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Humorous and Riviting... 4 1/2 stars!
on November 15, 2001
A found this book pretty funny and I really enjoyed the heroine. It's hard to find a heroine so fiesty, yet as intelligent as Elise was.
~ Elise Radbourne has been abducted by accident and dragged from her somewhat comfortable home in England, despite the continuous fued between her family and her, but comfortable none-the-less across icy land and icy waters to Germany to await her fate by two bumbling kidnappers! When she discovers who her captor is, she is shocked! He is supposed to be dead! By the Queen's men!
Maxium Seymour has become a man without title and lands nor country since Queen Elizabeth had stripped him of his wealth for plotting against her. She had been informed by her agents that he had been trying to unsurp her of her throne. He isn't guilty and has escaped his own death and is now hiding in Germany until he can prove his innocence. In the meantime, he finds his fiance has remarried so soon after his reported death and he wants revenge! Revenge so badly, that he sends two of his men to kidnap his finace Arabella Stamford, also the daughter of the very man who has set him up for the plotting of the Queen's death! When he arrives in a rundown castle in Germany, where his men are holding his fiance, he is shocked to find Arabella's cousin instead!
A battle of wills immediately erupts and Maxium must keep his head before Elise uses her tricks and traps to completely drive him insane! He cannot let her go home since the waters are frozen now and the weather has trapped the battling pair in the crumbling, drafty, worn-out castle ad Elise will make sure he knows, JUST how mad she is.
The battle of wills soon turn from hate and sly planning to unnerve the other one in an effort to win points, to a battle of each losing their hearts. Maxium soon cannot remember his love Arabella's face any longer as he dreams of Elise. What will he do when she leaves in spring? Will it be too late for his heart?
In the backdrop of court politics involving the Virgin Queen Elizabeth Tudor and the imprisoned Queen Mary of Scots, this story makes a fasinating mix of adventure, romance, international intrique that I have never read about before(the Hansa of Germany)and greed. There is four stories going on at once and Woodwiss handles it with the brillance of a true gifted story teller.
The humor I spoke about is perfectly blended inbetween the confusion and mess the two characters find theselves caught in. Elise makes Maxium's life a living hell, literally, while she resides in the castle. The things she does to irritate him made me laugh out loud in appreciaton of her wit. Maxium made me smirk with his tolerance of her sly tricks when he plies his own that will make you think these two will never get along, but when they do, its magic.
A sure keeper and a true Woodwiss classic, don't miss this one...