by Terri Beckett, Chris Power

March 2007
ISBN: 1-4199-0814-9
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Regan was supposed to be married this spring, but her fiance died. Her parents, like her betrothed, were struck down by the plague. Alone and tired of the constant harassment from men to get her in their beds, Regan had decided to seek sanctuary. She would miss nothing by handing over her possessions and devoting her life to the church.

Traveling with her was a Welsh bard. The Saxons hated the Welsh and many feared them. But Regan had seen a human being in need of assistance. She welcomed Dafydd when others would banish him. Their journey, however, was interrupted by the weather. Regan had to find shelter quickly. The closest available place happened to be that belonging to Thane Leofric Edmundson.

Regan had known Leofric since they were children. He was certainly not the same boy she remembered. Leofric had grown into a handsome, but unhappy warrior. She would need to reacquaint herself with her once dear friend.

Leofric was still mourning the death of his wife. He had been living in limbo without realizing it. Reganís appearance startled him out of the oblivion. His people and his holdings had suffered from his neglect. While he and Regan renewed their friendship the unrest that hovered along the borderlands escalated. Dangerous secrets could very well prevent Leofric and Regan from the happiness they deserved.

Nettleflower by Terri Beckett and Chris Power provide a delicious feast for lovers of historical fiction. The authors' passion for the era is obvious through the details of this fast-paced story. It is hard not to be impressed by the fullness of plot in a short amount of space. While romance plays a part it is not the main focus in Nettleflower.

Reviewed in June 2007 by Rho.