Title: To The Lady Born The Lord of De Royans
Author: Kathryn Le Veque
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: 1388, Hedingham Castle
Published by: Dragonbalde Publishing
Published Date: December 15, 2013
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
Length: 10 hours, 52 minutes
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Published by: Kathrybn Le Veque Novels
1388 A.D. – The Lady Amalie de Vere is the sister to the Robert De Vere, Duke of Ireland, Earl of Oxford, and personal confident and lover to Richard II. When trouble arises between the king and Henry of Bolingbroke, the Duke of Ireland flees for his life, leaving his sister behind and at the mercy of his enemies. Bolingbroke confiscates Hedingham Castle, the duke’s seat, and Lady Amalie along with it.
Enter Sir Weston de Royans. A powerful, pious knight from a good Yorkshire family, his first introduction to Lady Amalie is a shocking one. But he eventually comes to know a beautiful, intelligent and humorous young woman who is in great torment and harbors a terrible secret. However, Weston harbors secrets of his own, deep family secrets that he has tried to run from for all of these years.
As Weston and Amalie fall deeply in love, the two of them must reconcile themselves to these secrets and find understanding and forgiveness. For four years, they live happily and peacefully. Then, the situation changes and Weston’s demons resurface again when his grandfather dies and Weston inherits a baronetcy. Weston and Amalie find a new life with Weston’s new title that leads them into danger, vengeance, murder, and a brutal showdown on the tournament fields of Yorkshire where Weston risks his life seeking justice for his beloved Amalie.
©2012 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2014 Kathryn Le Veque
My Thoughts: Enjoyed? Of course, I did. I do see a difference in how the author currently pens and how she penned four years ago, at least in this story. That is to say, Le Veque’s writing style has matured and is more compelling than ever, but even four years ago, she wrote a mean story.
I quickly warmed to Le Veque’s characters, Lady Amalie and Sir Weston. When Weston becomes the garrison commander of Hedingham Castle, he has to gain the respect of those stationed there. He is one of those knight’s who still hold honor above all else, and women as sacred. He is a man of quiet nature, wanting always to do things perfectly and with honor, slow to react quickly, unless circumstances demand it. He seems to be a religious man and looks for purity in all things, with himself and those he associates with. Sometimes, when the narrator speaks Sir Weston’s lines, his dialogue seems too measured, too monotone, as if there is little emotion in the man. We find this not to be the case, however, as the storyline progresses.
He meets Lady Amalie when she is at her wit’s end. She is ready to kill herself. Her shame can not be greater. She’s been used, and abused in one night’s horror, stamped for all time. Pregnant with an unwanted child, she is ready to commit the ultimate sin—death by her own hands. Lady Amalie de Vere is a woman of strength, left to fend for herself in a world where men use women to dominate and to feel powerful. But the world is too cruel. Her brother leaves her in the enemy’s hands.
Sir Weston saves Amalie from her attempts to kill herself. His careful, quiet ways is balm to Amalie’s senses. He doesn’t know about the rape, therefore grows attached to the woman, for she exemplifies all he knows to be good.
I was pulled into the story. It is sorrowful and tragic in a unbelivable situation, yet believable in its possibility. It is apparent through all the pain and suffering, love is the greatest thing of all. It has the power to heal a tortured heart and to accept imperfection.
The narrator, Sean Patrick Hopkins, didn’t power up the story as I usually enjoy with Le Veque’s writing. His cool manner in the voice of Sir Weston, lacked the vitality of my idea of this hero, being too mild-mannered where emotion really never creeps into his tone.
That being said, the voice and pain which is put into the voice of Sir Weston’s mother is completely believable and had my heart ache, along with the unbelievable tragedy of her death.
Don’t miss this story from Le Veque. You will weep with the tragedy of the situation and warm when wrapped up in true love.