"A fine medieval tale!"
Ann Lawrence's Virtual series is one of the best around.
This is the first of her medieval romances that I've read
and now I'm well and truly hooked!
This is the story of Emma, a weaver's daughter and Baron
Gilles d'Argent. Gilles has taken over the duties as Baron
of Hawkwatch at his father's death. He'd much rather be
fighting for King Richard. Emma's uncle Simon brings her
before Gilles for breaking her betrothal and giving her
virginity to another man. Emma refuses to name the man,
which incenses her uncle. She tells Gilles that if there is
a child she will pay her sixpence fine.
Two years later Gilles and his men are in the forest
hunting when they hear the sound of someone in distress.
They run toward the noise and find Emma trying to stave off
a pack of wild dogs. Emma falls and hits her head. When
Gilles opens her cloak, he sees the most enchanting child
with a head full of curls. He brings Emma and her child
back to his keep and has her wounds taken care of. As soon
as Emma is able she goes back to the village but as a thank
you she weaves a beautiful belt for Gilles. Gilles is so
entranced, he tells his head weaver, Sarah, to have Emma
weave for his keep.
Emma becomes Gilles' leman for the sake of her child,
Angelique but it's not long before she admits that this is
not the only reason. Will Gilles ever love her for herself
even though she's not a lady with coin and lands?
This was the most entertaining book and I found myself not
able to put it down as I became more and more engrossed in
the story line. Now that I know how enjoyable Ann
Lawrence's medieval books are I'm certainly glad the rest
of them are in my TBR pile!
Kathy Boswell © June 2003
for TBR and PNR Reviews
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 1, 2006