Lady Faith is ostracised from her family, she lives her life outside the keep, away from her Father, Stepmother and three stepsisters. Faith had been attacked some years before and carries the scar, which she keeps hidden from view with her hair. Her family believed that she had lost her virtue in the attack and it would have been better for her to have died. Now she lives with the shame her family believe she has brought upon them and herself. She has become a healer caring for the villagers, and only entering the keep with permission.
Lord Eric of Shanekill has been given lands by the King, and he is to choose one of Lord William's daughters to marry. Eric is injured and needs the keep's healer, when he lays eyes on Faith he is stunned by her beauty, and propositions her, of course he does not know she is Lord Williams daughter, all believe that there are only three daughters of the house. When Faith's Stepmother hears that Eric wanted to bed Faith, she sees a way out of her and her husbands dilemma, as they did not want to have any of their three honourable daughters wed the Irish devil. Eric is not drawn to any of the three young women in front of him, the only woman here who had caught his eye was the healer. When Lord William marches the beautiful healer in front of him and declares that she is his daughter, and that Eric had insulted her and she is the one he must marry Eric is happy to comply.
This is the first book in the Irish Eyes series, and what a great read it is. I loved the two leads, Faith is brave stubborn and beautiful, while Eric although he has a physical presence that can be intimidating, he is really honourable and kind. The relationship between Eric and Faith sizzles off the page. The supporting characters are not just there to pad out the story, they are fully developed and play an essential role in the story, I especially loved Colin. Highly recommend a fabulous read.