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It’s always a pleasure when I can welcome back Judith Sterling to my blog. Today, for Medieval Monday, Judith is sharing a snippet from her novel, Shadow of the Swan. Read on and don’t forget to leave Judith a comment. Happy reading and enjoy!


She gave him a pointed look. “Trying won’t suffice. If we’re to share a chamber, I need a clear statement of your intentions.”

He grabbed his wine, drained the cup, and plunked it down on the table. “We agreed to be friends, did we not?”

“We did.”

“Friends don’t steal from one another. They take only what is willingly given.”

“Know this now: I shall never give it.”

His gaze held hers. “So you’ve said.”


Haunted by memories; healed by love.

Lady Constance de Bret was determined to be a nun, until shadows from the past eclipsed her present.  Marriage is the safest option, but she insists on a spiritual union, in which physical intimacy is forbidden.  Not so easy with a bridegroom who wields unparalleled charm!  But a long-buried secret could taint his affection and cloak her in shadow forever.

Back from the Crusades, Sir Robert le Donjon craves a home of his own and children to inherit it.  From the moment he meets Constance, he feels a mysterious bond between them.  When she’s threatened, he vows to protect her and agrees to the spiritual marriage, with the hope of one day persuading her to enjoy a “real” one.  She captivates him but opens old wounds and challenges everything he thought he believed.

Two souls in need of healing.  Two hearts destined to beat as one.

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