After years spent fighting alongside King Richard in the crusades, Lord Edmund of Hawksford is finally returning to his ancestral home. But far from a joyful reunion, what awaits him is devastation. His elder brother is dead, killed in a tragic fire at Hawksford Castle—and the title of duke now falls to Edmund.
When he strives to rebuild the fire-scarred castle, Edmund learns that his was not the only life the fire shattered: his childhood friend Lady Phillipa survived the flames that took Edmund’s brother, but badly burned, she has hidden herself away from those she loves. Yet as the pair renews their acquaintance, they find that their affection runs deep—perhaps even deeper than they’d ever realized.
As Edmund and Pippa begin to question whether the fire was truly an accident, they must discover the truth of the past before they can plan for their future. While coming perilously close to the answers they seek, Edmund and Pippa find themselves at the mercy of a dangerous foe who will stop at nothing to lay claim on Hawksford—and he will destroy any who stand in his way.
This is going down in history as one of my all time favorite medieval romances! There was something magnetic about this story, it slowly but steadily pulled me in until I could not find my way out again. I was wrapped up inside of Lord Edmund and Lady Phillipa (Pippa's) world. I loved the history that was a part of the story as well as the rich culture and countryside that I got to experience alongside Edmund and Pippa. There was mystery, romance, an evil villain that needed to be found out and stopped. Whispered rumors and threats, uprisings and a romance that may not be possible...just all of the things that made for a fantastic story! I loved this book and I hope to read many more from Bessey!
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