Haunted by memories of the 7th Crusade, Warin de Taillur vows to lay down his sword and embrace the monastic life. But first, rescuing an urchin abandoned by a French roadside will be the initial step in his absolution. When he discovers the urchin is a young noble woman in need of protection, against his better judgment he agrees to return her home to England. Love for her soon overwhelms him but it’s a love he must hold at bay for he has nothing to offer her other than a scarred heart. Driven from her home, Caperun Keep, by a deceitful aunt, Alyna Caperun must place her trust in the brooding Crusader who rescues her. As the only means to recover her castle and at the king’s command, she consents to marrying the knight, Warin de Taillur, even though she knows he could never love her for anything other than the lands and castle she brings to the marriage. Knows too, he battles demons not even she can fathom.
Lovely story of a courageous but troubled knight who picks up a "lad" on his way to a monastery to dedicate his life to God. Of course the lad is a lass and they are forced to wed by the king. Of course their lives are turbulent with a load of baggage and a malice and vengeful Aunt adding to the mountains they need to climb to make it to a happily ever after. I really enjoyed this book, good plot and a depth of character that leaves you wanting to know more.