This week’s exerpt is from The Lady of the Forest by the fabulous Barbara Bettis.
Kate waved toward the small table. “There’s food Gertrude sent, if you’re hungry. What about the prisoner?”
Jamie pounced on the filled tray with all the vigor of a growing boy. “The knight?” he mumbled around a mouthful of cold chicken. “He went to the pit.”
“You ’member.” Jamie swallowed. “The hole Sir Mort had dug in the tower?”
She recalled the men had told her of the new owner’s anger when he learned Stonehill possessed no dungeon. He’d ordered part of the east tower excavated so he’d have a place of punishment. From what she’d learned in the past months, he made good use of it. She had no idea the size of the area inside the pit, but it couldn’t be very large. And it couldn’t be good for someone with fresh injuries.
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He must pursue his enemy; she must protect her people. Can their love survive the duties that drive them apart?
When her elderly husband dies, Lady Katherine fakes her own death and disappears into the forest with others escaping the brutish new lord. Determined to protect her people, she knocks the wrong man senseless. But Lord Henry isn’t an enemy, he’s the brother of her childhood friend. Although his tender confidence tempts her, she’s bound by duty.
Henry of Chauvere has found the one lady he wants for his own, never mind she’s tied him hand and foot. When he learns the king has ordered her to wed Stonehill’s ruthless new master, he insists Kate seek haven with his sister. But she won’t desert her friends. Henry vows to solve her problem, provided he catches a traitor before the threat from Kate’s past catches her.
When a daring rescue compels Henry and Kate to join forces, their attraction grows into love. If only duty didn’t drive them apart.