For Castle an Crown by Sian Ann Bessey
Rating: 4 of 5 stats
Genre: Medieval Action/Romance
Source: Received from publisher to review.
Book Description: After years spent fighting alongside King Richard in the crusades, Lord Edmund of Hawksford is finally returning to his ancestral home. But far from a joyful reunion, what awaits him is devastation. His elder brother is dead, killed in a tragic fire at Hawksford Castle—and the title of duke now falls to Edmund.
When he strives to rebuild the fire-scarred castle, Edmund learns that his was not the only life the fire shattered: his childhood friend Lady Phillipa survived the flames that took Edmund’s brother, but badly burned, she has hidden herself away from those she loves. Yet as the pair renews their acquaintance, they find that their affection runs deep—perhaps even deeper than they’d ever realized.
As Edmund and Pippa begin to question whether the fire was truly an accident, they must discover the truth of the past before they can plan for their future. While coming perilously close to the answers they seek, Edmund and Pippa find themselves at the mercy of a dangerous foe who will stop at nothing to lay claim on Hawksford—and he will destroy any who stand in his way.
My thoughts: Long before I discovered the Regency time period, I loved medieval. I still love it. I grew up relishing in the stories of King Arthur, Robin Hood, brave knights, and strong damsels (who are rarely in distress). 😀
It is a treat to read a well written book. The book begins as Edmund is on crusade with King Richard, they are captured and Edmund injured. Skip two years and we meet Pippa. She has been badly burned in a fire that killed Edmund's brother and his wife.
Looking deeper... look for the mystery behind the burned walls of the castle. Look at the intrigue of the time period, the animosity between John and Richard and the political alliances and grudges formed. Look at the person beneath the scars.'
This book contained may of the elements that I look for in a book: action, romance, political intrigue, and a fascinating time period. It is a clean read, with a bit of violence and Christian themes.
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