The Handfasting

The Handfasting

by Glynnis Campbell


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"Rich wit, delicious characters, and heartwarming romance...a must read!"–Laurin Wittig, Bestselling author

When Sir Noël de Ware comes from France to claim his betrothed—the most beautiful heiress in the Highlands—he's sure he's been given the best holiday gift ever…until he discovers the spirited lass he's wedded and bedded is not the right sister. Ysenda of Rivenloch never intended to be a counterfeit bride, and when she begins to fall in love with her handsome husband, she becomes trapped in her own deception. Only true love and a Yuletide wish can set things straight and grant them a happily ever after.


Origin novella for The Knights of de Ware

From a long line of legendary warriors come three brothers to carry on the rich and powerful de Ware legacy: Duncan the Champion...Holden the Warrior...Garth the Hero...

Length: 30,000 words = 152 pages

Rating: R-rated for passionate passages

In This Series

The Knights of de Ware

1199 – THE HANDFASTING (a novella)



1338 – MY HERO

Key Themes: Scottish historical romance, adventure stories, strong women, knight in shining armor, French hero, Highland romance, medieval castles, sisters, mistaken identity, disabled character, stories with humor

More Historical Romances by Glynnis Campbell

The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch

THE SHIPWRECK (a novella)

A YULETIDE KISS (a short story)




The Warrior Daughters of Rivenloch


The Knights of de Ware





Medieval Outlaws

THE REIVER (a novella)




Scottish Lasses

THE OUTCAST (a novella)




California Legends




Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938114250
Publisher: Glynnis Campbell
Publication date: 12/05/2015
Series: Knights of de Ware
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Glynnis Campbell is a USA Today bestselling author of swashbuckling action-adventure historical romances set in Scotland, England, and the American West, with over fourteen books published in six languages. She has won awards in the Orange Rose, Hearts through History, and Book Buyers Best competitions, and was a double finalist for the Romance Writers of America Rita Awards.

Glynnis was once in an all-girl band on CBS Records and has done voiceovers for the MTV series "The Maxx," Diablo and Starcraft videogames, and Star Wars audio adventures. She makes her home in Los Angeles with her high school sweetheart/rock star husband and loves playing medieval matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where the bold heroes have endearing flaws, the women are stronger than they look, the land is lush and untamed, and chivalry is alive and well.

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The Handfasting (The Knights of de Ware, Book 0) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
This charming little novella was a heartwarming and endearing way to set the holiday mood. It is a lighthearted, romantic tale that perfectly links the Warrior Maids of Rivenloch tales to the Knights of de Ware series, but it would be perfectly enjoyable all on its own. It has just the right mix of Highland spirit, Viking magic and Campbell signature charm. I am generally not a big fan of this format, but The Handfasting, while an extremely quick read, did feel like a complete, fully contained tale. Fans of historical fiction and lovers of the magic of the Christmas will want to usher in the Yuletide with this fun novella.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Youngest daughter of Rivenloch, Ysenda has always been suborned by her beautiful and very spoilt sister, Cathalin: caretaker of her imperfectly perfect elder brother Caimbeul, and the sense of reason who sees her father, the Laird Gillie, as a hard, unforgiving and detestable being. The Yule celebrations are afoot, and celebrations have brought the clan together. Suddenly, strangers appear, and Ysenda is bound and determined to discover just who they are. Sir Noёl de Ware is an honorable man, and after months of being fobbed off after a treaty arrangement between Fance and Scotland’s Kings, mandating he marry the “most beautiful lass’ in Scotland, heir to her family’s estate and clan, he’s come to claim his bride. Ysenda is the one who caught his eye: beautiful, intriguing and unafraid to confront him, he’s smitten. With Ysenda’s father clearly willing to risk the King’s wrath and war by claiming that Ysenda, not the beauteous Cathalin, is the bride he seeks. Threatening Caimbeul’s life with his dagger, Ysenda takes the safe option: agreeing if Noёl will postpone the consummation for a day. She feels certain she can talk sense into her father, and Cathalin will be a more than acceptable substitute. Things never quite go according to plan, and Ysenda finds herself guilt ridden and more than a bit in love with Noёl: he’s honorable, kind, appreciates her wit and seems to find her attractive. I loved their conversations and Noёl’s honest and open attempts to get to know her. He truly did epitomize a “knight” in all things he acted with honor, wracked with guilt when he felt her sadness, determined to aid Caimbeul and boost his confidence even risking Ysenda’s wrath and displeasure as she had coddled and protected Caimbeul since her mother’s death. Laird Gillie behaves as expected throughout, and with a huge secret that dwarfs even the fact that Ysenda is not, in fact, his intended bride, the story takes a leap into happy ever after. I’m now finding that I want to know more of these two, see the growth of Caimbeul that will highlight his strengths and will to overcome his disabilities, and most importantly, return to this world that Campbell has so beautifully described. I received an eBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant go wrong with Glynnis! A wonderful link between the Rivenrock warriors and the D'Ware's. Ends with a HEA. Perfect ending.