A Stormy Knight by Amy Mullen is a 2013 Astraea Press Publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a sweet historical romance that centers around a young couple torn apart by suspicions and machinations beyond their control.
Young and in love Gemma and Nicholas used to meet in a special place, their hearts full of love and promise of the future until one night Nicholas fails to show up and Gemma learns he and his family have simply vanished under a cloud of suspicion. Broken hearted, Gemma vows never to love again and refused to marry although she has many admirers.
When a string of deaths and odd occurrences plague the castle, Gemma finds herself all alone and making decisions she never expected to have to make. She calls upon the king for help. The last person she expects to ride up to the castle is Nicolas! The boy who broke her heart is now a full grown man, and not only was he sent to protect Gemma, he is there to marry her as well. Each blame the other for what happened seven years ago, and each are too proud to admit something was not right about what had happened and they are also too afraid to admit the love they shared back then is still in their hearts and stronger than ever.
I loved this Medieval England tale of intrigue and politics, loss and pain, but of young love, true love, the healing power of love. It is not an easy time and Gemma and Nicholas will find themselves at battle on many fronts. It looks as though the couple will not be able to reconcile the past or to overcome the anger they feel toward each other due to the pain and suffering they endured in the past. This is a little frustrating at times, and both characters made me want to scream a few times but they do have their hands full. There is some tense action going on as well, which I like in a romance as it helps to offset the turmoil the couple is going through. It is not until the very last when things seem the darkest for Gemma that she learns she is not alone in her feelings and that maybe Nicholas was in her corner all along, but too stubborn to tell her. Men!
I am glad I discovered this book and the author and was so happy to find a solid medieval romance in the midst of these regencies!! I hope this historical era will make a strong comeback and this book is a fine example of how wonderful these stories can be.
Reviewed by Countess Julie.