After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father's estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn't enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.
Royce Warwick returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered. When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin's wise and kind nature begins to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim.
©2015 Debbie Lynne Costello (P)2016 Debbie Lynne Costello
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It was a pretty good story, lots of intrigue & well drawn characters. Only a suggestion of sex, nothing explicit at all. It was a little heavy on the god/faith aspect for my taste, but certainly that kind of thing was appropriate for the times, so I can't complain too much, I guess.
So, I listened to this entire book and mostly really enjoyed it. I found it got much too too preachy! I appreciate that religion had much to do with the lives and lifestyle of the peoples in that time so strongly. But I just do not need quite so much of it in my romance novels.... I'd choose Christian books if that's what I wanted!!
Anne Flosnik is a interesting narrator. At first the whispering way she delivers her performance is very irritating.... I have to force myself to listen, but soon enough she fades away and I only hear the story, its characters and the drama of it. It was such a good story!!
There is NO sex....
Creditworthy? Probably. Would I rush to buy another from this author? Probably not in a hurry.
"Twists and Turns!"
Pretty high up in the rankings of the books I've listened to. I will probably listen again to it someday.
Brithwin was my favorite. She was strong, even after all she had endured. She also had much more to endure throughout the story.
I don't believe that I've listened to this narrator before. At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy the narration of this novel. However, after about a chapter, I decided that I really enjoyed this narrator. She did a great job with the voices and was a very enthusiastic narrator.
Once I reached the halfway point in the book, it was very hard to set it down.
I really enjoyed this story and hope that another book in the series will be released soon.
"Narrator ruins the story"
I Made myself finish. It could have been a good story if not for the narration.
"Sword Of Forgiveness Historical and Inspirational"
The wonderful narration of Anne Flosnik, her ability to give life to each character is always amazing
Brithwin and Royce, two honorable people forced to marry by the King, lies, mistrust and outside forces threatens them both. Brithwin's faith helps her survive and finally gives Royce back his faith. Looking forward to more of Debbie Lynn Costello books with the narration by Anne Flosnik of course!
"Christian Historical Romance"
I loved his book so much I could hardly stop listen to it. Strong characters that are so likable and a Scottish type setting. Wonderful book very well written. I enjoyed it from start to finish
"How to Marry Your Enemy!"
For avid listeners like me, the mark of a good book is a sleepless night, because you just don't want to hit that pause button! This book is one of those.
Brithwin is an honorable woman forced to marry an honorable man Royce, it's just a shame that through an unfortunate set of circumstances, neither one knows the other is honorable!
Amazingly through a series of misadventures, usually caused by Brithwin's innate sense to always do the noble thing, they learn to trust and put their lives on line for each other! Thank goodness Brithwin has her faith in God and eventually Royce to see her through!
This is the first book, in what I hope will become a series, available on Audible by Debbie Lynn Costello and to have Anne Flosnik narrate this historic English novel, what a coup! It doesn't get any better than that.
Buy or credit you won't be disappointed.
This audiobook was gifted to me at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
Anne Flosnik is one of my favorite readers for historical books.
If you like historical fiction you will like this book
Anne always brings the characters to life. Love listening to her!
Read by Anne Flosnik
"LOVED This Audio!"
I loved this story and I loved hearing Anne Flosnik narrate. This novel and the time period are intriguing! This book is so captivating, that I will definitely read more books by Debbie Lynn Costello and listen to Anne Flosnik again.
I don't know if it really compares, but I kept thinking of Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe. This book made me want to reread it.
I fell in love with Brithwin, and by the end I loved Royce. Anne did such an excellent job narrating! Between her narration and the story of Clarice, I couldn't STAND Clarice!
I REALLY wanted to listen to this in one sitting, but had to settle for several sessions.
I will listen to this again, and am even considering buying the book so that I can pass it around.
"Great romance, great mystery!"
Folks, I've read Lisa Kleypas, Mary Balogh, Alexandra Potter... and let me tell you, lady Debbie is right on par with these artists of romance!
In this story, a younger son of an estate is ordered by the king to marry the heiress of a neighboring one. After some traumatic news, he's suspicious of many people... including her. She has her own deal of problems and a past full of hurt, but maybe with the help of faith in God and loyal servants, they can find peace, solve a murder... and maybe even find love!
Though both the main characters are quite likeable, my nod goes to wonderfully drawn supporting cast of servants, maids and friends of our hero and heroine. They make this story truly rich.
Give this book a read, or a listen. You're going to love the plot twists, they are very nicely set up. The author gave me hints all along, and only in the end did I find out that... Well. Find on your own!
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