Birthright by Anna Markland
This is an intense, fascinating and captivating story of love and courage. Adam is a broken and defeated man, but he is also loyal, brave and caring. Denis is a confident, caring and loyal man who is lonely because of his circumstances. He longs for a woman to love who will also love him. Rosamunda is an intelligent, vivacious, curious and mute woman who has been locked up for her entire life. Paulina is a timid, insecure and cranky who has also been locked up for life. As the story begins Adam gets sick and becomes deaf and impotent, so he must concede his role of heir to his younger brother. He is upset by the pitying looks that his family give him that he decides he must leave, journeying to his father's other estates. As his loyal brother and best friend, Denis insists on going with him. We also meet Rosamunda and Paulina, whose parents have locked them up in an attic, their mother so distraught about their deformities that she refuses to acknowledge them. Their brothers, on the other hand, adore both sisters and do whatever they can to make them feel loved. When Adam and Denis appear at the keep where the girls live, they know something is not right there. When they discover the girls, both of them start thinking that maybe fate has handed them what their hearts desire. But it is anything but a smooth courtship that follows. This is the best book so far in an amazing series and I can't wait to read the next.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. This is my honest and voluntary opinion of it.