It was a historical single title that I read around 2003/04. The heroine is a Saxon lady, and the hero is a Norman knight who has been given the land that used to belong to her family. She’s hiding out at a nunnery, and he seeks her out to offer her marriage – I think because he thinks it’s the decent thing to do, and also because he doesn’t speak the language and needs someone who can actually communicate with all the people he is now in charge of. They get married and have a few weeks or months of hot sexxoring, until she gets knocked up, and he gets called away to serve his king. They’re both secretly in love with each other by this point. All of this is backstory that is explored later in the book.
When the book actually starts, the hero is still off with his king, and the baby has been born. The heroine’s brother comes to visit a lot, to tell his sister how much he hates the Normans and how she should too. Then the hero comes home, but he brings some pregnant chick with him (I think he tries to hide her at first), and of course the heroine assumes she’s his mistress, but it turns out that she’s actually the king’s former mistress and now that she’s with pod, there are people after her. There’s some sort of battle, the angry brother falls in love with the pregnant chick, and somewhere in there, the hero and heroine confess their feelings.
As for other identifying details, I think it took place in winter, and the cover was mainly navy, with a woman in a cloak on it. Oddly enough, though I don’t remember the title, I do remember where we shelved it in the library I worked in at the time, so I would say that the author’s last name is towards the middle of the alphabet.
This is insanely long, but I would love help finding this book!
Ok, is it me or does this seem like a Lindsay novel? Or a Lowell?