I have been reading Kathleen Kirkwood since her first books, the ever popular Defiant series writing under her own name, Anita Gordon. Her research, characters, and riveting plots are her hallmarks. This books does her stellar body of work, both as Kathleen Kirkwood and Anita Gordon, justice. Her history is impeccable, her plots dramatic, her romance warm and rich. She always leaves me wanting more.
Kathleen's portrayal of Juliana/Ana, a child ripped from her titled parents through violence that very nearly takes her life, so closely mirrors how any child would react to such terror. She buries that terror so deeply that she loses all memory of her priviledged life and embraces her new peasant family, finding comfort and safety there. However this sense of safety is destroyed for a second time when, Royce, the young squire who rescued her, now a knight returning from the Crusades, comes to take her back to that life and those memories. Neither knows who the other is and, quite naturally, she resists, especially since Royce arrives on her wedding day. This story takes you back to the court of King John and tells how Juliana's and Sir Royce de Warrem's lives converge, only to part on separate journeys, then converge again after both are grown to embark on an adventure that neither asks for or wants, but where both find their true destinies through each other. BRAVO, KATHLEEN KIRKWOOD!! I am waiting impatiently for the next one.