Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 496 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Medieval
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Summary from publisher:
A maiden who will not marry
For the lovely Lady Audris, taking a husband would mean losing her home. She is content to concentrate on her special gift, weaving gorgeous tapestries that often contain hints of the future. But nothing predicts the arrival of Hugh Licorne, confident in his strength and single-minded in his determination-to have her.
A battle-hardened knight who needs a bride
From the moment Hugh sets eyes on Lady Audris, he knows he has found the woman destined to be his wife. She's courageous and beautiful, delicate yet strong. But winning her trust and defending her from her enemies will be the greatest battle he has ever faced.
I am a complete patsy when it comes to historical fiction. I simply cannot resist it. At all. It’s a compulsion.
First of all, I loved Audris. She was more interested in her family and her home than finding a man to marry. I love it when heroines have more in their minds than finding a Pretty Pretty boy to marry. She had a brain in her head and I kinda loved her for that. She also looked beyond her relationship with Hugh and realized that it would effect others if she married below her station. I think it was also nice to read a romance novel where the hero is of a lower class than the heroine. Hugh is not what I normally like or expect from a hero. I usually like them more rakish and more weathered and worn. But Hugh was none of that. He was just a nice guy. He was honorable and kind. He’s the kind of character that’s either love or leave with me. Hugh was definitely more on the love side.
This was not what I was expecting from the book based on the cover and the summary. I know that I’ve said that I don’t really look at covers much but how could I help it with this one. It looks like a racy historical romance (exactly what I love). But what I got was completely different. This was a historical fiction that reminded me of Susan Higginbotham—one of my favs. It was far more detailed in this history than I expected and I was rather pleased with that. It’s been a while since I’ve read a “real” historical fiction and this was a great one.
Highly recommended if you like your historical fiction with a touch of romance. Not so much if you like it a bit heavier on the romance. But for a history buff, this was a great read.
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