Review & Giveaway: His Castilian Hawk by Anna Belfrage

His Castilian Hawk by Anna Belfrage

Publication Date: September 28, 2020
Troubador Publishing

Genre: Historical Fiction

For bastard-born Robert FitzStephan, being given Eleanor d’Outremer in marriage is an honour. For Eleanor, this forced wedding is anything but a fairy tale.

Robert FitzStephan has served Edward Longshanks loyally since the age of twelve. Now he is riding with his king to once and for all bring Wales under English control.

Eleanor d’Outremer—Noor to family—lost her Castilian mother as a child and is left entirely alone when her father and brother are killed. When ordered to wed the unknown Robert FitzStephan, she has no choice but to comply.

Two strangers in a marriage bed is not easy. Things are further complicated by Noor’s blood-ties to the Welsh princes and by covetous Edith who has warmed Robert’s bed for years.

Robert’s new wife may be young and innocent, but he is soon to discover that not only is she spirited and proud, she is also brave. Because when Wales lies gasping and Edward I exacts terrible justice on the last prince and his children, Noor is determined to save at least one member of the House of Aberffraw from the English king.

Will years of ingrained service have Robert standing with his king or will he follow his heart and protect his wife, his beautiful and fierce Castilian hawk?

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I found the perfect escape method while we anxiously await the election results in the US....Emotional Support Books! Thankfully I had the perfect book from one of my all-time favorite authors to keep me sane the past few days! Well, as sane as one can possibly be right now :)

His Castilian Hawk by Anna Belfrage is one amazing historical! When I first started reading Historical Fiction I was hooked on the Medieval Ages and was fascinated with Sharon Kay Penman's Welsh trilogy, so this felt like being back with old friends.

Set during the time when the English King, Edward I, was trying to gain control of Wales. One of his most loyal men, Robert FitzStephan, saves the life of the King by striking down two men who were trying to kill him. Those two men happened to be the father and brother of Eleanor d'Outremer. King Edward I rewards Robert by giving him Eleanor's hand in marriage and her lands. Can you imagine having to marry the man that killed the only family you had left?

Their relationship starts off rocky as you can imagine, but the more time they spend together the closer they become and they soon develop true feelings for each other. There will be obstacles to overcome - especially from Robert's ex-lover Edith and Eleanor's (called Noor) loathing of how the English are treating the Welsh. She is half Welsh herself and much to Robert's horror, she speaks her mind about what she thinks - despite the danger in that.

Queen Eleanor takes Noor under her wing and teaches her the way of court and about her own family history.

I absolutely loved Noor. Watching her develop from a timid young girl to a confident and clever woman. A small brown Hen turned into a Hawk. I wasn't a fan of Robert straight away but he grew on me and I loved their relationship.

There's nothing that Anna isn't a master of with her books. The action scenes, the dialog, the history, character development, and setting are always on point. I especially love how she writes romance. It's sweet and hot at the same time.

I highly recommend His Castilian Hawk and I cannot wait for the next one in the series!

About the Author

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with two absorbing interests: history and writing. Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England.

More recently, Anna has published The Wanderer, a fast-paced contemporary romantic suspense trilogy with paranormal and time-slip ingredients. While she loved stepping out of her comfort zone (and will likely do so again ) she is delighted to be back in medieval times in her September 2020 release, His Castilian Hawk. Set against the complications of Edward I’s invasion of Wales, His Castilian Hawk is a story of loyalty, integrity—and love.

Find out more about Anna on her website or on her Amazon page. You can also follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Review at Pursuing Stacie

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Excerpt at Coffee and Ink

Tuesday, October 27
Review at Rajiv's Reviews

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Friday, October 30
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

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Review at YA, It's Lit

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Excerpt at What Is That Book About

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Review at Passages to the Past

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Review at Reader_ceygo
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Review at Novels Alive

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During the Blog Tour, we are giving away two paperback copies of His Castilian Hawk! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open internationally and ends on November 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, this really made my Friday! Thank you for a lovely review.


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