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Hostage of the Heart

Hostage of the Heart [Kindle Edition]

Linda Acaster
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England, September 1066: the northern militia has been raised to support the new English king, leaving the Welsh marches dangerously unprotected. Rhodri ap Hywel, prince of the Welsh, sweeps down the valley to reclaim by force stolen lands, taking the Saxon Lady Dena as a battle hostage.

But who is the more barbaric: a man who protects his people by the strength of his cunning and sword-arm, or Dena’s kinsfolk who swear fealty to a canon of falsehoods and refuse to pay her ransom? Betrayed as worthless, can she place her trust, and her life, in the hands of a warrior-knight shielding dark secrets of his own? And when the tables are turned, with whom does she stand?

Genre: Mediaeval Romance (Romantic Suspense); heat level: sweet
71,000 words.

“Wars are fought on many fronts. Dena’s peaceful existence is shattered when marauding Welshmen arrive to reclaim their stolen domains. But the distant struggle for the English crown spreads to the border lands and Dena’s captor Rhodri is himself taken hostage. Dena must now fight for her love in the unfamiliar world of the court, facing intrigue, spite, jealousy and treachery. Linda Acaster has written a cracking romance set in a cataclysmic period of English history.” – Madeleine McDonald, author of ‘Enchantment in Morocco’.

HOSTAGE OF THE HEART also includes additional material:

5,000 word excerpt from BENEATH THE SHINING MOUNTAINS by Linda Acaster
Genre: Historical Romance (Romantic Suspense); heat level: sweet
A compelling story of honour among rival warrior societies of the Apsaroke First People before the coming of European settlers, and one woman’s determination to wed the man of her dreams.

About the Author:

Linda Acaster is an award-winning author of four novels and 70+ short stories, and lives in the United Kingdom.

Her current novel is TORC OF MOONLIGHT, the first of a trilogy of time-slip thrillers set in northern England, available in paperback and ebook.
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 465 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MNH4BA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #365,464 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Linda Acaster is an award-winning novelist and short-story writer, living on England's Yorkshire coast. On her doorstep are the locales of the "Torc of Moonlight" trilogy. "The Bull At The Gate", Book 2, has now launched and is available as both an ebook and paperback.

Keep up to date with launch dates, promotions and info by joining her Newsletter or following her blog She can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

History has always fascinated her, especially the day-to-day lives of people who never feature in history's grand recollections. Undertaking the research necessary to breathe life into these long-ago lives regularly throws up direct and eerie connections to 21st century living that she exploits in her fiction.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a history novel that is very readable 1 Mar 2014
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This is a historical that really grips the reader. I always wanted know what was going to happen next. That isn't always the case with such stories. Linda Acaster is a very good writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A View of History not often seen 26 Feb 2011
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Dena is a young Saxon noblewoman, come to live with her uncle Edwulf after her father, his estranged brother, dies. She doesn't fit in very well at her uncle's manor; both he and his wife Ethelin have aspirations of grandeur and are 11th century social climbers, so where in her former home, Dena would have felt at ease with the farmers and servants tending her father's house, here, she is forbidden to fraternize with those "beneath her station." At the present, Edwulf is away, helping King Edward guard his shores from the attacking Norwegians. With the estate left relatively unprotected, Gwylan, the Welsh warrior whose lands Edwulf had confiscated, decides to take back his property. In the confusion of abandoning the manor to take refuge at a neighboring lord's castle, Dena is left behind, only to be captured by the attacking Welsh. She is saved by Rhodri ap Hwyel, a young man who obviously has some relationship with Gwylan, and also has no love of the Saxons, having been sent as a hostage to Edward's court and there abandoned by his relatives to the Saxons' cruelty. Laid low by poisoned ale left behind just for that purpose, he and his men are tended by the girl and when they ride out, he takes him with her. On the journey, as if decreed by Fate, the two young people realize they are falling in love.

When they are attacked by a party of Lord Baldric's men, Rhodri has a chance to escape but his fear for Dena causes him to be captured. At the Lord's castle, Dena comes to believe that Wybert, her uncle's steward, purposely abandoned her to divert the Welsh in order to give his men time to get away.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So Much More Than a Mere Romance 13 Oct 2010
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As a man, this is not the sort of novel I would normally pick up. But, having read Linda's other books, I knew what a good writer she is and was therefore prepared to give this a go.
Though clearly intended for the women's market, this is a love story with so much more than mere romance going on right from the start. It is no surprise to me that the novel is fast paced, full of tension, both emotional and sexual, and tells a great story. The research has been done thoroughly so that the reader is easily lost in the medieval world of the Welsh border country around the time of the Battle of Hastings, when so much was happening.
The sense of threat felt by the heroine, Dena, is palpable and her confusion, heightened by her imaginings combined with misinformation, is always understandable. She is a courageous woman, whose faults arise from her upbringing and circumstances. Her emotions are portrayed with great subtlety and flair so that it is easy to empathise with her as one injustice is piled on another and she faces doubt and danger in a world that is rapidly falling apart around her.
The sexual tension between her and the hero, Rhodri, is very real as she journeys through fear, despair, loathing, terror, treachery and humiliation on the road to love. The passion is wonderfully expressed through the understated intimacy experienced by the lovers on their ride to self discovery.
Surrounded by lies and the politics of the age, Dena is forced to grow up very quickly as she suffers kidnap, betrayal, the blackening of her name, the threat of rape and death.
Rhodri, a fighting man as much as he is a lover, will find a place in the hearts of women readers with his strength, recklessness, courage and sheer male magnetism. Those who enjoy historical romance will find this book easy to pick up and difficult to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read 23 Jun 2014
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Linda Acaster is a master at invoking tone and period. Another reviewer said "Poor Dena". Poor Dena indeed, but a great story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Families! 2 Mar 2014
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Poor Dena what a family! Brilliantly written, evoking all the conflicting times and uncertainties of that period in our history.
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