Left a bequest by a woman with rare psychic powers, Eada of Pevensey suddenly finds herself in possession of a box containing a mysterious document. . .and something even more extraordinary: the gift of second sight. Now she can actually “see” her chilling fate: a Norman invader with sea-dark eyes riding across the fields to claim her lands. . .and her love.
A reluctant soldier for William the Conquerer, Drogo de Toulon seizes the Pevensey lands as a right of conquest. . .and meets a woman who defies him at every turn–and arouses uncontrollable desire. Yet now, as war rages across a divided England, the two lovers must find the bond that joins body and soul. . .as they chart a course through battle and betrayal that could break their hearts–or seal their passion for all time. . .
Review: In 1066 William the Conqueror lead a Norman invasion on the Saxons. During this time villages were plundered, women and children were raped and left for dead while the men were off fighting.
However, in this medieval love story Eada of Pevensey is somehow left unharmed. Eada knowing that the invasion is upon them visit with Old Edith a very dear friend who has the sight. Edith proceeds to tell Eada that her future lies with a Norman. Unheard of in those days Eada who is a widow still has her maidenhead in tack. Edith dies and Eada finds out that not only does she have the sight to see the future she also is able to hear things.
Into Eada’s life comes a big boisterous Norman just as Edith had predicted. He I think at first finds himself intrigued by how feisty and gusty Eada is. He doesn’t rape her but instead falls for her gentle strength, along with the courage that she holds within herself as she faces the Norman’s and what is inevitable. As Eada stands her ground with Drogo De Toulan we are able to see the beginning of a very heartwarming story of love that conquers all even when war is all around.
Ms. Howell has such a way of weaving the main characters in the story that you can’t help but fall in love with their plight. Just as you fall for Eada and Drogo’s tale you find yourself falling also for two lesser character’s…Ivo and Mary. Even though they don’t speak the same language they find a way to communicate as they turn the Norman’s camp into an orphanage as they bring in the children left from the invasion.
While the Norman Invasion is going on all around it is nice to see romance, friendship and the helpfulness coming from people you normally wouldn’t think to look for it.
I found this to be another delightful story from Ms. Howell, which takes us from the rough side of war and shows us a kinder gentler side.
I know I loved this as I am sure you will also. I wish sometimes though that just once the heroine can be of normal size and not some small fry that fights off the huge hero that tends to tower over her tiny frame. Maybe that makes for better reading? More of a head to head battle of will and strength!