Review & Contest: Unconquered by Hannah Howell

Unconquered by Hannah Howell
Release Date: March 1, 2012 Reprint
Publisher:  Zebra
Pages: 352
Source:  Publisher

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!


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12 thoughts on “Review & Contest: Unconquered by Hannah Howell

  1. Barbara Elness says:

    I love the Victorian era because there was a lot going on, new inventions, more opportunities for the middle class and women, and there was just a lot going on at that time.

  2. Maureen says:

    I like a variety of time periods but I think the Regency period is my favorite because of the balls and gowns and jewels.

  3. gamistress66 says:

    I’ve enjoy Hannah’s historicals but I don’t think I’ve read this one yet. It sounds like another good read, thanks for the review & chance to win a copy 🙂

  4. Maria D. says:

    Good review! I have this so I’m not entering the contest but I have to say Ms. Howell sure can write a story:)

  5. Jeanne Miro says:

    I love all of Hannah’s books and love how she intertwines history of the time period into her stories. I’ve always been interested in the time period of The Battle of Hastings because Hastings is a family name and also my middle name.

    One of the things that isn’t noted often is how the victorius Normans were French speaking and as a result had a tremendous influence on the English language. Many French words that were commonly used by the nobility eventually became part of the English language and as a result our language today.

    I love how Hannah weaves her stories into a complex wonderful blend of true love overcoming all obstacles just like the two languages of the characters in her story merged during the time period following the Battle of Hastings.

  6. Diane Sallans says:

    Tho I read a lot of Regencies, I am always drawn to Medieval romances – perhaps that is because there are fewer of them, but I’ve always loved that period in movies too (King Arthur, Robin Hood, Prince Valiant).

  7. June says:

    I guess my favorite time period would be the Regency period, probably because I have read the most books from this period. However, I love the time period of Hannah’s Murray series. And of course, all the hot Scottish men in kilts is great 🙂

  8. Jen B. says:

    I go through phases. Right now I am reading futuristic and contemporary. But, I really love Victorian romances. Everyone is so proper!

  9. erinf1 says:

    thanks for a great giveaway! I really dont have a fav time period. As long as I can get lost into the story, I don’t care when it’s set 🙂

  10. Crystal Newman says:

    Well I love the period of everything that has to do with Scottish highlands. I really love to read about them. I love kilts and just the way that the men are.

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