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Review by Author Kathleen L. Maher
Sword of the Matchmaker is a short, sweet, and fast paced romance of a reluctant knight and his bonny lady which will have you turning pages. Sir Thomas Godfrey is the Master-at-arms for Hawkwood Castle in England and for many years he has taken his job seriously. When a younger lass from a Highlands clan appears, claiming his late father owed her a favor, his curiosity piques. But her warrior demeanor tests his inclinations. Is she who she claims, or is there more to this proud, independent woman? Perchance the soft, kind heart of a true lady? He tells himself that he is too old and set in his ways to pursue anything further with this woman.
Penelope Beatty has run out of options. Her clansmen have all but been annihilated by rival clans, and her father has died, leaving her with something very valuable. Her only chance of protecting his legacy and her own life is to seek refuge with an Englishman who once owed her father a favor. But instead she meets the man's cheeky and proud son who will decide her fate in a foreign land.
When Brithwin, the playful but persistent lady of the manor plays Matchmaker, neither heart can withstand her persuasive ways or deny their feelings. But old habits die hard. Can a battle-seasoned lass accept this new master of her heart? And can a Master-at-arms make room to embrace a fiery lady his equal in both love and war?
Debbie Lynne writes with the same authenticity and compelling, action-packed narrative that made Sword of Forgiveness the bestseller it was. It was a treat to revisit the characters we fell in love with – –Lord Royce Warwick and Lady Brithwin, Sir Thomas, and the wonderful castle setting of Hawkwood. Add a feisty Scottish warrior lass to the mix and you have another captivating medieval romance to whet your appetite for the upcoming sequel about Royce's brother. But be forewarned, you will be most eager to get your hands on the next story in the Winds of Change series!
Penelope Beatty made up her mind long ago she would live and die a Scottish warrior not a wife. But when nearly all her clan is killed and she is betrayed, she loathes doing the unthinkable, but must seek the help of an Englishman who owed her father his life.
Thomas Godfrey never married, but when a Scottish warrior lass shows up needing his aid, he finds her both annoying and irresistible. But the last thing he wants is to marry a woman who fights alongside him. If he was going to marry—which he isn’t—it would be to a soft, submissive woman. But when the Lady Brithwin meets the Scottish lass, she’s sure she’s found the perfect match for Thomas and nothing is going to stop her from seeing a summer wedding.
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Love Medieval Stories? Read the first book in the Winds of Change Series, Sword of Forgiveness.
After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father’s estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn’t enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.
Royce of Hawkwood returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered. When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin’s wise and kind nature begin to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim.
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Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children's Director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.
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