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- Pages: 276
- Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
- Series: Hearts Rule Kingdoms
- Author: Emily Murdoch
- Publisher: Endeavour Press
- Source: E-ARC
- ASIN: B00EIEAFTA
- Release Date: August 12th, 2013
- Book Format: Ebook, ARC
- Percentage Rating: 67%
The nation is still recovering from the Norman invasion three years earlier – and adjusting to life under its sometimes brutal new rulers.
A young girl trembles in the shadows of what was once her home.
Avis is homeless and penniless, and with no family left alive, she is forced to become a ward of Richard, the Norman lord who has taken her home. But when King William decrees that Norman lords must marry Anglo-Saxon women Avis must make a terrible choice.
Either marry the repulsive Richard or else take a chance on another Norman, Melville, a man she has never met.
Soon she realises that survival in a time of turmoil and war depends on putting aside the prejudices of the past And if she can do so, kingdoms and hearts can still be among her ‘Conquests’.
I gave this book a solid 3.5 stars.
I didn’t know a whole lot about the time period before reading this but the setting was so well-researched and I could easily imagine it. I definitely learned a lot while reading this book, including the role of women in society so long ago.
The plot was rather predictable and cliche at times. It wasn’t really my type of book and I lost interest every now and then but I know that there are people who love a good historical fiction romance. I have been in a bit of a reading slump lately so that probably affected this review a little.
Avis was a very strong female protagonist, especially considering her status. A lot of the male characters really underestimated her at times. Avis was just an amazing character. She was very well developed, realistic and everything I could ask for in a protagonist.
Melville seemed like he was trying to get used to her fiery temper and failing in the first half which made him a much more believable characters in some ways. I think that Melville could have been developed more to make him a bit less one-dimensional.
Overall, I found this novel a very informative and well-written read. While the plot was predictable at times, the main characters really made up for it. It wasn’t the sort of genre that I usually pick up. The evil reading slump has been following me around recently so, unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this as much as I think I would’ve.