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The life of an heiress is in jeopardy and her only hope is to place her trust in the wiles of a middle-aged swordsman with no use for "women's troubles." As the plots of the conspirators converge it will take all the wiles and accumulated wisdom of Martin Marie Rigobert de Garnache ...
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St. Martin's Summer

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The life of an heiress is in jeopardy and her only hope is to place her trust in the wiles of a middle-aged swordsman with no use for "women's troubles." As the plots of the conspirators converge it will take all the wiles and accumulated wisdom of Martin Marie Rigobert de Garnache uncover their identity, to save Valerie de La Vauvraye and keep his promise to his Queen.

"Saint Martin's summer" refers to a period of fine weather unexpectedly late in the year, and the title of this work alludes to the advanced age ("close upon forty years") at which the hero finds romance. This is the most broadly comedic of all of Sabatini's novel-length works, and is surely an homage to Alexandre Dumas.

Martin Marie Rigobert de Garnache, "astute and wily as a fox, brave as a lion, and active as a panther," is first cousin to D'Artagnan in his devotion to duty and resourcefulness in carrying out his assigned tasks. Unlike D'Artagnan, he finds serving his Queen (in this case, the queen-regent, Marie de Medicis) trying to his warlike spirit. It is a particular trial to M. de Garnache to find himself ordered to leave the comforts of Paris behind and ride to Grenoble, with only his servant Rabecque in tow, to release the heiress, Valerie de La Vauvraye, from the Chateau de Condillac and the influence of the dowager marquise, who intends that Valerie should marry her own son, Marius, rather than her stepson, the present—and absent—marquis, off taking part in the Italian wars.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011892127
  • Publisher: WHITE DOG PUBLISHING
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,336,494
  • File size: 234 KB

Meet the Author

Rafael Sabatini was born to an English mother and Italian father, both well-known opera singers. At seventeen Sabatini moved to England, where, after a brief stint in the business world, he started to write. His major breakthrough came with Scaramouche, which became an international bestseller and was followed by the equally successful Captain Blood. All his earlier books were then rushed into reprint. Many of his novels were subsequently adapted into classic films which appealed to both a male and female market with their drama, romance and action, set against a variety of historical settings. 'One wonders if there is another storyteller so adroit at filling his pages with intrigue and counter-intrigue, with danger threaded with romance, with a background of lavish color, of silks and velvets, of swords and jewels' - Daily Telegraph
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