Jove, May 2002, 6.50, 352 pp.
In 1483, the Earl of Bellville lies dying when Lady Riley D'Aubere visits him to collect the debt he owes her. Twenty years earlier, she freed the earl from incarceration. Since Riley's husband was branded a traitor, the family estate reverts to the crown once she dies leaving her daughter nothing. Riley obtains the Earl's signature on a contract that marries Lynette to the dying man's son.
When Devon Seward learns about his deceased father's final act, he becomes irate for he does not want to be married to anyone. Instead he believes the contract is non-binding and plans to find a spouse for Lynette even if he has to pay the dowry price. Lynette does not want to be wed either so she runs away, but he follows. When they meet she thinks he is a hunter. As they fall in love and the truth of his identity surfaces, both struggle to survive as two rival factions use them as pawns in an attempt to gain the throne.
The sense that the reader is in the late fifteenth century flows throughout the wonderful historical romance turning HEART OF A HUNTER into a superior tale than usual. The story line is fast-paced as the lead characters struggle with what their parents have wrought as well as the outside terror. Though Devon's duplicity seems out of character, he is a heroic individual while his intended is an intrepid person. The sequel to the powerful HEART OF A WARRIOR (Riley's story) proves how good Betty Davidson is with her vivid fifteenth century romances.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner