A book in the De Warenne Dynasty. Cliff’s daughter from A Lady at Last is the heroine.
“God willed the Rom to be Travellers. Yet in all of history, the Roma have never been able to travel freely. You should be able to travel freely.”
“There have always been laws against us.” Stevan said resignedly. “If you insist on leaving with us, so be it. You are always welcome.” – Chapter 15
It’s 1820 England and 24 year old Ariella De Warenne is living life on her own terms. Her loving father, Cliff, is not placing any expectations on her, knowing that when she falls in love he will support her. Viscount Emilian St. Xavier is a man with loyalties to two worlds. He was born to a gypsy mother, but raised by his English father from the age of ten. When Emilian and Ariella meet he is thirsting for revenge and she falls in love.
The story explores the truly ugly nature of prejudice and intolerance. Emilian feels unworthy because he has always been treated a half-blood and his struggle to find balance was moving. Ariella’s love for him and her desire to right the world’s ills make her a beautiful heroine. Emilian and Ariella find they have much incommon and are very much a perfect match, but Emilian has many demons he must slay before peace can be found.
This was a very romantic story full of love and lust, but it also had something to say and was able to do it without being too in your face about it. My only small complaint was that the DeWarenne men are an eclectic bunch, but they seemed a bit too good to be true in this book. I am very much looking forward to the rest of their stories.
If you like historical romances there is no one better than Brenda Joyce.