In 15th century Scotland, Gyllis Campbell arrives at the Beltane festival with one thing on her mind—to win the heart of Sir Sean MacDougall once and for all. Astonishingly, Sir Sean would like nothing more than to oblige the lovely lass.
But when news of his father’s death arrives, Sean races for Dunollie Castle. Unaware of Sean’s tragedy, Gyllis departs the festival thwarted. Worse, a terrible illness strikes her down, and she’s sent to the cloisters of Ardchattan Priory for healing.
Plagued by raids on his lands and deception in his ranks, Sean is embroiled in a battle to regain control. Pulled in a myriad of directions, adversity runs rampant as Gyllis struggles to regain her health and Sean battles the very demon who covets his title. Fighting for their lives, both must prevail before their love can blossom.
Review: Gyllis Campbell has been in love with Sir Sean for an entire life. Okay so maybe not that long, but she’s loved him from afar for as long as she can remember. Every heated look he sends her way has her begging for more.
Finally deciding to do something about her affection for him, she dresses in her most beautiful gown and approaches. But before their relationship can turn into anything serious, he’s called away to his family, his father is dying and it’s his job to set the castle to rights along with taking his spot as the heir. Since he had no time to lose, he didn’t think to let Gyllis know, surely she’ll wait for him! And wait she does, until she’s struck down with paralysis and sent to her brother monastery to basically live out the rest of her life as a cripple.
It’s depressing. Not a story line I would ever anchorage an author to write. But somehow, Amy Jacecki, weaves her magical little wand over what would normally be so tragic I’d have to put the book down, and I’m so engrossed I can barely contain myself.
Sir Sean woos her. Yes, you read that right. He. Woos. Her.
Finally discovering what has happened he visits her over and over again, he writes her letters, and keeps the creepy monk (who i’m still convinced would have taken advantage of her) away from her legs, sometimes even taking care of her himself. Their relationship blossoms and hope grows in her heart. Could he love her? Even without good use of her legs? And love her he does.
But of course, of COURSE…danger lies in wake. For one of Sir Seans enemies is very eagerly waiting to take control of not only his life but the very title he holds. It’s up to Gyllis to save the day.
I absolutely ADORED this book. I loved how the hero ended up being the girl, how she took matters into her own hands and ignored the placating of people around her, making sure that she was fighting for her love EVEN though all odds were against her. She was paralyzed for crying out loud and she ends up rowing a boat to a small island to save Sir Seans life!
Confused? You should be. And you will be. Because I refuse to give you any more spoilers. Amy Jarecki has a gold mine with these books. They’re heartbreaking, heart stopping, and heartwarming. I can’t get enough of them and can’t recommend them highly enough.