Forever and a Lifetime Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1990
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What I like about Horsman's romances is that they are richly detailed and give me that intense, "swept away" feeling that keeps me turning pages. I like her strong heroines (none of those whiny females!) There are times when the action she describes leaves you wondering where you are and what, exactly is happening, but it all comes together in the end. This was a good story and I can recommend it as a great read, the kind you curl up with on a rainy day.
This story is set in Switzerland in the late 15th century when the country was a loose confederation of independent small states called cantons. Charles the Bold, Lord of Lucerne, who came to power in 1467, is seeking to grow in power, but Bern sees this as a threat. In this story, our heroine, Lady Nichole Lucretia, Charles' sister and a great healer, is being forced by her brother to marry the Duke of Uri to gain Charles another army. Nichole judges the duke to be an unjust and cruel man, and loving her people and being a headstrong and intelligent young woman, she refuses. Charles imprisons her in an abbey to pressure her into complying but she isn't there long when Jonpaul the Terrible abducts her. Jonpaul is the hero of the Burgundy War, the leader of the Basel Alliance--and their enemy. The Alliance wants to thwart Charles' plans and they know defeating Nichole's marriage will further their goal for peace. Jonpaul takes Nichole to his castle where she tries to resist the man even as she seeks escape. Theirs is a relationship of great passion and great conflict, two strong personalities coming together.
This is a story with great history, great passion and great deception--deception that is believable when it comes from someone you love.
For those of you looking for more romance by Horsman, here the list:
PASSION FLOWER (1983)
CRIMSON RAPTURE (1986)
PASSION'S JOY (1987)
VIRGIN STAR (1993)
WITH ONE LOOK (1994)
MAGIC EMBRACE (1989)
FOREVER AND A LIFETIME (1990)
AWAKEN MY FIRE (1992)
A KISS IN THE NIGHT (1995)
THE ICE QUEEN (Christmas romance) (2010)
ILLICIT FLAMES (Romantic Suspense, 2010)
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The other thing i didn't like was how paragraphs changed so abruptly.
It has put me off trying other books by this author.