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- Publisher: Lyrical Press (1 Sept. 2015)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QP3CZRC
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Lady Faye was stuck in an abusive marriage for years where she would be beaten for her husbands pleasure – you don’t find out about the whole of it until the end but you do get the idea that her leaving with her sons was the best and safest decision she could have made. She enlisted the help of Gregory to get them to safety back at her fathers home. She has been back with her family for over a year and had just started to feel safe, even with her heart being broken after Gregory left. That all changes the moment she realises that her sons have gone missing. When the younger one is found he tells them that his brother has been taken and the note left says by whom – Calder her husband.
Gregory has carried the guilt about not acting sooner to help ‘his’ Lady Faye for some years and even after getting her and her boys back to the safety of her families home he stills feels it. He has always known that he wanted to be a monk and never questioned it until me met her. From the moment he laid eyes on her he has longed for her and seen her as his in all but name, which is one of the reasons he has not taken his vows just yet. The Abbot can see that he is not ready as he is not ready to give her and her sons up in his heart, which is a good thing, as Faye needs him now more than ever. Gregory answers the family’s call to help and soon comes up with a plan to get Simon back.
When Faye finds out that Gregory is going to go and try and get her son Simon back she insists she goes with him. It is her son and she will not stand by weakly anymore. After getting Gregory to tell her family of the mistreatment she suffered at the hands of her husband her family are shock and want his blood. Faye gets them to agree to let her go with Gregory but say she has but two weeks before they are coming to get her back.
The journey alone gives both Faye and Gregory almost too much time to think about things that neither thinks they should speak – their feelings for one another. The tension slowly builds between the two the more time they are with each other and even with the dangers that they face you can see the love slowly coming to the surface. It’s just whether Gregory can decide what path he truly belongs on – towards his god or his lady.
A lot of twists and turns along the way, which is always good when the book is created around a journey the characters are physically going on. Felt drawn into the story and couldn’t put it down for needing to know what was going to happen and whether Faye and Gregory could have their happy ending that they so deserved.
I received this ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
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It's the early 1200s in England. King John is dead and has been succeeded by his son Henry III. It's the time of knights and serfs and castles and sieges and jousting and it's also a really bad time to be a woman, especially a wife, in particular for heroine Faye.
Faye is the oldest daughter in Sir Arthur of Anglesea's family. It's a close-knit, loving family (with enough siblings to keep this series going for a good while). Faye's marriage years ago to the Earl of Calder was arranged by her father, unwittingly thinking it was a good match. If he had only known. Calder is an evil, abusive man. Well, Faye has finally had enough and with the help of Sir Gregory, a knight in Calder's service, has taken her two sons and escaped to her family home of Anglesea.
Sir Gregory is our lovely hero. Although he has served for years as a knight, his real desire had always been to serve God as a monk. But then Calder married Faye and brought her to his castle and Gregory was a goner. Knowing he can't have her himself, he sets himself up as her knight-in-shining-armor to protect her and her sons as best he can from Calder's violent ways. (Aside: "As best he can" isn't really as good as one would like but you have to keep in mind that women were the chattel of their husbands who had every right to treat them no better than they would their hounds and no one had the right to interfere in this.) Gregory did offer his loyal support to Faye and her boys, almost serving as a surrogate father to them, while maintaining a respectful distance from their mother.
So as the story begins, Faye and her sons are back at Anglesea, Sir Gregory has gone to the Abbey to begin his life of service to God, and when Faye's boys go out to play, the older son and heir to Calder, Simon, is abducted by his father's men. Now the adventures begin. Sir Gregory comes back to help recover the boy. But here also comes the part which I had to make myself just accept and go along with even though the idea is fairly implausible especially for the times: Faye insists on accompanying Sir Gregory on the mission to get Simon back and everyone in the family agrees, albeit with reservations. Yes, this probably couldn't have happened in real life, but it made for an exciting story and some lovely interaction between Faye and Sir Gregory.
A few things to mention are 1) possible triggers with violence to women and children and rape alluded to, although it's not gratuitous and was a sign of the times and necessary to the plot; and 2) the opportunity to reacquaint yourself, if you read SWEET BEA, with several characters from that story, even Newt, and that's a pleasant aspect of the book.
So now we have Faye and Bea's brothers' stories to look forward to. At least I'm assuming there will be more books in the series and will be on the lookout for the third.
The second half of the book in particular evolves into a roller-coaster ride of deep emotions and in-your-face confrontations that tugged at my heart strings and left me breathless. This book also saw the return of one of my favorite characters from the first book, Newt. This scamp is amazingly fun, and I look forward to seeing more from him and the rest of the Sir Arthur’s Legacy crew in the next book.
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