To Touch The Knightby Lindsay Townsend
Edith of Warren Hamlet plays a dangerous game. At the knights' tourneys across the land, among the lords and ladies, she is a strange foreign princess. But in the privacy of her tent with the other survivors of her village, she is but
As a pestilence sweeps medieval England, a low-born woman has only the sharpness of her wits-and the courage of her heart. . .
Edith of Warren Hamlet plays a dangerous game. At the knights' tourneys across the land, among the lords and ladies, she is a strange foreign princess. But in the privacy of her tent with the other survivors of her village, she is but a smith's widow with a silver tongue. They are well-fed, but if discovered, the punishment is death. And one knight-fierce, arrogant, and perilously appealing-is becoming far too attentive. . .
Sir Ranulf of Fredenwyke cares little for tourneys: playing for ladies' favors, when his own lady is dead; feasting, while commoners starve; "friendly" combat, when he has seen real war. Still, one lady captivates him-mysterious in her veils and silks, intoxicating with her exotic scents and bold glances. Yet something in her eyes reminds him of home. . .and draws him irresistibly to learn her secrets. . .
"Romantic and compelling. . .the author [has a] strong voice and narrative skills." -Red Roses Reviews (5 Red Roses) on A Knight's Enchantment
"A promising new voice!" -Shirlee Busbee
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There is pestilence in the land and serfs are dying. Edith's Lord decides to handle the matter expediently. He herds all the living serfs into the church building, mixing the healthy with the sick, and bars the doors. What does he care if they all die? He can always get more serfs. It's easy to see that this author has done some research on this historical era. She emphasizes the difference between good Lords and bad, she shows insight on the character of knights that joust (they are no better than the man they are to begin with), and she shows how hopeless it is to be a serf under a bad Lord. Ms. Townsend gives both of her lead characters strong personalities and a will to survive. Edith attends the tourneys with her friends, impersonating an Eastern princess. She manages to feed them with goods given them by knights who are seeking her attention and her hand. Sir Ranulf is a widower who only attends the jousts to keep his mind from dwelling on his dead wife; he takes no pleasure in it. I really enjoyed how this author made Edith a spitfire who spars words with Ranulf. He snaps back, often regretting his quick words. In no time at all, the sparks flying between them are not just words, he's determined to bed her. Of course, she's determined to bed him, too, so that's all right. I laughed out loud at the times they got close to "bed" and were interrupted by staff. Seems the best laid plans of mice and men didn't seem to work out. Danger is close, pestilence still exists, and Edith's old Lord is after her adding a tremendous amount of suspense, so the words pass quickly as you read. This was an exciting tale with plenty of plot strings crossing back and forth to keep your interest. Why not take a trip in time back to medieval England and follow Edith's adventures? Her life was a trial, but it was going to get better. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
By 1351 the plague continues to devastate much of England, but fails to stop the knights' tourneys attended by the aristocracy. In this atmosphere, the Widow Edith a serf married to the late silversmith of Warren Hemlet pretends to be a foreign princess attending the games. The other villagers act as her retinue in public. If their masquerade is exposed they will be executed, but this ploy is the only way they can avoid starvation as the plague wrecked their village two years ago. Knight Sir Ranulf of Frendenwyke hates the festivities he must attend and participate in or else. He loathes celebrating with so much waste while the serfs suffer and his own wife buried. He knows war first hand so finds tournament battle inane. However, he is attracted to the mysterious Lady of Lilies who is unlike any aristocrat he ever met.; Edith shares his feelings but fears telling him the truth out of keeping her villagers safe. This is a deep dark medieval romance with a profound look at the death and destruction caused by the plague, and the arrogant abuse of some of the nobles towards their serfs. Lindsay Townsend pulls no punches as mid fourteenth century England is a harsh environs. The cast is strong while the romance between the disillusioned idealistic knight and "eastern Princess Smith" make for a wonderful tale. Harriet Klausner
In Lindsay Townsend's To Touch the Knight, a woman must make a choice: to trust a handsome stranger with secrets of her past or continue to run from it. It's England during the time of the Black Death. To escape a cruel lord, Edith of Warren Hemlet has re-invented herself as the Lady of Lilies. Dressed in the elaborate, costly fashions of a supposed princess of Cathay, she holds court on the tournament circuit and keeps the men enthralled. Until the arrival of Ranulf of Fredenwyke, a northern knight who suspects Edith's origins. He poses another danger - his best friend is the villainous Giles de Rothencey. If Edith allows Ranulf into her heart, she risks the possibility that he may discover the truth of her past and the connection to Giles. The author does a good job of keeping the tension between the hero and heroine. There are also personal stakes for both in their interactions with Giles that keep the reader's interest. The love story is sweet and sensual at the same time.
TO TOUCH THE KNIGHT by Lindsay Townsend is an exciting historical romance set in 1351 England. It is written with depth and details. The characters are engaging,believable,and will capture your heart. It has romance,sweet sensuality,Knights,love,deception,betrayal,wit,courage,secrets,the knights' tourney games and forgiveness. When a low born woman with wit and courage of heart,Edith of Warren Hamlet meets the knight,Sir Ranulf of Fredenwyke you get not only attraction,wit,but also trust and love. Edith is playing a dangerous game where the punishment is death if discovered. Sir Ranulf fierce,arrogant and has his own secret.They are attracted to each other from the beginning.Sir Ranulf is drawn to Edith and intends to learn all her secrets. This is a fast paced,action packed story that will have you turning pages from beginning to end. I hope there will be another installment to this amazing story. "To Touch The Knight" is a keeper and a must read. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher.Details can be found at Zebra Books, published by Kensington Books and My Book Addiction Reviews.