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HIS CAPTIVE LADY
CAROL TOWNEND
ISBN#: 978-0-373-30548-3
July 2008
Harlequin Historical
225 Duncan Mill, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3B 3K9
Mass Market Paperback
$5.99
281 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 3 Cups

Lady Erica is the daughter of a Saxon Thane killed at the battle of Hastings. She is doing her best for her people and seeks to end a blood feud.

Wulf FitzRobert is a Norman Captain and half Saxon. He has been sent as a spy to a Saxon fortress. He is illegitimate, but ambitious and hopes to someday be a knight.

A Saxon lady and a Norman soldier must learn to trust each other and work together for peace between the two peoples. Marriage between the two will help their people and advance Wulf, but Erica finds herself falling in love with him.

This is a quick read and enjoyable, if a bit predictable. The hero is illegitimate but with a noble heart, and the heroine is braver than any of her soldiers. Neither trusts the other, but they have to work together to survive. The author does a good job of describing England of the early reign of William the Conqueror, shortly after the battle of Hastings. She does a very good job of describing the confused political climate and the Normans’ efforts to gain the loyalty of the conquered Saxons. Wulf has ties to both worlds and great ambition. Erica is just trying to protect her people, or what’s left of them; not an easy task. The love story between the two starts slowly and the reader is really not sure about Wulf’s feelings until the end, though he is very gallant towards Erica and risks himself over and over to protect her. That could be love or ambition. Overall, this is an enjoyable medieval romance with appealing characters and a well written plot.

Maura
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