- File Size: 981 KB
- Print Length: 282 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Avid Press (January 8, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 8, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AZR2ZVK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,860 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Lily on the Heath (Medieval Romance) (The Medieval Herb Garden Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
This book follows the story of the sister of the H from A Sanctuary of Roses and she's been at court ever since her brother killed her late fiance. She is a favourite of the queen and the queen will never let her go to get married. The h knew the H when she was a young girl and sees him again when he comes to court to petition the King for a new wife. His late wife died 4 years prior to the beginning of this story. He wants a quiet, biddable wife and has actually ear-marked a woman he thinks will be perfect. The H is immediately attracted to the h even though he doesn't want to be but leaves court once the King fixes his eye on the h. Ultimately the H comes in to save the day when the h falls out of favour with the Queen because of the King's attention.
*** Big Spoilers****
The h has a past and was previously intimate with her late fiance. When she comes to the attention of the King, she becomes his unwilling mistress for several weeks and at one stage thinks she is carrying his baby. It is at this point after the Queen attacks the h, that the H steps in to marry the h and to save the day. He is even willing to say the child is his if it became necessary. The H was disgusted with the h when he found out that she was the King's 'whore' as she became known at court but a few weeks later is quick to marry her. Their relationship hadn't developed to a point where I could believe in his love. Honestly this is a plot line that I wanted nothing at all to do with. The h and H end up consummating the marriage exactly a week after she stops sleeping with the King. The other fact is that H and h spend very little time together after they are married and are separated for about 4 months because of misunderstanding and circumstances. I am not a big fan of big misunderstandings and when this book had very little romance to redeem itself with, the misunderstandings pushed it into the unacceptable realm to me. Ugghh.
The only reason this book didn't get one star is because the editing is good and the author writes well.
A fairly typical medieval romance with all the requisites for that genre. There’s a high emotional quotient which I enjoyed. If you’re going to read historical romance, that’s the best feature. So good point there… There were knights in shining armor aplenty, pretty ladies at court, and a bunch of guys swing swords around sans covering. I was left with a grin on my face for all that.
The author incorporated a feature into her work I found above and beyond and that was how much she put into her general research and period details. I felt she took the time to get the historical figures and their personalities right; reading Judith’s struggle as she was caught in the eternal war between Henry and Eleanor was heartbreaking to say the least. There were times where the dialogue and language choices used were a bit over the top and did seem forced at times. Yet, that wasn't often enough to distract me more than a few times.
However, there was one feature of this historical romance that really sucked my enjoyment down the toilet overall. The use of the misunderstandings and assumptions are a regular feature in historical romance; its presence should be expected to some degree. But this book takes it to a whole new level. Most of the overall drama and emotional pull of the book was based on this plot device, to the point that several times I wished I could just set these two people down and force them to have an actual conversation.
So at the end of the day, the heavy, heavy use of the misunderstandings/assumption plot device to drive most of the novel destroyed my overall enjoyment. Even the emotional resonance of the romance was hurt by this heavy usage, especially since a lot of the emotions were derived from it. I enjoyed the historical details and some of the emotional pull (after all, I did cry a few times), but if you’re in the market for a medieval romance, I’d look elsewhere.
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