by Monica M Martin
Orphaned…Lady Isabella of Sheffield has spent almost nineteen years confined at Godstow Abbey, and at King Henry’s behest, was betrothed to the Holy Roman Emperor’s illegitimate grandson--the Count of Regensberg--at the age of fifteen. She had fully intended to marry God and rebels from that moment on!
Under the guise of a simple knight, the Count von Regensberg stops by the abbey to arrange his betrothed’s departure one week hence.
Upon seeing him, Bella is more than fascinated and he is equally infatuated with her. In the habit of absconding, Karl saves Bella--known to him as Agnes-- from ruin twice. On Beltane, they become intimate. The following day he goes to the abbey, asks for her hand, and finds that ‘Agnes’ doesn’t exist. Feeling betrayed and frustrated, he departs for Sheffield at once.
Unwilling to marry her betrothed, Bella trades places with Claire--her dearest friend--and departs for Sheffield as her companion. She falls ill on the journey and awakens from the peculiar malady to discover that Claire has married her treasured Sir Karl.
Read on to learn more about this passionate and intense pairing, and the deceitful fiends in their midst!