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Medieval Monday | SHADOW OF THE SWAN by Judith Sterling

Welcome to Medieval Monday! I'm delighted to have my dear friend and talented author, Judith Sterling here today! She's sharing a snippet from her wonderful medieval romance, Shadow of the Swan, The Novels of Ravenwood, Book Three.

And if you're following along with my snippets, hop on over to Judith's blog HERE.


He took a step toward her and stared into her eyes. “Why me?”

She blinked. “Because you’re here.”

“Ha! Take care, or I shall swoon from your flattery.”

She made a face. “I don’t know you well enough to commend or criticize you. But my mother and sister trusted you, so I’m inclined to do the same.”

Guy spoke up. “I say! Brutal honesty. Remind you of anyone, sir?”

Robert regarded him. “I suppose you’re referring to me.”

“I am, sir, and well you know it.”

Constance looked from squire to knight, and her expression softened. “Please, Sir Robert. I must see my sister.”

“Must you also escape the nunnery?”

She regarded the veil in her hands, then returned his gaze. “Not the place so much as…a person.”

“Does that person wear a cross and answer to the name of Dominy?”

“He does.”

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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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