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Palmer Freeman returns from the Crusades broken in body and spirit. What he finds at home is a wife he never knew existed named Claire whose healer's arts are shadowed by a tragic secret. The harder she fights to restore Palmer to physical and spiritual health, the harder he lashes out at her. But can two people, disillusioned by life, find the most precious prize of all?

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Palmer Freeman returns from the Crusades broken in body and spirit. What he finds at home is a wife he never knew existed named Claire whose healer's arts are shadowed by a tragic secret. The harder she fights to restore Palmer to physical and spiritual health, the harder he lashes out at her. But can two people, disillusioned by life, find the most precious prize of all?

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"Smith delivers intelligent, sensitive historical romance for readers who expect more from the genre." -Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Haywood Smith's newest (after Secrets in Satin) is another jewel in her crown--an unusual medieval love story about two commoners in which the lovers don't even meet until a third of the way through. Even readers who prefer a more expedient romance will find this story of two emotionally wounded people deeply satisfying. Cast out of her house by greedy in-laws, widow Claire meets a healer named Nonna and agrees to marry her religious son, Palmer. The characterizations are wonderful; both Palmer and Claire seem like real people, albeit exceptionally courageous and heroic ones. The story line and secondary characters are as fully fleshed as the protagonists; together they compose a quiet but richly detailed story of past pains healed by the power of love. This unusual romance is neither action filled nor driven by internal conflict between the lovers, but those looking for a different read than your basic knight-and-maiden medieval romance won't wwant to miss this. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312968830
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.02 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Haywood Smith

Haywood Smith is the author of Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch, TheRed Hat Club, and Red Hat Club Rides Again. She lives in Buford, Georgia.

Biography

Atlanta native Haywood Smith currently lives in Massachusetts. She has one son, currently in medical school who is "married to a wonderful, fearless Christian woman," and a close family that includes her mother, three sisters, and a brother.

The Red Hat Club was on the New York Times Bestseller List. The paperback edition of Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch appeared on both the USA Today list and the New York Times Extended Bestseller List.

Author biography courtesy of the author's official web site.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Smith:

"God already knows I wrote what I wrote, so I figured I might as well put my real name on my books. My Mama had to get used to the love scenes in my historical romances -- especially when I used bondage as a metaphor in the first one (very polite, consensual bondage; well, most of it)."

"I believe in taking lemons and making lemonade when life gets cruel. I've had joint problems since childhood, so I can only run if my life depends on it, but I now have a job I can do in a recliner. How great is that?"

"I haven't had plastic surgery, but I'm saving up to get lipo on my saddlebag hips and the tummy my sisters and I all have dubbed, ‘the baby.' I also believe that every woman out there should start putting money in a sugar bowl to ‘get the plumbing jerked' once she's finished having her kids. Life without periods is the best!"

"I am happier now without a significant man in my life than I was with one. Not that I'm down on men altogether. I just like my perfect girlie room, my white carpets, keeping my own hours and weird diets, and not having to worry about hiding my bite guard, surgical scars, white roots, and buzz saw snoring. Not to mention having the freedom to pass gas at will without criticism."

"I love hearing from readers who enjoyed my books. Such kind words make my day. I do not love hearing from people who can't handle the realistic nature or language in my work. Everything in my work is there for a reason. If a character cusses, she's been provoked (and it beats busting loose with an Uzi at the nineteenth hole of her ex's country club). If she takes the Lord's name in vain (like my fictional SuSu character) it's because she's subconsciously crying out to the God she's rejected."

"Mainly, I want the women in my books to accurately reflect the complexities, the heartache, and the humor that is our saving grace."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Anne Haywood Pritchett
    2. Hometown:
      Buford, Georgia
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 21, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Atlanta, Georgia
    1. Education:
      One year of college and several professional real estate degrees and appraisal certifications
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    WELL-WRITTEN HISTORICAL ROMANCE

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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