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.
©2012 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2014 Kathryn Le Veque
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?
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!
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!
My review is shy of a five star rating because I grew tired of the constant description of blue eyes, and butterfly kisses. I thought the author could have placed more story on the cousin, earlier days ,and relationship ties.
JoJo irritated me to no end. She was always acting like she knew better, and by the end of the day she only made matters worse for her"beloved". All in all although unrealistic behavior for women in that time, I still think The author has a winning appeal on her story lines.
Around the middle of my short list. It's a great novel & I love how it wraps up the trilogy in the epilogue!
Jo-jo. She was strong & sweet in spite of the horrible childhood/adolescence she had.
Yes I've listened to his prior 2 narrations of the books from this trilogy - "Dragonblade" & "Island of Glass." I think he changes his voice very well between different characters while speaking their dialogue, but I've always felt his English accent was kind of fake, or at least it doesn't sound very natural to me. But I really did like his Scottish accent in this audiobook. He can definitely do a Scots accent.
Love saves them both!
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.
This book was a great listen and made me happy after my disappointment of Kenneth's story (the heroin of the story was a fetus and extremely annoying). Anyway,I really loved this one. I loved the Scottish aspect and the h/h were great. Stephen's compassion was heart touching. He was a great hero, the best of the 3 IMO. I love that all 3 were heavily involved in this book, I felt like it was one big reunion! I would have given this a 5 star review if not for the 58 times "cornflower" blue was mentioned to describe the heroes eyes and the over description of the heroes frame, particularly his hands (I searched the book on Amazon and cornflower bought up 58 results). His hands were often described as 'great, large or massive' every time he touched the heroin--his body was described as well but not so much as the hands. Other than those annoyances, this was a great read.
4.5 read for me.
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