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To Win a Lady’s Heart by Sian Ann Bessey
For eighteen years, Lord Gilbert has been tortured over a grievous lapse in judgment. Bitterness has tainted his interactions with the people of Moreland and his relationship with his only daughter, Lady Joanna. With a wolfhound guarding her around the clock and no freedom to leave the castle grounds unattended, the only time Lady Joanna can be alone is when she sneaks out through an old castle tunnel to visit the healer Agnes in her cottage by the sea. One morning as Lady Joanna approaches the cliffs, she discovers an injured man. She immediately goes to Agnes for help. The wounded stranger is Sir Lukas, and while he recovers, he makes plans to identify his attackers and their motive. Upon learning that Moreland’s wool has been stolen, Sir Lukas comes to believe that the crimes are related and point to a much more sinister plot. When Lord Gilbert announces an archery tournament, the prize being Lady Joanna’s hand in marriage, it attracts noblemen from across the land, and suddenly Sir Lukas’s pursuit of the villains takes a different turn. As Lady Joanna’s and Sir Lukas’s feelings for each other grow, the stakes soar, and only Sir Lukas’s skill with a longbow can save them.
Lady Joanna’s mother died at her birth. Her over protective, grief-stricken father, Lord Gilbert, has seldom ever offered her kindness and barely acknowledges her existence. Thanks to a dear Lady’s maid, a noble Knight, a banished healer, and a devoted Wolf Dog, she was raised with love and respect. The only problem is, in order to visit the healer – which is forbidden – she has to sneak out just before dawn, through a secret tunnel. She was in the process of doing so when she came upon a stranger, lying in a clump, badly beaten and bleeding . She made a tourniquet out of her skirt, then ran to the healer’s place for help. Two of the healer’s “adopted children” assisted the ladies in rescuing the man and taking him to the cabin on the shore. it was doubtful he would survive.
Lady Joanna was late so had to hurry back to the castle and hopefully sneak back in undiscovered. After arriving, her maid scolded her and informed her, Lord Gilbert had summoned her. To Lady Joanna’s dismay, Lord Gilbert informed her of an upcoming occasion in which she had no say. With this, the fear of the poor man dying, and a doomed future, Lady Joanna felt she could no longer fight the tears. Was there no hope?
The plot steadily unfolds and there is daring and danger, as well as, drama, intrigue and romance. the character seem real, the book cover and title are a great fit. The background scenes are also portrayed well.
This book earns a Five Stars rating.
^This book was gifted to me but in no way does that influence this honest review.
Author’s Bio per Deseret Book:
Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, and grew up on the island of Anglesey off the north coast of Wales. She left Wales to attend Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
Traveling has given Sian a deep appreciation for a world full of diverse cultures. Through her writing, she introduces her readers to some of the places she has come to love— especially her Welsh homeland.
Sian is the author of several LDS novels and children’s books. She has also written articles for the New Era, Ensign, and Liahona magazines. She and her husband, Kent, currently reside in Rexburg, Idaho. They are the parents of five children and the grandparents of two beautiful little girls and one handsome little boy.