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- Print Length: 230 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (September 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2015
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QP3CZRC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's the early 1200s in England. King John is dead and has been succeeded by his son Henry III. It's the time of knights and serfs and castles and sieges and jousting and it's also a really bad time to be a woman, especially a wife, in particular for heroine Faye.
Faye is the oldest daughter in Sir Arthur of Anglesea's family. It's a close-knit, loving family (with enough siblings to keep this series going for a good while). Faye's marriage years ago to the Earl of Calder was arranged by her father, unwittingly thinking it was a good match. If he had only known. Calder is an evil, abusive man. Well, Faye has finally had enough and with the help of Sir Gregory, a knight in Calder's service, has taken her two sons and escaped to her family home of Anglesea.
Sir Gregory is our lovely hero. Although he has served for years as a knight, his real desire had always been to serve God as a monk. But then Calder married Faye and brought her to his castle and Gregory was a goner. Knowing he can't have her himself, he sets himself up as her knight-in-shining-armor to protect her and her sons as best he can from Calder's violent ways. (Aside: "As best he can" isn't really as good as one would like but you have to keep in mind that women were the chattel of their husbands who had every right to treat them no better than they would their hounds and no one had the right to interfere in this.) Gregory did offer his loyal support to Faye and her boys, almost serving as a surrogate father to them, while maintaining a respectful distance from their mother.
So as the story begins, Faye and her sons are back at Anglesea, Sir Gregory has gone to the Abbey to begin his life of service to God, and when Faye's boys go out to play, the older son and heir to Calder, Simon, is abducted by his father's men. Now the adventures begin. Sir Gregory comes back to help recover the boy. But here also comes the part which I had to make myself just accept and go along with even though the idea is fairly implausible especially for the times: Faye insists on accompanying Sir Gregory on the mission to get Simon back and everyone in the family agrees, albeit with reservations. Yes, this probably couldn't have happened in real life, but it made for an exciting story and some lovely interaction between Faye and Sir Gregory.
A few things to mention are 1) possible triggers with violence to women and children and rape alluded to, although it's not gratuitous and was a sign of the times and necessary to the plot; and 2) the opportunity to reacquaint yourself, if you read SWEET BEA, with several characters from that story, even Newt, and that's a pleasant aspect of the book.
So now we have Faye and Bea's brothers' stories to look forward to. At least I'm assuming there will be more books in the series and will be on the lookout for the third.
The second half of the book in particular evolves into a roller-coaster ride of deep emotions and in-your-face confrontations that tugged at my heart strings and left me breathless. This book also saw the return of one of my favorite characters from the first book, Newt. This scamp is amazingly fun, and I look forward to seeing more from him and the rest of the Sir Arthur’s Legacy crew in the next book.
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