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Dangerous Gifts
     

Dangerous Gifts

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by Haywood Smith
 

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When servant Claire De Peche is chosen as wife by her much-widowed master, she has no choice but to obey. But when her husband is killed during the First Crusade, her in-laws cast her out and keep her beloved son. Desperate and grieving, Claire is taken in by the last of a long line of women healers who go back to the Roman occupation of Britain. Taught to read and

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When servant Claire De Peche is chosen as wife by her much-widowed master, she has no choice but to obey. But when her husband is killed during the First Crusade, her in-laws cast her out and keep her beloved son. Desperate and grieving, Claire is taken in by the last of a long line of women healers who go back to the Roman occupation of Britain. Taught to read and make medicines by her mentor, Dame Nonna, Claire soon realizes Nonna is slowly losing her mind. In order to care for Nonna and carry on her healing tradition, Claire submits to a proxy marriage with Nonna's son Palmer, a man she's never met who is serving in the Crusade. Things get really interesting when Palmer comes home to discover a mother who doesn't recognize him anymore, and a wife he never heard of. Haywood Smith weaves Claire and Palmer's story with the actual unsolved murder of William the Conqueror's son, William Rufus, providing plenty of drama, action, historical accuracy,demure romance, and adventure.

As with all best-selling author Haywood Smith's award-winning historical novels, DANGEROUS GIFTS offers strong heroines who are women of faith and resilience, and a satisfying conclusion that has her readers coming back for more.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014488891
Publisher:
Haywood Enterprises
Publication date:
04/28/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
545,523
File size:
671 KB

Meet the Author

New York Times best-selling author Haywood Smith did not start writing till she was forty. Seven years of learning, writing, and rewriting later, St. Martins Press published the first of six critically acclaimed, best-selling historical novels about "strong women, hunky heroes, accurate history, and upbeat endings."

After a devastating divorce left her financially destitute, she switched to writing humorous Southern women's fiction about Baby Boomer women who help each other through their various trials with creativity, loyalty, and lots of fun, earning Haywood a place on the New York Times best seller list. ("I sent my ex a thank-you note.")

Haywood adored her mother-in-law, who lived across the street for twenty-five years, then moved in at Haywood's invitation after the divorce. In her mother-in-law's memory, Haywood wrote a fun, helpful handbook titled THE TWELVE SACRED TRADITIONS OF MAGNIFICENT MOTHERS-IN-LAW.

Haywood loves to do stand-up comedy about her life (It's been wild.) and waives her speaker's fee for women's charity fundraisers, Red Hat regional meetings, and Friends of the Library groups. Contact her at with EVENT in the subject line for particulars.

She also loves to hear from her fans at and personally answers all her e-mails.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Buford, Georgia
Date of Birth:
April 21, 1949
Place of Birth:
Atlanta, Georgia
Education:
One year of college and several professional real estate degrees and appraisal certifications
Website:
http://www.haywoodsmith.net

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Dangerous Gifts 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS MY FIRST HAYWOOD SMITH BOOK. GOOD STORY AND A CHANCE TO READ ABOUT CUSTOMS AND PRACTICES OF THOSE TIMES. A CHANGE OF PACE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*An enjoyable medieval read of romance and second chances..