Happy WeWriWar Sunday! My excerpt continues with the reveal of the nun's source for the quest. Enjoy!
Hidden secrets could tear them apart as fast as their passion drove them together
With great care, she untied the leather strap surrounding the deerskin package to reveal a palm-sized book. “We found this buried in the dirt.”
The vellum leaves had been sewn together with a fine stitch and encased in a cloth cover, stiff with age.
“It was tucked beneath the floor of the buttery where the old priory had been. We believe it was more than likely written by a monk. ’Tis written in Latin.”
Lachlann’s gaze immediately went to the priest who raised his brows as if in challenge.
On the Moray coast in Scotland…
Ethne’s genuine and caring nature makes her invaluable to her brother as his son’s caretaker, but he and his wife treat her as little more than their servant. When she learns their tribal leader would use her chaste status for his own purposes, Ethne plans to escape and reluctantly accepts the help of Lachlann—a handsome pilgrim she only just met at the local faire.
Despite her independent spirit, Ethne feels drawn to Lachlann. Her instincts say his intentions are honorable, but can she trust him with her heart?
Raised by his godfather with few clues to his family’s past, Lachlann values his freedom and the brotherhood of his highlander kin. Disguised as a pilgrim on a mission for the priory, he encounters Ethne, a warm, intelligent maiden whose courage in the face of a loveless marriage awakens an intense need to protect her.
Unfortunately, Ethne is one of the very people he must deceive to explore the cave system containing clues to the lost treasure he seeks. But he cannot abandon her to an uncertain fate—or deny the simmering tension between them.
With religious prejudice running high and both of them facing tests of loyalty, Lachlann and Ethne may realize the only way to fight for their futures is to surrender... to each other.