Lady Sabine is an admirer and collector of rare art, when she hears that a nobleman is selling pieces from his rare collection she and her grandmother travel to a praise his pieces. But her grandmother has matchmaking on her mind. But Sabine has a secret that she hides because she fears that it will brand her as a witch in some people's eyes, will she ever believe herself worthy of love?
Sir Bennett finds himself in dire need of gold to pay back his brother's gambling debts. He is loathe to part with any of his treasured collection, but he needs to pay the debts or lose Maidstone Manor, so he decides to take his mother's advice and consider marrying into wealth. But will he lose his heart in the process?
Bennett comes home to find that his home is under threat by Lord Pitt, to whom his older brother Aldric owes many debts, he must pay or lose his home. Bennett knows that though he is the younger son, he must step up to protect his family home, he isn't keen to marry for money, but it seems that it could be the only way. Bennett is responsible, honorable, and an admirer of rare relics. He sees beauty in things that others do not, and he wants to do right by those in his care.
Sabine knows that she is no great beauty, and she worries that her deformity renders her unlovable, so she finds joy in appreciating the beauty in works of art, treasuring their history and meaning. Sabine is witty, with a wry humor, she loves to learn the history of the beautiful pieces that she admires.
Bennett and Sabine, share many common interests, I liked their interaction, and how comfortable they were in each others presence. Bennett is ever the gentleman, and I loved how he was able to break through Sabine's walls.
Sabine's grandmother is quite the character, with glimmers of mischief in her eyes, she loves her granddaughter fiercely and wants only what is best for her.
Overall, an engaging, fast paced tale, with a climatic ending. I loved the interaction between Bennett and Sabine, and how found a partner to share the things that they loved together. A well built world of romance, chivalry, and noble character. A great read for fans of medieval fiction!
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