Friday, May 11, 2012
New Review: Virginia Henley’s A YEAR AND A DAY – Superbly Told Tale of an English Nobleman Knight and an Innocent Scottish Lass—Wonderful!
This book won the Maggie Award from the Georgia Romance Authors for Excellence in Writing, and I'm not surprised. It is meticulous, fast-paced and tells an endearing story set in Scotland in the 13th century.
It's the story of Lynx de Warenne, English knight, heir to the Earl of Surrey and Edward Plantagenet's most prized warrior, and Jane Leslie, a Scottish lass with a kind heart and special healing powers. When Lynx became Edward's Governor of Dumfries castle, he decided it was a perfect time to sire an heir, and asked his castle steward, Jock Leslie, to allow him to handfast with the steward's youngest daughter. While Jane wanted no man, when her father told her he had agreed to handfast her to the new lord she had no choice.
This is a superbly crafted tale of two people who married for the creation of a child, but discover both passion and an enduring love. Lynx was a hardened warrior who didn't trust women; Jane was an innocent young woman afraid of men. Henley weaves a wonderful story of these two coming to love and trust each other as the winds of war between Scotland and England swirl about them. Once again, Henley crafts a romance with well-researched history and a full menu of characters, both real and fictional, woven in seamlessly as only a master storyteller can do it. I highly recommend this one!