"So Speaks the Heart" is a story set in Medieval France in A.D. 972.It is full of adventure, action, betrayal and a love of two strong leading characters Brigitte of Louroux and Rowland of Montville. Brigitte is a beautiful young woman, heiress to Louroux after her brother's death at the hand of Saracen pirates.
She is desperate to get away from her brother's aunt Druoda's terror to Count Arnulf who is her guardian. Druoda is a greedy bad-tempered woman who does everything to gain power over Brigitte and the Louroux lands.She makes Brigitte work as a servant until she would marry an old and week lecher. Rowland is the bastard son of Luthor of Montville a cruel and hard warrior at whose hands he suffered since his childhood but who wants him to be his heir.The situation gets more exciting when the reader finds out that Quintin, Brigitte's brother is alive and he saved Rowland's life. Rowland wants to repay him by going to Brigitte and tell her about Quintin's whereabouts. Unfortunately Druoda meets Rowland first and she convinces him about Brigitte's being a servant and makes him to take her away with him. They don't like each other from the beginning. He doesn't trust a word she says but he is powerfully attracted to her. Brigitte hates him she thinks he is a brigand but Rowland awakens her heart and body and she starts falling in love with him. Both characters are fully developed, strong and stubborn. Brigitte does everything to madden Rowland but Rowland is helpless against her charm. There are many secondary characters wonderfully alive and making this story very exciting and entertaining.The author introduces her characters in a very clear way with all their faults and passions as well.
SO SPEAKS THE HEART is another of Johanna Lindsey's masterful storytelling.She shows the era and its people with all their cruelty and beliefs.The book is full of action and it never slows down. It captures the reader's attention until it's surpriseful conclusion.