Her arrival at the inhospitable castle Bryn Du confirms her worst fears—a ghost walks the halls of the castle, and Eleanor receives an ominous warning from the uneasy spirit: Brach is not to be trusted. Though resigned to a life of misery, Eleanor soon realizes all is not as it seems, for Brach is not the monster she dreaded but is a handsome and charming man whose gentle ways soon undermine his bride’s resolve to lock her heart. Clinging desperately to her pride, Eleanor finds herself trapped in a web of murder and deceit. And as the lines between good and evil become blurred, Eleanor must decide for herself who is to be trusted—and loved.
My review: I really enjoyed this book! Eleanor is a great character! She's a young woman who is going to marry the king of her father's rival kingdom. He's an unknown to her and seems to be a barbarian who always wants to be fighting. Needless to say, she doesn't want to be there at all. But as she gets to know him, she starts to realize that he isn't who she has always thought him to be. There is plenty of mysterious things going on, and Eleanor is not quite sure who to trust or believe. I liked that I was as confused as Eleanor about what was going on, it made it easier to put myself into her shoes.
I wasn't quite sure what to think of Brach as I was reading this book, Eleanor is so prejudiced against him at the beginning, but every one of his actions points to him being a good person, and you pretty much know up front that Eleanor's father is not. There were a few points against him, things like not wanting her to doctor his men using the herbs that she is so great at using. But all in all, he seems to be a good man, very patient with everything that Eleanor keeps throwing at him.
The plot was great, I really had no idea who the bad guy was until the very end when he is revealed. This book is full of action, adventure and treachery, it will keep you guessing until the very end!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: Julie Daines was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner.
She loves reading, writing, and watching movies—anything that transports her to another world. She picks Captain Wentworth over Mr. Darcy, firmly believes in second breakfast, and never leaves home without her verveine.
To learn more about Julie Daines or to contact her, visit her website at www.juliedaines.com.
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