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- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publisher: Covenant Communications (November 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0758JHKYB
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,465 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It is a treat to read a well written book. The book begins as Edmund is on crusade with King Richard, they are captured and Edmund injured. Skip two years and we meet Pippa. She has been badly burned in a fire that killed Edmund's brother and his wife.
Looking deeper... look for the mystery behind the burned walls of the castle. Look at the intrigue of the time period, the animosity between John and Richard and the political alliances and grudges formed. Look at the person beneath the scars.'
This book contained may of the elements that I look for in a book: action, romance, political intrigue, and a fascinating time period. It is a clean read, with a bit of violence and Christian themes.
Source: I received a copy of the book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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!
Philippa was severely burned in the same fire that killed Edmund’s brother. Sequestering herself in a nearby nunnery, she plans to take vows, certain no man will ever be able to overlook her scars to marry her. Edmund’s return upturns her plans, though, because he doesn’t see her scars. He only sees the friend he could always trust, the intelligent woman who can tell him the truth about what has been happening at Hawksford… and the one person who may be able to help him save his legacy from the enemy determined to claim Hawksford for himself.
I absolutely loved Edmund and Pippa’s romance. They both have very clear trauma from the events in their past and neither of them are dismissive of the other’s issues, instead they are patient and willing to help do whatever is necessary to get through it and move on. The appearance later in the story of one of my all-time favourite historical personages, Prince Llewelyn ab Iorwerth of Gwynedd, really made the story for me, though. (Read Sharon Kay Penman’s magnificent opus Here Be Dragons to fall utterly in love with Llewelyn). Here Be Dragons: A Novel (Welsh Princes Trilogy Book 1)
There were one or two minor niggles that bothered me in the book - a Marcher lord would have at least a few words of Welsh in his vocabulary, and English nobility of the era spoke Norman-French, not English. The biggest error was geographical, however, when Edmund and Pippa ‘accidentally stumbled’ across into Wales while making their escape at one point. One does not accidentally stumble into Wales from Herefordshire. There’s a very large geographical barrier called the Severn River in the way.
However, these are pretty small niggles in the context of the story, and only a massive history nerd (and someone familiar with Southern Welsh geography) like myself would even notice. They didn’t stop me from awarding this book five stars.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.
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After years spent fighting alongside King Richard in the crusades, Lord Edmund of Hawksford is finally returning to his ancestral home.Read more