The Blacksmith's Wife

The Blacksmith's Wife

by Elisabeth Hobbes

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A passion forged from fire 

Rejected by her favored knight, Joanna Sollers knows she will never love again. Especially when the man she's now forced to marry is none other than her beloved's half brother! 

For blacksmith Hal Danby, marrying Joanna makes his lifelong dream of entering the Smiths' Guild possible, even if the secrets in his past mean he'll forever keep his distance. But everything changes with one stolen night, and in the arms of his new bride, Hal wonders if this loveless arrangement could transform into something real…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488004117
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 05/01/2016
Series: The Danby Brothers , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 571,399
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Elisabeth grew up in York, where she spent her teenage years looking for a handsome Roman or Viking to sweep her off her feet.

She achieved her dream of becoming an author after finishing third in Harlequin's SYTYCW contest 2013 and being offered a two-book contract.  When she isn’t writing, she spends her time reading and is a pro at cooking while holding a book!

Elisabeth lives in Cheshire with her husband, two children and two cats with ridiculous names.

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The Blacksmith's Wife 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RoseinTexas2 More than 1 year ago
The Blacksmith's Wife is the first book in The Danby Brothers series by author Elisabeth Hobbes. Our hero Hal Danby is a blacksmith and the half brother of Sir Roger the Knight. Our heroine Joanna Sollers thinks she is in love with Sir Roger. When things don't work out for Joanna with Roger she unexpectedly finds herself married to Hal. I have to admit I immediately liked Hal. He was a wonderful hero and a much better man than Sir Roger was in this story. Joanna took some time to like; she seemed a little immature in the beginning. But after her marriage to Hal and as these two try to find a way to make their marriage work, I couldn't help but like her. This was a wonderful story of a couple who start out their marriage with a lot of misunderstandings and a lack of communication, but in realizing the truth and trusting in each other they end up with a very satisfying HEA! What a great story that kept me up late reading one more chapter... I highly recommend this story and can't wait to see how Elisabeth Hobbes redeems Sir Roger in the next story....
PrincessFiona More than 1 year ago
I'm not quite sure exactly when this book is set. Obviously in a time of knights and tournaments, but there are few clear pointers about an exact date so I'm guessing 13th-14th Century. Joanna Sollers is the niece of one of the leading members of the Blacksmith Guild in York. For the last three years she has been fangirling over one Sir Roger Danby of the Yorkshire Moor Danby's at the regular jousting events in the city. Roger is handsome and a charmer but not a noticeably considerate lover despite hinting at marriage as he lures Joanna further into intimacy. Joanna's uncle is growing tired of waiting for her to marry and be off his hands, so it is vital she bring Roger to the point before he leaves. This year, Roger is accompanied by his illegitimate half-brother, Hal, who despite being trained as Roger's squire (a usual career for a base-born child acknowledged by his father) has chosen to become a blacksmith like his lowborn maternal grandfather. His greatest ambition is to become a member of the Guild. These two go head to head at their first meeting and when they are both disappointed in their ambitions the connection is strengthened. When Joanna's uncle recognises the disappointed blacksmith, he is quick to point out the possibilities of a permanent relationship. This is not really a marriage of convenience in the modern sense. There is no suggestion of them marking time as it is to be a regular marriage and while Joanna is dreaming of romance with Sir Roger, the reality of the time, demonstrated by those married couples around them, is that marriage is more about business and duty. Joanna determines to be a dutiful wife, but is still blinded by the glamour of the tournament and a little fearful of the marriage bed because her limited experience so far suggests it will not be pleasurable. With all this behind them, it isn't surprising the marriage has a rocky start. I really enjoyed them getting to know each other despite it being two steps forward, one step back as the secrets they kept and the pride they clung to kept them from communicating. Joanna is immature in relationships despite being twenty, an age the majority girls of that era would have been settled, and this shows itself in many of her reactions. It was nice to see her mature over the course of the book which takes place over time, rather than the forced pace often seen in contemporary romance. I really liked Hal, who has the expected issues of a brother born on the wrong side of the blanket with an irresponsible brother. I enjoyed being inside his head and seeing how he saw Joanna. The ending was sweet but rather abrupt. I turned the page expecting more and was a little disappointed. Perhaps we shall find out how they went if Roger gets a story. Though it would take an awful lot of suffering to redeem him.