It has been more than a decade since he ran away from his abusive father and turned his back on Wildenham, the kingdom he was to inherit. Now over a score in age, Lord William has earned the reputation as a renowned mercenary. Despite rumors of a restless spirit haunting the kingdom, he accepts a contract to return to Wildenham to kill Lord Clayborn, the man who murdered his father.
Lord Clayborn’s only child, Lady Christine, is a beautiful, high-spirited seventeen-year-old, who prefers to spend her time practicing with a sword rather than fulfilling her role as the Lady of Wildenham. Many suitors have asked for her hand in marriage, but she has refused every offer. Against her father’s wishes, she vows only to marry for love.
Meanwhile, in the neighboring kingdom of Thornwick, a notorious thief, Harlan, hides among the kingdom’s defenders in order to escape prosecution for his crimes. His vindictive nature draws the attention of his lord, who orders Harlan to travel to Wildenham and assassinate Lord Clayborn. Aware of her rumored beauty, Harlan demands Lady Christine’s hand in marriage as payment for the deed.
As the race against time begins, who will kill Lord Clayborn first? Will Lady Christine be forced to marry a man she does not love? Will Lord William have the determination to fulfill his contract and return to his solitary lifestyle as a mercenary, or will he accept his destiny and become the Lord of Wildenham?
About Brenda Hasse (Fenton, Michigan Author)
Brenda Hasse is a freelance writer and author of several picture books for children and young adult novels. She is a multi-award winning author who was honored to receive the 2010 gold medal Midwest Book Award and 2011 silver medal Moonbeam Children's Book Award for her pre-teen novel, Wilkinshire. She also received the 2015 bronze medal Moonbeam Children's Book Award for her young adult novel, The Freelancer.
Her picture books for children are illustrated by Alison Hatter. They are titled as follows: A Unicorn For My Birthday ; Yes, I Am Loved; and My Horsy And Me, What Can We Be?.
Brenda lives in Fenton, Michigan with her husband and cats. She likes to research history, read a good book, and eat chocolate.
You may find out more information about her work through her Facebook page, Brenda Hasse Books, or visit her website at www.BrendaHasseBooks.com.