There’s something to be said about a strong heroine in Historical Romance. Nan, in Path to Honor is just that.
Coming from the de Montefort family, Nan is quite privileged. Not only in wealth, but in choices. She does not have to be married off and she is free to do whatever she wants. All de Montefort women have some sort of job or hobby and Nan’s is her expertise in archery.
Nan’s prowess with a bow makes her ideal in teaching others how to use it. It’s this ability that introduces her to Tristan. While Nan is free thinking, Tristan comes off a little stodgy. Maybe I’m just spoiled with how all the de Montefort men think, it was quite a shock to read about a hero that quite honestly did not think like one.
If I could re-write the dictionary definition for opposites attract, I’d put in Nan and Tristan. Just think about their views this way:
Nan= true love.
Triston=Love? yeah right. It’s going to take him a really long time to figure it out. Sure, you’re pretty, want to be my brood mare?
Okay, I might have been a little harsh with him, but let’s hear how Nan feels:
“How she could want to crawl into his lap and kiss the life out of him and still want to claw his eyes out at the same time puzzled her.”
Happily ever after takes a long time in this one, but leave it Alexa Aston to still make me love all the characters (except the villains of course). Speaking of, it takes one of those for our little hero to finally realize himself.
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Path to Honor
1388 A.D. – Lord Tristan Therolde is a broken man who has closed himself off from all feelings. He is working to rebuild Leventhorpe, his estate, and wants to find his sister a husband. Tristan travels to Sandbourne, which boasts of having the best horses in all of England, hoping to add to his livestock and breed horses. When he arrives, he meets a most unusual woman and fights his attraction to her.
Nan de Montfort may not be accomplished in womanly arts, but she can do anything a man can—especially when it comes to archery. Skilled with both a crossbow and longbow, Nan is training her cousin’s soldiers in warfare when a handsome nobleman arrives and catches her interest like no man has before.
Nan comes from a family where everyone marries for love and is bitterly disappointed when she discovers Tristan denies that love even exists. She rejects his offer of marriage because she refuses to compromise and settle for less than she deserves, leaving both of them heartbroken. When Tristan discovers Nan’s life is in danger, he rides to her rescue and realizes the spirited beauty was right all along—that love is real and lasting—but will he be able to share his discovery with Nan?
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What are your favorite type of heroine? Strong, wallflower, etc.