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Poitevin Hearts

Joyce DiPastena

Category: Romance, Mystery/thriller
Four book series

Poitevin Hearts: Political intrigue is everywhere. The conflicts between King Henry II of England and his rebellious sons threaten to engulf the lives and loyalties of the men and women of Poitou. Will love be the key that guides them safely through the storms?

Poitevin Hearts Series: Political intrigue is everywhere. The conflicts between King Henry II of England and his rebellious sons threaten to engulf the lives and loyalties of the men and women of Poitou. Will love be the key that guides them safely through the storms?

Loyalty’s Web
Heléne de Laurant has not forgotten how the English Earl of Gunthar destroyed her father’s castle during King Henry II’s war with his sons. Apparently neither have her family and friends, for when someone tries to murder Gunthar, every sign points in their direction. Heléne realizes the only way to prove her loved ones’ innocence is by exposing the true assassin. As Heléne and Gunthar spar over the identity of the traitor, fierce determination gives way to mutual attraction. Heléne must race against time and dark secrets of the past to unmask the would-be killer before the kingdom plunges back into war and takes the life of the man she has grown to love. Loyalty’s Web was a Whitney Award Finalist in Historical Romance.

Illuminations of the Heart
When Siri de Calendri’s brother dies, his will sends her from Venice and the medieval illuminating workshop she loves to the guardianship of Sir Triston de Brielle in the faraway county of Poitou. Siri is determined to find employment as an illuminator in this strange land—until Triston unexpectedly snatches her heart away with a kiss. Triston is a man of quiet honor and courage, but a stain from his late father’s past traps him and Siri between the rivalry of King Henry II’s sons and a neighbor out for vengeance. Siri has illuminated many a priceless book with pen and paint, but can her own vibrant spirit illuminate the darkness in Triston’s wounded soul and deliver them both from the anger of Duke Richard of Aquitaine? Illuminations of the Heart was a Whitney Award Finalist in Historical Romance.

Loving Lucianna
Lucianna Fabio left her home in medieval Venice and traveled to Poitou to keep a promise to Siri’s mother. Now that Siri is happily wed to the Poitevin knight Sir Triston de Brielle, Lucianna has nothing to keep her in Poitou—except for a handsome knight named Sir Balduin. Suddenly her lonely autumn life feels very much like spring again. Then Lucianna’s brother appears without warning and threatens to revive the secret that will destroy Lucianna’s second chance at love.

Dangerous Favor
Mathilde de Riavelle’s father has been accused of stealing from King Henry II’s royal wardrobe in Normandy. Determined to prove her father’s innocence, she hopes to enlist the aid of Lord Therri, heir to a rich barony who has the wealth and connections Mathilde needs to delve into the mysteries of her father’s past. But Lord Therri barely notices that Mathilde exists. Etienne de Brielle, the younger son of a disgraced Poitevin family, hopes to make his fortune on the tournament field. He would gladly help Mathilde, but for now he is barely scraping by on his winnings. Unable to stop dreaming of her, he tricks Mathilde into granting him her favor for a tournament. But her simple white ribbon holds a secret, one that someone will kill for.

The Poitevin Hearts romance series is linked together by recurring characters, but each title is written as a stand-alone novel. They can be read and enjoyed in any order.

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