Amazon Bestselling Novel. 2005 IPPY Bronze Medal Winner and
Next Generation INDIE Award Finalist.
Love proves perilous in this "Pretty Woman/Pride and Prejudice" historical romance tale set in 15th century England.
Sold as a slave in Romania for seven pounds and three solidi, the Gypsy girl, Sharai, escapes a slave ship infected with the plague. As an adult, she performs her silky, exotic dances to earn enough to sustain herself and the toddling orphan girl she adopted. She yearns for relief from the grinding poverty, and a secure home. Having been violated by a nobleman posing as her hero, she wants naught of any other man of title, and also scorns the dubious Gypsy king who pursues her. In a tent at the bustling autumn fair in Winchester, she meets the dashing Lord Tabor, and her resolve to avoid all noblemen softens.
Though possessed of a stately castle with prosperous lands, the English knight,Tabor, teeters on the brink of losing all his holdings. A powerful noble has attacked Tabor's castle, determined to seize his lands. Tabor seeks revenge for his older brother's murder, but England's throne is held by an infant king and his feuding uncles. The realm is paralyzed with uncertainty and lawlessness, and the crown has abandoned him.
Then a stroke of good fortune helps Tabor, a sizeable dowry that can save his holdings. He need only wed an earl's daughter, the regal Lady Emilyne. But he has already fallen in love with Sharai, and they are locked in a powerful dance of desire. His refusal to abandon Sharai plunges them into life-and-death struggles--and a painful choice between duty and love.
The story, book one in the four-volume Coin Forest series, is set in a unique period in history when Gypsies were welcomed, their travels even financed by the nobility in the countries in which they traveled. Dubbed the Gypsy social honeymoon period, it lasted for just a few decades as the Gypsies ventured into Western Europe. Growing mistrust, a waning interest in pilgrimages and increasing incidents of thievery and racial/culture clashes combined to end the honeymoon. The incidents in Tabor’s Trinket occur as the honeymoon begins to sour.
"Fast-paced and peopled with characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page." --Lara Adrian, NYTimes and #1 international best seller
|| “This adventurous and chivalrous story succeeds on many levels. An emotionally satisfying tale.” –Romantic Times
|| “Tabor’s Trinket” has made Janet Lane one of my favorite authors. I loved the book! If you’re looking for wonderful story-telling, unforgettable characters, and a marvelous sense of time and place, you must read Janet Lane.” –Maggie Osborne, RITA-award-winning author
|| “Fans of medieval romance will be thrilled with the tightly written plot. It is a story of love in the face of prejudice and misunderstanding, set in a time wrought with intrigue and political machinations. Ms. Lane’s debut novel grips the reader from the first page to the last, and Lord Tabor is a wonderful hero. A knight who reads books of romance is sure to steal any heart. Go ye forth and seek out Tabor’s Trinket, it far surpasses being a bauble. Indeed, ‘twould more likely be called a small treasure. –loveromance.com
|| “Debut novelist Janet Lane pens a descriptive story set in a period of great political unrest when a man of honor is hard to find. This is a romance, so we know there will be a great conclusion. It’s the fun of finding out how that makes Tabor’s Trinket intriguing. Pick up this title and enjoy the read.” –Romance Reviews Today
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About the Author
#1 bestselling author Janet Lane writes "history, made passionate" in fifteenth century England and France. Her heroines carry the spice and spirit of Gypsies in their blood, and they're strong and resourceful as they confront the turbulence of that century, be it war, prejudice or yes, romance. Her novels have won the 2015 and 2017 international IPPY Award, the 2015 international Next Generation INDIE award, the 2015 EVVY, the 2015 HOLT Medallion, and the anthology, Broken Links, was a finalist in the Colorado Book Award. Janet Lane writes action adventures in the medieval romance and contemporary women's fiction genres. "Lane does a superb job creating layers to the Gypsy culture ... a must-have for fans of the series." ... August 18, 2017 review of ETTI'S INTENDED by Library Journal. Janet's recently released Crimson Secret, the fourth book in her international award-winning historical romance series, was awarded the bronze IPPY medallion this spring. Her novels are set in fifteenth century England during the so-called “Gypsy Honeymoon” decades. The first novel in the series, Tabor's Trinket, is a #1 bestselling novel. #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author Lara Adrian called it “..an enchanting medieval romance filled with passion, intrigue and vividly drawn characters that leap off the page. I loved this novel!”. Janet was a featured author in RMFW Press’s Tales from Mistwillow anthology, and co-chaired the editorial board for that press’s anthology, Broken Links, Mended Lives, which was nominated for the Colorado Book Award. Janet welcomes your comments here or on her website, http://janetlane.net On Twitter at janetlaneauthor.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review Since I read a lot of historical romance novels there are few that wow me, I enjoy reading them but I can pretty much tell where the story is going to go or what the characters will be like, "Tabor's Trinket" by Jane Lane was absolutely original. Once I started reading I just wanted to keep reading and see where she would take Sharai and Tabor! Both the hero and the heroine were fantastic. Individually I really liked them both. They were fun to read about and yet very original and interesting. As a couple they were fantastic! I loved their chemistry and the adversities that they had to face. Just when I thought they had won their way to happily-ever-after the author threw in some surprises. I loved how the author explored the gypsy culture and all the wonderful aspects she highlighted. Overall, this was a fantastic story. The writing was equally great. I loved the tension filled moments and the momentum. I highly recommend this for anyone that wants to read something historically different about a great hero and heroine. The story kept me guessing and I could not wait to see how Lane would wrap up Sharai's and tabors story. Great read!
In 1430 in the Coin Forest, Lord Hungerford attacks Tabor lands killing the lord and his wife while destroying much of the economy. Tabor¿s brother Richard barely escapes with his life, vowing vengeance. The new Baron is taken in by gypsies who give him time to somewhat heal from his wounds. There he meets the young Sharai, who saves his life when Rauf Hungerford tries to kill him.----------------- Five years later, Tabor still vows revenge even as he searches for Sharai whose courage and beauty haunts him. However, Tabor knows he must marry wealth and power if he is to defeat Hungerford and his knights as everyone knows of their feud including the King, but no one will condemn the atrocities of five years ago or assist Tabor that is unless he marries into such support. When he sees Sharai he knows his heart conflicts with his brain.------------- Though somewhat similar in tone to too many medieval romances, Sharai refreshes the tale with her courage and fortitude as she comes to the aid of her beloved several times keeping him safe from a backstabbing rival. The exciting story line focuses on the intrigue of an era filled with betrayals while Hungerford seems to have gotten away with the deadly assault though Tabor plots revenge. Fans will appreciate Tabor¿s dilemma as he believes he must choose between love and betraying a ¿death bed¿ vow.----------------- Harriet Klausner