After reading some negative reviews on this book, i was hesitant to buy it, but i'm glad i did.I don't think this was one of Henley's best, but it was very enjoyable. I couldn't put it down because I kept wondering what would happen next. However, the ending could have been better, it appeared rushed. It should have been better considering the complexity of the story. The story was set during the reign of William the Conqueror. Lillyth is a Saxon and Guy is a Norman conqueror. Of course, he invades her home and upon seeing Lillyth wanted her. She is a widow of only one day(not knowing her evil husband is still alive). Guy and Lillyth falls in love and she wants to get married, unfortunately, Guy is already married. He lied to her and "marry" her in a fake ceremony(you need to read the story as to why he did it this way.It's more complicated than you think). Upon finding out the truth in a most cruel way, poor Lillyth was devastated. And all kinds of horrible things happen. And this is only the first half of the book! There is alot of action and I really enjoyed it. PLEASE do not be swayed by negative reviews, this a heart warming novel of human emotions.