“And that, Lady Alinor, brings me to the purpose of my visit,” the King said slowly, “You have no way of knowing, but I owe a debt to Sir Tristan and here is where I will pay it.”
Tristan’s head snapped up. It was difficult keeping his eyes open, he was so tired.
“It is my pleasure to reward Sir Tristan and his service to me by bestowing you as his wife, and Sunnid Bridge as his land. Well served Lord Tristan.” He lifted his goblet in salute. An audible gasp came from Alinor, as she faced the King.
Widowed and finally happy, Alinor de Bertram has built her beloved Sunnid into the perfect home for her and the people dependent upon her. Flourishing under her independence, her creativity has brought a thriving industry that provides a good community that she strived to keep hidden, allowing the outside world to only see the small rundown keep of Bridge, her dead husband's land.
King John brings desperately ill, Sir Tristan de Clare, to wed Alinor as a payment of debt for his land in Normandy, and time spent as the kinsmen captive of King Philip of France. Strangers, they learn to build a life together, their love building the future for their family.
Beginning in 1213 in the midst of England’s struggle Love’s Tie That Binds chronicles a family’s effort to curtail a ruthless, and greedy King’s power, necessity brings together families who need each other in ways they were unaware.
The. de Clare Chronicles tells the story of the family’s struggle for what would eventually become the Magna Carta, through a series of four books. Each book continues the tale involving the de Clare and de Bertram families, centering on Sunnid’s Lord and Lady as they build their family and life together while playing a role in creating history.