees her newly acquired freedom threatened by the power her ward, Lord Coudray, hold on her and her son. Even more frightening is the growing attraction and respect she develops for him. Lady Freyne is irresistibly drown into the sad, mysterious life Lord Coudray has doomed himself and his daughter. In the meantime, her strength and loving soul breach the stony walls the Lord has raised across his heart. She also overcomes the defenses of his traumatized daughter to win her soul back. The love growing between the two main characters is endangered by their numerous enemies, not the last being Lady Freyne's reluctance to surrender yet to another man.
The plot is captivating and the historical atmosphere well described. The novel offers an enjoyable read, saved the descriptions of the town, or the houses, that I found boring and too detailed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love that flame...
Book number four in this series is just as good if not better, it brought me to tears. Each brother has their own unique story hiding underneath their characters. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!
I this this was a great read!! In the beginning I was annoyed by the heroine's over protective behavior toward her older son, but when I understood why she did it I was no longer... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun read.
Quick little, fun read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh yes, this is a love story!
With all the trappings of romance, foul deeds, sacrifice, terror and joy, love find its way.
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Published 4 months ago by dda
5.0 out of 5 stars Just finished
with the Season's series and all I can say isWOW.Ms.Domning is one takented writer.She describes the time frame during the mid1100's in such vivid detail it 's almost you were... Read more
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June 10, 2014

It's time to get serious about my writing again. That's been hard to do with my life framed by milking cows, making cheese and raising vegetables. But Faucon and Edmund, the sleuths from my new mystery series, are chattering away in my head, demanding that I at least start taking notes. Even more motivating is the fact that the temperatures here in Arizona have now climbed over the 100 degree mark. Air conditioning is a wonderful thing.

And now, back to your regular programming.

Denise Domning is the award-winning, best-selling author of one historical mystery novel--Season of the Raven--and eleven historical novels as well as the co-author with Monica Sarli of one gritty, hard-bitten memoir of addiction and recovery. Of the three genres she frankly prefers the rats, grime and fleas of the Twelfth Century over the ghettos and drug use of modern Kansas City. For Denise, writing means using words as her time machine and painting an accurate portrait of a past. Open any of her novels, whether Twelfth, Thirteenth, Sixteenth or Nineteenth Century, and step into a bygone era. As one reviewer put it " live the life and the language, smell the odors of unwashed humanity, and hear the sucking sounds as your flimsy shoes slog through mud and muck." Now doesn't that sound romantic?

Denise and her husband Ed live on a farm in Cornville (yes, Cornville), Arizona, where they plant veggies, milk cows and have an Easter egg hunt every day.

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