About the book: For eighteen years, Lord Gilbert has been tortured over a grievous lapse in judgment. Bitterness has tainted his interactions with the people of Moreland and his relationship with his only daughter, Lady Joanna. With a wolfhound guarding her around the clock and no freedom to leave the castle grounds unattended, the only time Lady Joanna can be alone is when she sneaks out through an old castle tunnel to visit the healer Agnes in her cottage by the sea. One morning as Lady Joanna approaches the cliffs, she discovers an injured man. She immediately goes to Agnes for help. The wounded stranger is Sir Lukas, and while he recovers, he makes plans to identify his attackers and their motive. Upon learning that Moreland’s wool has been stolen, Sir Lukas comes to believe that the crimes are related and point to a much more sinister plot. When Lord Gilbert announces an archery tournament, the prize being Lady Joanna’s hand in marriage, it attracts noblemen from across the land, and suddenly Sir Lukas’s pursuit of the villains takes a different turn. As Lady Joanna’s and Sir Lukas’s feelings for each other grow, the stakes soar, and only Sir Lukas’s skill with a longbow can save them.
My review: I loved the way this book sucked me back in time to a land of Lords, Ladies, Knights and their steeds, and castles. The whole setting of this one almost felt real to me, the author really did such an amazing job with that.
The plot was awesome too, and I loved the way that the author has some notes at the end telling where she kind of got the plot from, so fascinating to see her process of how she came to it. I loved the way that the reader is as in the dark about who the villain is and the hero and heroine, that makes the book that much more interactive, because I for one was always puzzling out in my mind just who was after Lady Joanna and Sir Lukas.
Lady Joanna is simply amazing. I love the way that in the beginning you see what happens to her as a baby and then you see the result for both her and her father. I loved that she was able to grow into the amazing and caring young woman that she was with no real guidance from a parent figure, her mother had died and her father keeps her at arms length with no real love and affection.
Then there's Sir Lukas. He's simply coming to Moreland Castle to thank the man who had helped his mother many years before. But he gets caught in the intrigue accidentally and is left for dead. Lady Joanna finds him and makes sure he gets the care he needs before he dies. I love that he is a true, honest and noble knight, willing to enter the tournament for Joanna's hand in marriage and willing to help her right the wrongs with the peasant people without thought for his own safety.
I loved everything about this book, it kept me up late at night because I wanted to know just how the story ended. So amazing!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, and grew up on the island of Anglesey off the north coast of Wales. She left Wales to attend Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
Traveling has given Sian a deep appreciation for a world full of diverse cultures. Through her writing, she introduces her readers to some of the places she has come to love— especially her Welsh homeland.
Sian is the author of several LDS novels and children’s books. She has also written articles for the New Era, Ensign, and Liahona magazines. She and her husband, Kent, currently reside in Rexburg, Idaho. They are the parents of five children and the grandparents of two beautiful little girls and one handsome little boy.
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