Lady Juliana Verault gladly left England—and its men—far behind in her quest to live as a Beguine. But the Christian community ceases to provide a safe haven when she’s called to travel to Palermo, Italy, where she’s entrusted with a letter from the pope that could radically change the church’s stance on women. Juliana holds the key to upending the power structure throughout Europe, but only if she can dodge her cousin, King Edward I of England, and his plans to marry her off as political leverage.
Edward sets Sir Robert Clarwyn, a knight errant and loyal hunter of criminals and traitors, on Juliana’s trail to retrieve her. Robert has never failed to bring home his target before … but then, he has never encountered a quarry like Lady Juliana, who can befuddle and bemuse him with just a smile.
If he can’t find a way to compel her to return to England, he’ll lose any chance of regaining his family lands and redeeming his heritage. Yet Juliana must complete her mission or risk endangering her gender’s future in the faith.
With danger and intrigue mounting, Robert and Juliana must rely on each other and be willing to risk everything … including their hearts.
I received an eARC of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I admit beforehand, I absolutely adore Historical Fiction, but especially Historical Romance, because no matter how much we know about our history, our imaginations will definitely make the particular period even more mysterious.
But I have to admit, the main reason why I requested this book was the description, that’s it. The description was enough to have me hooked.
The brilliancy of this book lies in the character building and the plot itself. It seemed to me as if one of those old time books wherein everybody has their own agenda and nobody ever wants to speak the truth and that honestly was brilliant.
And the fact that this was about a Lady Of Cloth who has the enormous task of helping the women out everywhere was what helped me impressed, when you club with the other revelations that occurred were enough to leave me shell shocked.
What fell a little flat for me were the characters themselves – Lady Juliana and Sir Robert were both sadly the run of the mill Historical characters and that was where the story went south!
Where Lady Juliana was the perfect lady with saintly issues, SIr Robert was the tortured Knight, forced to follow orders he had no heart or the want to – all typical of a historical romance – the want to do good, yet lacking the heart to do it or rather the fear of backlash.
Yet this book was almost fun to read. The writing is what made up for the irritants and piqued my interest enough to want to pick up Rue Allyn’s other books!
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This is a book that will definitely interest Historical Romance lovers. So if you are one, do not miss this one!