A Gypsy girl escapes a slave ship devastated by plague. Years later, Sharai performs her silky, exotic dances to sustain herself and the toddling orphan she adopted. She yearns to escape the grinding poverty and find a home. Violated by a nobleman posing as her hero, she eschews any other man of title and scorns the dubious Gypsy king who pursues her. Her life changes when she meets the dashing Lord Tabor.
Though possessed of a stately castle and prosperous lands, young Lord Tabor teeters on the brink of losing all his holdings. A powerful noble has attacked his castle, determined to seize his lands. Tabor seeks revenge, but England’s throne is held by an infant king, and the realm is paralyzed with uncertainty and lawlessness.
Then a stroke of good fortune helps Tabor, a sizable dowry that can save his holdings. He need only wed an earl’s daughter, the regal Lady Emilyne. But he has fallen in love with Sharai and they’re locked in a powerful dance of desire. His refusal to abandon Sharai plunges them into life-and-death struggles–and a painful choice between duty and love.
The story, book one in the four-volume Coin Forest series, is set in a unique period in history when Gypsies were welcomed, their travels even financed by the nobility in the countries in which they traveled. Dubbed the Gypsy honeymoon period, it lasted for just a few decades as the Gypsies ventured into Western Europe.
Professional Review – loverromance.com
“Fans will be thrilled with the tightly written plot. It is a story of love in the face of prejudice and misunderstanding, set in a time wrought with intrigue and political machinations. Ms. Lane’s debut novel grips the reader from the first page to the last, and Lord Tabor is a wonderful hero. A knight who reads books of romance is sure to steal any heart. This is a thoroughly enjoyable story in which to lose one’s cares.