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Posted December 31, 2006
The Formula: A lovely maiden with silver hair. A scarred (face and soul) knight with a mind for king-making. And a wedding at sword-point between the two....Oh Yeah! When Sir Miles Rushden faces a youthful knight across a field, he never suspects that he will be drawn into a whirlwind of events that will lead him to the alter with the one beneath the helm! Heloise Ballaster hides her silvery hair beneath elaborate headdresses for fear of others' suspicions. When her father forces Miles Rushden to marry her, she knows that though her life had been nothing more than a series of hardships, it was about to get more difficult. Miles escapes and her father forces Heloise to seek him out on pain of being cast out without a penny! In distant Wales, Heloise takes up a noble identity and faces her reluctant husband with the courage she had shown on the field of honor. In an adventure shadowed by the Duke of Buckingham, Heloise's sister and father, and opposing armies bent on destruction, Heloise and Miles find a consuming love that could endure all but the darkest treachery...BRAVO!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 3, 2006
The long-winded and archaic-sounding passages spoil the romance between Heloise and Miles. Though immaculately researched and detailed, the politics of the book overshadow the romance. The book would have been better if deemed historical fiction rather than historical romance. I found the dialogue stilted, the romance mundane, and the storyline boring. It should have been titled 'Moonlight and Shadows: Cure for Insomnia'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
superb fifteenth century romance
In 1483, merchant Sir Dudley Ballaster forces his oldest daughter Heloise and Sir Miles Rushden to marry at sword point. Not longer after exchanging, vows, Miles flees for Wales with plans to annul the marriage. <P>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 whom 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 forever. <P>On the surface, MOONLIGHT AND SHADOW is a typical fifteenth century romance. However, adding depth to the strong romance is historical personage 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 fans. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.