Series: Jewels of Tomorrow #1
Also in this series: Heart of Vengeance
Genres: Historical, Romance
He is Arthur's man. His duty is his life. She fears and mistrusts him. The only way they will survive is to work together.
Britain, 469 A.D.: Shortly after the Roman legions returned to Rome, leaving Britain open to Saxon attacks, Diana's abusive parents die during a Saxon raid on their villa farm, the same day her brother takes most of the male slaves and servants to join the rebel Celt, Arthur.
Diana, who no longer trusts anyone, must find a way for the women in her household to survive after the enemy has stolen everything. They struggle to eke out a living from the meager provisions remaining.
Alaric, proud Celtic warrior and trusted lieutenant to the upstart British leader, Arthur, has been sent by him to establish and maintain a line of signal beacons -- one of which must be built on a strategic hill on Diana's property.
His mission is critical to the security of Britain. Alaric must overcome his hatred of Romans if he is to fulfill Arthur's ambitions in the north. He forces Diana to agree in return for the protection of Alaric and his men. Diana is pulled into a deadly political net, when Roman British enemies, including the Bishop of Eboracum, take exception to her new Celtic allies.
A haunting tale of two lives touched by the coming of King Arthur, and two hearts and souls struggling to come together against odds as great as those against Britain itself. Only together will they survive, or else be sundered...forever.
Captivating story of danger and love.
Thoughts Diana by the Moon
I didn’t expect to get sucked into this book like I was. From Diana’s first appearance as a cowering young woman chained by the expectations and the disdain of her family to her transformation into a strong woman who stands beside what she believes in, I was hooked. As a Roman woman, she had few rights and fewer prospects. So when she took up the running of her family’s estate, she was already bucking the trend. Honestly, though, that wasn’t even the beginning of what she was willing to do to protect those who looked to her.
It probably comes as no surprise that I love strong female leads. Diana isn’t perfect. She suffers from panic attacks and the bone deep fear that everything she’s been able to claw out for her people isn’t enough. It’s the drive to succeed for them that pushes her into trying new things and listening to those who others dismiss. After her horrific experience at the hands of Saxons, she could easily have crawled into herself (as her sister did) and shut out the world. Instead, she fills her days with planning how to survive another winter and learning everything she can about planting and harvesting.
Alaric has his own set of issues. He’s not a fan of Romans and Diana’s prickly attitude pushes all his buttons. But he’s a fair man and once he begins to understand everything Diana and her family have been through, he steps up and helps out.
The love story is sweeping and sexy, the setting is easy to get lost in, and the characters suck you in like you wouldn’t believe. I think I’m going to like traveling through history with this series.