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I started it to help other readers find the good ones...the keepers. In addition to authors guest blogging, I will share my reviews of those I've rated 4 and 5 stars, my favorite authors, my "best" lists and occasionally a special post. Come join us!
Saturday, October 17, 2015
New Review: Nadine Crenshaw’s SPELLBOUND – A Great Medieval from a Great Author… a Keeper!
If you can find Crenshaw's books used (Amazon link below), I would grab them. I think she was one of the early great
romance authors and deserves to be on your keeper shelf. She is a master storyteller, weaving stories that will keep
you reading late into the night. Always there is much historical detail and wonderful descriptions of places.
This story is set in 12th
century England during Henry II’s reign. He was married to the famous Eleanor
of Aquitaine and both are featured characters in the story at the time when
Henry was still a young king.
Norah of Ramsay has been
betrothed to the neighboring lord, Jervais Le Strand, Earl of Conniebrook,
since she was a young child though she has never met him. Jervais has become a
knight and a friend of King Henry. Somewhere in his battles in the Holy Land,
he fell in love with Eleanor when she was married to the King of France. Though
their relationship could never be consummated, Jervais harbors love for Eleanor
in his heart. All other women are just bedmates to him.
When she is 15, Norah's dying father
decides to give her to the church as penance. So Norah ends up in a cloister
that is more like a prison. Her only dream had been to marry Jervais and she
hates the cloistered life. Norah is special, one of those people uniquely
gifted with extra sensory powers. She sees visions of things to come, shadows
of the future. On the day she is to take her vows, her 16th birthday, she plans
to escape over the wall having seen it in a vision. Meanwhile, Jervais wants
her lands and is angry that her father would thwart his plans to use the Ramsey
wealth to fortify his castle. So, he breaks into the convent to steal his bride
and captures her as she is running away. When she realizes who it is, she
gladly marries him and soon falls in love with the handsome knight. But he sees
her only as a mission accomplished; he doesn't even remember her eye color.
When his squire tells Norah that
Jervais is in love with another, very beautiful woman, Norah (who sees herself
as plain) flees. Then the story gets even more interesting. With the help of a
witch, Norah takes on another life, a disguise--one of amazing beauty.
I highly recommend this one.
Her historical romances:
MOUNTAIN MISTRESS (Golden Heart Winner)
DESTINY AND DESIRE
FIELDS OF THE SUN
I believe the book of hers you'll see
on some lists titled CITY OF DREAMS and published in 1992 is actually DESTINY
AND DESIRE, as the City of San Francisco is described in that novel as
"the city of dreams."