For eighteen years, Lord Gilbert has been tortured over a grievous lapse in judgment. Bitterness has tainted his interactions with the people of Moreland and his relationship with his only daughter, Lady Joanna. With a wolfhound guarding her around the clock and no freedom to leave the castle grounds unattended, the only time Lady Joanna can be alone is when she sneaks out through an old castle tunnel to visit the healer Agnes in her cottage by the sea. One morning as Lady Joanna approaches the cliffs, she discovers an injured man. She immediately goes to Agnes for help. The wounded stranger is Sir Lukas, and while he recovers, he makes plans to identify his attackers and their motive. Upon learning that Moreland’s wool has been stolen, Sir Lukas comes to believe that the crimes are related and point to a much more sinister plot. When Lord Gilbert announces an archery tournament, the prize being Lady Joanna’s hand in marriage, it attracts noblemen from across the land, and suddenly Sir Lukas’s pursuit of the villains takes a different turn. As Lady Joanna’s and Sir Lukas’s feelings for each other grow, the stakes soar, and only Sir Lukas’s skill with a longbow can save them.
In Tiffany’s opinion:
I enjoyed the theme and time period of this book. This is a romance with adventure and mystery. The characters were vivid in my mind and really came to life as I read. I enjoyed Joanna’s kind and pure heart. It was sad that Joanna’s father was so distant from her and chose to keep her at arm’s length. When Lukas arrived in the story, it took an unexpected turn. He is strong, smart and chivalrous. I loved his determination and his honor. I couldn’t put the book down! The plot had nice twists and mysteries to solve, as well as lots of action. I recommend this book for young adults and adults.
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