Book 3 of the Roselynde Chronicles
1978 and March 2011
Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Rating: 5 Cups
Joanna is the nearly perfect daughter of a noble family; a strong-willed young woman whose red hair matches her fiery disposition. Her admiration of Geoffrey grows to a love that scares her. At court the games and treachery give her pause, and after an attack by a courtier and the queen, she will need all her strength to support her husband, even when he seems indifferent to her.
Geoffrey, the illegitimate son of King John’s half-brother, is distrusted by the King, hated by the Queen, and wary of court life. He has known Joanna most of her life and worries that he will not be the husband she needs. He does know that he will do what it takes to honor and protect Joanna, even during the horror of war. Geoffrey does wish he could control or understand his new wife.
This young couple must overcome war and court machinations to find the relationship that makes the tribulations worthwhile. To do so, they must find trust and acceptance, during a time of death, lies, and misunderstandings.
Some authors always thrill you, and Ms Gellis is one them. Joanna is a standalone book, while a part of the Roselynde Chronicles -- an excellent part! This book has everything I want in a historical romance; strong women, stalwart men, and an intriguing plot set against a well-researched history. The subplots were so wonderfully detailed they could have been their own story, but blended wonderfully. The chemistry between Joanna and Geoffrey developed perfectly. The support characters gave the story excellent depth and built on the series. The dialogue was a good combination of historic phrasing with modern language. The sex is lush versus graphic, but still hot and perfect for the new Blush line from Ellora’s Cave. It is sometimes hard to write a review for a book so great without sounding like a sycophant, but trust me, this is an outstanding book.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance& More