Everyone within miles of Aylsford Keep knows the notorious reputation of Lady Maude Darnley, only twenty-one yet inflamed with a temper so sharp it can draw blood. But few know the terror and anguish her temper conceals, and no one dares to breach the wall of ice that seems to encase her. Only the Irishman Ronan Fitzgerald sees beneath her haughty and cruel manner to another Maude..one who exists in spite of the hatred that taints every Darnley and Kirallen caught in the feud. Stranger in a strange land, Ronan is at Aylsford as both minstrel and healer. Bound by oath to look after Maude, Ronan's growing fascination..and attraction..compels him to seek out her secrets, her innermost desires. Neither expects the passion that springs between them..or a love so powerful and true it promises to break the endless cycle of hatred, and to triumph over violence...
I loved this book. One of my keepers.
The plot is rich and full of depth. It progresses at a good pace, and every character plays an important role in the tale. Readers will feel Maude's terror as she lives the horror of that fateful day, and her frustration when she tries to finally remember, but can't. As always, this tale by Ms. English will satisfy readers. Hopefully, this is not the final story in the series.
Borderland romance story with more story line than other romance novels.
I enjoyed this book-- and the heroine, Lady Maude Darnley, who is one sharp-tempered woman. Maude uses her tongue, and her temper, to keep the world at bay. Only one man sees past that temper to the woman beneath, Ronan Fitzgerald, minstrel and healer. Can Maude give her heart to the man-- a heart free of old anger and pain? Or will she let him walk away in order to hold on to her family feud and her private demons? This being a romance and all, you can probably guess what the outcome is, but good book with interesting characters.
it was a gift, i haven't read it but it sounds good!