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Lady Constance de Bret was determined to be a nun, until shadows from the past eclipsed her present. Marriage is the safest option, but she insists on a spiritual union, in which physical intimacy is forbidden. Not so easy with a bridegroom who wields unparalleled charm! But a long-buried secret could taint his affection and cloak her in shadow forever.  

Back from the Crusades, Sir Robert le Donjon craves a home of his own and children to inherit it. From the moment he meets Constance, he feels a mysterious bond between them. When she’s threatened, he vows to protect her and agrees to the spiritual marriage, with the hope of one day persuading her to enjoy a “real” one. She captivates him but opens old wounds and challenges everything he thought he believed.  

Two souls in need of healing. Two hearts destined to beat as one.

©2018 Judith Sterling (P)2018 The Wild Rose Press, Inc.

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Excellent story and narration

Audio-book: Narrator – Virginia Ferguson

This was beautifully narrated. Filled with warmth and passion, this narrator brought the characters within this story to life. I usually have a bit of a learning curve when listening to an accent, but not so with this one. I immediately connected with Ms. Ferguson and fell deep into her rendition of this amazing story. Both male and female characters were unique as well as fully developed within the ranges of her voice.


When Constance needs protection from a dark presence that haunts her life, she finds it in Sir Robert and he immediately steps in to offer his assistance. As things progress, Constance backs herself into a corner where the only thing that will preserve her from danger is marriage to the man who has already offered her protection along her travels.

Robert is immediately attracted to the beautiful postulant and leaps at the opportunity to be her protector, first with his body between her and danger, and then with his name. Unfortunately, she is determined the marriage be one of a spiritual nature only, leaving him cold and lonely in his marriage bed. As he works toward changing that decision, he finds himself falling in love with her.

This is a beautifully written romance filled with mystery and intrigue as well as danger and drama. I loved the way this couple came together as friends and then Robert’s gentle seduction of his wife. There were so many hidden gems in this story as the villain pursues the heroine even as a ghost haunts Robert and Constance’s new home.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Swimming into the sunset

This story was written by an author, Judith Sterling, with a gift for telling a story. It is narrated beautifully by Virginia Ferguson. The characters were well developed and it was a pleasure to listen to their story unfold. Constance and Robert's relationship is tender, but sensual. Theirs is a true bonding of two people who need healing from different experiences that trouble them. Don't miss out. Shadow of the Swan is a joy to listen/read.

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Awesome Book!

Sir Robert le Donjon and Lady Constance de Bret are the prefect couple. The attraction is undeniable and fun to imagine as they get to know one another. This book has intrigue and suspense along with secrets that you will be holding you breath to find out about. This is a wonderful book that you won't want to put down. I enjoy the book immensely and can't wait for the next in the series.

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pretty good

Just the absolute best story. Everything I like to listen about and more. Such a great story I will listen again and again. A keeper!!