Sir Kendran Ainsworth, youngest brother to the Baron of Brackenmoor, sets out to pay a debt to a furniture maker in Lundy for his sister-in-law, and falls prey to villains. Robbed, beaten, and left for dead at the side of the road, he is found by Annalise Stanhope and her faithful dog, Max. Annalise is the daughter of the very carpenter Kendran was to see. Seeing the man so helpless, kind hearted Annalise puts her own fears aside, and takes him home to her family to nurse back to health.
Upon his recovery, Annalise and Kendran begin to fight a mutual attraction, that neither one wants or can act on. For Annalise is all but betrothed to her child hood friend, Daniel, and Kendran must return to his life as a noble. He must keep his true identity a secret from Annalise and her family. He discovers their hatred for the nobility, a hatred that was born from the murder of Annalise's mother, and the cruelity of their liege lord, the evil Baron Kramon, the man Annalise suspects was responsible for her mother's death.
Kendran decides the best way to repay the kindness of the Stanhope family is not with money, but with getting to the bottom of the murder of Annalise's mother and villany befalling their town by the suspected man behind it, the evil Baron Kramon. This way Kendran would be killing two birds with one stone, for it is Kramon, that Kendran suspects was also behind his attack in the woods that left him for dead. So Kendran decides to portray a deception on Annalise and her family. He is a Knight as they believe him to be, but a poor one, not of the nobility. Autumn's Bride is the fourth and last book in the Season's Bride series by Catherine Archer. I did not read the first three, but found this story stood on it's own, and easily followed unlike with most series. The love story between Kendran and Annalise is sweet, and well written. Annalise is a strong determined woman, who isn't afraid to fight for right and justice, and to explore her budding sexuality. Kendran is a strong hero, but yet gentle in his growing fondness for Annalise and her family. His desire to stay and protect them; help them uncover who was behind all their troubles, makes Kendran not your typical powerful Knight.
Annaliese was but a simple maiden
Yet her innocent curiousity about his warrior's body had aroused in Kendran Ainsworth an unfamiliar desire to protect and cherish. Though with her just suspiciouns of anyone noble, Annaliese would never accept him if she knew his true identity. So how then would he, the son of a highborn family, ever convince her of the truth of his love?
Annaliese's aid and succor to a stranger left for dead had been no more than a charitable gesture. Yet that simple act of mercy would forever link her fate- and her heart- to Kenran Ainsworth, and doom her to love a man who, by right of birth, could not be trusted!