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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

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Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Covenant Communications
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Julie Carpenter
I was perusing audiobooks today and came across this one. I was so excited! I've been eyeing it since it came out. How could I not, I mean look at that cover! So gorgeous. The dress and that horse?!!! Not to mention that the synopsis called to me and many friends absolutely loved it when they read it several months ago. So I selected it and turned it on. It was a fabulous companion for my day. I had a lot of prep work to do for an upcoming trip and so while I was cleaning, doing laundry, making ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
A wonderful cast of characters give heart to this medieval tale of loyalty and betrayal. I loved Lady Joanna's compassion for the peasants in her father's land, and her determination to champion their cause since they couldn't for themselves. Her secret relationship with Agnes and the two young men Agnes cares for proves to be beneficial when they come to her aid as the kingdom seems to be falling apart. The arrival of Lukas was timely as he helps solve the mystery of the stolen wool and reveal ...more
Katie W
I've always had a soft spot in my heart for stories of brave knights, beautiful and strong ladies, dastardly villains, and dangerous plots. With a fantastic assortment of characters, this story stole my heart and captured my attention from the first page.

Lady Joanna is a devious young woman--but in a good way, if that makes sense. She takes risks to make friends, help others, and enjoy life a little, but has to do so secretly. She's the type of character that a reader can't help but adore, with
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I love books that take me back to the time of Knights and Castles. There is always that imagery of chivalry that takes me back to childhood dreams of being a princess with a handsome knight (or two) to save and protect me. Now that I am older, I know that the dream had a dark side, that of vassals, outhouses, poverty, etc.

This book had a great mix of my childhood dream and the realities of the time period. Lady Joanna is the daughter of a Lord. She is kept in beautiful gowns and has servants to
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I love books set in medieval times with loyal and brave knights, beautiful ladies, archery tournaments and sinister plots! This book has it all. I just loved it!

The characters were all so vivid in my mind. Lady Joanna is the perfect picture of kindness and loyalty. She loves her land and her people and has a desire to help them both thrive. Her frustration comes from not being allowed to really participate in decisions regarding either one and instead is shoved off to the side as a pretty ornam
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Christina
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a fantastic tale filled with Knights of honor, tales of sorrow, moments of valor, and of course a sweet love between a Knight and a Lady.

I really enjoyed this refreshing tale! Maybe it’s because I love this medieval time period, or the unique beginning of this story, or that I’m tired of all these contemporary “billionaire” romance books. Whatever the case, this book was a breath of fresh air and had my toes curling in delight at the clean swoony romance!

Lady Joanna is kind and giving, wi
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Bonnie
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful read. I'm familiar with the legend it was based on so I was excited to see how that would be incorporated into the story. It was done well. The characters were true to their upbringing as well as the individual challenges that life brought them. It was fun to see Lady Joanna's growth throughout the story as well as her father and Sir Lukas. I'm always a sucker for a good tournament with the wrong guy in the lead. This is a well written love story that anyone will enjoy and ...more
Shauna
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This tale will leave you feeling enchanted! You will read of a king and his castle. You will revel in knights and thieves. Your heart will melt for a simple-minded man, a young boy, and a women forbidden from the kingdom. Lady Joanna and her wolfhound with capture your attention and keep you reading long into the night. I completely recommend this book! ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)


Book Summary:

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 ap
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LAWonder10
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lady Joanna's mother died at her birth. Her over protective, grief-stricken  father, Lord Gilbert, has seldom ever offered her kindness and barely acknowledges her existence. Thanks to a dear Lady's maid, a noble Knight, a banished healer, and a devoted Wolf Dog, she was raised with love and respect. The only problem is, in order to visit the healer - which is forbidden - she has to sneak out just before dawn, through a secret tunnel. She was in the process of doing so when she came upon a stran ...more
 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
Romance, clean, period; historical setting
Lady Joanna and Sir Lukas' story was so well done! Intrigue, suspense, romantic, tender moments, along with a well depicted setting and dilemma in the story. Loved all the little pieces that wove together to make this so realistic. Even the animals in the story were so well done. The minor characters were so well done, so many things that made this a very good read. Joanna and Lukas' moments were so very sweet. The looks, the realizations, the final choi
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Amy
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading “The Heart of the Rebellion”, I was keen to read something else in a time period we have less books written about.

Lots to love about this plot for me. I believe the rash behavior of the day is typical to what we’d expect. Lady Joanna’s response to being raised by maids and kept at a distance from her father. The corruption that exists close to home and the kindness of those on the fringes of society, that champions the successes of the resolution. I love the way Sir Edwyn’s ‘rescu
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Cathy
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved the way this book sucked me back in time to a land of Lords, Ladies, Knights and their steeds, and castles. The whole setting of this one almost felt real to me, the author really did such an amazing job with that.

The plot was awesome too, and I loved the way that the author has some notes at the end telling where she kind of got the plot from, so fascinating to see her process of how she came to it. I loved the way that the reader is as in the dark about who the villain is and the hero
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Charissa
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This medieval romance starts out with a heartbreaking scene that set the tone for the rest of the book. Lady Joanna is kind and good, yet she is guarded by her father’s wolfhound and never given any freedom or touch of concern except from her lady’s maid and Agnes, the healer who was banished from the castle years ago. When she finds a wounded man on the cliff trail as she sneeks away from the castle, she seeks Agnes’s help to care for him. Wool goes missing and her father announces that her han ...more
Heather
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Don't let the sappy title fool you. Yes, it is a romance book, but it had a good plot with layers of intrigue. The story was full of interesting characters; I enjoyed watching as the relationships changed and developed. Overall a good book that readers of this genre will enjoy. (This book is squeaky clean and has a little bit of a Christian feel to it -- for those who care.)
Melissa
What a way cute story, I wanted more! Bessey is a good author, I've always liked her. This was such a well put together story, I just wanted more of the characters and the scenery and the feel of the medevil world. I handed it to my teen who loves midevil stuff. There is talk of God and some prayers this was just a sweet book, a little violence, but not detailed.
Laura
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Fun easy & clean read. Medieval story about a young lady who is isolated from everyone. She is promised as the prize at an archery contest. Happy coincidence that a handsome young man shows up in time to solve the mystery and falls in love with the girl. Predictable, but cute! ...more
Julie
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved the last book I read by this author, so I was excited for another. This one has a sweet story with likable characters. The beginning sucked me in right away and the pace is just right, but I found the plot just a bit too predictable.
Shauna
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m rounding up on this one because I’m such a sucker for this period. I would have liked to see Lord Gilbert a little bit more developed and his relationship with his daughter flushed out, but the arrows fly straight to a happy ending that is still satisfying.
Lydia
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and captivating from the first page.
Toni
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the medieval setting of this story. It was great! Full of chivalry, knights, love and mystery. Such a fun , enjoyable book. Loved it!
Jessica
I have long been a fan of historical fiction and have read a fair amount of regency romance. This, however, was my first medieval romance and I must say I am a fan. It was also my first Bessey read and I liked it.

I am unfamiliar enough with the medieval time period that this book was a delightful foray into all the unknowns and felt a little like diving into an entirely new world. Knights. Castles. Peasants and nobility. Wolfhounds, swords, longbows. Mystery, adventure, intrigue, deceit. Romance
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Patti
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this “tale of honor and love” as described on the front cover! Set in medieval times, it is the story of a young Lady Joanna, and her father Lord Gilbert, who has suffered long from a tragedy he caused many years ago. Joanna’s mother died in childbirth so their father/daughter relationship has been somewhat distant. At age 18, Lady Joanna has reached marriageable age so Lord Gilbert announces an archery tournament, with the prize being his daughter’s hand in marriage. Joanna accepts her ...more
Donna Weaver
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
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
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Maria Thomas
I'm generally a regency era reader but when the author is Ms. Bessey I'm happy to read medieval instead.

This is a quick-reading clean romance/adventure story where the main characters learn just how much strength they have within. I liked both of them and their straight forward determination to do what is right and good. The coldness of Joanna's father toward her and everyone is unfortunate. And that she is so sheltered. At first it seemed like she didn't have much self determination to break o
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Loralee
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet story set in the Middle Ages. The beginning is exciting, scary, and sad, and sucks you right in. In turns I was angry and felt sorry for Lord Gilbert. The things that happened when she was a baby weren't his daughter Lady Joanna's fault, yet he treated her like they were, and she suffered unnecessarily because of her dad's short-sightedness.

Despite her dad's unkindness, Lady Joanna is a wonderful character. I would love to be friends with her! She is so kind to everyone, be it h
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Karli Willden
Action, mystery and romance in this clean read. Finished this one in a day, so it is a quick read, but a fun one.

In this story, the future seems impossibly set in one way for Lady Joanna, as she is forced the be the prize of her father’s archery tournament, in order to secure a husband and give an heir to the King. Turns out this insensitive situation her father placed her in the middle of turns out to end much differently than she anticipated. We do that in life thinking our future is bleakly
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English
Oct 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an OK story, but just OK. Not really great. I wasn't actually sure when it was meant to be set. The Historical Note says 15th century, but a person is mentioned who lived in the 13th century, so maybe then.

It didn't really 'feel' very Medieval or have much of a sense of period to me. I was surprised at a British-born author making a mistake like including potatoes and turkey in Medieval Europe. Both of which hail from the Americas and would not have been present in Europe before 1500.
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Erin
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was okay, which is about what I expected. I just needed something to listen to as I did my chores, and I guess it did the job. I wasn't that invested in either character, and the writing was average. There wasn't chemistry or tension in the romance, but if you're looking for something 'sweet' then it might appeal to you...
The ending, (view spoiler)
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shay
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a good, suspenseful, romantic mystery. Lately, the books I've been reading have been books that spend soooo much time repeatedly hemming and hawing over the main character's thoughts and inner battles, so much so that the books just drag on. It was refreshing to read this book and not have that.

I don't usually read books set in the medieval time period and enjoyed learning a little bit more through this novel. Having the glossary of terms at the front of the book was helpful
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Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales. She left her homeland to attend Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in English.
She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then she has published histo
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