A Silver Mirror

A Silver Mirror

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by Roberta Gellis
     
 

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Book 4 in the Royal Dynasty series.

Alphonse d'Aix gave his tourney prize of a silver mirror to a lonely little girl. Since her affairs were also left by her father in Alphonse's hands, Barbara was quite sure he was the man chosen to be her husband. Alphonse was too kind to laugh at an awkward, unhappy thirteen-year-old, but he made it clear that she was not his

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Book 4 in the Royal Dynasty series.

Alphonse d'Aix gave his tourney prize of a silver mirror to a lonely little girl. Since her affairs were also left by her father in Alphonse's hands, Barbara was quite sure he was the man chosen to be her husband. Alphonse was too kind to laugh at an awkward, unhappy thirteen-year-old, but he made it clear that she was not his chosen.

By the time Barbara returned to France, fleeing the unwanted attentions of Guy de Montfort, Alphonse had long regretted his refusal. His immediate proposal of marriage is swiftly accepted. Barbara had hidden her pain but never recovered from her first love. Still, thinking about Aphonse's past life, Barbara decides a semblance of coldness will be necessary to hold his attention.

However, Guy de Montfort had not forgotten Barbara's refusal, and was determined out of spite to have her, even if it meant killing Alphonse. But Guy's attacks drive Barbara and Alphonse into the hands of the rebellious Welsh, and amid the tension and terror of freeing Prince Edward from de Montfort's prison, their true love is exposed.

Publisher's Note: Previously published elsewhere in 1989.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gellis ( Masques of Gold ) gamely tries to attach a sense of urgency to the political turmoil of late 13th-century England, but not even her considerable talents can achieve that herculean task. In a brief afterword, Gellis admits to introducing more historical characters than she usually does, and this choice may have reined in her imagination. The ceaseless political maneuverings of the period are a stupefying bore, and the weak English monarch is as unappealing a rallying point here as he was to so many of his subjects in 1264. Even the romance between the Alphonse d'Aix, fictional vassal of King Louis of France, and Barbara, fictional illegitimate daughter of the historical earl of Norfolk, merely plods. All sparks are extinguished by a great wet blanket of exasperatingly artificial complications. He regrets having refused her pubescent love for him; she thinks he can never love her because he rejected her when she was 13. He believes she resists his passion because she has a secret lover; she's certain he can remain attracted to her only if she is hard to satisfy. The ending ably resolves the plot but lacks the sizzle of Gellis's earlier efforts. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419965326
Publisher:
Ellora's Cave Publishing
Publication date:
11/22/2011
Pages:
500
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.11(d)

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Silver Mirror 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Roberts Gellis always captures the flavor of the age she is writing about. This novel takes in the characters of the previous three novels but stands on its own. The hero and heroine are believeable people who deal with the problems surrounding their time in history. Highly recommend reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
sw81 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the complete series, well written
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cecirubo6723 More than 1 year ago
This Royal Dynasty serie is great, you can`t stop reading the book.