By Kate Grannis
It’s 898 in Saxon England.
Eighteen year old Josselin Ironstone has been promised in marriage to a friend of her father’s, a man many years older whom she barely knows.
On the morning she is to leave her childhood home in northern England, Caerthwaite, for her new home in Brighthelmstone, she decides to run away.
She does not get far when she hurts her ankle, but determined, she binds it up to carry on.
That is when she is found by Sven Augensson, a childhood friend who could be so much more, if it wasn’t for her parents arranging a politically advantageous but loveless marriage for her.
Josselin thinks Sven is going to run away with her, but instead he carries her home, and she boards the ship that will take her to her new life.
Lord Godric Langthwaite had a long and happy marriage.
Now he shares his home, Granville, on the Sussex coast, with his son Conor and his wife Rowena, who is none too happy at being replaced as the lady of the house.
Although Josselin is young, she takes over the home with ease.
Years go by, and when she does not become pregnant Godric no longer shares her bed, but is kind to her.
Josselin spends her days walking with her pet rook, Orc, who is devoted to her.
Then one day news comes of Josselin’s mother’s death, and she returns to Caerthwaite.
Sven is now married to Helge Freasdottir, but they are childless.
When Josselin and Sven meet passions burn, and soon all of their lives are changed forever.
Beautifully written and filled with historical details, Love’s Vows is the first in the compelling Caerthwaite series chronicling the love of two people who cannot be together, yet cannot live apart.
Kate Grannis is happily married and lives with two kids and three cats in a coastal state with the best of both worlds, midway between the mountains and the sea.