1264 A.D. - Davyss de Winter is the champion for King Henry III, a powerful and arrogant man that descends from a long line of powerful knights. He is also a much-sought after man and has had more than his share of female admirers, including a besotted baron's daughter who bore him bastard twins.
His mother and family matriarch, the Lady Katharine de Warrenne de Winter, loses patience with her son's behavior and betrothes him to a woman she hopes will tame his wild ways. She selects a young woman from a lesser noble family with no political ties or ambitions, a perfect match for her son's prideful personality.
Enter the Lady Devereux d'Arcy Allington; a young woman of astounding beauty, she wants nothing to do with Davyss. When Davyss, in protest of the marriage, sends his sword Lespada to the marriage ceremony, Devereux is beyond offended. Livid, she battles tooth and nail, refusing to marry a sword by proxy, until Lady Katharine intervenes. Cornered, Devereux is forced to marry Lespada because her groom refuses to show up for the ceremony. When Davyss gives in to his curiosity and meets his wife for the first time, he is overwhelmed with her beauty.
Roughly consummating the marriage, he has set the tone for what both Davyss and Devereux believe will be a loveless, hateful marriage. But when Davyss begins to realize what he's done, he swallows his considerable pride and is determined to get to know the woman he married, a woman of grace and compassion like nothing he has ever known before.
Though trials and tribulations, Davyss and Devereux's bond only strengthens. When Davyss is involved in the Battle of Evesham against Simon de Montfort, Devereux faces her own life and death situation.
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one of my favorites now on audio book!
Since this is one of my favorite books to read from Ms. Kathryn Le Veque whether it be on my kindle fire or the actual paperback book which I have both having brought the audio book just makes it even better! I at first was apprehensive of Mr. Tim Campbell’s narration and his modulated deep voice. But as the story progressed I started to imagine Davyss de Winter going from the bratty whiny guy in the beginning to becoming a true heroic chivalrous knight and man in my head that I could actually just see him almost wishing he was real.
If I just said it was the ignorant handsome audacious hero Davyss than that is just a small part of it. The story is one of Ms. Le Veque’s earlier works and still one of her best! Davyss de Winter is one of King Henry’s premier knights his champion and he believes that he can do no wrong. His overbearing controlling mother decides in order to knock Davyss off his high horse and to collect his inheritance to betroth him to a common stubborn selfless compassionate but beautiful woman Devereux d’Arcy who also has no political ambitions whatsoever. The marriage is what neither one wants starting off quite precariously due to Davyss nearly ruining it himself. Davyss roughly consummates the union and his mother has to save the marriage and himself. Can these two ever find common ground and love?
I think my favorite scene had to be in the beginning when Davyss is too cowardly to marry Devereux sends his sword lespada instead. So Devereux must marry and kiss the sword by proxy. When Davyss’s knights are attempting to forcibly take Devereux to the church to marry is one of the best highly entertaining ever written and had me laughing so hard that I was rolling on the floor laughing! Devereux has so much fight and gumption to take down all those knights truly a girl after my own heart!
No I did try to do that in the beginning but then I kept going back to certain parts of the book I wanted to listen to and also I couldn't help restart the book again several times so I think I listened to the book over-all about six times completely through but this didn't diminish the story or get old for me either!
This is the first audio book I have of Mr. Tim Campbell and I will definitely get more audio books with his narration. He really has a nice harmonious surprisingly sexy voice that I would love to listen to it again with other books too!