I’m keeping up with the historical obsession, and the chance to read a story set in Medieval times is far too good to pass up. A holiday novella installment from Glynnis Campbell introduced me to the de Wares and the Rivenloch warrior maids, and now I need to start on yet another series! Please read on for my review of
Youngest daughter of Rivenloch, Ysenda has always been suborned by her beautiful and very spoilt sister, Cathalin: caretaker of her imperfectly perfect elder brother Caimbeul, and the sense of reason who sees her father, the Laird Gillie, as a hard, unforgiving and detestable being. The Yule celebrations are afoot, and celebrations have brought the clan together. Suddenly, strangers appear, and Ysenda is bound and determined to discover just who they are.
Sir Noёl de Ware is an honorable man, and after months of being fobbed off after a treaty arrangement between Fance and Scotland’s Kings, mandating he marry the “most beautiful lass’ in Scotland, heir to her family’s estate and clan, he’s come to claim his bride. Ysenda is the one who caught his eye: beautiful, intriguing and unafraid to confront him, he’s smitten.
With Ysenda’s father clearly willing to risk the King’s wrath and war by claiming that Ysenda, not the beauteous Cathalin, is the bride he seeks. Threatening Caimbeul’s life with his dagger, Ysenda takes the safe option: agreeing if Noёl will postpone the consummation for a day. She feels certain she can talk sense into her father, and Cathalin will be a more than acceptable substitute.
Things never quite go according to plan, and Ysenda finds herself guilt ridden and more than a bit in love with Noёl: he’s honorable, kind, appreciates her wit and seems to find her attractive. I loved their conversations and Noёl’s honest and open attempts to get to know her. He truly did epitomize a “knight” in all things he acted with honor, wracked with guilt when he felt her sadness, determined to aid Caimbeul and boost his confidence even risking Ysenda’s wrath and displeasure as she had coddled and protected Caimbeul since her mother’s death. Laird Gillie behaves as expected throughout, and with a huge secret that dwarfs even the fact that Ysenda is not, in fact, his intended bride, the story takes a leap into happy ever after. I’m now finding that I want to know more of these two, see the growth of Caimbeul that will highlight his strengths and will to overcome his disabilities, and most importantly, return to this world that Campbell has so beautifully described.
Title: The Handfasting
Author: Glynnis Campbell
Series: The Knights of de Ware #0
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Self-Published
Published on: 8 December, 2015
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THE HANDFASTING – Prequel novella to The Knights of de Ware
When Sir Noёl de Ware comes from France to claim his betrothed—the most beautiful heiress in the Highlands—he's sure he's been given the best holiday gift ever…until he discovers the spirited lass he's wedded and bedded is not the right sister. Ysenda of Rivenloch never intended to be a counterfeit bride, and when she begins to fall in love with her handsome husband, she becomes trapped in her own deception. Only true love and a Yuletide wish can set things straight and grant them a happily ever after.
Book Details The novella connecting The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch series to the Knights of de Ware series Originally released as part of the collection, "Highland Wishes" This novella is a shorter book about one-third the size of a full-length novel R-rated for sensual passages
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A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.