Celia Fussle's father has passed away. In his will he
states that Celia will inherit the Castle of Wolfenbach in
the Black Forest if she marries the master of the castle.
Celia can either accept these terms or live with her
brother and his spoiled wife and be known as the spinster
sister. She looks at her adventure to Germany as one of
her many fairytales she studied with her father and sets
out to claim her home. Celia arrives at the castle to find
it in disrepair with gargoyles, eerie legends to make one
shudder, and the nightmarish stories about its master.
Fenris von Wolfenbach, lost a leg in the war against
Napoleon and wears his wooden leg as if it is a statement
that he is not whole and no one should forget it. He is
rude and ill tempered, and tries to chase Celia away.
However, Celia doesn't scare easily. She begins to see
the wounded wolf in a different light. His ferocious
growl, dark ways and brooding is his protection from being
hurt from the outside world. Ridicule and pity made him
shy away from reality, but Celia sees him as the man he
is: honorable, brave and strong. Now the only problem is
she needs to make him see it as well. Others with devious
intent do not want this to happen and would stoop to
murder if necessary.
This historical is touched with a bit of the paranormal as
the legend of the Wolfenbachs is slowly revealed. I loved
the feel and ambiance of the story taking the reader to a
different time and place within the Black Forest of
Germany. The heroine is charming in the way she tames the
wolf, and brings out the true honorable man hiding from
the world because of his imperfection. This is a
fairytale with a happily-ever-after ending.
This reader was truly enchanted!
Michelle Nutt, author
Reviewed by Karen Michelle Nutt
Posted June 24, 2007