ISBN #: 9781419921237
Rating: 3 Cups
Alys of Marlowe is a simple knight’s daughter, well born and beautiful, but not a noble. She is apprehensive of her marriage to Raymond of Aix who is wealthy and the nephew of kings and queens.
Raymond is handsome, rich, and noble, and very spoiled by his mother and sisters. He is very much a product of his upbringing, but he genuinely loves Alys.
Alys and Raymond are very much in love and happy in their marriage, but problems in their lands and with Raymond’s family, particularly his mother, make things difficult. Alys is not a meek and submissive woman, and her take charge attitude can either help or hurt her in her new life. War, politics and family strife make the newlyweds life a challenge that they may or may not survive.
This is a very well-researched and well-written novel. The author does a good job of bringing the court of Henry and Eleanor and their relatives in France to life. Alys and Raymond’s love story is an engrossing one full of excitement, intrigue, and adventure. Alys is headstrong, and Raymond is more than a bit spoiled, but the two together bring out the best in each other in the end. The story can get a bit bogged down in historical detail and explanations of the political scene at the time, but the story is engrossing and very enjoyable. In addition to a good love story, there is lots of action and adventure. Fans of good historical romance are going to love this book.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More