The description provided is right on! Rochelle was very spoiled, and at the age of 19 had been running her family estate for 3 years. She was very successful and hard working. However, when the Emperor becomes aware of a young woman running an estate near an area that he wants protected for his youngest son, he selects a warrior to be her husband. I feel that Rochelle has let her past independence, total freedom from any type of control become ingrained to the point that no one could have control over her life except her.
Well when she was finally brought face to face with the Emperor I held my breath because I thought this was not going to go well at all.
David, the warrior selected by the emperor to be Rochelle's husband, was such a good man. He was so excited that he had been selected by the emperor to wed Rochelle, a beautiful woman, a heiress, and a large estate that would be his upon the marriage.
Rochelle though had other plans, even though after a time David started getting through to her, the fact that he was being forced upon her just went against her very being. That this situation she found herself in was not of her doing, and she was losing control of her life. So then she comes up with ideas to regain control over her life once again, just as it had been before.
There are other bad guys who are wanting David down and out also. Poor David, Poor David, my head was swimming with all the bad things that were happening to him. He should have been nominated for sainthood. He definitely did not deserve what he got.
It was a very exciting story and a great book to get all comfy with and let it take you back to the 9th century. Kudos to Jill Hughey.