Townsend’s newest book, with its backdrop of political and religious intrigue and mayhem, delivers a romance not soon to be forgotten. With characters of great depth and emotion, torn between familial responsibilities and their deepening love, this explosive tale will bring joy and fulfillment to readers.

Joanna of Glastonbury, an alchemist, is forced to create gold for an elixir of eternal life to save her father’s life as a prisoner of the corrupt Bishop Thomas. To her surprise, she is taken captive by the knight Hugh Manahill when he accosts the bishop in an attempt to ransom his brother, a Templar, from the bishop. After escaping, he and Joanna begin to feel deep emotional desires for each other. Knowing they cannot succeed alone, they join forces to free the prisoners. The stunning climax will bring them peace. (ZEBRA, Jun., 380 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin