Ivy, Jul 2001, 6.50, 320 pp.
Several years ago in England, King Henry II accused and executed several lords including the father of eighteen year old Isabel de Lamere for rebellion against the throne. Everything the nobles owned became forfeited to the crown, which meant that Isabel and her younger sister were now illegitimate. Their humiliated mother returned to France until word reached Isabel that she died.
In 1189 King Richard realizes that Isabel has inherited an estate in France and decides the heiress must marry an aristocrat of his choice. His highness chooses the Earl of Montborne. In spite of not trusting males, perhaps since Griffin of Droghallow saved her life a decade ago, Isabel sees Sebastian Montborne as the only hope for her much younger sibling so she agrees to wed him. However, as she travels to her wedding, her childhood hero Griffin kidnaps her and a companion, killing their escorts. Someone is willing to pay a bounty to insure Isabel does not marry Sebastian. When Griffin fails to receive his booty, he refuses to hand over his prisoner to his foster brother. As he awaits payment, Griffin and Isabel fall into a forbidden love.
WHITE LION'S LADY is an exciting medieval romance starring two strong lead characters whose love appears worthless due to the intrigue swirling every where in aristocratic England. The story line is fastthough it remains inside sub-genre guidelines. The cast makes the tale as readers will empathize with Isabel and even Griffin the kidnapper while hissing at several other players. Tina St. Johns has written an enticing twelfth century tale of star-crossed lovers that sub-genre readers will fully delight in their tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner