Berkley, Jul 2003, 6.99, 336 pp.
In France, the emissary of English King Edward informs the Duke of Avalon he still owes ransom if he wants his freedom. Avalon has nothing to offer until he learns Edward would accept as tribute virgin daughters with a dowry to be married off to his men. Avalon informs the Abbess of the Convent of the Brides of Virtue that he requires “his” four illegitimate daughters be sent to England escorted by Sir Hugh of Sennet. The Abbess knows Avalon has no known daughters, but sees an opportunity for four of her “throwaway” charges to attain a good life as an English wife.
Chloe of Guibray wants to go to England upon learning she may have family there, but the Abbess wants her to stay behind. Chloe “kidnaps” the nun who was accompanying the young women and takes her place. On the journey across France, the Channel, and England to the monarch's court, someone tries to stop Hugh from achieving his objective. Worse to Hugh is he is falling in love with Chloe, who reciprocates his deep feelings.
Readers will enjoy New York Times best-selling author Betina Krahn's latest historical romance due to a fine cast. The story line is fun as an exasperated Hugh struggles to keep his desire in check protecting the five women from his horny men and an unknown enemy. Ms. Krahn passes all the tests, as her audience will appreciate this delightful medieval tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner