“Sarah Hegger has a gift for storytelling that is not to be missed. She's a personal favorite of mine.”—Kathryn Le Veque, USA Today bestselling author
A Forbidden Love. An Undeniable Passion.
The fair Lady Faye has always played the role allotted her. Yet the marriage her family wanted only brought her years of abuse and heartache. Now, finally free of her tyrannical husband, she is able to live her own life for the first time. But someone from the past has returned. Someone she has never been able to forget.
After years of servitude as a warrior for King and Country, Gregory is now free to pursue his own path: to serve God by becoming a monk. The only thing stopping him is Faye. Gregory has loved Faye since the moment he saw her. But their love was not meant to be. How can he serve God when his heart longs for her? He can neither forsake God nor the woman he loves.
When Faye’s son is kidnapped, Gregory answers her family’s call for help, only to find that even in the most dangerous of circumstances, neither can fight their forbidden attraction. An attraction that now burns brighter than ever before. And it is only a matter of time until it consumes them both.
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wonderful story for fans of historic romance,
In Sweet Bea, Hegger’s trajectory for the hero was most striking, taking him from disreputable and unlikeable to better understood. No such issue in My Lady Faye, as both characters arrive with instant empathy points: Faye has suffered in an abusive marriage and Gregory is a man who fought for years as a knight, foregoing his own desires to become a monk, and ignoring his affections for Faye.
I really did enjoy the development of this story: Faye’s ability to survive years of abuse, and her family’s willingness to go against tradition of the time and offer her and her two sons refuge gave instant heart to the story. And then there is Gregory: honorable and upstanding, he’s put off his own desires to fulfill the needs of others, and the time has come for him to follow his own dreams.
But upon Faye’s return, he realizes that his attraction for Faye never declined, and even has grown over the years, recognizing her strength and determination. She’s sworn off men, but Gregory is different. When her son is taken, the two head off to recover him, and their relationship is rekindled. Slowly the two open up and redefine their own potential as a couple, and the story is a wonderful journey.
Easily read by itself, readers will find a benefit in understanding and adapting to language flow, recurring characters and the “feel” of the time reading this series in order. Although it isn’t necessary, Sweet Bea feeds nicely into this story, and you will see Hegger’s ability to develop characters that keep you glued to the pages. A wonderful story for fans of historic romance, and those who want something that is unique and intriguing.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility
A Fresh & Intriguing Read
This was such a fresh and intriguing read! So many historical romances fall into the same, predictable pattern. With My Lady Faye, Sarah has crafted an original storyline with rich, compelling characters and emotions. I loved the growth of the characters, too. Usually a book will have more grown on just one side of the coin, but in My Lady Faye, both face their own, individual challenges and come out stronger together in the end as a result of their journeys.
If you're a historical fan...even if you're not...you should give this series a try. Of the two so far, My Lady Faye is my favorite. :)
Historical romance for the modern-minded
The main reason I jumped at the chance to read and review My Lady Faye was because the previous book, Sweet Bea, was so much fun and quite a bit different from your typical historical romance. So, of course, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. However, Faye's story is a good deal more serious — and at times darker — than what I was really expecting. I'm certainly not saying it was a bad read, just not exactly what I expected.
After taking her children and fleeing her brute of a husband, Lady Faye has been safe at her father's home. The years of abuse she suffered under Lord Calder can't be undone, but she's finding herself again and enjoying being a mother without having to fear for the safety of her children or herself.
Gregory was Lady Faye's friend and confidant when she was suffering at the whims of her husband, but now that he's seen her safely home, he's returned to his chosen path of seeking priesthood. But his time at the monastery hasn't erased Faye from his mind or heart, and when he's asked to save her young son, whom Calder has abducted, he can't say no.
Faye insists on going with Gregory, and no amount of insistence can persuade her differently. It's on her journey with him that she finds herself trying to resist her feelings for him, that one-time dream that he would be not only her friend and savior but her husband. Gregory's having the same issues, and the close proximity in which he finds himself with her doesn't help matters.
Their relationship made sense from the get-go, since Gregory knew her almost better than anyone, and he'd certainly witnessed the brutality she suffered for so many years. He'd been a friend to her the entire time, and as much as he wanted to devote his life to God, Faye always had his heart. While much of the innocence and humor of the first book in the series was absent in this one, My Lady Faye was more of a dramatic and emotional journey, with Gregory having to decide between his calling and his love, and Faye unable to deny her feelings for Gregory, even as the safety of her child was her first priority. Their time together wasn't really a development or rekindling of a relationship, but a realization of the one they both wanted with each other.
My Lady Faye couldn't best the awesomeness that was Sweet Bea, but it was certainly a solid and enjoyable read, and as seems to be the key to this series, quite a departure from your standard, overdone historical romance. The Sir Arthur's Legacy series is an entertaining journey back in time for the more modern-minded romance fan.
***FicCentral received this book from Kensington Books (via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review.