Come back to England in the year 1277 and meet Hastings of Trent and Severin of Langthorne, two strangers joined in marriage. Hastings is an heiress and Severin is the warrior whom the dying Earl of Oxborough has selected to assume his title, properties, possessions, and his daughter. It is Severin's duty to sire children, to bring strong new blood to the line, and keep Oxborough powerful.
Hastings thinks he's cold-blooded, severe, merciless. Severin doesn't smile, he looks capable of cruelty, he inspires fear. Then a marten appears over the top of his tunic.
Now, who can be afraid of a man who carries a marten in his tunic?
(What is a marten, you ask? A marten is a sable; a sable is a weasel. What is a weasel, you ask. See marten.)
As for Hastings, Severin believes she should be obedient, submissive, malleable. She should speak softly and do whatever he wants, immediately.
Both are in for a surprise.
Sweeping you through this medieval adventure are the and other richly drawn characters, among them Gilbert the goat and Alfred the Healer's cat. And of course, there is Trist, the marten, perhaps the most richly drawn of all. And what, you will ask, is this mysterious place called Rosehaven?
I hope you enjoy reading Rosehaven as much as I enjoyed writing it.