The King’s Appointed

417iQEDlOSLWhen Isolde de Heton is unexpectedly widowed, she has no choice but to accept the king’s appointment as an anchorite in the churchyard at Whalley. After making arrangements for the welfare of her children, including a marriage for her son that will bring in enough money to provide her daughters with dowries, she is enclosed in the small house with two maidservants and expects to stay there for the rest of her life. But when she learns that her father-in-law has disregarded her wishes and is planning to marry her son to a different girl, in an arrangement that will leave her daughters penniless, Isolde must decide whether to break her holy vows to safeguard her family.

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