Great Summer Reads 2019 Part 2 Day 18!
TJ Amberson hails from the Pacific Northwest. With a love of writing in several genres, TJ strives to provide well-written, age-appropriate, & original novels for tweens, teens, and new adults.
Dark times are upon the land of Nereth. Centuries have passed since the rightful heir to the throne was banished. The people are losing hope in ancient legend, which foretells of one who will rise up, overthrow the evil king and queen, and restore peace. Like all others in Nereth, Edlyn has suffered greatly. Orphaned as a child, Edlyn grew up as the serf of a drunken lord. Now a spirited seventeen-year-old, Edlyn works to buy her freedom while fighting off the unwanted advances of Sheriff Hurst. One morning, Edlyn discovers a young man hiding in the stable. He is fleeing from Sheriff Hurst and inflicted with a sword wound that will surely be fatal without her help. In a split-second decision, Edlyn conceals the young man from Sheriff Hurst and begins nursing him back to health. As the young man's strength returns, Edlyn learns that his name is Maddock, and she is stunned to find that he has come from the mysterious land to the north. Maddock soon comes to Edlyn's aid, rescuing her from Sheriff Hurst. Suddenly declared outlaws, both Edlyn and Maddock must escape for their lives to enchanted Ravenshire Forest and then the desolate mountains beyond. As their adventure unfolds, Edlyn and Maddock discover that their meeting may have been more than chance, for their lives prove bound by a fate that neither of them could possibly have imagined.
"So it is true that Sheriff Hurst really wanted to make you his bride?" Peyton eventually inquired.
"Sheriff Hurst is a horrible, selfish man."
"He is rich, and he has good connections."
"Are you suggesting that nothing else should matter?" Edlyn challenged. "Why should money and importance be all that a woman aspires to in a marriage? Can a woman not want love and happiness? Or respect?"
Peyton shot her a sideways glance. "You think that pining after a wanderer who is on a secret journey—and nearly being brought upon your deathbed because of him—is happiness?"
Edlyn turned away. "I am pining after no one."
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