A teen must face the mysterious family secret of a new friend in this lively reimagining of The Little Red Riding Hood.
Ruth’s grandmother lives in the forest, banished there for the “evil” that the townsfolk believed she practiced. But if studying the stars, learning about nature, and dreaming of flying is evil, then Ruth is guilty of it too. Whenever Ruth took food and supplies to her grandmother, she would sit with the old woman for hours, listening and learning.
When she wasn’t in the woods, Ruth was learning the trade of her father, a blacksmith, now that her brother would never return from the Crusades.
Amidst those dark days, a new man enters Ruth’s life. William is a noble with a hot temper and a bad name, and he makes her shiver. But the young man is prey to his heritage, a curse placed on his family ages ago, and each male of the family has strange blood running in his veins. Now Ruth must come face-to-face with his destiny at Grandma’s house.
After drawing on mermaid myths for her novel Midnight Pearls, Debbie Vigui now reworks Little Red Riding Hood into a gothic romance set against the Crusades in Scarlet Moon. Feisty Ruth, a blacksmith by trade, was brutally attacked by a wolf as a child. Now she finds herself drawn to William, a mysterious lord with an ancient family secret and the same striking green eyes as the wolf that assailed her. Magic, herbalism and curses work into this creatively conceived tale.