By Anna Markland.
I was lucky enough to be given an A.R.C. of this from the author, but that doesn’t colour my review.
I have read and loved every one of the books concerning this family. The Montbryces have been a big part of the politics surrounding the throne since the days before William the Conquer.
This book is Alexandre’s the 4th Comte de Montbryce. He lives in the family seat in Normandy. Alex has never seen the need to marry, his brothers can carry on the line. Now he is expected to house two children as hostages to ensure the behavior of their grandfather King David of Scotland.
King David has his own agenda and is sending Elayne and her twins to Normandy. The twins are the kings grandchildren but from his illegitimate son. Elayne has to pretend to be the children’s nanny. Nobody is to know that the children aren’t the legitimate heirs or that Elayne is their mother.
I don’t want to say too much about the story line, it would spoil it for you. There are some wonderful insights into the history of the time and this particular family. The description of the tapestry is lovely and educational. We have two very brave children, and one heroic dog. In a story that shows how a family colours the things we value most. Alex must face some personal demons to get his head straight. Elayne is faced with people who will know the truth.
A wonderful trip through a fascinating part of history, and a very moving love story. For those of you who might not have read the other books it is quite safe to read this as a stand alone ,but don’t read the family tree until you finish the book. I assure you once you have read this or any of the books about this incredible family you will want to read them all.