I have news! My next book, His Clandestine Bride, will be released on 11th March and it’s now available to pre-order. I’m very excited to share my tortured hero, Edmund Granville, with the world.
The first spark of an idea for Edmund’s character came when I was reading about William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke. In 1152, when William was only five or six years old, King Stephen used him as a hostage to persuade his father, John Marshal, to surrender Newbury Castle. Stephen told John he would hang William if John refused. John’s reply? “I still have the hammer and the anvil with which to forge still more and better sons.”
Even though it happened centuries ago, I was horrified by John’s callousness towards his son. Hostage taking was a common practice in the Middle Ages, so I started to wonder how my hero might behave in later life if he’d had a similar experience. And from that initial spark, Edmund was born. Obviously, if you want to know how life turned out for Edmund, you’ll have to read the book!
Snowed in with the man who abandoned her five years earlier, Norman widow Isobel de Brockton is terrified he will discover her secret. If Edmund Granville finds out, she risks losing all she holds dear.
Edmund is determined to earn the king's favor by catching a fugitive. The last thing he needs is to be stuck in a castle with the woman who cruelly cast him off. But after Isobel’s young son is lost in a blizzard, Edmund learns the truth behind their separation.
Now he resolves to reclaim his bride, but the deep wounds of their past haven't mended. Can they finally heal their damaged hearts and seize their second chance at love?
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