The year is A.D. 1333. At the conclusion of the English victory of Halidon Hill, King Edward appoints Stephen of Pembury the Guardian Protector of the newly captured city of Berwick. To cement this victory, he orders Stephen to marry the defeated Scottish commander's daughter, the Lady Joselyn de Velt Seton. In a marriage meant to symbolize the English domination over the Scots, Stephen is nonetheless attracted to his new bride; a petite, raven-haired beauty with pale blue eyes. Joselyn is a lady with a horrific past and dark secrets of abuse. She is resistant to the marriage at first but eventually her attraction to Stephen proves too much to resist and the pair fall deeply in love. But even as their love blossoms, Scots insurgents counter attach Berwick and Stephen is taken prisoner. As the Guardian Protector of Berwick, he is a mighty prize for the Scots and his public execution has been ordered. Stephen's old friends, Tate de Lara (Dragonblade) and Kenneth St. Hever (Island of Glass) must plot Stephen's rescue even as Joselyn and unexpected allies launch their own rescue attempt. It's a race against time to save Stephen from the executioner's sword in this tale of conquest, dark secrets, and everlasting love.
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"Cornflower blue eyes..."
This was a great story, and I enjoyed the narrator. HOWEVER, if I had to hear about the "cornflower blue eyes" of the hero one more time I'd have thrown my "listening device" at the author. Seriously, couldn't an editor have picked up the repetition?
"Love thy enemy"
I loved the fact the Stephen, the H, was such a compassionate man and healer as well as a fierce knight. I appreciated the inner strength of his love, Jocelyn, despite her history.
I also think that the setting, in the castle during an extended battle, was a fascinating setting for this love story!
I think that their less than auspicious begining was truly memorable! I can't imagine a more tragic first meeting. Well I could, but I wouldn't want one!
I truly enjoyed the plotting and bravery of Cade and Roman. Those two are memorable characters in and of themselves, but their courage, and the humour surrounding some of their actions really set them apart.
I think it was when Kenneth realized how and why one of his two best friends, Stephen, had fallen for Jocelyn. He was so thoughtful toward his friend's wife and his loyalty to that friend was not the only reason he felt the need to protect her. I believe he grew to respect and admire her as well. When he placed his hands on the sides of her face and turned away- I felt his angst over the situation.
This is a wonderful story and Tim Campbell did another fine job of narrating. I especially enjoyed his use of differing accents in this one! I recommend this audiobook to anyone who wants a terrific story!
I love how Kathryn writes her characters. She weaves depth, emotion, love and despair to the very end. Tim did a good job narrating.
"cornflower blue eyes"
This is the second time I've read this series but the first time on audible. I loved this story and would have really liked to give it 5 stars, the only thing holding me back was the overuse of the description of Stephens eyes. I know it sounds petty but it really dogs detract from my overall enjoyment of the story. I do enjoy the narrator and have listened to several of his interpretations and I will continue to and Katgryn le Veque is still up there with my favourite authors but please I get that his eyes were gorgeous.
One of my favorites!
Sir Stephen of Pembury, a tender-hearted Knight!
He adds another dimension that makes the story more fun to read!
Fantastic Medieval Love story!
I recommend all of Kathryn Le Veque's audios!
"Cornflower Blue Eyes .... ENOUGH"
If the mention of the "cornflower blue eyes" could only have been mentioned a hundred times versus a thousand!
I really like Le Veques stories ............ the only thing that ruined this one was, have I mentioned them before? The cornflower blue eyes!
All three of the above........ because of those bloody cornflower blue eyes!
It takes a lot for me not to finish a book, especially one in a series. I could not do it. The mention of the cornflower blue eye, first made me roll my eyes, then I thought it was a funny mistake ................ I had to stop listening. The repeated mention of the "cornflower blue eyes" absolutely ruined a decent book.
"Still a fan of Le Veque"
The only complaint with the series is that Kathryn Le Veque seemed to have a fixation of repetitively describing each character's eye color. It became annoying after awhile hearing "cornflower blue" eyes. I wish the heroines were stronger and not so naive and clueless at times. Otherwise, a good series.
"Not as good... but entertaining"
Not as good as some of the others I've listen to by this author, maybe I'm excepting top entertainment ever time I purchase an audio book by KL, but trust and believe I will listen to anything she writes.
For some reason I feel her stories are more real than must. Narrator great as usual.
"A whole new level of Awesome Author/Narrator!"
I am so happy to find Katheryn le Veque's novel's . It's the first time in a while I have been able to listen all the way through a book without feeling anxious (due to boredom or there is to much inner dialog that never ends) Katheryn has so much in her books that keeps me listening or reading.
Thank you Katheryn !
"compelling, sad, trilling"
when JoJo goes in to get her husband back and he opens his eyes and sees her.
i have no idea
i have read the 5 book series and it has been wonderful...I am so hooked on this author i have abandoned all my other favs for her
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