Know your daughters.
When young Lady Anne Macleod runs off with her true love, the handsome young falconer, Kirk Buchanan, she inadvertently sets off a chain of events that turns her young daughter, Cordaella, into a pawn between wealthy lords locked in a game of power, wealth, and greed.
At age nine, Cordaella is forcibly taken from her Highland home, and given to her uncle. Once there, Codaella learns the truth. She is the heiress to the Macleod fortune, to the dismay of many of her family members.
Thrust into an uncomfortable new life in England with her uncle, the Earl of Derby, she is unaware that she’s being groomed for a marriage to a Castilian duke who cares nothing for her and everything for her dowry…
Will Cordaella continue to act as a pawn in her family’s games or will she seize her own destiny?
This addition to The Falconer's Daughter begins with the preparation of King Henry V's arrival at Peveril for the council's meeting. Everyone must pitch in to make it a successful event.
Sixteen year old Cordaella is admired by a string of suitors even though she is betrothed. Her cousin Phillip still wishes they could be together. He doesn't want her to marry Duke Fernando. He believes she will be unhappy in the marriage. Bran O'Brien is back and they confess their love for each other late one night. Cordaella fights her feelings for Bran because she knows they can never be together. John Cardiff also tries for Cordaella's love.
During a jousting tournament one of Cordaella's admirers is killed and another sent away and told he is not allowed to return.
When fall arrives, it is time for Cordaella to go to Spain to be with Duke Fernando. He is far from what she expected. But she remains brave in front of him despite the rumors of him killing his former wives.
She goes through the wedding and becomes an obedient wife as she has been taught even though the memories of Bran still haunt her. She becomes friends with one of her maids but is afraid to share too much with her. She doesn’t know who she can truly trust.
This is another book that I am curious to see what happens next. Liz Lyles is an incredible story teller.