Friday, November 18, 2016

To Win a Lady's Heart by Sian Ann Bessey + $25 and Book Giveaway!

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.

I love books set in medieval times with loyal and brave knights, beautiful ladies, archery tournaments and sinister plots!  This book has it all.  I just loved it!  

The characters were all so vivid in my mind.  Lady Joanna is the perfect picture of kindness and loyalty.  She loves her land and her people and has a desire to help them both thrive.  Her frustration comes from not being allowed to really participate in decisions regarding either one and instead is shoved off to the side as a pretty ornament.  

Sir Lukas is the stuff of every young girl's fantasy.  He is strong, smart and chivalrous.  I loved his determination and his honor.

This story played out like a fantastic movie in my head.  I loved the characters, the setting and the way the writing made me feel enveloped.  Love from beginning to end!

--I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

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