"History lovers should read this book"

In 1205 England, Lord Durand de Marle buries his adulterous wife Marion without shedding a tear. Durand struggles to even say a prayer for his spouse, but finally manages one while also asking for his own forgiveness for leaving her alone so often while he fought in battles. He plans to ignore his new baby daughter because he doubts he is the sire. He feels that his fifteen-year-old and twelve-year- old sons are from his seed.

Durand does find his child's nurse Christina quite attractive. She reciprocates as she sees a kindness inside of him. However, she is married to the odious Simon le Gros, an avaricious individual who wants his wife to insure that Durand's infant stays ill so he has need of them. Realizing an opportunity based on the obvious longing between his spouse and his lord, Simon seizes the moment by accusing Christina of treachery towards King John. Only Durand who loves Christina stands in the way of her certain death.

Though Simon the villain does not have one redeeming quality, readers will delight at hissing at this gross individual serving as the counterpoint to the lead duo. The story line moves rather quickly, bringing alive the reign of King John especially through the vivid secondary cast. Fans of medieval romance will find the juxtaposition of Simon vs. Durand and Christina quite a spectacle that shows why award winning Ann Lawrence's previous sub-genre entry, LORD OF THE KEEP, is so popular.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 24, 2001


2001 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award Winner - Best Medieval Historical Romance

Forgive the sins of my wife,' he prayed. 'Forgive the winter cold of my heart.' For as he knelt in the darkened chapel by his wife's lifeless body, he knew the babe she had birthed could not be his. The scent of spring--blossoms, wet leaves, damp earth--preceded the alluring woman into the chapel. As she honored his dead wife with garlands, she seemed to bring him fresh hope, just as she nourished the little girl his wife had left behind. Even though she was not his, could it be wrong to reach out for life, for love? As he watched her nurse the child in the walled courtyard whre his wife had met her lovers, he could not deny his longing for her lush kiss, could not ignore her urging to turn away from yesterday's sorrows and embrace tomorrow's sweetness.


Lord Of The Mist
by Ann Lawrence

Love Spell
July 1, 2001
ISBN #0505524430
EAN #9780505524430
400 pages
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