Aveline de Bondeville - murderess or just a woman trying to survive in the violent times that is the medieval period? That is the question.
But, before we go anywhere that particular elephant in the room, let's find out a little more about Aveline - the heroine of, Of Love and Betrayal.
Unlike our hero, Troy, who we met HERE, Aveline doesn't come from a cast of thousands, otherwise known as family. She's an only child and her mother died when she was only eight. She lived with her step-father and to say things were hellish for her would be a slight understatement. Well, slight IS an understatement. Her step-father is not a cool dude, he's not a good guy.
In fact, it was because of her stepfather that Aveline ended up with the de Blois. Who are they? Well, they're a father and son duo you really do not want to meet in a dark alley.
But, I digress.
Just like Troy de Gysborne, Aveline was born on 21 September 1105. I know right? They share the same birthday. Not as uncommon as you may think. I share a birthday with my sister - we're both born on 19 April, three years apart!
She has a most desirable quality to be able to forgive. Eventually. She doesn't hold grudges. She's a tough cookie. She can admit when she'd wrong. Eventually. And she can look after herself. Although, sometimes she can be a bit pigheaded about this. Others can help her - if only she was willing to accept their help.
A birthday isn't the only thing Troy and Aveline share. Like Troy, Aveline likes solitude, or at least this is what she wants people to think. Deep down, she yearns for what Troy has. A family. She wants to be someone's daughter. Someone's sister. Someone's aunt. Someone's mother. And she can have all this.
Well, there is the slight fact she is wanted for murder. Remember the de Blois father and son duo I mentioned above? Aveline kind of killed the father, Bertram de Blois. And his son, Raimbaut wants revenge. And this dude is one of these dudes who will not stop until he get's that revenge.
Now, I feel obligated to mention here that Aveline didn't just decide to wake up one day and kill Bertram. I want to be able to tell you what happened, but, this is Aveline's story to tell. So, I'm going to leave it up to her.
So, while on the run from this angry looking dude:
Aveline finds herself in the company of Troy de Gysborne.
And they lived happily ever after!
Troy, being the guy he is, wants to do everything to protect Aveline. So he takes her back to Gysborne Castle.
Troy will do whatever it takes to protect Aveline.
Who the heck is Eudes? Oh, did I not mention Aveline is married? Yeah, slight over looking of facts there.
Eudes wants her back.
Troy doesn't want to let her go.
Raimbaut is still after her blood.
And what does Aveline want?
I'm going to let her tell you herself. But, I can reveal this little bit of information about how both she and Troy are starting to feel about each other.
But Eudes is determined to get Aveline back.
As determined as Raimbaut is to kill Aveline?
Rock. Hard place. Oh. Em. Gee.
So, if you want to find out how all this plays out be sure to pick up your copy of, Of Love and Betrayal. COMING SOON!
In the meantime, why not read the story that started it all - Of Love and Vengeance. OUT NOW!