Warwickshire, England, 1260. Will Talbot is leaving home at fourteen to spend the next few years in training at nearby Kenilworth Castle as a squire. Kenilworth is the home of the ambitious Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, who is married to Eleanor, the youngest sister of King Henry III. Will's adjustment to life at the castle is made easier by his growing love for Stephen, the young chaplain's clerk he shares a spartan chamber with.
But in the years after Will and Stephen are unexpectedly separated, Will's life becomes more complicated. Despite his vow to reunite with Stephen once knighted, he allows himself to grow closer to Simon, the Earl's charming and charismatic second son, whom he serves as a squire. As Simon's intentions toward him become clearer and impossible to resist, and the political stakes around the Montforts grow ever higher, Will is faced with a painful choice.
Set against the tense backdrop of the Second Barons' War of 1264-67, and the battles of Lewes and Evesham, Will must navigate a world that he wasn't prepared to enter and decide for himself what, and who, is really worth fighting for.
About the Author
Gabriella West was born in Santa Barbara in 1967. In 1969, her parents moved to Dublin, Ireland, and she grew up in Ireland, studying English and Italian at Trinity College, Dublin. She graduated and left Ireland in 1988. She earned an MA degree in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University in 1995. She has published seven LGBT-themed novels: The Leaving, Time of Grace, Elsie Street, The Pull of Yesterday, and A Knight's Tale: Kenilworth. The follow-up, A Knight's Tale: Montargis, was published March 2018. Return to Carlsbad, the last book in the Elsie Street contemporary gay romance trilogy, was released October 2018. Gabriella West lives in San Francisco, CA.