The Bride Gift FIVE STARS *****
1153, in the period dubbed ‘The Anarchy’, King Stephen and Empress Maud are not the only ones embroiled in a fierce battle of the sexes.
Determined to control her own destiny, wilful Helena of Lystanwold has chosen just the husband to suit her purposes. But when her banished guardian uncle attempts to secure her future and climbs through her bedroom window with a new husband by a proxy marriage, she understandably balks. Notorious warrior Guy of Helston is everything Helena swore she would never marry; a man who lives by the sword.
This marriage finally brings Guy close to his lifetime dream of gaining lands and a title. He is not about to let his feisty bride stand in his way. A master strategist, Guy sets out to woo and conquer his lady.
Against a backdrop of vengeance, war, and betrayal, Guy and Helena must learn to forge a united front or risk losing everything.
I had the pleasure of devouring this little medieval morsel and wow… I am so excited to tell you all about it.
I've been reading historical novels for a long time. Medieval times are one of my very favorite types to read, especially when there are strong spunky heroines. In those times, I think you’d have to have a pretty strong backbone as a woman just to survive. I can’t imagine it any other way. Plus, they are so fun to read!
Helena is one of these women.
She had my heart from scene one, battling her uncle and his decision to marry her off to Guy of Helston. You can just picture her defiance, and you root for her the whole way through.
And Guy... Yowza... everything you want in a hunky Knight in Shining Armor... Tall, check. Handsome. Check. Manly and heroic... check, check, check.
Immediately, this book had me hooked. The writing is freaking flawless. Absolutely beautiful. It’s been a long time since I've read such a wonderfully detailed and honest book like this, and it was refreshing. There was not a moment when I wasn't engaged; between the excitement, danger, and the tension between the Hero and Heroine.
And let me tell ya… there’s some serious tension between these two. Right off the bat, they are bumping heads, but what I really loved was Helena’s resistance to stand down, and Guy’s admiration for her spunk and determination. Unlike a lot of Heroes, he actually welcomed her questioning manner and her hot temper. When she threw a fit and he’d smile… crush. My heart was all flutters and swoon.
I have already demanded that several friends read this. In fact, if you are a historical romance lover, this is not a book you want to pass up. This brought about a new found love of the genre for me and made me wonder why it’s been so long since I’ve read one.
My book funk has been demolished, and I look forward to any and everything Mrs. Sarah Hegger writes. In fact, I can’t wait to read more.
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Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.
Mimicking her globe trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother.
She currently lives in Salt Lake City with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.
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Coming soon from Sarah
Is anything sweeter than revenge?In a family of remarkable people, ordinary Beatrice strives to prove herself worthy. When her family is threatened with losing everything, she rushes to London to save them. Unfortunately, she chooses as her savior the very man who will see her family brought low.
Garrett has sworn vengeance on Sir Arthur of Anglesea for destroying his life when he was a boy and forcing his mother into prostitution for them to survive. He has chosen as his instrument Sir Arthur's youngest daughter, Beatrice.
Can Beatrice’s goodness teach Garrett that love, not vengeance, becomes is greatest reward of all?
You can pre-order this now on Amazon!