Brides of Alba Book One
by: Linda Windsor
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
In the time of King Arthur, a young female healer resuces a wonded stranger and grows to love him …but with their love bring pain or peace to their strife-torn Alba? Brenna of Gowrys has grown up in hiding – hunted by the O’Byrne clan, who fear her mother’s dying prophecy, and by her own kinsmen, who expect her to lead them against their oppressors. But Brenna is a gifted healer, not a witch or a warrior queen. So she lives alone in the wilderness with her only pet wolf for company. When she rescues a stranger badly wounded from an ambush, she believes he many be the answer to her deep loneliness. Healing him comes as easy as loving him. But can their love overcome years of bitterness and hatred?
This book starts with a very bloody war, where a young mother attempts to save her baby from an evil marauder coming to kill their whole family. Later the son of the same marauder is almost killed in the woods and saved by a mysterious “healer” who has a wolf of whom legends are told.
I was a little taken aback at some of the speed with which this story moved, at first it was very slow, then very fast. It made it hard for me to enjoy it, but it could have been the setting the book was in, with a sort of mystical feel about it and I am not a fan of fantasy. So, if you do like a touch of fantasy, and like ancient historical books, this one was very interesting and wove an fascinating tale of overcoming ones family grievances.