Saturday, March 22, 2014

BRIDE FOR A CHAMPION by Lindsay Townsend

Publisher: BookStrand
Date published:
January 2014
Medieval Historical Romance
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via author

5 Hearts

It’s the year 1204 in England, and Lady Alice Martinswood’s dead father commands her to marry the man who saved him from some attackers. She’s not happy about being married to a stranger but has no right to object. What she really wants to do is search for her missing fourteen-year-old sister. She convinces her new husband, the mercenary Simon Paton, to go to London to look for Henrietta.

This is not an erotic romance as such, but it includes love scenes.
This is an excellent story. The characters are engaging and fully developed. The history is part of the story, not just wallpaper. And the plot is fitting to the time period yet draws the reader in immediately with well-paced action and realistic problems from that era which surround the characters.

I like the way Ms. Townsend shows Alice’s character by the way in which she reacts not just to her new husband, but also to the other people and situations she meets. Never once does she stray into a twenty-first century type response, yet she remains full of spirit and with a neat way of turning the situation to her advantage, or getting the response she wants. As women back then had to learn how to do, if they weren’t to become downtrodden and overruled. I also really liked that both main characters have believable flaws yet have the courage to work through them.

This is one of the best historical romances I’ve read in a while and I read a lot of historical stories. Kudos to Ms. Townsend for an excellent book.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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