Lovers' Knot

Cornwall, 1906

After inheriting Trevaglan Farm from a distant relative, Jonathan Williams returns to the estate to take possession, with his best friend, Alayne, by his side. He'd only been to Trevaglan once before, fourteen years earlier when he'd been sent there after a family scandal and his mother's death.  But that was a different time; he's a different person now, determined to put that experience out of his mind and his heart….

That summer, he'd been a lost and lonely young man. Healing came slowly; the hot summer days were filled with sunshine, the nearby ocean, and a new friend, Nat. Jonathan and the farmhand had quickly grown close, Jonathan needing comfort in the wake of his grief, and Nat basking in a peace and love he had never known could exist.

But that was also a summer of rumors and strange happenings in the surrounding countryside, of romantic triangles and wronged lovers. Tempers would flare like summer lightning, and fade just as quickly. By the summer’s end, one young man was dead, and another haunted for life.

Now Jonathan is determined to start anew. Until he starts seeing the ghost of his former friend everywhere he looks. Until mementos of that summer idyll reappear. Until Alayne's life is in danger. Until the town's resident witch tells Jonathan that ghosts are real. And this one is tied to Jonathan unto death…

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Critical Acclaim for Lovers’ Knot:

Hayden Thorne 
Speak Its Name 

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"Lovers’ Knot, Donald Hardy’s beautifully rendered and entertaining historical romance…a backdrop dripping with atmosphere…a cast of finely drawn characters…Lovers’ Knot is a real find, and I hope to see more novels from this gifted author. Very highly recommended. "
Alana White
Historical Novels Review May, 2010 
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"With apologies to Leonard Cohen, in Lover's Knot, there's a blaze of light in every word, and it seems as if every breath I drew while turning the pages was a hallelujah. "
Mrs. Giggles
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"Hardy is able to write intensely moving, quietly passionate love scenes, yet also evoke in blistering detail harrowing scenes from the main character's past, neither overshadowing the other, both integral to the beautiful conclusion."
Diana Troldahl 
Fresh Fiction
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"..a serious, literary book, but a delight to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. "
Alex Beecroft, author of Captain's Surrender







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Through interviews and with original contributions, Paws and Reflect explores and celebrates the special and powerful bond between twenty-five gay men and their dogs. Interviewees included Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee, Cannes award-winning director Jonathon Caouette, Academy Award-nominated writer Ron Nyswaner, actor and playwright Charles Busch and Animal Planet's David Mizejewski, with contributions from authors Jay Quinn, Donald Hardy, Alistair McCartney and sixteen others.

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