Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?
Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?
As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?
It’s been such an honor and a blessing to get to see how Jody Hedlund mature as a writer and a storyteller as she wrote and published this series. With each progressing book, I have enjoyed the plot and characters more fully and this book is no exception.
The plot in this book is fun and full of twists, and as usual Jody Hedlund delivers a positive message for young women. There are a lot of body positivity books out there, but I feel like every single one is so important because it’s an issue that I feel almost everyone struggles with.
The romance in this was was sweet and while a little insta-love-y, I did find it very shippable and the characters very well suited for each other.
I love how this series always focuses on strong women, but not women who are so “strong” that they completely lose their feminine and romantic side.
Also the romance was a little heavy for the era? There’s quite a bit of kissing. I’m not saying this is bad–I enjoyed it, but it might be construed as historically inaccurate.
This book is so well written. Some of the scenes are just so beautiful, because of how they’re written. Jody Hedlund’s writing has matured so well over the course of this series.
In the first book, the POV changes are abrupt and sparse, in the second, they’re a little better. In this book, I feel like Jody handled them really well.
This book is a bold and romantic end to what was a really enjoyable YA historical series. Full of twists, turns, and a powerful message, it will keep you spellbound until the last page.
CONTENT GUIDE –
Sexual – kissing
Cussing – none
Violence – the last fifty pages are pretty intense.
Intoxication – drinking of mead