Publisher: Ballantine Books
Date published: July 2011
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained via Publisher
Lady Isabeau Blythe is determined to lay claim to her family’s fortress and restore her family’s name. But Isabeau has no easy job. Scotland is torn with strife and although she is usually a headstrong, realistic person, even she cannot withstand the lure of Blythe Hall. Amid her troubles is a knight, Sir George who wants her land and her heart. He is very determined and will fight for her until his last breath. Her brother seems to be mad and is looking for power beyond this world. Then an army gathers outside her gates and Isabeau needs help. There is one man she can call on for help. An elusive, handsome man who haunts her dreams. But can he help her? Does he know the secrets?
This story has all the elements of a Gothic novel with a bit of the paranormal thrown in. I found this a fascinating mix as I am a big paranormal fan. Darci Hannah is a superb writer who brings to life times gone by and vividly describes the times and places. She writes multi-dimensional characters and I really did enjoy her heroine, Isabeau. The secondary characters enlivened the story too. This story was kept interesting by various twists in the plot which had me turning the pages to see what would happen next. I did find the first sixty pages or so a bit slow, but do keep on reading and don’t give up too easily. I am sure you will be wonderfully surprised! I know historical fans will like this one, especially if they like a little of the paranormal too.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.