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Fires of Destiny by Linda Barlow
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This is the book of my heart. I conceived the main characters as a teenager, worked on the book for several years, and was thrilled when it was published in 1986. I have recently revised and polished the novel and released it as a new edition (2013). So far the new version is in ebook form only, but a printed edition will follow shortly.
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“What saves us?" he said wryly. "You do know the answer, Alix. 'Tis all the things you mentioned to Merwynna, and something else." He looked into her green eyes. "So faith, hope, and love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love." "Love saves us?" "Does it not? Not simply sexual love, but also love of one's fellow man, love of God, love of family and “friends, and, of course,"—he glanced toward their sleeping daughter—"the love of a father and mother for their child. All these taken together, with all the joy and pain that they confer—that can save us, surely. Love of life, Alix. You have it. And since I've found you, so do I.”
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Alix Douglas and Roger Trevor loved each other as children. But Roger's ten-year odyssey as a mercenary and seafarer has transformed him into an enigmatic stranger, haunted by his past and entangled in a lethal web of intrigue and deception.

Instantly drawn by the dark and dangerous ex-pirate, Alix hopes he will approve their fathers' plan to unite his estates with hers. But Roger wants her on his own terms, which do not include marriage.

When Alix becomes lady-in-waiting to the Catholic Queen Mary Tudor and Roger sides with the persecuted heretics, the two lovers must confront each other as enemies at a treacherous court where no one is quite what they seem.

Torn between a heart that yearns to trust Roger and a head that fears him capable of murder and treason, Alix fights a forbidden love that threatens to rip her away from family, friends, queen and country and plunge her into mortal danger.

When the original version of this historical romance was originally published in 1986, Linda Barlow received the Romantic Times award as New Historical Romance Author of the Year. Fires of Destiny was also a finalist for the prestigious Rita Award from Romance Writers of America.

This special new edition has been revised and edited by the author, but her beloved characters and their sensuous, exciting story remain the same.


"Linda Barlow's sexy, suspenseful page-turners are pure pleasure to read." --Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Jayne Ann Krentz describes Linda Barlow as "a wonderful story-teller. She grabs you on the first page and plunges you straight into the tumultuous lives of her fascinating characters.”

Bestselling author Catherine Coulter called Fires of Destiny "a bold and clever tapestry, provocative and seductive."

In their 1986 review, Romantic Times said: "Fires of Destiny marks the impressive debut of Linda Barlow in the historical romance genre. Ms. Barlow proves herself to be an extraordinary writer in every respect. Weaving together a strong historical background, an intriguing mystery subplot, along with a touch of mysticism, Ms. Barlow crafts a marvelously textured novel that mesmerizes the reader on every level. The timeless magic of this outstanding romance will guarantee recognition of Linda Barlow as a powerful writer with the talent to surpass all genre boundaries."
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