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The Kingdom of Northumbria

The Whispering Wind

Book 1: The Kingdom of Northumbria
(Released January 24, 2017)

An emotionally-charged historical adventure romance set in Dark Ages Britain. A monk, a handmaid--and an unbreakable bond.

The day Leofric finds a young woman washed up on a windswept shore, his life changes forever. 

A monk upon the island of Lindisfarne, Leofric is living in exile after shaming his family. The girl he saves is Aelfwyn. Once handmaid to a queen, she is now fleeing from an immoral king.

Leofric, an arrogant young warrior forced into a monastic life, isn't used to looking out for anyone but himself. Yet the blonde and beguiling Aelfwyn now depends on him for her survival. Thrown together by circumstance, the pair escape the north together--and so begins an epic adventure. He helps her heal from the wounds of the past, while she gives him a chance at redemption--only, all too soon, the past catches up with them. 


"This is an official request for historical romance readers to move out of their Regency-era and Scottish Highlander comfort zones. Author Jayne Castel had me completely immersed in her Dark Ages world of Northumbria. I could feel the rough clothes abrading my skin, see the poverty of the monks, thrill to a knife battle deep in the woods, and wonder at the power and depravity of an immoral king. This book also packs an emotional punch, since I actually teared up as I read about the desperation of Leofric and Aelfwyn. If you enjoy an emotional, eventful story framed around authentic history (the foreword, afterword and maps are fascinating), then I suggest you pick up books by Jayne Castel."

"Jayne Castel is the best at delivering dark ages historical fiction that is so believable, gritty, hopeful, with powerful emotion. Well written, this tale makes you ache as the couple struggle against terrible odds and the unfairness of class and gender differences. But the story is so worth it. Not only do you feel justice and good prevail, you gain an incredible history lesson."