She is searching for revenge... From Ash and Stone by Julie Daines (Review & #Giveaway)

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From Ash and Stone
By Julie Daines
Adult Historical Romance, Paranormal
Paperback & ebook, 240 Pages
December 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications, Inc.


Lady Margaret Grey of Hartfell wants for nothing. The daughter of a knight, she has a loving family, wealth, and even a secret romance with the blacksmith's son. But all that is torn from her one fateful night when her home is attacked and her family killed. She is left with nothing but bitterness, an unwavering mistrust of men, and a strange and mysterious curse that allows her to feel the thoughts of anyone who touches her.

Now, after six years away, Margaret is returning home for one reason: revenge. She hopes that by avenging her family's deaths, she will somehow be freed from her curse. But it won't be easy. The identities of the raiders are still unknown, she has little left to her name, and traveling alone in the Northumbrian hills during the border wars is dangerous. Matters are further complicated by handsome Angus Robson, a Scotsman whose charm threatens to distract her from her plans. But the raiders are closer than she knows, and Margaret soon realizes that what she believed to be a curse may be the key to finding those she seeks. One touch will reveal the truth.

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My Review

FROM ASH AND STONE is a story of revenge, struggle, danger, and love set during turbulent times for those who lived near the borders of England and Scotland. Margaret is a strong heroine who has lost all, but has found the will to live on through her quest for revenge. She finds herself challenged by an unexpected and surprising source, and must make the choice between justice or her own happiness. The story is intriguing and compelling from the first to the last page, with a constant feel of danger mixed with moments of friendship, joy, sadness, and romance. A well balanced story with characters who will tug on readers hearts and pull on their emotions to the very end.

The characters were so compelling in this story. I felt for Margaret and wanted her to be able to find justice for the loss of her family. At the same time, I also was frustrated along with Angus at her refusal to let him into her heart. I loved Angus! He was so charming, but also steady. Really the perfect man for Margaret to lean on, to challenge her, and to fall for. I loved how he teased, pushed, and pestered her over and over. I also really enjoyed his brother, Gillis, and Margaret's friend Osanna. There were a few things that could have used a little more development, but otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a very captivating story, from the characters, to the plot, to the historic setting, and even the slightly paranormal aspect. Readers of sweet historical romance who enjoy some danger and a little magic in their stories will be sure to enjoy this!

Content: Some violence.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

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About the Author

Julie Daines was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner.

She loves reading, writing, and watching movies—anything that transports her to another world. She picks Captain Wentworth over Mr. Darcy, firmly believes in second breakfast, and never leaves home without her verveine.

She has three published novels and a novella, has won several awards for her writing, and her novel, Unraveled, was a contender for the ALA’s Schneider Award.

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