Lynn Kurland brings us another installment from the de Piaget family. I have read about and loved the de Piaget family since reading the first book. The characters are charismatic and you will find yourself drawn deeper into the story. I found that this story was very well written and very enjoyable.
The story starts out in England and goes to the French Court. This is a great story that has steamy passion, a heroine with amnesia and a mystery. There are several twists that will keep you guessing who the villain is. I can't wait to see what Ms. Kurland has up her sleeve for the next book.
Isabelle de Piaget has managed to sneak away from her very overprotective family and heads to France. She was given a note that instructed her to go to a convent in France and wait there for more instructions or her family would be killed one by one. But what the writer of the note doesn't know it that her grandmother is in charge of the convent and her brother lives near there. Isabelle dresses as a boy and boards a ship but the ship sinks and she is left washed up on the shore with no memories of who she is.
Gervase de Seger took over the title after the death of his father. When someone shot him with an arrow and set the keep on fire, he managed to escape but now has injuries that never did heal correctly. When Gervase first comes upon Isabelle he thinks she is a lad that is being robbed. After she passes out he takes her to the healer at his keep. There he finds out she is a woman. Even before he finds out who she is he finds himself attracted to her. He sets out to win her heart for his very own.
Isabelle de Piaget is determined to elude her overprotective family by means of a hasty escape to France. But instead of making a surprise visit to her brother there, she winds up shipwrecked on the French coast with no memory of who she is or how she came to awaken in the dark and forbidding castle of an equally brooding lord.
Gervase de Seger rescues?very reluctantly?the bedraggled urchin he finds on the road and puts her to work where he can ignore her. Unfortunately, he soon realizes that her brother is an intimidating lord who is going to be absolutely furious when he learns that his beloved sister has been laboring as a scullery maid. Yet Isabelle may be the one who holds the key to solving Gervase’s most pressing problem: that someone has been trying to finish the task of separating him from his title and his lands.
Finding the truth propels Gervase and Isabelle from the buried secrets of half-ruined keeps to the glittering French court, and to the realization that love can blossom in the most perilous circumstances?and in the most unexpected places of the heart . . .