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For bastard-born Robert FitzStephan, being given Eleanor d’Outremer in marriage is an honour. For Eleanor, this forced wedding is anything but a fairy tale.
Robert FitzStephan has served Edward Longshanks loyally since the age of twelve. Now he is riding with his king to once and for all bring Wales under English control.
Eleanor d’Outremer—Noor to family—lost her Castilian mother as a child and is left entirely alone when her father and brother are killed. When ordered to wed the unknown Robert FitzStephan, she has no choice but to comply.
Two strangers in a marriage bed is not easy. Things are further complicated by Noor’s blood-ties to the Welsh princes and by covetous Edith who has warmed Robert’s bed for years.
Robert’s new wife may be young and innocent, but he is soon to discover that not only is she spirited and proud, she is also brave. Because when Wales lies gasping and Edward I exacts terrible justice on the last prince and his children, Noor is determined to save at least one member of the House of Aberffraw from the English king.
Will years of ingrained service have Robert standing with his king or will he follow his heart and protect his wife, his beautiful and fierce Castilian hawk?
An arranged marriage, agreed to only for the land and prestige….a long time lover to appease….a relentless King and his pursuit for Welsh domination. There’s a lot on Robert FitzStephan’s plate. Caught between his loyalty to his King and a life risking circumstance at home courtesy of Noor, his force of nature wife, it’s a constant balancing act on a knife’s edge, and that is what keeps the pages turning; keeps the readers on the edge of their seats. Caught between a wife and an old lover who is, well let’s just say she is mightily put out at the situation; more balancing required, and more edge of the seat reading.
The author has put together an amazing cast of characters, and thrust them into a rather exciting tale. All emotions are on display, every facet of life in that turbulent period fill the pages, drawing the reader in. I am looking forward to the next chapter – what will Noor do next? 😊 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with two absorbing interests: history and writing. Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England.
More recently, Anna has published The Wanderer, a fast-paced contemporary romantic suspense trilogy with paranormal and time-slip ingredients. While she loved stepping out of her comfort zone (and will likely do so again ) she is delighted to be back in medieval times in her September 2020 release, His Castilian Hawk. Set against the complications of Edward I’s invasion of Wales, His Castilian Hawk is a story of loyalty, integrity—and love.
Amazon Author Page: http://Author.to/ABG