by Katherine Deauxville (AKA Maggie Davis)
“One of the most respected authors in the romance field for two decades, best-selling author Maggie Davis a.k.a. Maggie Daniels a.k.a. Katherine Deauxville has delivered gems, from mysteries to adventures to alien romances, and everything in-between. Possibly, that wide of variety saw it hard for publishers to brand her. However, readers knew of the talented author. I first learned of this marvelous writer when a friend would buy her - whatever the name - on auto-buy. She asked me if I had ever read Davis and I admitted I had not. The woman looked at me like "poor thing". I went out and bought about four or five Deauxville novels. This was my first. The first of many! I am so thrilled to get this is a new collectors edition for my keeper shelf because my copy is really dog-earred!
Originally published a decade ago by Kensington Books, it was marketed as Historical Romance. Well, it does have romance - boy does it! But by today's standards this novel is actually Historical Fiction. Maggie Davis is one of the strongest period writers, delivering a richly researched novel that carries the reader back into a rougher time for women, when they were forced to do whatever it took to survive.
Beautiful Emmeline is married to a very old man, a product of the period when a woman didn't have many choices in life. Fortunately, the man is well positioned, the head of the Guild. Only, she needs that all-important heir to cement her hold on her life. With a husband that clearly cannot do the deed, she is forced to send a servant out to pay a man to give her what she needs most: a son. She envisioned a quick coming together that would result in a child. Instead, she gets a night of passion and love that touches her soul, her heart. Even so, she knows this newfound love can never be, and steals away in the dawn before the knight can awaken.
Niall fitzJulian, the new lord of Castle Morlaix, has been haunted for a decade by the flame-haired beauty who touched his heart, then disappeared. He hunted for her. Wanted to find her. Now, he is a cold man, keeping that heart behind shutters of iron. Only, life comes full circle, and as he is taking the oath from his serfs and villiens, he sees the very woman he has so long desired.
Emmaline, now widowed, hopes this fierce warrior has forgotten her as she kneels before him to give homage. She soon learns she's not so lucky and now must pay the piper.
A strong novel, a riveting novel, one which burned into my mind, and made me want to write, is now in this special collectors editions for the many fans who kept asking for copies. ”