Good morning, bookpups🐾 I’ve got another amazing book for all the historical fiction lovers out there! The Warrior Knight and the Widow by Ella Matthews is a romantic, tension-filled historical novel that will pull you in right from the start, not letting go until the journey is complete and your heart has been ripped to shreds and sewn back together again.
QOTD: Marry for love or marry for power/money?
Love. Always love. I’m a hopeless romantic at heart.
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🐾Many thanks to the author, Ella Matthews, and Rachel’s Random Resources for my complimentary copy. This in no way influenced my review.🐾
I am still whirling from this book. Ella Matthews has climbed to the top of my favorite authors list with this historical romance.
At first glance, I was struck by how familiar The Warrior Knight and the Widow felt to another favorite historical romance of mine. Headstrong female, male soldier who thinks he’s right all the time. I can’t help it … this is one of my favorite tropes.
Ellena is a widow, basically on the run back to her father’s castle. She’s being escorted by Sir Braedan, her father’s best warrior. Running from an evil madman and trying to forget her marriage to a violent old bastard. I really felt for her. She doesn’t have a lot of trust or respect for the male of our species.
“If she’d been standing she’d have stamped her foot.
As it was she settled for muttering curses underneath her breath.”
-The Warrior Knight and the Widow
The Warrior Knight and the Widow is mostly about their journey back to her father’s castle, and then her trying to persuade her father to let her keep the castle she inherited from her late husband. Of course, this is during a time when women didn’t live alone. And they certainly didn’t run households (at least, they didn’t get the credit for doing it).
I loved the fireworks between Ellena and Braedan. The stubbornness and then later, the romantic tension, is written so well. Even though we know right from the beginning that Ellena’s father plans for her to remarry, I spent most of the book hoping she would end up with Braedan.
When everything lines up at the end and the plots are finally revealed, it wrapped the book up perfectly. I was in tears at multiple points toward the end and am eagerly awaiting November and the second installment in this series (which is saying a lot, if you know how much I despise winter!).
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Crossing off the letter W for our #2020AtoZReadingChallenge with The Warrior Knight and the Widow by Ella Matthews.