The Handfasting by David Burnett

In the summer of nineteen sixty-seven, Katherine and Steven were going in different directions, enrolling in different schools, traveling to different countries. But, before they parted, they knelt in the ruins of an old abbey church. Joining hands and pledging their love, they were handfasted, married in the ancient Scottish tradition.
Steven promises to find her, but a decade passes before they are together again.
Joining hands and pledging their love counts for little in twentieth century America. When they reunite, they fall in love, once more and they plan their wedding. Steven, though, is not Katherine’s only suitor. Bill Wilson – arrogant, selfish, sexist − has known Katherine since they were in high school. He has long assumed he would wed her, and when Steven appears, he decides he must formally stake his claim.
When Katherine rebuffs him, his courtship takes a violent twist, and Katherine must decide what she will risk to be with Steven, the man she truly loves.
If you enjoy stories about strong women who fight to overcome the odds to obtain what they want, then you will enjoy The Handfasting.

Once I started reading this, I just couldn't put it down. I fact I continued reading until 3am as I was hooked!…It is not very often a book leaves a real imprint on me but Mr Burnett has managed to do that to me with this book. I have to admit, I even shed a tear as the book was becoming to its conclusion. Silly I know. It was not a slushy romance. It was a great read with a powerful storyline. If the author writes more books like this, I for one will buy them.
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