Anjou Province, France 1194 - Christian Dumont, was once known as the Comte de Langier, before treasonous acts against Richard, Coeur de Lion, by his father brought he and his brother Geoffrey close to deaths door. Now he has been summoned by the King and given an offer he cannot refuse. He is to have his title, wealth, and lands restored if he travels to England and consent to a royal command from Queen Eleanor. He knew not what the task would be but knew that whatever it was, if it meant saving his beloved brother�s life, he would agree.
Arriving in England, weak from months of imprisonment, he cannot help but be impressed by the demesne of Castle Greystone, and more so by the Countess, Emalie Montgomerie whom he finds he is to wed. Queen Eleanor, has contrived a plan to protect Emalie, from the vile and corrupt Prince John who is trying his best to wrest control of the valuable lands belonging to her.
Emalie and Christian find themselves as helpless pawns as the feuding royals battle one another over territorial control. Christian thinks himself lucky to find himself in such a situation, until he finds that the young woman he is married to carries a child of rape, a rape that she refuses to name or remember. Both hide the truths of the dishonors dealt to them � dishonors that stemmed not from their actions but from the actions of others. Yet, in spite of this, a love develops between them based upon the honor and goodness they finally discover in one another.
This was an amazing story that I finished in one sitting it was so riveting. From the political machinations, to the heartbreaking love that was almost torn apart, and to the most surprising ending! The characters came alive on the pages with vivid historical background, sparkling dialogues and beautiful and very passionate love scenes. This was indeed a phenomenal read that gets solid GOLD ratings! Put this on the keeper shelf!