TITLE: Siege of the Heart
GENRE: Historical Romance
England, December 1066
Isobel Dumont vowed she would not cry, not in front of the men her father charged with
As she urged her steed down the overgrown path, she focused on the boss of the circular shield slung across the back of the rider in front of her. Gritting her teeth, she could feel the pressure threatening behind her eyes again. The worn leather strap of her quiver dug into her shoulder, but she made no move to adjust it or her bow as they rattled along her back with each stride of her horse.
She already knew nothing could bring her comfort.
The beech trees were too thick for the snow to fall, but the bitter wind still found Isobel and her five companions. A half-hour out, she gave up trying to keep her hood in place, and her braids whipped out behind her like a banner as they rode. The trees grew sparse as they neared the end of the hunting trail that wound its way through her father's holding in northern Gloucestershire. After a few more strides, the horses emerged onto an open field.
Kendrick, one of her father's trusted men-at-arms, called for a halt. Eagerly, the men dismounted. Isobel could not blame them, as it had been a long, unfruitful ride. Kendrick ordered the two youngest, Edgar and Cuthbert, to scout ahead while the horses rested.
Blinking furiously, Isobel slid off her mount and straightened the padded tunic she wore over her kirtle.