Title: Daughter of Sherwood
Author: Laura Strickland
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Publication Date: October 4, 2013
Genre: Fantasy/Historical Romance
Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.
Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:
Raised in the kitchens of Nottingham Castle, Wren has no idea she is the daughter of the legendary Robin Hood until she is summoned to Sherwood Forest. Since Robin’s death many years before, the resistance against Norman tyranny has been upheld by a magical triad, but now one of the guardians has died. With two young men, Sparrow and Martin, Wren must form a new triad with a bond strong enough to defend Sherwood’s magic. To one of them, she will also give her heart. From the moment Wren bursts into his life, Sparrow loves her. But he knows she may choose his lifelong rival, Martin, as her mate. Martin wants Wren also, but Sparrow fears Martin is driven not by love but by ambition. When Martin is captured and held at Nottingham Castle, will the conflict between love and duty destroy the triad?
The Robin Hood stories have always been some of my favorites, and this one fits in seamlessly. I was hooked from the beginning with the visit of the mysterious (and gorgeous) woodsman that calls on Wren’s protector, Lil, urging her to reveal the secrets she has kept of Wren’s past. Upon hearing these long-hidden and as such, unbelievable truths, Wren rebels… until she is forced to flee to the safety of Sherwood Forrest to escape the vicious nature of Captain Lambert.
The triad that maintains the magic and protection of Sherwood is being passed to the new generation: Martin, Sparrow, and Wren, all named in tribute to the infamous Robin. Their lives will be interwoven for life and beyond. The fight for Wren’s heart is an amusing one, at times, and a worrying one. Her true partner seems to be Sparrow, but he has a hard time trusting her to figure that out. His lack of confidence in himself and in her abilities to make a rational decision is one of the very few things I didn’t like. Martin’s suffering at the hands of Lambert is gut wrenching, and you will feel it. You will be as connected to these three characters as they are to each other.
The imagery is beautiful, the world building is phenomenal, and the descriptions of the spiritual qualities of Sherwood are extraordinary. You will undoubtedly wish you could walk barefoot through her rejuvenating soil for just a moment and feel the connection to the beautiful repertoire of souls she harbors within her midst.
HEAT Rating: Hot
Reviewed By: Daysie W.
Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More