"medieval romance that uses a magical element & distrust to foster a power tale."
The feud had been between their dead grandfathers. Yet in
1129, King Henry listened to Lord Dain's complaint and
ruled that his rival Baron Gavin of Wroxley will hand over
one of his daughters in marriage to end the dispute. Gavin
hates handing over any of his children to Dain because he
fears for them at the hands of the angry noble. He chooses
his ailing seven-year-old daughter Alys, but eighteen-year-
old Emma offers to go instead. The honorable Gavin raised
Emma as his own, but though only three people know the
truth she is not of his blood. Alys is the oldest of his
seed. Still Emma persuades him and goes to live with Dain.
In Cornwall, Dain is stunned that he is attracted to
his "guest". Emma believes that she has found love at first
sight, but must persuade Dain they belong together.
However, though he begins to fall in love too, he seeks the
reason why she came instead of the intended Alys because he
mistrusts her family. However, he cannot deny that Emma
with her healing abilities has captured his heart and that
of his people; except for his mother who hates her.
A PASSIONATE MAGIC is an enchanting medieval romance that
uses a magical element and tons of distrust to foster a
power tale. The story line is loaded, as the key
charcaters, including several secondary players whose
appearances are limited, seem genuine. The cast makes the
plot hum and brings alive an era of machinations at every
level of society yet still allows fabulous Flora Speer to
write that the real magic is in love.
Harriet Klausner © Copyright May 2001
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 21, 2002