Iron Heart

Gini Rifkin
Iron Heart
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
February 2011
Action/Adventure Romance, Fantasy Romance, Historical Romance

England: circa. 879 A.D.
In the time of King Aelfred the Great

With the heart of a warrior and the soul of a poet, Faran Kilbraun travels far from home in search of the sword and shield of his ancestors. Protecting the ancient relics was his responsibility. Now, to regain his honor, he must recover the stolen artifacts and battle a life-long enemy.

Following the accidental death of her cruel husband, Leanora Wrenn is wrongly accused of his murder. Forced into exile, a small north shore island becomes her place of refuge. When Faran discovers Leanora's remote sanctuary, both their lives are changed forever.

Destined to become comrades-in-arms, they fight side by side. Ending up in one another's arms, they find redemption and love.

Book Review by Veronica Marie Beaumont (author,reviewer)
Feb 04, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
287 people found the following review helpful
Gini Rifkin weaves a tale of romance and adventure that could easily be shared around a blazing campfire. She combines myth, magic, a damsel in distress and a dashing hero in what appears to be a traditonal adventure tale. Her readers are rewarded with an alpha male with the heart of a poet and a distressed damsel who becomes so much more.

Leanora Wrenn lives the life of a castaway on a secluded island. She hopes to heal her wounded spirit and avoid the wrath of those who hunt her. Her plan seems to be working until a stranger washes up on her beach.

She finds herself wondering if she should kill him or keep him. When she determines to tend the injuries of the shipwrecked warrior, she knows that her life of seclusion will end. She does not realize that she is about to become part of an epic adventure.

The legacy of his people slipped from Faran Kilbraun's grasp--stolen by an ancient enemy--and he intends to get it back. Many of his tribe's people died during the attack that resulted in the theft; he burns to avenge their deaths. He finds in Leanora an unexpected comrade in arms and wise counsel. They learn that they have a great deal in common even though one of them is pagan and the other follows the way of the Cross.

As Faran and Leanora begin their journey to reclaim the warrior's tribal legacy, they share very little trust and a great deal of uncertainty. With each day of their adventure, they learn to rely on one another and be more courageous than they thought possible. When they reach their enemy and have Faran's legacy within their grasp, they must make a choice. They must decide whether they will take their treasure and run, or help liberate their newly made allies from the control of an evil king and queen.

IRON HEART manages to be fun and thoughtful. Ms Rifkin explores the meeting of new and ancient traditions, the bonds of friendship and family, and the difference between duty and personal courage. She also builds characters who are changed by their experiences and each other. Fans of mythology and epic adventures will enjoy Ms Rifkin's book.
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