The Heart's Desire -- Book One of The Briarcrest Chronicles
The Heart's Desire - a
2005 Finalist for the
Travel back in time to the early Renaissance town of Willowglen Township.
Catherine Hawkins, a spice merchant and healer, prepares for the autumn
faire when she is captivated by a stranger with beautiful eyes.
Join Catherine as she struggles to come to grips with her feelings for the
mysterious noblewoman. Journey with both women as they battle against
those who mean to keep them from their hearts' desire.
Can they overcome these obstacles? Find out in
Book One of the Briarcrest Chronicles: The Heart's Desire.
The Eve of the Feast of St. Remi
September 30, 1458
Willowglen Township, England
Catherine could not forget the woman’s eyes. That grey-green gaze had
probed into the depths of her soul and left her overwhelmed with puzzling
She tried not to dwell on it, not with all the preparations to make for the
start of Willowglen’s Harvest Fair. However, try as she might to ignore
her feelings, it just was not possible. Catherine trembled. She felt
bewildered because of a woman—a mystery woman that she could not
erase from her mind—a stranger with compelling eyes capable of sending
shivers dancing on the surface of Catherine’s skin.
How had one look banished the melancholy that she had endured for the
seasons of a year? One look had cracked open the cold, impenetrable shell
that surrounded her, bringing the first hint of joy in life since her father’s death.
As Catherine pulled open the shutters of the old shop window and breathed in
the new day, a ray of morning sun sparkled on the window sill. It made her
smile, and evoked the memory of the woman standing outside her shop.
Catherine tingled with excitement. Questions raced through her mind.
What was this new passion that woke in Catherine? Her chest pounded
when she thought of the woman. A dull ache that had not left her since she
first saw those eyes was almost too much to bear.
Furtado has created a novel that is rich and vibrant in its authenticity. Having spent
two years researching the period to insure the accuracy of the setting and the events,
she has, quite remarkably, reconstructed a vivid interwoven tapestry of everyday life,
the social mores, and these unconventional women of the times.
...all the characters who live their lives on these pages are credible individuals with
the same kinds of plausible hopes and aspirations as distinguish those of us living
in the present....Furtado has a vision for this historical romance series, and her first
published novel more than promises an admirable foundation....The Heart’s Desire
uses an intriguing and innovative approach with wonderfully vital and fascinating
women. This will surely compel the reader to enthusiastically, if not impatiently,
await the next installment.
Reviewed by Arlene Germain at the Starcrossed Production site and at the Just About Write site. Rated 5 out of 5 stars.
The Heart’s Desire reads as if it were written with a quill dipped into ink, made visible
by candlelight, at a small shop, on a quaint cobblestone street in England. Everything
from the tone of the book to its language is impeccable as this historical novel takes
you back to the fifteenth century. From the very first page, to the last, you feel enamored
to these brave women.....I cannot emphasize how well written Furtado’s novel is and
how much I enjoyed it. I was sorry to finish reading it. The characters are so real that
I felt I had actually made their acquaintance. The Heart’s Desire is the first installment
in the Briarcrest Chronicles with book two hopefully on the way soon. I highly
recommend the book to all you romantics out there.
Reviewed by Cheri Rosenberg at The Independent Gay Writer site and at the Starcrossed Production site. Rated 5 out
of 5 stars.
Told in the days of ole, the story takes the reader on a wonderful journey of life, love,
heartbreak, danger and the overwhelming question of: “Will love conquer all?” Noted
as the first in a trilogy, The Heart’s Desire can only be a great beginning to what should
be a fantastic series.
Reviewed by Joyce McNeil at the Starcrossed Production site, amazon.com and bn.com. Rated 5 out of 5 stars.
Book one of The Briarcrest Chronicles is a beautiful testament to the power of love….
Ms. Furtado has created a magnificent tale of love, rich with dimensional characters,
herbal lore and medieval details. I fell in love with Catherine, Lydia and the other people
important to them. Sweet, tender, truly remarkable, The Heart's Desire is not to be missed.
Reviewed by Ayden Delacroix at In The Library January 2005. Rated 8.25 Gargoyles out of 9.
The Heart’s Desire, a sweet tale of unexpected friendships, of overcoming adversity,
of circumstances that mediate the independence women in any age need to pursue
their own paths, of unexpected friendships, and, of course, a few villains.
Carol Seajay's full review appears in the January 2005 (Vol 1, #11) Books to Watch Out For.
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