The Lady and the Minstrel

The Lady and the Minstrel

by Joyce DiPastena
The Lady and the Minstrel

The Lady and the Minstrel

by Joyce DiPastena



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A lowborn minstrel with a dangerous past. A highborn lady with a scandalous inheritance. Their forbidden love may cost them everything.


In 13th century England, Robert Marcel makes a daring escape from his life as a serf and takes up the trade of a minstrel. If he can evade capture for a year and a day, his freedom becomes legal. The last thing he needs is the complication of falling in love. But his caution crumbles when he lays eyes on Lady Marguerite of Winbourne.


Lady Marguerite is heiress to a controversial inheritance. The only man willing to overlook the dangerous precedent it sets is the arrogant and cruel Earl of Saxton. Marguerite finds solace in the company of the handsome minstrel who sings at her betrothal dinner. Despite his humble birth, Robert's gentle courting quickly wins her heart.


Robert and Marguerite pledge their lives to one another. But before they can act on their vows Robert is swept up in a war with France. Serving as a footsoldier in King John's camp, he stumbles upon a secret that could destroy Saxton's nefarious influence over the king and end his betrothal to Marguerite. But Saxton has an ally—Robert's former lord, who is determined to drag Robert back to the fields.


If Robert returns to England, he may lose his dream of freedom. If he remains in France, he will lose Marguerite. Can the fearless minstrel outwit his enemies to win both freedom and love?


The Lady and the Minstrel is a PG-13 rated romantic historical novel

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152689631
Publisher: Sable Tyger Books
Publication date: 01/29/2015
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: eBook
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel...set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his "Angevin Empire" in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty's Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist). Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Nyxie and Calypso, in Mesa, Arizona
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