Berkley, Sep 2002, 14.00, 448 pp.
In 1483, merchant Sir Dudley Ballaster forces his oldest daughter Heloise and Sir Miles Rushden to marry at sword point. Not longer after exchanging, vows, Miles flees for Wales with plans to annul the marriage.
Dudley informs his daughter that she must find refuge with her new spouse as he no longer will take care of her. Heloise follows Miles to his residence amidst the Duke of Buckingham's estate. Under disguise, Heloise gets inside and soon charms everyone whom comes into contact with her including her runaway husband. Miles wonders what happened to him as he loves his wife and wants her by his side forever.
On the surface, MOONLIGHT AND SHADOW is a typical fifteenth century romance. However, adding depth to the strong romance is historical personage and events from the real world in which a fragile peace ending the War of the Roses needs very little to break back into civil war. It is the effortless ability to interweave real people and occurrences into her story lines as she has done with this wonderful novel that makes Isolde Martyn highly regarded and her books so appreciated by more than just sub-genre fans.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner