Exiled in shame and wounded in battle, Caden O'Byrne accepts a mission to go into enemy territory to find his healer's long-lost daughter. At worst, he'll get his death wish. At best, this could be God's second chance. But the lovely, larcenous Sorcha will have no part of him, his God, or the rescue...until a murder forces them both to run for their lives. While Caden's rekindled faith is tested, Sorcha wonders if his God is real. Add to the mix a stargazing princess, a capable dwarf, a scheming witch, an improbably beautiful eel fisherman and you have the ingredients for a surprising, page-turning tale. King Arthur's Scotland comes alive in this addictive saga of intrigue, treachery, second chances, and the liberating power of love.
Format: DRM Free ePub Vendor: David C. Cook Publication Date: 2011 ISBN: 9780781406864
Exiled in shame and wounded in battle, Caden OByrne accepts a mission of penanceto search for his healers long-lost daughter. At worst, hell finally get his death wish. At best, this could be Gods second chance. But the lovely minstrel Sorcha wants no part in him, his newfound God, or the rescue. In fact, shes robbed him blindto help finance her work of buying young captives and returning them to their families. Shes also gone into debt and promised to marry a man she doesnt loveall for the chidlrens sake. But before she and Caden can sort out the situation, a treacherous murder forces them to run for their lives…together. While Cadens rekindled faith is tested, Sorcha wonders if his God is real. If so, can a thief like her dare hope for His mercy? And do the two of them have a chance of reaching homeSorchas real homealive?
Linda Windsor is the best-selling, award-winning author of thirty novels, with an estimated million books in print. A former professional musician, Linda speaks often (and sometimes sings) for writing and/or faith seminars. Her recent work includes Healer and the early Celtic Fires of Gleannmara trilogy.
This work, the second in the Brides of Alba series by the prolific romance novelist Linda Windsor, centers on Caden O'Byrne, a jaded soldier who was one of the villains of Healer, the first book in the series. Given a chance to redeem himself after a near-fatal injury, Caden agrees to rescue a beautiful young Celtic woman sold into slavery to the Saxons as a child, and the rest of the novel plays out their romance and adventures at the Saxon court. Windsor loves her sixth-century Britain setting, and while this period has been thoroughly explored in all types of literature, her weaving of Christian themes with Arthurian legend adds distinctiveness. Likewise, even though her plot and characters are mostly overused types--a handsome, troubled hero meets a beautiful, kindhearted heroine and together they fight a villain, perform a daring escape, find new hope, and live happily ever after--Windsor's competent storytelling makes her tropes fresh and entertaining again. While the novel will win no awards for originality or depth, it should be a welcome diversion for anyone seeking simple entertainment that reflects Christian beliefs and values. (June) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.