Welcome back to Medieval Monday! Our nature theme continues, and today, I’m sharing Snippet #10 from Shadow of the Swan, the third of The Novels of Ravenwood. Be sure to visit Medieval Romance Lovers on Facebook to find links to other participating authors’ excerpts. (#MedMonFall20)
Last week, Constance gazed into Woden’s Pond, and a vision of her future took hold. Then a whoop-whoop sound jarred her back to the present (spring of AD 1102). Let’s see what happens next…
A swan looked up at her. She glanced at the opposite side of the pond, where the original swan remained, then regarded the bird below her.
“Why are you here with me? Look. There’s another swan right over there.”
Again, the bird whooped. Then it swam off and out of sight. The air was mild once more.
Or perhaps the vision warmed me. Her stomach twitched at the memory of it. How many men could boast a body such as her husband’s? Not many, surely. And he was hers. If she had the courage to claim him.
And if he still desired her.
There’s one way to find out. She stood, wiped the dirt from her tunic, and headed toward the castle.
A little more about the story:
Lady Constance de Bret was determined to be a nun, until shadows from the past eclipsed her present. Marriage is the safest option, but she insists on a spiritual union, in which physical intimacy is forbidden. Not so easy with a bridegroom who wields unparalleled charm! But a long-buried secret could taint his affection and cloak her in shadow forever.
Back from the Crusades, Sir Robert le Donjon craves a home of his own and children to inherit it. From the moment he meets Constance, he feels a mysterious bond between them. When she’s threatened, he vows to protect her and agrees to the spiritual marriage, with the hope of one day persuading her to enjoy a “real” one. She captivates him but opens old wounds and challenges everything he thought he believed.
Two souls in need of healing. Two hearts destined to beat as one.
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That’s it for now. Have a lovely week, and for those who celebrate Thanksgiving, have a joyful one. See you next Monday! 🙂