Signet, Apr 2003, 6.99, 336 pp.
Late in the thirteenth century Kiera dress up like a stable boy before sneaking out her father's best stallion Obsidian. However, she runs into a problem and only the quick action of her sister Elyn keeps her from being raped and probably killed. Kiera vows she owes her life to her sibling and will do anything Elyn asks to pay the debt.
A few years later Elyn demands Kiera keep her vow by replacing her at her wedding ceremony although she insists Kiera can avoid bedding the groom Baron Kelan of Penbrooke. Kiera refuses, but Elyn sneaks away to spend time with her beloved. Elyn uses a veil to hide behind and goes through the ceremony. She pretends illness to stay away from the celebration, but Kelan enters her bedroom and soon caresses her into making love with him. The next day Elyn fails to show up so Kiera leaves with Kelan for his estate. As they become acquainted they fall in love, but he knows she is hiding something from him. When he learns the truth, Kiera believes Kelan will angrily boot her out and cause trouble for her father.
THE IMPOSTRESS is an entertaining historical romance that at first may seem inane, but works because readers feel Kiera's growing anxiety over the ploy. The story line is a comedy of errors as Kiera compounds the deception though she expects the worse to happen when she also falls in love with the victim of the ruse. Fans will relish this engaging medieval romance because the cast makes it work.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner