Years earlier Burke de Montvieux fell in love with Alys of Kiltorren. However, she was an illegitimate orphan mistreated by an aunt determined to capture Burke for one of her own daughters. Caught together in a compromising position, Burke is sent away and Alys becomes little more than a slave to her family. Years pass and Burke still cannot forget his lost love. Bidden by his sister-in-law, Princess Brianna, to seek the woman who holds his heart and to win her hand, Burke returns to Kiltorren.
The Alys he finds, however, believes that he betrayed her. Believing he has arrived to take one of her cousins as a bride and her as a mistress, Alys spurns him. Undaunted, Burke agrees to several conditions to prove his sincerity and regain her trust. Finding out that Alys cannot wed unless her cousins marry first, he vows to find husbands for her cousins. A daunting task, indeed.
Claire Delacroix has crafted an enchanting retelling of the story of Cinderella complete with wicked relatives and even a pair of slippers fit for a princess. Readers will want to cheer Burke on as he woos his lady fair and feel for Alys as she struggles to overcome years of abuse. Medieval Ireland comes to vivid life in this story, filled with interesting characters that we come to care about. Will Alys ever find out the truth about her parents? Will her repellant relatives get their just desserts? Can Burke find husbands for the cousins? All will be revealed between the pages of THE DAMSEL!
legendary knight burk falls in love with alys the lords niece but the lord wants his daughter to marry not the niece so it is forbidden