Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter's daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.
When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny
I really enjoyed this book. I considered my glass half full because the book was an easy read with a lot of great imagery that brought out the 1300s and midevil living. I love reading about the flowing dresses, heroic knights, castles, secrets and the notion of true love's first kiss.
There's an element of mystery to the book that I loved. Rose is an innocent young woman is also very smart. She lives in a part of the castle, learning how to be a healer from a woman who took her in as a child to teach her. The author does a great job of subtlely letting you know there's more to the story than Rose knows but doesn't relieve too much. The princes who Rose describes in the first couple pages had me intrigued. They sound so regal, I couldn't help but imagine who would play them in movies. I picked Chris Hemsworth for Lord Hamlin and Scott Caan for Rupert.
Anyway what was I talking about? Oh yes, the books.
There's a mystery involving Lord Hamlin's betrothed, a woman whose life has been threatened by a conjurer and whose parents have kept her in hiding for years. Lord Hamlin's mission is to find the conjurer to secure his bethrothed safety before they can marry.
Rose meets the two princes because Lord Hamlin is injured and she doctors his wounds. They become friends and soon enough, Rose falls in love with him. How could she not? But his brother, Rupert, also falls in love with Rose.
I wish I talk more about the book, but to do so would give too much away so I will just let you find out for yourself. Read this book if you love the mid evil period mystery, a little make believe and a good love story. It was wonderful because it would truly a love story that had a happily ever after ending.
The reason this book didn't get a full glass rating is because, unbeknownst to me when I started it, it's a Young Adult book. Which pretty much just means there were just pecks on the cheek when what you reall want are passionate scenes. If this were a "smut novel" as my hubs calls them, there would have opportunities for some really steamy encounters ;) The young adult version means it was a little watered down for my taste, which made scenes seem a bit boring to me when otherwise, they could have been pretty exciting.