As we all know, everyone has baggage these days, and it is the same with Sir Stephan MacQuistan and Lady Katherine Calbraith. Sir Stephan longed for his forbidden legacy, his birthright, Avalon Castle, and the title of Earl of Dunsmore. His family was murdered and his castle taken when he was but a young child. Fortunately, after his escape from the devastation of his family and their holding, Stephan was rescued & raised by some Knights Templar. As the story opens, Sir Stephan has just delivered a missive to Robert the Bruce, Scotland’s Sovereign, concerning the betrayal by King Philip of France. King Philip was desperate for some much needed wealth, and was willing to betray the very the Knight’s Templar who had aided him in the past. He organized a plot to arrest, murder and completely destroy the Knight’s Templar and their reputation in order to confiscate their great wealth. One of my favorite descriptive scenes in the book is “Tears gathered behind her lashes. Furious, she glanced toward the hearth. Whispers of blue flame danced into slivers of red, then orange, and as fast became lost in a curl of smoke to disappear up the chimney."“Tell me what happened.” His compassion fractured her composure.” I do love Ms. Cosby’s attention to detail! It really is an added bonus and helps the reader be able to better picture the scene. Reading her novels are like watching a movie in my head. I admit, I’ll miss these characters. I don’t wish to give the entire story away, as there are many twists and turns that seem to crop up in Stephan and Katherine’s relationship that hold ones attention until the end. Admittedly, Diana Cosby has always written her characters with such detail to personality and character. The lead male and female characters have depth, as well as, an often unexpected sizzling chemistry, whether her characters themselves realize it or not. Lady Katherine and Sir Stephan’s characters are written with so much warmth and detail that I didn’t want the story to end. Another important aspect of this book that I like, is how she maintained the respect and place of honor, the Knight’s Templar have held throughout history…. regardless of the deceit and perfidy of King Philip. One BIG REQUEST I have is that her books be made into audio books. Their are several really good narrators/story tellers out their with super sexy accents and proper brogue that would really make her wonderful characters come to life. I adore audio books and almost always buy the ebook as well as the audio book. I’m not sure why Ms. Cosby’s publishers or whomever makes that decision, hasn’t already done it with her other two captivating series. PLEASE, bring her work to audio! It’s just too good and too popular for everyone to miss out on the audible experience.
The year is 1307. The "civilized" world is fraught with power struggles, intrigue, and bloody battles, many of them between powerful religious leaders. In the midst of turmoil, there is a group of men who strive to protect Christians. Stephan MacQuistan is one such man, a Knight of the Templar. A series of events lead to him being forced to marry Lady Katherine Calbraith. Each of them have a connection through past events, things they conceal from each other, things that will make it impossible for them to ever form even a friendship, much less love. Love however, doesn't listen to the obstacles in the way. Can they overcome generations of hate and betrayal and build a happy life while protecting the valuable treasures of the Knights? Diana Cosby has crafted a fascinating story based on a group of men who remain a mystery to this day. While Katherine and Stephan are products of her imagination, the Knights of the Templar were a real force, and historians and treasure hunters still search for the priceless fortune that was lost when they simply disappeared. Ms Cosby has captured the essence of the times while weaving a story as old as time, the story of human fears and frailty over come by love. A wonderfully moving story of bygone days, star crossed lovers, and a mystery that lives today.
5つ星のうち5.0Perfect Combination to Make the History come alive.
I have read several of Diana Crosby's stories and enjoyed them. This one, Forbidden Legacy, kept me turning the pages from the beginning to the end without distraction. The Characters had such depth. Although there is much turmoil in the lives of these characters, and in the time period it was set, Diana used such Compassion to bring them to a personal HEA. I love to learn the History with a feel of real lives lived. The only disappointment I have is that the next book in the series is not due out until June 2017. This is a stand alone novel with no cliff hanger. There is an excerpt from the next book, Forbidden Knight, after this story. It starts with some of the secondary characters from this book and I hope the characters from this story are revisited. There is some intimacy in this story but it is done very tactfully and after the characters have found Love. I highly recommend this book. Enjoy!
5つ星のうち5.0Fourth Reading and It is better and better!
This series about disbanded Templar Knights is wonderful. What I admire about the series are the personal qualities inherent in the characters as duty morphs into admiration, respect and then love for their heroines. If the author wrote about all of these Knights with Sir Stephen, I would read them all. As it is, this is my fourth reading of Forbidden Legacy and I am beginning my second reading of Forbidden Knight - Forbidden Vow is already pre-ordered. If you love novels about Templar Knights as I do - may I enthusiastically recommend The Dragon Tree by Marsha Canham, The Crusader Series by Claire Delacroix, and The Templar Series by Mary Reed McCall. What wonderful, honorable, passionate men! How special are the women who inspire their love and love them in return!
5つ星のうち3.0I made the mistake of reading a poor rating on it and maybe that skewed my opinion ...
This was not your normal Diana Cosby book. I made the mistake of reading a poor rating on it and maybe that skewed my opinion of the book. Usually I have her stories read in a couple of days because they capture your imagination. This story kind of plodded and I was just not as thrilled with it. A lot of her stories are usually very racy, too, which is another reason I like to read them. This one is definitely a clean story for those who don't like anything sexy in their romance.
Scotland, 1307. Avalon Castle, a glittering forbidden legacy in Sir Stephan MacQuistan’s past, is suddenly within his grasp. Unfortunately, it came with a bride, Lady Katherine Calbraith, whose father put to death all of Stephan’s family. Worse yet, Stephan took a vow of celibacy upon becoming a knight.
But to wrest his legacy from the English and to hide the Templar treasures, Stephan must work with Katherine who knows the castle and its defenses inside and out.
I was quite taken by the romance involving a Knight Templar. The Templars betrayal by a greedy, power-hungry king still festers all these years later. An intriguing plot deftly written by Diana Cosby.
Maggie Toussaint and Rigel Carson for Muddy Rose Reviews
Commanded by Robert the Bruce to marry, Stephen is torn by his vow to the Knights Templar. By marrying, Katherine, the daughter of the man who killed his family, he gains revenge and the home he lost years ago. Unfortunately they both carry secrets that could destroy the love and trust they eventually have for each other. An emotionally gripping love story during a horrible time in history for the Knights Templar.
While reading this book I researched King Robert Bruce and Also the Knights Templar. The history was very interesting I enjoyed the book. The story itself felt with strong emotions and honor faith and integrity during a dangerous time in Scottish history.