- Mass Market Paperback: 331 pages
- Publisher: Jove Books (Aug 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0515128856
- ISBN-13: 978-0515128857
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 2 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,509,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
England, Late 1100s: A witch foretells to Lord Faulk Brookstone that there is only one woman in existence capable of giving him heirs. She is golden of hair, golden of eyes, and sports the marking of the rose. The witch gives him a final warning: "As she comes through the water, so can the water take her away." Faulk shrugs the old woman off and continues on his way, putting her declaration from his mind.
Flash forward six years: Recently back from battle, Faulk is riding along the beach when he happens upon the unconscious body of a golden haired woman that is barely clinging to life. He picks up the mystery lady and carries her inside of his keep where his nursemaid Mildred attends to her. Mildred is the only other person Faulk ever confided in about the witch's prophesy, so when she finds an intricate drawing of a rose on the shoulder of the unconscious woman while undressing her, she immediately rushes to Faulk with the news. Faulk is momentarily stunned, but quickly recovers with a new and fierce determination. This mystery woman will heal and she will marry him, whether she wants to or not...
England, Present Day: After returning from a visit with her family in France, Nadine du Monte arrives at her flat in England only to be given some horrific news: her parents have been killed in a car crash. She makes immediate plans to head back to France, but since it is late in the evening the only available mode of transportation is the ferry. Grief-stricken, Nadine books passage and sets sail across the English Channel. At some point during the trip, she is overcome with a dizzy spell that knocks her off balance and sends her plunging into the cold waters of the channel.
Nadine awakens three days later, only to find herself in a strange room, on a strange bed, surrounded by a bunch of strange people that dress weird. Needless to say, she has a lot of questions running through her mind, but the most prominent ones revolve around the handsome man named Faulk and his bizarre (not to mention frightening) announcement that she is not permitted to leave his home. And even stranger yet, she is suddenly having flash memories of another woman's life, as if that life had once been her own...
-full review originally published in The Romance Reader
An original combination of time travel, reincarnation and prophesy. A great debut from Sandra Landry.
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