Gideon North is looking for a wife who is practical, hardworking, and - most importantly - must have a constitution that is not prone to fainting. The reason for the hearty constitution is that he sustained grievous injuries and scars while serving on the Peninsula and he does not want to be around a woman who will flinch every time she sees him.
Charles Borden served as Gideon's sergeant during the war and is now his estate manager. The two men are close yet at odds on a lot of things. One thing that Charles and Gideon agree on is that Sarah Whitley is perfect for Gideon. They agree on this due to her beauty, strength, intelligence, sense of humor, and her own marks.
As Sarah grows into herself, she serves as a bridge between the two men and all three grow closer. Happiness is not guaranteed for them, as they all have to deal with their emotional scars. Especially Gideon. It is when they do so that they can build a future together.
Love's Fortress is a touching story. It is a tale of scars, both seen and unseen. It is also a tale of love and how it can help overcome some of the emotional scars and make the physical ones bearable. Relationships are a core theme of the story as well. How Sarah's, Gideon's and Charles' relationship changes, grows, and evolves shows that while a certain relationship may not be understood by many, if it works, it works. Great read.
Gideon North wants a wife. She must be practical and hardworking. But above all, she must have a hearty constitution. Horribly injured and scarred from his Peninsular War service, Gideon does not want to deal with a wife who flinches every time she looks at him.
Gideon’s estate manager Charles Borden was his sergeant in the war. Inseparable but almost always at odds, the two men agree that Sarah Whitley is the perfect wife for Gideon. Strong, beautiful and intelligent with a dry sense of humor, Sarah bears her own marks from a life spent in the shadows.
When Sarah learns to let go of her past fears, she frees both men to acknowledge the love and attraction that has always existed between them. The three become intimate but the eroticism of their encounters in the bedroom does not guarantee happiness. Gideon’s defenses mire them in the past. Only together can Sarah and Charles break through to build a future with Gideon.