A desperate noblewoman, a rebellious peasant, and a forbidden love.
While fleeing an arranged betrothal to a heartless lord, Lady Isabelle becomes injured and lost. Rescued by a young peasant man, she hides her identity as a noblewoman for fear of reprisal from the peasants who are bitter and angry toward the nobility.
Cole Warwick cannot turn his back on a person in need and soon finds himself falling for Izzy, the gentle and beautiful runaway who is mending in his cottage. As the leader of an imminent uprising against the nobility, he tries to resist his growing feelings for Izzy to protect her from the dangerous life he’s chosen. But the longer she stays, the more he hopes she’ll never leave.
When Izzy’s true identity is revealed, Cole feels betrayed. With the rebellion underway, can Cole forgive Izzy and find a way to save her from an unhappy marriage? Or will he and his peasant army be destroyed before he has the chance to fight for the people and the woman he loves?
This book is another sweet romance story from Jody Hedlund! I really loved this one.
I loved the story featured.
I really enjoyed the different view that Jody Hedlund took in this story. Rather than a romance between two nobles, it took us into the eyes of the working class people and gave a better understanding of the tense ties between the ruling class and the working class.
I really loved the growth of character we get to see in Izzy, from who she was in A Loyal Heart, and we see her really come out of her shell in this book. She really grows and becomes a strong, amazing young woman throughout the span of the story.
I loved seeing Izzy stand her ground and not let her stepmother force her into something she didn’t want. It was the first crack to her shell, so to speak.
I do have one complaint. In the scenes that feature Olivia, Izzy’s sister and the protagonist of A Loyal Heart, Olivia maybe says one thing, or if she talks it’s Izzy telling to readers what Olivia said like this: “Olivia had admonished me for risking my life” rather than “ “I can’t believe you would be so stupid to risk your life like that!” Olivia said” That kind of annoyed me. I understand if there wasn’t time in the story, but it would’ve taken just as long as having Izzy relay to us through telling what Olivia said. Does that make sense? (probably not, this is one of my reviews after all)
I love reading these books because this story is such a drastic improvement from when the series started out. Don’t get me wrong, I loved An Uncertain Choice. I’ve loved every installment in this series. But the level of romance, and the darkness, and depth of the stories have really grown. This story deals with a jaded love interest, haunted by death and wrongdoings. But he doesn’t let it conquer him. He fights for what’s right and I think that’s really amazing. It’s a far cry from where we started out, but I think it still fits with the series and it makes the series so much better.
I think I mentioned the level of romance getting so much better? UHM YES. So there’s several kissing scenes in here that are like so well written and basically…. they’re super great. I also loved the significance of kisses in the story, and how they are precious to Izzy, not something to give away to just anyone. That’s an ideal I hold personal to myself, and I don’t judge anyone who gives away their kisses, obviously(they have different meanings to different people).
I think overall I really loved the story. I really enjoyed the dynamic of the ruling class and working class in the story, and how the working class recognized when the scales were tipped and took specific, brave steps to even out the scales.