Thursday, December 13, 2018

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: From Ash and Stone by Julie Daines


Lady Margaret Grey of Hartfell wants for nothing. The daughter of a knight, she has a loving family, wealth, and even a secret romance with the blacksmith's son. But all that is torn from her one fateful night when her home is attacked and her family killed. She is left with nothing but bitterness, an unwavering mistrust of men, and a strange and mysterious curse that allows her to feel the thoughts of anyone who touches her.

Now, after six years away, Margaret is returning home for one reason: revenge. She hopes that by avenging her family's deaths, she will somehow be freed from her curse. But it won't be easy. the identities of the raiders are still unknown, she has little left to her name, and traveling alone in the Northumbrian hills during the border wars is dangerous. Matters are further complicated by handsome Angus Robson, a Scotsman whose charm threatens to distract her from her plans. But the raiders are closer than she knows, and Margaret soon realizes that what she believed to be a curse may be the key to finding those she seeks. One touch will reveal the truth.


Daines has presented the reader with an interesting sort of tale in this book.  While the majority of the book revolves around a young lady out for revenge for the murder of her family, the author adds just a touch of fantasy to the story that adds an intriguing layer of depth.  Margaret is full of anger and hate after having her family murdered and her life ripped away from her.  The addition of a curse that forces her to avoid touching people makes things more difficult.  She prefers not to be able to feel the thoughts of those around her, especially when a nasty headache inevitably results.  But in her quest to find those responsible for her families' deaths she discovers an unexpected benefit to her curse.  But falling in love with a Scotsman isn't in her plans and so she resists Angus Robson's charms, especially once she learns of his family troubles.  But will her search for revenge rob her of that which is of most worth in her life? Or will she find a way to be rid of her curse forever.  This story is certainly an intriguing one what with the curse that leads Margaret to understand others thoughts.  That would be challenging for sure.  Margaret and Angus make for interesting characters as they both wrestle with their feelings for each other at the same time they are trying to deal with their family problems and the obstacles standing between them. 


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