by David Burnett
Handfasting: A Celtic ceremony of engagement or betrothal.
Katherine had joined hands with Steven in the ruins of the old abbey church. Standing before the high altar, they were handfasted in the Celtic custom, engaged to be married. Katherine was going to college, going to med school. Steven was studying art in Italy for the next year. She could not marry Steven, then. A rose bush had bloomed beside the ruined altar. Steven had reached out to caress one of the flowers.
“I’ll find you,” he had said. “In ten years, when we have finished school, when we are able to marry, I’ll find you. Until then, whenever you see a yellow rose, remember me. Remember I love you.”
Ten years after the handfasting, Steven fulfils his promise to find Katie, they fall in love again, and plan to marry.
Steven, though, is not Katherine’s only suitor. Bill Wilson –arrogant, selfish, sexist, abusive- has known Katherine since they were in high school, and he has long planned to wed her. When Steven appears, he realizes that he must finally stake his claim. The conflict that follows takes an unexpected, violent twist.
Will Steven fight for their love?
Will Katie see Bill’s abuse for what it is, or is she doomed to a tortured life as his wife?
The Handfasting is a story of love renewed, a suitor spurned, a vicious attack, and a struggle for healing.
It is a story of love that survives.
Here is what people are saying about The Handfasting:
“David Burnett has done an amazing job writing this beautiful love story. It is well-written. The story line has love and tragedy all in one. I love it when a book has a happy ending. I definitely recommend my friends to read this awesome book.” – Len Phelps, As-You-Wish Reviews
“Oh my goodness….What a sweet story!! When I started this I couldn’t put it down! I read it in less than 6 hours !… I must tell you that I could feel everything Katherine and Steve were going through. Her friends remind me of my own who would be there for me at any day and time that I needed them. You have a new follower. Mr. Burnett. I do hope to read more from you.” – Jaime, bawakas-bookfair.blogspot.com/
“Truly romantic and exciting, like true love should be. But with drama thrown in that will be like a knife in the heart. Honestly I just cannot praise this book enough. It’s one I would sit and read again and again and again. Beautiful. I just LOVED this book.” – Victoria Loves Books
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