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The Needle in the Blood

Published: March 2012
SKU: 9781402265914

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His lust for power gave him everything. But it might cost him the love of his life.

The Bishop hired her for a simple job: embroider a tapestry. It is an enormous work, a cloth trophy of the conquest of England. But her skill with a needle and thread is legendary. It would be uncomplicated.

She plans to kill him as soon as she gets the chance. He and his brother, William the Conqueror, murdered her King and destroyed her world. Revenge, pure and clean. It would be simple.

But neither planned to fall desperately in love. As the two become hopelessly entangled, friends become enemies, enemies become lovers, and nothing in life—or the tapestry—is what it seems. An unlikely love story born of passion and intensity, crafted by critically acclaimed historical novelist Sarah Bower,The Needle in the Blood is a "story of love, war, and the tangled truth of England's birth."

Praise for Sarah Bower's Sins of the House of Borgia

"Sizzling."—USA Today

"The sheer grandeur of the papal and Ferrara courts and the spectacle of the Borgia and Ferrara siblings' rivalries and revenges form a glittering take on one of the most notorious families of the Italian Renaissance."—Publisher's Weekly

"Bower brilliantly merges history with politics and convincing characters to draw readers into a lush and colorful tapestry of Renaissance life...This powerful piece of fiction ranks with some of the finest of the genre."—RT Book Reviews

Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Size: 5.50 in x 8 in
  • Pages: 544
  • Case Count: 12
"The engaging storyline contains a passionate love subplot as Sarah Bowers reflects the essence of the brutal transition of power starting just after the Conquest and for the few years." — Genre Go Round Reviews
"It is pure historical fiction with plenty of historical data weaved into the plot. Overall, it is an epic tale and one well worth reading! Highly recommended!" — History and Women
"Bower cleverly builds a highly sensual novel on the reimagined life of William the Conqueror's half-brother Bishop Odo of Bayeaux and his mysterious mistress. She embroiders the well-written tale with fascinating and plausible historical detail (including the process of embroidery), several mysteries surrounding the tapestry, a powerful romance and many characters' viewpoints. This will captivate historical fiction aficionados. 4 1/2 Stars, TOP PICK" — RT Book Reviews
"Sarah bower is a talented storyteller who not only successfully brings a story to life but provides us with an accurate looking glass into the past, a glass I wanted to continue peering into long after I turned the last page." — Romance Fiction Suite 101
"There is nothing like a historical re-imagining in the hands of a talented author." — The Broken Teepee
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