Seductive and mysterious, Merlyn was the laird of Ravensmuir—never had a man so stirred my body and soul. I gave myself to him—willingly, trustingly, passionately—and we soon wed. Then a horrible revelation emerged, shattering my innocence and my marriage…
Five years later, Merlyn returned to my doorstep, desperate for my help. The scoundrel swore he was haunted by memories of me, that a treasure locked in Ravensmuir could clear his name. Yet I could not surrender to his will again. Now he is said to be murdered and Ravensmuir has fallen into my hands.
But even as I cross the threshold of this cursed keep, I hear his whisper in the darkness, feel his caress in the night, and I know that Merlyn has told me but part of his tale. Should I do as is right and expose his lair? Or dare I trust my alluring but deceptive spouse—the rogue who destroyed my heart?
An unconventional heroine and a mystery about forged religious relics lend spice to this beguiling medieval romance from Delacroix, author of the Bride Quest series (The Beauty, etc.). Ysabella is an illiterate peasant living in near poverty with her sister and young brother. The family is reviled by the town for aspiring above its station five years earlier, impetuous Ysabella married Merlyn Lammergeier, the lord of the manor, only to leave him in a fortnight. While the town assumes she's been cast off, the truth is she refused to live with a man who earned his fortune selling false relics to wealthy lords. Merlyn left Ravensmuir shortly thereafter but has now returned to reclaim his birthright and his bride. When he is attacked and left for dead, Ysabella agrees to play the grieving widow to help discover the assailant. Delacroix does a fine job of integrating historical detail into her plot; Ysabella's illiteracy, for example, is not merely mentioned, but used as a source of conflict between the couple. The story is told in the first person from Ysabella's point of view, which lends it an air of oral history, and the details of the relic trade are engrossing. Though a few plot twists are predictable, readers will treasure this rich and compulsively readable tale.
Ysabelle of Kinfairlie has run from the man she married believing in lies. Merlyn of Lammergeier has come in search of his wife to help him. When Ysabelle is told that Merlyn has been murdered , she sets out to find who did it. Will love win.
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Five years ago Ysabella was wooed and wed by Merlyn of Ravensmuir. After 2 weeks of wedded bliss, she fled from him when he lied about the real source of his wealth. Now, just when she thinks he’s returned a reformed man, his manservant arrives in the middle of the night to tell her that he has been attacked and killed. To her surprise, she is now the heir of Ravensmuir – but heir also of its secrets and mysteries. Who is it who keeps watching her? Why does she have such vivid dreams of her happy times with Merlyn? How is she going to keep the castle safe from neighboring lords who want to force her into marriage? The plot was enough to keep me reading on but it took me almost half the book to adjust to the gothic style of speech. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book of the series.
“Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.”
I was unable to put this book down! I was swept into the story and unable to stop reading it. The ending was an unexpected surprise. Definitely a must read.
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