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Lady Cristiana is terrified of marriage, and for good reason. Coming from a long line of women who died in childbirth, Cristiana runs from her arranged marriage to a foreign earl . . . but love finds her anyway.
It is the summer of 1346. England and Scotland are at war. Earl Raegenhere Auenel of Berwick and Earl Edmund Garrard of Northumberland want nothing more than to end the bloodshed between their lands, and Earl Garrard’s daughter, Lady Cristiana, is the lynchpin in their treaty.
Cristiana has rejected sixteen suitors, terrified of marriage for one reason: death. Descended from a long line of women who died giving birth to their first and only children, Cristiana fears she will befall the same fate if she marries. The only thing that gives her any peace and sense of purpose is her work as a midwife, preventing other mothers’ untimely deaths.
Now, forced by her father to give up midwifery and marry Earl Auenel, she must leave her home and the friends she loves to preserve her life, but fate has other plans. When she takes a wrong turn and accidentally ends up in Scotland, she meets the one man who can capture her heart. Will she give in to fate’s plans for marriage, or will she run again?