The Deepening Night
by Jayne Castel
Spring, 630 A.D...
Annan of the Wuffingas is now King of the East Angles; following the kingdom's humiliating defeat to Mercia six months earlier.
He is attempting to make a new start for himself, and his people, when he receives an order from Penda of Mercia - the king he has sworn to 'bend the knee' to.
He must marry Penda's sister - the recently widowed, Saewara of Tamworth. Saewara, free of one bullying husband, only to be promised to another, is filled with despair at the news.
Both Annan and Saewara are embittered by the sacrifice they must make for their kingdoms: Annan had been planning to wed another, a maid now promised to his brother; while Saewara, numbed by life, had planned to become a nun.
Yet, life has other plans for Annan and Saewara.
What begins as a forced marriage, develops into a slow-burning passion between Annan and Saewara; two proud individuals, who must come to terms with more than an unwanted marriage. THE DEEPENING NIGHT is a tale of adventure, love and courage that will change, not just their lives, but the course of history.
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