nice story. well-written and probably quite realistic in depicting the condition of women during the medieval era. however, the note warning readers that the book contains scenes of violence and abuse against women is quite legitimate. for those who are either romantic, compassionate, or feminist at heart, parts of the story are difficult to swallow. while the hero is likeable enough, I struggled somewhat to get past his indirect role in the heroine's multiple rapes. I do think the book is worth reading as long as you come in with the right expectations.