No romance is complete without a loathsome villain, and in this tale, Odo, Bishop de Bayeux is cast in this most dastardly role. Odo, the brother of a Norman duke, is strongly attracted to Avicia, but Avicia, repulsed by his sinister abhorrent nature, spurns him. Her rejection embitters him and unleashes a powerful urge for vengeance against her. He lurks in the background, waiting for any excuse to discredit her.
Audra focuses on making a life with her new husband, while Edric makes the most of his marriage to Cynwise. Yet, destiny conspires to intervene and throughout the story, their paths cross – a constant reminder of their great love for each other.
Rich with realistic characters, this well-researched medieval romance abounds with emotion. A multi-faceted story, it swept me into the unrest that led to the Norman Conquest between England and France, and into the lives of an unforgettable heroine and honorable, compelling hero.
Lisa Yarde has a gracious, lyrical style of writing that makes reading this novel a pleasurable, carefree experience. Her comprehensive research into medieval falcony enriched the story, bringing good understanding to this ancient sport. I found the tale engrossing and full of emotion. The turbulence and historical details of the era were accurately depicted, clear evidence that the author has a strong understanding of the period. Who doesn't love a story about love, betrayal, and deceit set against the backdrop of impending war? Lisa Yarde is a new upcoming author who has made her grand entrance with this passionate tale of honor, duty, and the reward of true love.