A Dance in Heather
by Julie Beard
Lady Tess Farnsworth bitterly accepted the royal decree to wed the man whom she detested above all. The gloriously handsome Earl of Easterby had failed her in a desperate time of need, and her only solace in wedding him was the promise of vengeance. First, Tess plotted to seduce the Earl. Too late, she realized that the man she sought to seduce was himself a master of sedu...more
Paperback, 371 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Jove
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Firstly let me say this author writes with such a beautiful technique. She knows how to draw vivid pictures in the readers mind and engage the reader emotionally. Unfortunately this brilliance is sporadic and in the case of this novel, her emotional depth only stretched as far as the hero and then only into the first half of the book. The scene where the H&H ride into the moor, as viewed from the hero's perspective is, for me, one of the most clearly written depictions of a hero falling in l...more
From the opening paragraph this story pulled me in. The hero is a trained lethal knight you learn from his perspective who he is and what his hopes and dreams are. The heroine has to reconcile her hatred of the knight (who shoved her away when she begged to him to save her father and the seductive handsome man who loves her.Great story of redemption. It is on my keeper shelf.
Tess hates Lord Richard of Easterby since the night she begged for him to stop the burning of her father for heresy. He could do nothing to stop it but she blamed him for it. The King arranges their marriage so Richard will have her money to help finance a battle for the King. Tess plans to kill Richard for revenge, but she never counted on falling in love with him first.
Julie Beard is a former journalist who brings her reporting skills to her award-winning, bestselling novels. Imagine investigating weapons of the Middle Ages, or the importance of reputations in the Victorian era, as she did when writing Midnight Angel (Berkley Sensation, December 2003). Julie has been hailed for her ability to magically recreate the distant past. Now she's busy "world building" i...moreMore about Julie Beard...