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THE YIELDING: A Medieval Romance (Age of Faith Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : January 3, 2014
- File size : 1388 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- ASIN : B00APRN7IU
- Publisher : Tamara Leigh; 3rd edition (January 3, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
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King Henry has decreed that one of the Wulfrith girls must marry Baron Christian Lavonne. Beatrix Wulfrith, the youngest has been pledged to the church so that meant that Gaenor would be forced to marry the man but the family all knew his brother Geoffrey who had recently been killed while trying to kill Garr Wulfrth's wife. So Beatrix and Gaenor flee to their brother's castle to hide. The Baron's men chase down the girls but they are separated and Beatrix is attacked and almost ravaged. She and her attacker are thrown over a cliff and the attacker falls on her dagger. Beatrix suffers a head injury and cannot remember what happened but she is accused of murder and to be put on trial.
Michael D'Arci is the physician that attends to Beatrix but he also the brother that had been killed at this woman's hands. He is determined that she will pay for what happened to his brother. He is unprepared for his attraction to this beautiful woman. He really wants to believe her but he can't believe his brother would attack a noble woman.
It was harder to read through the development in their relationship in the earlier parts of the book, since Michael is very, very angry (as you can imagine). The only tenderness in their interactions comes from Beatrix. Of course, this provides lots of conflict and clash, and it forms the foundation for a much more tender side of their relationship that comes later.
As far as plot goes, there are no complicated mysteries to unravel, but it has more than enough twists and turns to be engaging, and there are plenty of both high-tension and romantic scenes between the characters.
Romance level: CLEAN but engaging story. I could feel the sexual tension but was not overwhelmed with the details.
Plot: This book is the 2nd in the series and could have gotten convoluted due to all the old characters meeting up with new characters but the story manages to braid all that together very well.
Style: Tamara Leigh is a great writer! So many of these clean romances seem to have been written by authors without any sense of style. This book is well written with great dialogue, wonderful character development, no distractions from terrible grammar or spelling, and a plot that was not ponderous or hard to follow.
Religious content: Not at all preachy while being respectful of Christian beliefs. This is NOT an evangelical book in that it seeks to bring the reader to salvation. The religious content flows well with the story and fits the time period.
Beatrix is a clever girl. She uses her brain, is brave, and even though she does need saving by the hero, she does not appear weak.
Michael is a decent hero. He is not my favorite hero but I liked him well enough. Granted, in this series he has to compete with some impressive heroes.
I am looking forward to the 3rd book.
Henry is now king and orders that one of Wulfrith’s sisters must marry the baron whose brother died at the hand of the Wulfriths (which took place in book 1, The Unveiling).
Since Beatrix was destined for the Church, it was decided tht Beatrix’s sister would go to the baron, but she does not want the marriage. So, the sisters plan an escape during which Beatrix falls into the hands of Simon D’Arci’s lust. In her attempt to defend her virtue, he falls on a knife and is killed.
Simon’s brother, Michael, had been falsely accused of rape years earlier, thus he refuses to believe Beatrix’s accusations against his brother. When he finds himself at her mercy and she treats him kindly, he must reexamine his firm convictions.
There’s lots of action in this one, followed by Beatrix’s solitary existence hiding out from Lord D’Arci (which part was slow) and D’Arci’s commitment to revenge (he calls it justice) was a bit over the top at times. In the end, Beatrix tells her story and is believed. While not as good as the first book, it is well written, as always. A great medieval series all in all.
Lady Beatrix Wulfrith exudes strength despite her petite frame and vulnerable predicament in The Yielding. Her unwavering faith is inspiring and even cynical Lord Michael D’Arci is impressed by her steadfastness. Honor demands diligence as these adversaries find their way to the truth.
I have immensely enjoyed reading and rereading the Age of Faith series over the last few years and highly recommend it for delightful binge reading. One of my favorite aspects of this series is the way each plot is skillfully intertwined with the other installments. The characters' lives interconnect in genuine relationships forged by struggle, strife, and love. Tamara Leigh's stories are guilty pleasure reading without the guilt and are among my all-time favorites.
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However, it is not until really close to the end of the story that the 'hero' changes his opinion and this leaves little time for a believable romance to develop.
Interestingly some reviewers on Amazon.com make similar criticisms, but are more generous with their star ratings.
Sadly, I think the author relied too much on the 'heroes' bitterness to create the tension between the romantic leads and this lead to creating a 'hero' that I as a reader found rather unpleasant. If I were the heroine I think I would have left him in the hole he fell in and just sent word where to find him! He deserved nothing better than that! The guy was not romantic hero material as far as I am concerned.
Added to this,for a novel that presents itself as one with a 'Christian' message the heroines veiws on morality and chastity are some what shaky and almost abandoned on one occasion. In fact, rather dodgy morality is common in the h&H's in this author's books. The h&H don't come across as sincere Christians, nominal ones maybe. Apparently the 'Age of Faith " was actually the "Age of dodgy Faith".
Curiously some reviewers on Amazon.com make similar criticisms, but score more generously.