1298 A.D. - Lady Diamantha de Bocage Edlington lost her husband at the Battle of Falkirk. Grieving, she is unprepared for the visit of Sir Cortez de Bretagne, King Edward's garrison commander at Sherborne Castle. Dark and fiery from his Spanish heritage, Cortez is a knight with sultry good looks and a quick temperament. He has also come on a mission.
Cortez was the last man who saw Diamantha's husband alive and promised the dying man he would take care of his wife. He has therefore come to claim her. Horrified, Diamantha struggles to come to terms with what de Bretagne is telling her, but in her heart, resentment and hatred stir: Robert Edlington's corpse was left upon the fields of Falkirk and de Bretagne, as the last man to see him, is to blame.
Therefore, before Diamantha will become de Bretagne's wife, she makes a demand of him: return for Robert's body and bring him home for a proper burial. And so, the great Questing to find Robert Edlington's body begins...
Join Diamantha and Cortez on their great journey from the fields of Dorset to the hallowed grounds of Falkirk, a journey during which they discover great and terrible things about the world, their country, and each other. From the ashes of grief rises a phoenix of great passion, and bonds are forged between Diamantha and Cortez that can never be broken.
©2014 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2015 Kathryn Le Veque
"My Quest Is You!"
Kathryn Le Veque is one of my favorite authors so I try to listen to one of her books every few months. All of her medieval books tie into one another nicely but because each book is self contained you never have to read them in order. Its just wonderful to hear about characters you've read before in her other books.
The Questing is a medieval romance that is touchingly sweet. The physical and emotional journey of the main characters (Diamantha and Cortez) is the driving force of this love story. Their story is endearing, sweet, and very memorable. This beautifully written book is different from her other books because it doesn't have the usual action packed adventure but rather and emotionally packed journey of love.
Narration is perfect!
If you enjoy medieval l Romances give this or any of Kathryn Le Veque's books a try. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a Knight In Shining Armor. ;-)
This was another wonderful story by Kathryn. Tim did a great job as narrator. I loved how she tied so many of the great family's that she has written about into this book!
Good story and good narrator. Tim Campbell did a good job. So often the narrator determines my attention.
"A love so divine, it touches the soul"
For it was not into my ear he whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. 13th century poet
Kathryn Le Veque always provides a small part of history for me with exquisite detail about people who lived in that period, enticing me further to chase down how it fits into the big plan of our past whether it be political, social, or environmental. Thank God for the ease of access through the internet. This is one of the reasons I particularly enjoy her writing which leans heavily on events of history which Ms. Le Veque expressively uses. I am never disappointed in any of the author’s medieval stories. She creates a world I can reach out and touch. That’s great writing!
This story begins with the Battle of Falkirk, the place where Lady Diamantha’s husband had been cut down by an arrow. The English won this particular battle, but lost many men. The story proceeds with a quest. One Lady Diamantha needed to take. She wanted to return to the scene of the battle to see if she could retrieve her late husband’s body. Her quest included learning the true merit of men in dangerous days. Some were found wanting indeed, while others touched her heart and one her very soul.
Sir Cortez found what he knew not what he lacked. He came to many realizations on the journey. He had found his quest, his quest was his lady wife and her adorable daughter, Sophie.
The story was rich in description, culture, etiquette and tradition of the time. Mesmerized by the hardship of living life those many years back, I was, as well, completely captivated by its emotional pull to my senses.
This story dealt with what is buried in the hearts of man and his need to seek revenge long after that emotion should have died. Equally founded in this story is what man will do to protect those he loves from evil doers and unhappiness. (This listen will require a box of tissue.)
Tim Campbell did a marvelous job in every aspect of the production. He carried well the intention of the author. His female impersonations were marvelous. I no longer heard a male impersonating a woman, but a female in dialog. He was successful in telling the story in its dramatic setting in an authentic and totally riveting effect. He has narrated several of this author’s novels which I will be listening to. I listened to some of the samples of his voice overs and find he really is very versatile and engaging.
""My quest is you. It has always been you""
I love the hero saying this to the heroine a couple of times throughout the book. It's a beautiful story. The only reason I gave it a 4 star is because it is a slow going story. There is a lot of conversations that is discussed at length which could have been done in much less time and did not add much except length. Other than that it was wonderful love story.
"A thrilling, passionate, emotional journey."
By Kathryn Le Veque
The opening scene is the battle of Falkirk, July 1298 AD. King Edwards English Knights are in a battle with the Scots, lead by William Wallace. Two knights, one Scottish arrow, two men in one brotherhood with a powerful bond and code of honor. One fallen knight, one friend vowing to care for his friend's wife and daughter, to love them and be good to them, Sir Cortez de Bretagne gives his friend and fellow knight, Robert Edlington peace as Robert's eyes close. The journey of Sir Cortez begins. Three months later Sir Cortez seeks out his friend's wife, Lady Diamantha de Boeage Edlington. Cortez is truly a tall, dark, big handsome knight, who is half Spanish from his mother's side, with dark hair and dark eyes. The picture in my mind's eye is one gorgeous man. Cortez has been a widower for three years, Lady Diamantha has been widowed three months, so she is less than receptive to the fact another marriage has been arranged for her with her family's blessing. Lady Diamantha and Sir Cortez are off to a rocky start, especially since they are both use to getting their own way in all matters. All Lady Diamantha wants her late husband, Robert Edlington's body retrieved from the Scottish lands of Falkirk and brought home for a proper burial. All Sir Cortez wants is Lady Diamantha and a family. When Cortez meets three year old Sophie, he looks into the face of his fallen friend and knight Robert and Sir Cortez's heart melts. Little Sophie will steal your heart away. Her character is delightful, touching and powerful throughout the story. Lady Diamantha agrees to marry Sir Cortez on one condition and that condition begins a journey of raw, pure emotion, as well as a physical journey, a quest, across England into Scotland. This story is filled with multiple layers and dynamics of family, love and friendship, as well as one man's word of honor. I loved this book from start to finish. Author Kathryn Le Veque captivates the reader with historical detail, descriptive and beautifully written topography on a quest that has so many multiple facets to it. A quest of forgiveness, healing, learning, trusting, accepting, compromising, protecting, enlightenment and raw emotions of falling in love. An unforgettable journey, an unforgettable, spellbinding story that will take your breath away. This story has excitement and plot twists that will keep you hanging on every word. The author also provides the reader with an amazing opportunity to glimpse into generations of families stemming all the way back to Kathryn's book The Wolfe. I love how this author always brings in previous characters into a story and let's her readers know the extension of life and legacy those characters contributed and throughout their generations continue to captivate us. One of my favorite books of all time. An absolute must read. Be prepared to move Sir Cortez to the top of your book boyfriend list because you will fall in love with him and this beautifully written story.
"I love this author"
This book is as wonderful as the rest of her books. Her writing is one of the best I have listened to or read. I really enjoy listening to Tim Cambell but a dual narration would really bring it over the top. Why is it so difficult for books to be read with dual narration? You do not find many Historical Romances with dual narration.
"I WISH I COULD GIVE IT 10 STARS..."
WONDERFUL...WONDERFUL...WONDERFUL. I loved this book. Kathryn Le Veque is such a talented writer, she can make you feel that you are there ...in the story with the characters. This story had so many ups and downs, I didn't know whether to keep the box of tissues for happy tears or sad tears. Just the right amount of "steam". As always, when I cannot find a story that I wish to read...I can always turn to one of Kathryn Le Veque's books and know that I will be satisfied. I hope you all enjoy this story as much as I did!! Last, but not least, what would we do without Tim Campbell and his wonderful narration. He is amazing...as always!!
"Good enough, if not quite my cup of tea"
This book ended up in my library partly because of a sale, and partly because I enjoy historical fiction. I tend to avoid romance novels, but was looking for something light and engaging, but easy to put down while packing to move. It did the job, and was still good enough that I kept coming back until it was finished.
The narration was very well done, with distinct voices and accents that lent a delightful flavor to the story.
What I did like: enough bits and pieces of the time period, culture and history of these deeply medieval times to keep it interesting for me. I enjoyed listening to the two protagonists gradually discover each other, and generally behave as mature adults, making the best choices they knew how to make. And growing as individuals along the way.
What I didn't like seems to be mostly a matter of taste. I prefer much more plot than romance, and overall more depth--both of story and character.
Based on the author's notes, if you enjoy her other stories you'll likely enjoy this one as well.
I enjoyed the historically accurate details, though it was not customary to bathe as much as done in the book.
There was some repetition of phrases like "gods bones" and others that was tiring. Some sentences were too long and I felt like too many people's feelings were described but overall the story was enjoyable. Would have liked the book to go on in a little more detail about the time after the quest, a chapter or two before the epilogue.
A decent read overall.
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