Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Far Haven Treasury: A Windflower Saga Collection by Aleksandra Layland brings out the third part in the series that continue the story of the Ansgar family. The novel tells the story of Lady Keridwen’s direct descendant who is also named Karidwen. Much like her ancestor, Karidwen did not have an easy life. She too had to suffer many hardships before she was able to have her Happily Ever After. Married as a teenager and later a young widow and an adoptive mother of six young children, Keridwen is living her life the best way she can. Dealing with the cards that she has been dealt with, she agrees to help a son of a lawyer who helped her family once. She has no idea that when she meets with Loris Kennet her life would change completely.
When Loris Kennet arrives in Kimbria, he is not in his right mind or health. His title was taken away because of a crime he does not remember committing. When he comes home to Keridwen, he has no idea that he will marry a charismatic and beautiful woman to save his name and his position. They are married in name only, but over time they become friends. When Loris tries to change the dynamics of their relationship, Keridwen wants him to clear his name first. However, it is not easy! Before he can clear his name, they have to catch the pirates who murder, and sell women and children. Can they do it? Will they be able to become one, or will Tribune Loris Kennet fail to clear his name?
I became familiar with the series when I first read Of Wisdom and Valor and I instantly liked Lady Keridwen. Much like the original Keridwen, she is also feisty and ready to take charge. She might have been a helpless teenager, but now she is a grown woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. I loved the dynamic between her and Loris Kennet. She lives up to the standard of character development that is expected of Aleksandra Layland. The novellas brought an insight into the novel and the story, and helped me understand the dynamics more. I found that the Lady Keridwen from “Of Wisdom and Valor” and the Keridwen of “Far Haven Treasury” are two sides of a coin; similar yet very different at the same time. Highly recommended!