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Passion´s Fire, by Anna Markland. Historical Romance, ARC review.

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The stone’s legacy is inescapable. Those who inherit will be consumed by fire.

Matthew de Rowenne thirsts to rise in the ranks of Norman nobility, but King Henry II seems intent on sending him to quell a rebellion in Scotland and commands he marry a Scottish noblewoman as a means to peace. But Matthew is cursed with a dreadful legacy and can never marry.
Brigandine Lordsmith has masqueraded as a boy for as long as she can remember, obliged to work as her father’s apprentice in the armory forge. She is drawn to the handsome Norman soldier who arrives in her homeland to impose English rule, but it’s unlikely he’ll be interested in the daughter of a tradesman.
Sparks fly when Brig’s true identity is revealed.


This story is set in the year 1175.
Matthew de Rowenne is a second son, so he has to make his living with his sword. He has been sent back to the Scottish borders to help control the rebels.  He was hoping to be rewarded with some land or maybe a knighthood.
Brigandine Lordsmith has lived as a boy all her life. It was easier to help her father in his forge. Now an army has come to the area it is safer to stay a lad.
This is a marvellous book. Our heroine is so different to the norm.  She is uneducated, her hair is chopped off and she works hard enough to have muscles. As she has always pretended to be a boy , she is not afraid to speak her mind.
Our hero believes he is cursed.  The talisman that passes to the all the second sons seems to bring death to their wives.
I loved every page, I read it in just a few hours because I couldn't put it down.

Ps, This book was part of the Hearts Aflame Box Set. 



Anna Markland is a Canadian author with a keen interest in genealogy. She writes medieval romance about family honour, ancestry and roots. Her novels are intimate love stories filled with passion and adventure. Following a fruitful career in teaching, Anna transformed her love of writing and history into engaging works of fiction. One of the things she enjoys most about writing historical romance is the in-depth research required to provide the reader with an authentic medieval experience.


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