COULD A MAIDEN’S KISS TURN A CYNICAL ROGUE INTO AN HONORABLE KNIGHT?
Mercenary knight Sir Garren owed much to William, Earl of Readington: his sword, his horse, even his very knighthood. And in return Garren had saved the earl’s life in the Holy Land. Yet when his liege lord fell gravely ill upon their return home, Garren knew he must save his friend once more, whatever the cost—even if it meant embarking upon a pilgrimage to pray to a long-forsaken God, or promising to deflower an innocent young woman along the way….
Dominica was certain Sir Garren was a sign from heaven. Surely the pilgrimage, blessed with the presence of the handsome and heroic knight, would provide a sign of heaven’s plan for her to take the veil. But every step of the journey seemed to be leading her straight into Garren’s powerful arms. And Dominica was beginning to wonder if her true mission was to open the mercenary’s seemingly cold heart to true and lasting love.
This book is fantastic.
The character development is superb. The plot is complex but gets wrapped up beautifully in the end. There is a lot of research that went into the book regarding pilgrimages in medieval England, as most of the story occurs on a pilgrimage to a certain shrine. Also there is lots of information about how the Bible was copied by hand in Latin at priories. The heroine is a copyist at a priory who reads and writes English and Latin. Since she has read the Bible in its entirety there are references to The Song of Solomon which is perhaps the most romantic event book of the Bible, fitting for a romance novel. The conclusion occurs when the pilgrims reach the shrine and it is very clever how the story gets resolved.