"We get a marvelous sense of place, very nuanced and filled with era-appropriate details as well as sensory details that bring the settings and action more to life.
No filler. No lulls. No lost dialogue. Very well done." - Writer's Digest
Medieval Scotland. Sir Lennox Brodie, a powerful knight, leaves his homeland to fight in the Crusades. It’s a vow he’s bound to fulfill and an escape from the devastation over the death of his wife and two daughters. He returns famous, scarred, and wealthy, with his soul still in tatters.
Lennox encounters Maggie Weaver when she mistakenly enters the sun-dappled glade that belongs to him. The secluded, tranquil spot becomes the backdrop for healing, redemption, and the capacity to love again. It’s also where the unthinkable happens, giving pain and heartache free reign to test their relationship - something not even the strongest knight can protect.
Sir Lennox Brodie’s life as a powerful knight is over. Having fulfilled his oath to the king, he is comfortably settled at the manor house built on his family’s ancestral lands. He and Maggie are raising five-year-old Kendric, and his dream of raising Friesian horses is coming true. Lennox’s desire for a life of peace and tranquility has finally come to pass. So he thinks …
The demons of his past have come calling, threatening his idyllic life as he is cast onto the path of a dark and perilous journey. Where will it take him? If he survives the pain and suffering he is forced to endure, will he recognize the man who emerges at its end?
Sir Lennox Brodie has willingly relegated his life as a powerful knight to the darkest recesses of his past. In turn, he has wholeheartedly embraced the comfortable, peaceful rhythm of life’s seasons at Brodie Manor with his wife Maggie, son Kendric, and the wee bairn they thought would never be.
When a messenger from Castle Wrought unexpectedly arrives, their tranquil life is thrown into chaos. War has erupted in Ireland, the king has responded to the call for aid, and he orders Lennox back into service. As old feelings resurface, Lennox wrestles with the life he left behind and the one he has come to love. Then fate, a silent and unwelcome visitor, steps in.
After the death of her beloved Lennox, Maggie learns of her royal lineage and struggles with the demands and pressure being put upon her. With the king’s consent and condition of a posted guard, she is allowed to continue living at Brodie Manor with her family. Maggie’s heartbreak at the loss of Lennox has not diminished, and unexplainable events lead her to believe that somehow he is still with her.
The king wants a husband for Maggie and heirs for the kingdom. Among those attending a carefully-orchestrated banquet is Sir Alexander deMortimer, a sworn enemy to Maggie and uncle to her oldest son, Kendric. After repeated overtures and rejections, Alexander makes a desperate move that changes the lives of everyone at Brodie Manor.