1388 A.D. - The Lady Amalie de Vere is the sister to the Robert De Vere, Duke of Ireland, Earl of Oxford, and personal confident and lover to Richard II. When trouble arises between the king and Henry of Bolingbroke, the Duke of Ireland flees for his life, leaving his sister behind and at the mercy of his enemies. Bolingbroke confiscates Hedingham Castle, the duke's seat, and Lady Amalie along with it.
Enter Sir Weston de Royans. A powerful, pious knight from a good Yorkshire family, his first introduction to Lady Amalie is a shocking one. But he eventually comes to know a beautiful, intelligent and humorous young woman who is in great torment and harbors a terrible secret. However, Weston harbors secrets of his own, deep family secrets that he has tried to run from for all of these years.
As Weston and Amalie fall deeply in love, the two of them must reconcile themselves to these secrets and find understanding and forgiveness. For four years, they live happily and peacefully. Then, the situation changes and Weston's demons resurface again when his grandfather dies and Weston inherits a baronetcy. Weston and Amalie find a new life with Weston's new title that leads them into danger, vengeance, murder, and a brutal showdown on the tournament fields of Yorkshire where Weston risks his life seeking justice for his beloved Amalie.
©2012 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2014 Kathryn Le Veque
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I am a long time fan of this author, and have read almost all her novels. This is the first time I have purchased them in audio. I chose this selection because it is one of my favorites. I almost returned it, because the narrator's Lady Amalie voice was highly distracting, almost sounded like an old woman's. I also disliked that Sorrel sounded like Sean Connery, ( love Sean Connery!) Luckily Sorrel's voice was not featured predominately till the ending scenes. However, his narration and other male voices were good. So, since I love this novel so much, I persevered through! I will make a decision on other LeVeque novels based on the audio samples. The author needs a talented, consistent narrator like Davinia Porter to do justice to her writing like Diana Galbadon's Outlander series.
"Absolutely electrifying from beginning to end."
Of course we expect nothing less from the pen of the unbeatable Kathryn le Veque. I recommend her work whole heartedly. Enjoy, I certainly did - even the second time I read it (audible this time).
"Another good book by Kathryn Le Veque"
It was a good book but it had it's moments. Sometimes authors go into to much detail when telling their story. Sometimes too much dialogue that just seems to fill in to make the book longer. They story was very good but I would have liked the author to advance from one situation to another with minimal dialogue or explanations. Her books always has a hero that sounds like a god in build and stature. Her description of West did not disappoint. Sigh. Regardless of my criticisms it was a good book, just not 5 stars.
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