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The latest magnificent historical romance in the million-selling Roselynde Chronicles is the story of the raven-haired daughter of a Medieval Welsh prince. It was rumored Rhiannon could cast a spell over any man, but she would be no man's prize. Yet when the court's most eligible bachelor met Rhiannon, the love between them was so powerful no enemy could destroy it.
Posted March 6, 2013
Review: Ms. Gellis takes us on a journey into history. She has a way in which it is so much more enjoyable to read it through her eyes then to pick up a dusty history book.
We find the story of a young girl Rhiannon; although she is shy she also tends to be on the wild side. Okay maybe it is easier to describe her as a bit of a free spirit. She gets that from her mom. She has her own beliefs and isn’t going to let anyone sway her in the other direction. Rhiannon’s father a Welsh prince thinks it is time for his headstrong daughter to settle down.
In walks Lady Alinor Roselynde’s son Simon. Simon is notorious for leaving a string of unsuspecting females wherever he goes, some being the most beautiful women in the realm.
From the moment Rhiannon and Simon meet there are romantic sparks. Over time their romance and love for each other burns so strong that it endures betrayal, battles and their own fiery passion.
Simon changes from a womanizer as he pursuers Rhiannon full steam with the blessings of her father. He loses interest in everything but his pursuit of Rhiannon.
Rhiannon on the other hand is determined not to find a husband but stay a free spirit in her native Wales.
While rebellion takes over Medieval England, even though they are divided by their loyalties they still risk their hearts for a love that is strong.
Rhiannon’s cat, Math gives much needed humor to the story and gives just the littlest hint of a possibility of witchery.
Reviewed by: Robin
Book provided by: Publisher
Review orginally posted at Romancing the Book
Posted June 27, 2011
Rhiannon wants NO husband. She wants to be free in her beloved Wales, free to coax the animals to her, to revel in the mists and the wind, roam the hills, use her knowledge of healing, and always be able to come and go as she pleases. She sings to the Winds of Dina Emrys, winds that terrify most people. They answer her. She is desired by many but her father, Prince Llewelyn freely admits to Simon of the influential Roselynde family in England that those who reach to have and hold her get their fingers burned. Llewelyn gives Simon his blessing to pursue her but warns that she is a law unto herself.
Simon holds properties in Wales and is a vassal of Llewelyn's. He likes the Welsh style of life and of war. Young, wild, and a lover of the ladies - many of whom vie for his attention everywhere he goes, for he is a 'beautiful' man. Unlike most of his family, he is not political but is adept at war strategy in Welsh country. However, all his interests dim in the light of his interest in the elusive Rhiannon, who wants his beautiful body but fears his wish to marry her. His being the pursuer rather than the 'pursuee' is a new experience for him and his frustration and desires mount. He realizes she is always in his mind and heart even though she ran from him saying he is dangerous to her heart and soul.
Math, Rhiannon's cat, adds humor and a hint of witchery. He lets all know how disdainful he is of most humans and how unnecessary they are to him. He is one smart cat - love him.
Other characters like Rhiannon's mother Kieva march to a different drum than most. She is unique and in her own way just as independent as her daughter. Of course, the Roselynde characters are strong-willed, opinionated, intelligent, and steeped in the political intrigues that keep England a seething hotbed of unrest. If you've read other Roselynde Chronicles books, you will love catching up with old acquaintance. If you have not, you'll find some delightful, compelling characters that will probably send you looking for their stories in earlier Roselynde Chronicles books. Strong women with men who love them make for captivating stories that are full of emotion and intelligent outmaneuvering enemies.
Medieval England of which author Roberta Gellis writes is a turbulent time when one of the King Henrys is strongly lead by the Bishop of Winchester who urges the young king to seek absolute power without regard to the Magna Carta that was so hard won earlier. The underhanded dealings are rampant and threaten to create an all-out war that would devastate the country. Ms. Gellis makes history a lot more interesting than my college professor did.
Of course, I longed for more love story with Rhiannon and Simon but I also enjoyed the court intrigues, battles strategies, just not as much as I did the magic of the love scenes with the hero and heroine. Through all the other events, my anticipation of Simon and Rhiannon finding their way to each other and realizing their 'meant-to-be' love kept me turning pages. The analogies and metaphors Ms. Gellis uses makes the story sparkle with life and makes the reader feel as if he or she is right there in the moment with the characters.
Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
I am rereading this entire series and loved them all. But Rhiannon was the one book in the series I did not remember. Rereading it was a pleasant surprised and I loved it just as much as the other books in the series. I would give all books in this series 5 stars. You will love them especially if you like historyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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