Leisure, Dec 2001, 4.99, 315 pp.
In 1282 England, Sir Haven de Sessions hates Genvieve Dreyford though they never met. Haven believes that Genvieve led his best friend, her late husband Roger, into committing treason. However he is shocked to meet the proud, but badly bruised Genvieve, who was stoned by the English for being the widow of a traitor. Haven informs Genvieve that she, Roger's sister and Roger's son who is also her child will accompany him to court to await King Edward's judgment.
On the Trek to court, Haven is stunned how kind and compassionate Gennie is to everyone but him. By the time they reach Edward, Haven believes his prisoner is innocent and the memory of his friend false. Expecting the death penalty Edward shocks Haven and Genvieve when he orders them to wed and control a keep in Wales, a hot bed of anti English royalty sentiment. As they fall in love, Gennie trusts the Welsh with open arms while Haven remains wary, leaving their relationship precariously in trouble.
Though A TRUE AND PERFECT KNIGHT follows the standard of the medieval romance, Susan Charnley reaches high marks with her debut tale. The story line is exciting and vividly depicts the era. The support cast adds depth to the period description, but the plot belongs to the lead couple, especially the hero whose feelings for Gennie change from abomination to cherished admirer. This metamorphosis brilliantly handled by a rookie writing like a seasoned veteran.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner