Reclusive Gabriel Durham lives in an abandoned abbey in pursuit of magic of the Auld Ways. Shunned by his family, Elizabeth Penhurst is warned to stay away from him, that he had even been expelled from the priesthood. But as she unravels the mystery of the man, she also falls into the clutches of a sinister evil lurking in the Woods of Yorkshire. Gabriel is another of Stuart's dark, dangerous, and devilish bad boys that your mother always warned you against - and you never listened!!
Gabriel, while steeped deeply in the studies of Druidism (okies skip over that...lol)aided by two priests (ghosts, mind you) has vowed to remain celibate, but as the May Day festival of Beltaine fast approaches, and a cult marks Elizabeth as their virgin sacrifice, Gabriel will do anything to save her, including ridding her of her virginal state!
Ah, what a sacrifice...;-)
As always, Stuart creates vivid character, with deep, driving emotions, that shows love can survive in many extremes. She writes with a passion that few writers can top, and rich details to historical period. Magical! Charming! Never are two Stuart books alike.
Stuart proves once again, contemporary or historical, no one does it better.