I just finished Eleanor and the Iron King and loved it. This is a medieval romance about an English girl matched up to marry a Welsh king to bring peace to her people. This romance has castles, dungeons, knights and sword fights, and a scary witch who keeps popping up to make you feel just enough creeped out in the castle with Eleanor that you’ll be glad you live in present day.
When Eleanor’s father trades her into marriage to an enemy Welsh king in order to form a truce between both countries, she is determined to hate her betrothed for the cruel man she knows him to be. But his gentle actions towards her confuse her. So does the creepy warnings she keeps receiving in the middle of the night.
This was a great story that engulfed me in the time period. I felt like I was right there with Eleanor during her struggles to feel of worth after being traded so cruelly by a father who has never shown her any love. With her gift for herbs and healing, her betrothed does not know what to think of her…as she does not know what to think of him when he keeps acting kindly. Where is the barbaric man her father told her about?
Eleanor learns that all is not as it seems, and she must learn to trust her heart…but that’s hard to do when there are so many confusing voices she longs to trust, including a scary witch who seems bent on warning her of great danger. Great writing, superb characters, and heartwarming romance with lots of action taking place in an awesome setting. This was one of the best romances I’ve read about in this time period. I could hardly put it down…which is not always a great thing when it comes to keeping up on laundry and housework. Oh well! Sometimes piles of dirty laundry are worth it. This was one of those times.
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