"strong fifteenth century romance"
In 1483, merchant Sir Dudley Ballaster forces his oldest
daughter Heloise and Sir Miles Rushden to marry at sword
point. Not long after exchanging vows, Miles flees for
Wales with plans to annul the marriage.
Dudley informs his daughter that she must find refuge with
her new spouse as he no longer will take care of her.
Heloise follows Miles to his residence amidst the Duke of
Buckingham's estate. Under disguise, Heloise gets inside
and soon charms everyone who comes into contact with her,
including her runaway husband. Miles wonders what happened
to him as he loves his wife and wants her by his side
On the surface, MOONLIGHT AND SHADOW is a typical fifteenth
century romance. However, adding depth to the strong
romance are historical personages and events from the real
world in which a fragile peace ending the War of the Roses
needs very little to break back into civil war. It is the
effortless ability to interweave real people and
occurrences into her story lines, as she has done with this
wonderful novel, that makes Isolde Martyn highly regarded
and her books so appreciated by more than just sub-genre
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 18, 2002