Eighteen-year-old widow Eleanor of Strathcombe is stunned to realize she has a powerful attraction to Hugh of Wykeham, the arrogant, neighboring lord returned from the Crusade. But he wants to marry her sister, and when he learns that poachers are running rampant he blames her and feuds with her over the control of their forest boundaries.
As she struggles to keep control of her forests and find the poachers, unsettling feelings confront her when she deals with Hugh, feelings she never felt in her brief, loveless marriage — feelings she tries to fight, because she knows Hugh to be a cold, harsh man who may have murdered his faithless wife in revenge — and who trusts no woman.
When she finds herself in the midst of a net of intrigue and lies, how will she find the courage to capture the conspirators, save herself and her sister, and overcome her feelings for Hugh? (GoodReads)
I don't normally read much straight-up romance, but I was really looking forward to this one! Marcie's visited us here before (check out her interview here!) and I'm loving good historicals lately so this was right up my alley :)
The book was a quick, fun read, with lots of fun historical details and a plot that kept me turning the pages. I really liked Eleanor and her steadfast character. Hugh ticked me off from time to time, but that was actually what he was supposed to do :) I loved getting a peak into the Middle Ages and how the forest and castles were tended, especially the role of women (for better or worse) at this time. It was a fun read, and by the end I was cheering for Hugh and Eleanor!
Has anyone had a chance to check this one out?
Today, I'm chilling at Yolanda Allen's blog, and Mom With A Kindle is also chatting with me (and has a very nice review!). Stop by and visit if you get a chance!