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The Knight’s Maiden in Disguise by Ella Matthews

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Risking her life

To save a knight!

Disguising herself as her late twin brother keeps Avva Carpenter, and her family, safe. Until Sir William Devereux arrives in her town. As the castle’s stable master, Avva can’t avoid the knight—or the desire he instantly stirs in her. He’s everything she never knew a nobleman could be: honest, kind, brave. When danger surrounds them, the only way to help William is to reveal her true identity, but can she trust him enough?

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Totally brilliant and fabulous 
Avva is masquerading as her dead twin brother Aven as the stable master for Baron Caerden and things are thrown up in the air when William, one of the Kings Knights, arrives to inform them of a royal visit but things aren’t what they seem 
Avva is pretending to be her brother because of the inherent danger of being a woman near Caerden and pretending to be Aven means that she can be relatively safe whilst also protecting her younger brothers. Avva is strong, determined and brilliant at what she does. She would do almost anything to protect those she cares about even if it puts her in danger, especially as being seen with William does. I loved Avva right from the start, she is an amazing character who I couldn’t help but adore
William is surprised by his attraction when he first meets Avva, believing her to be Aven and he had never liked men before but the more he got to know Avva the more his suspicions about her gender got stronger and he found out her secret. He is one of the Kings Knights but he also has a vulnerable side, he would give his life for the King and very quickly Avva becomes to mean a lot more to him than he expected. William is the kind of person I would want to spend time with, he is loyal, determined and dangerous whist also being so loveable
I totally loved this book, I was hooked right from the very beginning and unable to put it down. Their story is full of danger and drama and each page had me holding my breath and hoping that they would be ok, even if things seemed stacked against them
Both Avva and William know they have no future together, they are from different worlds, but it doesn’t stop them from being drawn to each other and between them they start to realise what is important in their lives, even when reality forces them apart 
I was hooked by this book from the first page and I couldn’t put it down. The writing style and the characters drew me in and had me so embedded in the characters lives that I could feel each thing happening as if it was real. As you can probably tell by now, I adored this book and as such I would recommend it to so many people but especially those who enjoy a romance full of danger, drama and friendship that will keep you on your toes and unable to put it down
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio

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Ella Matthews lives and works in beautiful South Wales. When not thinking about handsome heroes she can be found walking along the coast with her husband and their two children (probably still thinking about heroes but at least pretending to be interested in everyone else).

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Her Honourable Mercenary by Nicole Locke

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An innocent maiden


And a legendary warrior

When captured and held prisoner in an enemy castle, Margery of Lyon is guarded by brooding mercenary Evrart, who’s been commanded to watch her—day and night. Margery’s determination to escape brings her closer to Evrart and the kind heart hidden beneath his granite-hard body. Now Margery is torn… Fleeing under the portcullis will mean leaving behind the man she’s falling for…

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Loved it! 
Margery has been taken by Ian of Warstone to his fortress as his mistress and she is assigned Evrart, Ian’s personal guard, to protect and guard her 
I wasn’t sure about Margery to start with but she very quickly wormed her way into my heart. She is vulnerable and struggles with self confidence, she became a mistress to try and provide for her family but doesn’t know how to do much else. She is fun and playful but with her self doubts she felt a lot like a real person and her personality at times reminded me of me! She is determined but is also aware that she is something that people what to possess and this has coloured her world view and her relationship with Evrart allowed her to see that he liked her for herself and not how she looked which I think was so important for her character 
Evrart is huge and is used to people being scared of him so when Margery isn’t it’s a bit of a surprise. He isn’t supposed to be drawn to her but he can’t help it and he risks both punishment and danger when he spends time with her outside of the rooms she is meant to be assigned to. He is strong but also vulnerable, he is good at hiding his feelings and I’m so glad that there were a lot of opportunities to hear things from his point of view so I could understand him a lot better. He is honourable and determined and so many different things combined made me love him from the very start 
This book caught my attention right from the beginning and I was hooked. Margery is the sister of Beideluue whose story I had read previously and I loved being able to see the story from a different point of view and that Margery got her own story
This book isn’t a totally traditional romance and I think that drew me in even further. Even though I knew a lot of what happened from Beid’s story, and it can be read independently, there was still so much danger, drama and enough twists and turns that it kept me on my toes
I totally loved this book and would recommend it to so many people but especially those who enjoy a romance with brilliant characters which you won’t be able to put down
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

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Nicole is the author of Harlequin/Mills and Boon Lovers and Legends Historical series. If she isn’t working on the next book, she can be reached at NicoleLocke.com, Facebook, and Twitter!

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The Greek’s Hidden Vows by Maya Blake

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An emotional whirlwind 
Christos is a ruthless divorce lawyer with a secret, to appease his grandfather and in an attempt to claim the private island he loved as a child, he secretly married his assistant Alexis
I liked Alexis, she is strong, confident and capable. She doesn’t let Christos walk all over her and she knows what she wants but she is also vulnerable with her hopes and fears shining through her personality making her seem more genuine to me as a character 
Christos only married Alexis because it was the only way to get his grandfathers private island and I think in a way that almost sums up a big part of his character. He is ruthless and determined to get his own way, he doesn’t let other people get in the way and if he feels like they have failed him then you really don’t want to be on the receiving end of his wrath. However his ruthless exterior hides the loveable and emotionally vulnerable person that he is which really helped me to understand him more and to very quickly adore him 
Both Christos and Alexis have major unresolved childhood issues that followed them into adulthood and which impact almost everything they do but I think that in a way, to me at least, this made them feel more real and genuine characters, especially as a big part of the story looks at those issues and makes them question their beliefs 
I ended up getting quite emotionally involved with Alexis and Christos lives and their story and this book also has some amazing locations that I would love to visit which I think helped to pull me in even deeper! 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story with a lot of drama that will catch your attention set in some amazing locations that will have you dreaming of a holiday
AM 🐾 x

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Married for One Reason Only by Dani Collins

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A story of discovery 
Vijay is a security consultant and software developer who has come to Milan to try and get a DNA sample from model Oriel, who is suspected to be the secret daughter of a famous Bollywood actress 
I loved Oriel, she is a successful model but also a really genuine person. She adores her adoptive parents and has been with them since she was a baby and they love her and support her in whatever she does. She is strong and determined but also nervous when it comes to finding out about her birth parents which I totally understand and which made her seem more genuine and made me adore her more 
I’m not going to lie, I really didn’t like Vijay at the start of the book. He only went to see Oriel with one agenda, to get her DNA, and he seemed kind of creepy in the manner he went about it. However as the story developed and I understood why he did what he did and the reason for the underhandedness I started to like him more as a character. He would do anything for his sister and very quickly that grew to include Oriel, however his redeeming traits did get a knock back when he didn’t treat Oriel as well as she should and even though he had his reasons I struggled with it. He does however change over the book and by the end I did start to love him as a character and could better see what drew Oriel to him
Although Oriels adoption becomes one of the main parts of the story, I still really enjoyed reading about her relationship with her adoptive parents, the are a true family and whilst I could understand Oriels curiosity about her birth parents, she always knew that her parents would be there for her no matter what
Both Oriel and Vijay have trouble trusting, especially in relationships where they may get hurt and seeing them start to realise what is important and their emotions as things happen made them feel so much more real to me. I could totally see this story happening in real life and I think that, along with so much else, had me hooked and addicted to this book. I became so invested in the characters and their story and I wish that the book was longer so I didn’t have to say goodbye to Oriel and Vijay
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance with a lot of drama and some unexpected twists that will have you hooked 
AM 🐾 x

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Surprise Reunion with His Cinderella by Rachael Stewart

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Can one week in paradise…
…heal ten years of heartache?

When the elite M dating agency sends wealthy Freddie Highgrove to the Seychelles for a weeklong “date,” the last person he’s expecting to be matched with is Jasmine Walker, his first love and ex-fiancée! Ten years ago, his family’s expectations for a high-society marriage sent housekeeper’s daughter Jasmine running. Can one week in paradise bring them back together?

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Totally loved it
Freddie and Jasmine were torn apart when they were teenagers and now an exclusive match making services has them both at a private resort in the Seychelles, the place they always dreamed of as their honeymoon but can this second chance put the past behind them 
I loved Jasmine, she broke off her engagement with Freddie when they were younger as his family didn’t approve and she didn’t want to cause a rift between them. She is smart, independent and knows what she wants, but she is also scared of pain and of not belonging which made me really connect with her. She is the kind of person that I would love to meet and get to know, she felt real and I could feel her emotions along with her
Freddie doesn’t want to fall in love, especially since Jasmine left and broke his heart but meeting her again makes him question that. He has a lot of emotions that he can’t always process and seeing him work through that made him even more loveable. He adores his family but also wants his own independence, he doesn’t want to do things just because of them and I think this made him stronger as a character. He stands up for what he believes in and also supports others to do the same which made me love him even more
Both Jasmine and Freddie are both haunted by their past and relationships didn’t work out because subconsciously they weren’t with each other (this isn’t a spoiler, they realise this very early on) and seeing them understand more about what happened back then and wonder if things would be different now is a huge part of the story. They both develop to more rounded people who have a better emotional understanding of themselves and realise that things don’t have to be what they originally thought 
I loved this book, Freddie and Jasmine wound their way into my heart so quickly and I was so addicted that I read it all in one go. Their personalities, the adventures dates they go on and the amazing setting (which I so want to go to!) made it a book that I would want to share it with everyone but especially those who love emotional romances with some surprises round the corners
AM 🐾 x

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Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heartwarmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled on A4 sheets in her loft will attest to, and the lovingly bound short stories that her father would run off at work and proudly share out with his colleagues. Thinking it was a pipe dream to be published one day, she pursued a sensible career in business but she was really play-acting, achieving the appropriate degree and spending many years in the corporate world where she never truly belonged. Always happiest when she was sat at her laptop in the quiet hours tapping out a story or two. And so here she is, a published author, her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

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Playing the Duke’s Fiancee by Amanda McCabe

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A pretend proposal

For the unconventional heiress

When American heiress Violet Wilkins crosses paths with William, Duke of Charteris, she has extremely low expectations of the “Duke of Bore.” But when this seemingly stuffy aristocrat offers her escape from a dreadful arranged marriage, she leaps at the chance! To her surprise, the arresting Charles whisks Vi into an exhilarating make-believe romance. And as she gets to know the man behind the title, she can’t help wanting more…

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Captured my heart 
Violet is an American heiress and has agreed to a fake engagement with William, an English Duke to give them both breathing space from those who want to marry them but will a royal wedding trip to Russia change all that
I loved William, he is kind, funny and bound up in his duty but as he spends more time with Violet he becomes more of himself and allows himself to have fun, to allow his real personality to come out instead of his ducal persona. He knows what he wants but it may not always be exactly what he expected. I really enjoyed seeing him come out of his shell and become a more realistic and rounded person who I always wanted to know more about
Violet is an heiress with a passion for photography and she is living in a time of such change and development into it as an art that I loved to see her exploring and talking to people about her love for photos and that portraits don’t necessarily have to be staged but should instead show a persons individuality. Her joy and passion were what initially drew me to her but her anxieties as well as her happiness made her even more real to me. Her wonder at the Russian palaces and each new experience shone through the story and I was so quickly caught up in her enthusiasm and delight 
This book looks at a different part of society, the very top, with the English presentation to the royal family and the close relationships with various royals being something I don’t often read. I also totally loved the Russian wedding element of the story which worked so well and was brilliantly blended with history that it felt so real that I forgot at times that the characters weren’t actually there and I can’t google Violets name and see her pictures! This along with so much has put this book onto my to be read again and again pile
As you can see, I totally loved this book and would recommend it to those who enjoy a historical romance with a difference that will have you hooked from the very first page, desperate to know more 
AM 🐾 x

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Amanda wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen–a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject…)

She’s never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion.  She lives in Santa Fe with a Poodle, a cat, a wonderful husband, and a very and far too many books and royal memorabilia collections.

When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network–even though she doesn’t cook.

Amanda also writes as Laurel McKee for Grand Central Publishing, the Elizabethan Mystery Series as Amanda Carmack, and the Manor Cat Mystery Series as Eliza Casey.


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Captivating the Cynical Earl by Catherine Tinley

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The cool, aloof earl

And the enchanting lady

For Jack Beresford, Earl of Hawkenden, emotional entanglements are the path to pain. But when his brother brings his new wife and her best friend to his country home, everything changes. Lady Cecily Thornhill is both vibrant and beautiful, and Jack finds himself increasingly captivated by her sunny nature. Yet he must resist her charms, for in a month she’ll be gone—unless his frozen heart thaws before then…

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Full of emotion 
Jack is horrified that his brother Tom has gotten married and for love?? He is determined to get rid of Nell so he has his brother back but not everything goes to plan and he accidentally ends up insulting Nells best friend Cecily
I’m not going to lie to you, at the start of the book I totally hated Jack, he was stuck up, arrogant and so determined that his way was the only way but as the story developed and I started to understand more of Jacks character and what drives him, I started to love him. He has been hurt in the past and still carries around a lot of anger as a result of that and it really colours his world view but as Cecily challenges him and makes him look into himself, he starts to see what is important 
Cecily was a harder character for me to understand as to start with as I struggled to bond with her but as more of her character came through, her quick wit, clever arguments and brilliant business sense, she became more real to me and I quickly started to adore her, her relationship with Nell also really helped show that she was a lovable character once you had gotten past the exterior
Both Jack and Cecily have been hurt in the past and they need to challenge their demons before they will be free to become the characters that I know they can be. They both struggle at times but they are also headstrong and determined and their arguments made them seem more real to me and had me so wrapped up in the story so quickly that I ignored Jacks faults and really wanted to see what would happen next
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story full of emotion and drama with characters who you will quickly come to love, even if they drive you mad at times!
AM 🐾 x

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Catherine Tinley is an award winning author of historical romance. She writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. Her first book, Waltzing with the Earl, won the Rita Award for Best Historical Romance 2018, while Rags-to-Riches Wife won the RoNA Award for Best Historical Romance 2021.

She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, Sure Start, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now manages a maternity hospital. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cats, and dog and can be reached at catherinetinley.com,on facebook, twitter, and instagram

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The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall by Lotte James

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She arrived as a housekeeper
Will she leave as a countess?
To some, Thornhallow Hall might be tarnished by tales of vengeance and ghosts, but to new housekeeper Rebecca Merrickson it represents independence and peace from her tumultuous past. Until the estate’s owner, William Reid, the disappeared earl, unexpectedly returns… After clashing with him over the changes she’s made to the house, Rebecca slowly unearths the memories that haunt brooding Liam—and her defiance gives way to a shockingly improper attraction to her master!

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One to read again and again

Rebecca is a housekeeper at Thornhallow Hall, a house with a bad reputation which had gone through 21 housekeepers before her. Liam is the Earl but has been gone from Thorhallow for years, the estate having nothing but bad memories for him but can the changes Rebecca makes to the house start to alter that belief 
I liked Rebecca, she is hard working and independent, she is determined and stands up for what she believes in. She isn’t perfect but I think that is what made me love her so much, she felt real and I could almost see her standing in front of me 
Liam struggles with being back home and with the changes that Rebecca has made to the house but thanks to her he starts to see things come back to life and the bad memories start to be less powerful, allowing in the good ones. He is strong, determined and aware of his position in society but he also likes Rebecca and allows her more leeway than maybe he should at times but through all this I could see that he just needed someone there who would support and understand without judgement. This vulnerability coupled with the rest of his character made me totally love him (after a slightly rocky start) and had me hoping for his HEA
Liam and Rebecca blur the lines between master and servant but it’s their characters and personalities rather than their titles that shine through in their relationship. One thing I did really enjoy with their arguments, neither willing to give in and both fighting for what they believe is right. I will admit that I did often side with Rebecca, mostly because I could understand her point of view and quite quickly Liam would as well! 
There are a fabulous supporting cast of characters in this book without who the story just wouldn’t have worked in the way that it does and I think they made me enjoy it even more than I would have done 
This book kept me up all night reading because I couldn’t put it down (the traditional one chapter before bed plan…) and I became so entangled in Rebecca and Liams world that it started to feel real to me and I was totally engrossed, desperate to find out what would happen next 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a book filled with drama and the most amazing characters who you will love as much as I did 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

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Lotte James trained as an actor and theatre director, but spent most of her life working day

jobs crunching numbers whilst dreaming up stories of love and adventure. She’s thrilled to

finally be writing those stories, and when she’s not scribbling on tiny pieces of paper, she

can usually be found wandering the countryside for inspiration, or nestling with coffee and a

book.

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The Marquess Next Door by Virginia Heath

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A dashing new neighbour…

Temptation on her doorstep!

To avoid an unwanted suitor at a ball, Hope Brookes asks another gentleman to rescue her. He obliges – with a surprisingly passionate kiss! Revealed as her sinfully handsome new neighbour, Lucius, Marquess of Thundersley, they forge a friendship over their balconies. It’s refreshing that Lucius is more interested in her writer dreams than her looks, so why can’t she stop thinking about that kiss?

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A totally brilliant must read
Hope is determined to be an author and a chance meeting causes her to push Luke into a fountain (what a fabulous start!) before they end up realising they will be neighbours with adjoining balconies that enable them to learn more about each other 
I loved Hope, she is dedicated and always her own person but she struggles with people not taking her seriously because of how she looks. As a result she has a lot of defences in place which can at times cause her problems and I think all of this together make her a brilliant character unwilling to give up on her dreams 
Luke doesn’t want to inherit a title but ends up with one anyway and following an incident with his sister in law he winds up living next door to Hope. He is uncomfortable in London as it has too many bad memories for him, it was from London that his mother was taken away to a madhouse and as a result he can be very overprotective. He struggles to adjust to London life and I enjoyed reading about how he starts to understand the responsibilities that come with his title and the impact that he could have. He is a complex character who I very quickly started to adore and each new development made me love him even more 
Both Luke and Hope have their own challenges and they change and develop so much over the book as their confidence starts to grow and they learn to be the people they can be
I didn’t know much about mental health care in the 1800’s but hearing what Luke’s mother went through was quite distressing for me and I’m so glad that I could get the types of help that she eventually ends up getting in a more modern method of care. Caring about the person, not just the illness. Mental health is so often glossed over and I think it’s inclusion in this book makes it even more addictive to me
This story drew me in right from the start and as each new twist came along I ended up holding my breath to see how it would affect Luke and Hopes relationship. Their story is full of drama as well as the importance of friends and family who’s lives I became so invested in that I can’t wait for the next book in the series 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a historical romance with a difference with characters who you will love and a story that will capture your interest straight away and have you unable to put it down 
AM 🐾 x

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When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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A Marriage Made in Secret by Jenni Fletcher

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Oh my gosh!! 
Mathilde is one of the ladies in waiting for Isabella of France, wife of Henry II and in the course of her duties she meets Henry, a spy working for Roger Mortimer and neither of them can forget each other 
I loved Henry, he isn’t the traditional gentleman one would find at court and I think this made him more loveable to me. He is clever, calculating and very good at what he does but he also knows what he wants and ultimately it’s to escape the spy game and have a family and I found myself routing for him to achieve his dream
I struggled at times with Mathilde, she is haunted by an event in the past which leads her to become very loyal to the queen and at times blind to her faults which whilst I understood I also found very frustrating, especially as it starts to impact her life more and more. Even through all my issues with her, I found Mathilde to be a kind and loyal person who is determined to keep promises even at the expense of her own happiness. The more I got to know Mathilde the more I struggled with her as a character, I would go from totally loving her to annoyed and back again so quickly but I think that’s part of her character and what makes her her. She starts to learn a lot about herself as the story develops and as each new aspect of her character is revealed I started to love her more and more and by the end I adored her courage and determination as well as so much more
Because of her relationship with Isabella, Mathilde doesn’t always see what is going on and is often blind to the wider events of court and further afield so we must rely on Henry’s narration and version of events to get an accurate picture but this contrast works well and allows the reader to see both sides and how various things can skew a persons understanding of what is really happening 
This book is so skilfully written that more than once I forgot it was fiction and went to google Henry and Mathilde as they seemed so real and so entwined with history that it was almost impossible to distinguish between fact and fiction and I think this is a big part of why I loved this book so much
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story where the characters have to fight adversity and so much more to be together in a setting that will have you intrigued and wanting to know more 
AM 🐾 x

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