The Iron Knight (Paperback)
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1410 A.D. - Battle-hardened warrior and favored of the king, Sir Lucien de Russe is called the Iron Knight because of his indestructibility in battle. An older knight, Lucien is entering his fortieth year and has seen a good deal in his lifetime. But having sustained fairly serious wounds in the most recent rebellions against Henry IV, Lucien retires his sword and spurs, choosing to live out the rest of his life in peace. Physically, he is damaged goods and must heal. Mentally, however, he is already dead. Having lost his wife many years ago, Lucien has two children - a son who barely acknowledges him and a daughter who refuses to leave him. Lucien finds no joy in life any longer, looking back upon an illustrious career, admired and loved by the fighting men of England, yet inside, he is hollow. It is this existence he has resigned himself to when the king, believing he is doing Lucien a great favor, pledges him to a very young heiress. When the petty, spoiled girl and her pompous father show up at Lucien's home, he makes an escape. Riding south to clear his head, Lucien runs right into a robbery in progress. A fine carriage has been set upon by bandits and Lucien knows he cannot turn away. Begrudgingly, the Iron Knight goes into action once more and saves the occupants of the carriage, a mother and her young daughter. Lady Sophina de Gournay is a widow, returning home after a visit with her father. When the big, handsome knight with the long, dark hair saves her from the outlaws, a simple moment of gratitude turns into something that binds her to Lucien far more than either of them realize. It's that brief and beautiful moment in time, that wonderful chance meeting, that sets off a chain of events that could destroy them both. Join Lucien and Sophina in a romance of a lifetime, where second chances at love are something worth fighting for.