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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2001

    Enjoyable medieval romance

    Lady Gillian of Westerbrook has taken refuge along the coast of Cornwall in this novel set in early thirteenth century England. Her father conspired to murder King John and was afraid that the King would choose to harm his children. Before he took his own life, Gillian's father, Ellis of Westerbrook, ordered his children, Gillian and Clifton, into separate places of hiding. <br><br> While walking along the beach one day with her trusted friend Brother Baldric, Gillian discovers the bodies of men washed along the shore after a shipwreck. One man is miraculously alive, and she takes him back to her cottage to nurse him back to health. <br><br> Though he is finally able to recall his name, Gareth is unable to remember anything of his past life when at first rescued by Gillian. She cares for him with utmost tenderness and kindness, as bits and pieces of his memory return. Sensing that Gillian is in danger from King John, Gareth, Lord Sommerfield, takes her back to Sommerfield to protect her. Can Gillian really trust this man to save her from the wrath of the King, and will she lose her heart in the process? <br><br> Samantha James has written a poignant love story that leaves the reader questing for more. The tension between hero and heroine is apparent as it is clear that neither truly trusts the other. Murder and mystery add substance to this plot as Gareth and Gillian discover the meaning of unconditional love.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    enjoyable medieval romance

    In 1215 England, King John needed to break his prisoner Gilbert of Lincoln, who refused to divulge the identity of his ally in an attempt to assassinate His Highness. However, before John can force the identity of Gilbert¿s associate, the noble kills himself, much to the monarch¿s consternation. John decides treason must not go unpunished. He orders Westerbrook burned to the ground and Gilbert¿s son and daughter killed. He orders Gareth of Sommerfield to perform the deed, using the man¿s son as hostage. <P> Gilbert¿s daughter Lady Gillian hides in a poor cottage on the Cornwall coast where she rescues a shipwrecked stranger claiming amnesia. Gillian helps the stranger recover and as his memory begins to return, Gareth knows that his hostess is in danger, but soon realizes the danger comes from him. The Widower Gareth marries Gillian and claims she carries his child to keep her from John¿s wrath. However, besides the intrigue of the King, their relationship lacks trust leaving their love standing on a shaky base. <P> THE TRUEST HEART is an enjoyable medieval romance that focuses on the intrigue and machinations of the times. King John comes across as a vengeful manipulator who uses anyone as a pawn to achieve his desires. Gareth is an honorable person while Gillian has good reason for her shrewish behavior, which leaves the audience to wonder how love can survive. Samantha James provides readers with a wonderful historical romance that shows why she is a fan favorite. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2002


    This book keeps you in suspense with the decisions and conflits that show up at every corner. Its great

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