In 1278 England, Dienwald de Fortenberry, son-in-law
to King Edward I, bestows knighthood on Sir Bishop of Lythe for rescuing his
wife, Philippa. The English monarch also reward Bishop for rescuing his
favorite daughter born out of wedlock by naming him the latest spouse of
eighteen-year-old Merryn de Gay, a four-time widow and mistress of Penwyth Castle.
His highness believes that Bishop might just be the person who can end the
curse allegedly placed by witches or Druids that any male who takes Penwyth Castle
by force or assaults its mistress will die as some of the king’s men have.
Bishop thinks humans have done the murders so he concocts a plan in which he
will arrive as the king’s wizard sent to solve the Penwyth curse. That he
figures should provide him the time and cover to learn what is truly going on
in this Cornwell keep. Merrlyn thinks he is a lying brute, perhaps a bit more
clever than the others. As she sees he is a lot more different than the
previous men because he cares about people, the couple begins to fall in love.
In a bygone era a wizard also seeks the love of an elusive butterfly.
Catherine Coulter is at her best with this
historical romance that tells the stories of parallel loves. The story line
moves back and forth between the two periods. This technique displays the
author’s talent as both subplots enhance one another. The four prime players
and the secondary cast make for quite a wonderful time for fans of the
sub-genre who desire a fantasy twist to a strong novel. Download and start listening now!