Lynsay gives us a warm story of two gentle people pushed together by an inheritance. Hugh de Long believe his uncle is forcing him to marry his illegitimate daughter, Willow, and arrogantly insults her saying he will not lower himself to marry a bastard. But then find out she is neither a bastard and that, though he inherits his uncle's Castle and lands, he need the money left to Willow in order to keep them.
Willow is a gentle soul who is ready to forgive Hugh after making him jump through a couple hoops, but she has been warned by her keeper, a witch, that is she accepts and forgives Hugh too quickly, one or both of them will die.
Lynsay always gives such warm humour, but Willow and Hugh are characters that touch the heart.
This report prepared by DeborahAnne MacGillivray
Leisure, Sep 2002, 5.99, 357 pp.
He inherits his uncle's estate, but the will contains a special clause ordering Hugh Dulonget to marry Lady Willa. A highly regarded knight, Hugh can handle anything even the most formidable enemy in combat. However, Willa is another matter as he inadvertently insulted her when they first met thinking she was a peasant.
His friends offer him advice when it comes to the ladies, but they are warriors used to tossing a jewel to succeed in bedding a wench. Willa's crone of a guardian tells him to crawl on his wretched belly before pleading on his knobby knees for Willa to forgive his transgression. However, Hugh has always been his own man. Ignoring everyone, Hugh wants Willa with him forever so he does the unthinkable. He courts her to persuade her that the key to WHAT SHE WANTS is the bliss of always being together.
Though the roles of the support cast seem more like two-dimensional comic relief and the plot centers on a one-joke phenom, readers will laugh loudly and long at the amusing medieval romantic story line. The lead couple is a charming pair as Hugh works harder than he ever did before because the stakes are as high as he will ever faced. Previously he only risked his life, but now he must convince the woman he loves and desires for herself and not for the estate he gains if he wins her hand. Lynsay Sands creates a humorous twelfth century romance that her fans will appreciate.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner