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An Earl for the Archeress by E. Elizabeth Watson
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it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-romance

An Earl for the Archeress is story-telling at it's highest! Huge High 5 Stars! I love a good Robin Hood and any fairy tale retelling, but this one is truly one of the best! Lady Mariel Crawford is on the run from her horrible, abusive, and overbearing father. She's destitute and nearly out of coin, so she enter's herself (disguised as her make believe brother) in a tourney for archery. She's a very skilled archeress but winning this competition isn't just about winning, her livelihood is on the line. The Earl of Huntington, Robert of Huntington catches onto Mariel's little scheme but he know's there's got to be some reason she needs to enter this competition. So the competition begins and it's down to Mariel against the Earl, at first it's said the Robert has won and Mariel, now very destitute and unsure what to do, flees the fair. Robert can't seem to stop thinking about this fair maiden. Mariel is found stealing game from the Earl's lands and is arrested.

The next day, after being beaten and made to stay in the dark dungeon, she's drug up to meet the Earl, where he becomes enraged at his men for mistreating her this way. He takes her in his arms and places her in the guest room where he tends to her and helps her regain her strength. In the midst of all of this, he has learned that the tourney competition was not a solid win, but that he and Mariel had tied. He's even more enraged by his men. As time goes on through the tale, Mariel is so desperate to escape her father's clutches and fears he will find her. So Robert vows to protect her. All the while, he grapples with the thought of marrying her to protect her. What plan will Robert come up with to protect Mariel? Will Mariel awaken to the feelings brewing within her for the dashingly beautiful earl? or continue running from her heart and her father?

I absolutely loved this tale. This story kept me reading long into the last night and is just fabulous. I loved all of the characters' and the plot is so thick with twists and turns and to see the love and passion brewing from the two lovers is fabulous. I Highly recommend this tale is you love a good fairy tale retelling!
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August 4, 2017 – Shelved
August 4, 2017 – Shelved as: historical-romance

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