Ten years had passed since they had joined hands in the ruins of the old abbey church. Standing before the high altar, they were handfasted in the Celtic custom, engaged to be married.
A rose bush had bloomed beside the ruined altar. Stephen had reached out to caress one of the flowers.
“I’ll find you,” he had said. “In ten years, when we have finished school, when we are able to marry, I’ll find you. Until then, whenever you see a yellow rose, remember me. Remember I love you.”
In those ten years, Katherine had finished college, completed med school, and become a doctor. In those ten years they had not seen each other, had not spoken, and had not written.
It was what they had agreed.
For a decade, she had been waiting, hoping, praying.
Today ─ her birthday─ she finds a vase of yellow roses when she reaches home.
Stephen, though, is not Katherine’s only suitor. Bill Wilson has known her since they were in high school. He has long planned to wed her, and he finally decides to stake his claim.
Although the action occurs primarily in New York City, psychologically, the story is set in a small town in Virginia. Change came slowly to the rural South in the nineteen-seventies, and attitudes toward women were most resistant to change. Women were expected to be subservient to men, to have children, to keep house. A woman was to be above reproach, and any hint of scandal was met with censure, with ostracism, with shame. These attitudes threaten to destroy Katherine and the life of which she dreams.
The Handfasting is a story of love renewed, a suitor spurned, a vicious attack, a struggle for healing. It is a story of love that survives.
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“David Burnett has done an amazing job writing this beautiful love story. It is well-written. The story line has love and tragedy all in one. I love it when a book has a happy ending. I definitely recommend my friends to read this awesome book.” – Len Phelps, As-You-Wish Reviews
“Oh my goodness….What a sweet story!! When I started this I couldn’t put it down! I read it in less than 6 hours !… I must tell you that I could feel everything Katherine and Steve were going through. Her friends remind me of my own who would be there for me at any day and time that I needed them. You have a new follower. Mr. Burnett. I do hope to read more from you.” – Jaime, bawakas-bookfair.blogspot.com/
“Truly romantic and exciting, like true love should be. But with drama thrown in that will be like a knife in the heart. Honestly I just cannot praise this book enough. It’s one I would sit and read again and again and again. Beautiful. I just LOVED this book.” – Victoria Loves Books