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"THE KNAVE AND THE MAIDEN is a story of true faith."

Dominica was raised in the priory. She was an orphan, left on the priory steps. Sister Marian taught her to read and write. Dominica has a dream. She wants to become a nun, even though the prioress doesn't feel Dominica has the calling. She also wants to write the bible in English, instead of Latin, so even the common man can speak to God. She has asked for, and received, permission to go on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Larina. She is sure she will receive a sign there that she is to fulfill her dream.

Sir Garren is called "The Savior" by all on Readington lands. He went to the holy land with his liege lord, the Earl of Readington, and pulled him off the field barely alive. The only treasure Garren brought back was the Earl. The only thing Garren has is his horse. Now, the Earl is near death. He is wasting away. The Earl wishes Garren to go on the pilgrimage as well. He has a message he wishes to have Garren carry to the shrine. Just before they leave, the prioress calls for Garren. She wishes to pay him to take Dominica's maidenhead. Of course, Garren doesn't realize the Earl's brother has paid the prioress to have this event occur.

So the little band sets out on their journey to the shrine of Saint Larina. Sister Marian becomes ill and doesn't seem to be getting any better. Garren is doing what he can to get close to Dominica.

Will Garren take Dominica's maidenhead? What of the attraction between the two of them? What of the Earl? Will he survive? Who wrote the message? Who are Dominica's parents?

THE KNAVE AND THE MAIDEN is a story of true faith. Faith in God and faith in love. The characters are all very different. I really loved the widow, deaf in one ear and non-stop chatter. I really loved her views on marriage and how she was only making the pilgrimage to get another husband. Blythe Gifford did a wonderful job with THE KNAVE AND THE MAIDEN.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted April 2, 2004

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 19, 2006

SUMMARY
 

The Knave & the Maiden
by Blythe Gifford

Harlequin (Historical)
January 1, 2004
ISBN #0373292880
304 pages
Paperback
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