I never know to say in these things. I guess that says something about me. I read a lot, write stories, and like books. I like a good debate. Nothing else is to say. :-)
This is a tale about two warring families who are threatening the peace of the land with their thirst for murdering each other. In order to nip this in the bud once and for all, the King of the land decides to force a marriage between the two families. Neither are impressed. Graeme Montgomery especially, since everyone knows that Eveline Armstrong is "touched" She hasn't spoken for years, and all signs point to her not being all their intellectually. This is all due to and accident many years before. And he is upset that he would lose the chance to have a proper marriage and wife and produce heirs (at least he had morals about forcing himself on a woman who may not even be aware of the world around her. Points to him.). Not to mention Eveline's family is horrified that their daughter, who the have protected and coddled for years and who is disabled, is being delivered to their enemy like a lamb to the slaughter. A usual Romeo and Juliet tale. Enemies become lovers...but..the twist..
Our heroine Eveline is not "touched," she is deaf. And she is navigating a world that doesn't have the sophistication yet as far as dealing with people with disabilities, such as thinking they are cursed or of the devil, and go about warding themselves from their evil eye. I Thought this heroine brought a fresh take to a typical romance. Everything you expect in a romance is present, but the reader gets to experience this familiar story and the world through the eyes of someone they don't normally get many chances to relate, and that made the entire book for me.