A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death.
On the verge of dying after giving birth to twins, the queen of Mercia pleads with Lady Felicia to save her infant daughters. With the castle overrun by King Ethelwulf’s invading army, Lady Felicia vows to do whatever she can to take the newborn princesses and their three-year old sister to safety, even though it means sacrificing everything she holds dear, possibly her own life.
Gravely wounded in battle and knowing all is lost to his enemy, the king of Mercia tasks Lance, one of his fiercest elite guards, to protect his family along with keys to an ancient treasure. As Lance makes plans to sneak the princesses out of the capital city, he doesn’t need or want Lady Felicia’s help.
With the dark enemy in pursuit, Lance and Felicia must put aside their differences to outrun King Ethelwulf and prevent him from killing the princesses. In a desperate attempt to hide the young girls, Lance and Felicia agree to a marriage of convenience, a decision that will change their lives—and hearts—forever.
Always by Jody Hedlund is one exciting adventure after another. Where one roads ends, another begins. I was quickly taken into the characters’ lives. Both the warrior, Lance, and the honorable lady’s maid, Felicia. They have made a promise to their rulers. One to the queen and one to the king. War is lost and the rulers are dead. Their heirs are in grave danger. It is up to the protagonists, Lance and Felicia to protect the heirs. Three girls have the birthright to rule the kingdom when of age. But only if they survive. Their enemy is determined to hunt them down and have them killed. No one will take his new kingdom away. Many will die. The once peaceful kingdom is now laced with blood. Fear and intrigue escalate as the scenes fly by. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this historical novella. A great introduction to a new series!