From Ash and Stone by Julie Daines Paperback, 240 pages | ISBN: 1524407461 (ISBN13: 9781524407469)
Expected publication: December 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications, Inc.
Lady Margaret Grey of Hartfell wants for nothing. The daughter of a knight, she has a loving family, wealth, and even a secret romance with the blacksmith's son. But all that is torn from her one fateful night when her home is attacked and her family killed. She is left with nothing but bitterness, an unwavering mistrust of men, and a strange and mysterious curse that allows her to feel the thoughts of anyone who touches her.
Now, after six years away, Margaret is returning home for one reason: revenge. She hopes that by avenging her family's deaths, she will somehow be freed from her curse. But it won't be easy. The identities of the raiders are still unknown, she has little left to her name, and traveling alone in the Northumbrian hills during the border wars is dangerous. Matters are further complicated by handsome Angus Robson, a Scotsman whose charm threatens to distract her from her plans. But the raiders are closer than she knows, and Margaret soon realizes that what she believed to be a curse may be the key to finding those she seeks. One touch will reveal the truth.
My Review: (LAWonder10)
Lady Margaret Grey, once the Lady of Hartfell - no longer a "Lady" after the fateful night, six years prior, when her whole family was ripped away from her by "Border War" scoundrels -, is now back to seek revenge. After six long, degrading years, she has finally made enough "coin" to make it back to claim the home that was once hers. Within a short way from her home, she was awakened and caught off-guard by three scoundrels. How could she be so careless to have left her sword far enough away, she could not reach it? One of them was dumping out her only belongings and "coin"! She didn't have much but what was there was hers!
Two held her pinned down. She would rather die than to be accosted by such slime! Fighting with everything within her, she felt she was losing the battle when suddenly an arrow flew through the air and struck one of the men. Four men on horses appeared and saved her, but she was not willing to be beholding to any man.
Her "savior" sent two men on ahead, while he and his younger brother -who was mute- insisted on accompanying her to her "Home", and abandoned, crumbling estate.
This is a wonderful story of a young woman, who is filled with regret, bitterness and a revengeful attitude, and an honorable man, struggling with the conflicts of war and survival, plus, in defense of his beloved brother.
This tale was so well-written and captivating, it could easily become a new "fantasy favorite"!
Although set during the time of "knights in shining armor", it offers the message of the hopelessness of revenge and the "follies" of war. It is a book the reader will find difficult to put aside.
This is a wonderful, adventure/fantasy/love story!
I offer a Five Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me, with no suggestion of a positive review. This is my honest review.
About Julie DainesJulie Daines is an award-winning and best-selling author. She was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner.
She loves reading, writing, and watching movies--anything that
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