E–pub The Harlot's Daughter by Blythe Gifford
E–pub The Harlot's Daughter by Blythe Gifford
This is a medieval about the maybe illegitimate daughter of Edward III being made to go to Richard II court to flatter or seduce him into granting her mother an income to support them Her mum was E3 s mistress and amassed a huge fortune and estates but when E3 died greedy husbands elations used the court system to strip them from her and they are nearly destitute The underage king R2 has lost controll of his treasury and so he wants the h to spy on the opposition by marrying the H who is the lawyer for the controlling lords The H hates the h and all she stands for He basically thinks she is a using lying cheating whore and he won t marry her unless she can prove she loves him She tries but as they get to know each other he punishes her with his version of how the truth should be straightforward and honest as opposed to her eality which is women in medieval times have no overt power and so have to ely on coercion and manipulation for safety and security The H is very black and white and a prig to boot the h is fluid and I eally felt bad for her Needless to say they marry cause she is desperate to keep her family from starving and homelessness and the H agrees to epresent her mum in court to keep their home He loses due to legal manipulation gets accused of treason by the king and his life is only spared by the h s machinations cause she loves him by this time The H is an utter pig about it of course even while HE is manipulating the law to get certain unsavory influences on R2 either beheaded or exiled Thus proving he is as much if not manipulative than she is Finally he sees the error of his ways after she isks death to state her truths to R2 and his enemies HEA follows and all is well I liked this book not so much for the omance but to see the process of disillusionment in a moral absolutist as he ealizes how skewed his vision of the world is and learns to appreciate the sacrifices people will make for love The omance was okay and I eally felt for the h and her very hard decisions even though I did not like some of them Lady Joan AKA as Solay is the daughter of the infamous Alice Perrers the former mistress of Edward III Richard Her vulnerability made her dangerousLady Solay's eyes met those of a hard edged man His implacable gaze sliched through her and for an instant she forgot everything else A mist.
I is now King and very much at odds with Parliament over his frivolous spending habits Solay comes to court to plea for funds for her now impoverished mother and while there she uses her skills in astrology and tells Richard s fortune Through one twist of fate or another she ends up hooking up with lawyer Justin Lamont who works for the Council of Lords Appellant investigating Richard The King orders Justin to marry Solay with the idea to have her spy for him but Justin insists he ll only marry for love and Solay must prove it Or something like that I confess to feeling a bit lost at times In the end it was an OK love story with a much too heavy dose of Big Misunderstandings I eally didn t care for either Solay or Justin a bad thing in a omance and didn t find much chemistry between the two either and some of the prose was ather silly at times Her breath uickened as a plume of desire slithered up from her centre She sueezed her thighs against the weakness waiting for his touchMen were all helpless that way led by their staffs to drink at a woman s well else how would a woman live Her breath and her body were one There was inside and no outside no difference between his skin and hers No up or down No earth or sky Just this swirling oneness dizzying as the fall of snowflakes olls eyes If you e looking for a light easy ead heavier on the omance than the history this might suit to kill a few hours but don t go out of your way hunting it down either I mainly ead this because it has connection to Edward III heroines mother ALice Perrers and I knew it was big on omance side I thought it was a nice surprise because I did enjoy itBut still it was okay but couldn t see much chemistry between the characters I thought the author tried to keep them apart too hard for no apparent eason Betrothed to a man she must betrayShe is the illegitimate daughter of a dead king trying to egain a place at court He is the powerful lord determined to stop herAnd around every corner lurks treason that could threaten them bothA medieval and another new to me author I heard good things about it and decided to give it a try The author mentions how the idea for th. Ake She had no time for emotion when so much depended on her finding favor at courtLord Justin Lamont couldn't look away from the late king's scandalous illegitimate daughter
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Is story came from King Edward III and Alice Perrer s daughters of which little is knownJoan better known as Lady Solay comes to court in search of a position or a ich husband She is the illegitimate daughter of the last king and after he died her mother took her and her sister away from court and lost everything she possessed except the house they have been living inThere she meets Lord Lamont a man of law and close to the parliament that is trying to limit the king s power Solay attracts the attention of the king with her hobby of eading the stars and he ends up devising a marriage between her and Justin Lamont She would marry a ich man and in turn she would spy on him for the kingThere are several important issues at stake in the story Whether the king s divine power should or not be above the law of men What to do when the law and your personal interests are different things Solay is wary of everyone around her she knows she is not much liked and is in secret called the harlot s daughter Although she doesn t want to spy on anyone she knows she has to follow the king s wishes in order to gain her eward and save her mother and sister from poverty Lamont is uled only by the law he is very attracted to Solay but his mission is the important thing and he distrusts her Eventually they ll have to trust each other confide in each and learn about what s truly important I did enjoy the story it seemed eal and plausible than most medievals It dealt with eal characters with understandable motivations and with divided interests or loyalties I thought that was a efreshing change from the usual plots and I m already looking for books by this authorGrade B Thank GoodnessI met Blythe at a conference and she was amazingly kind and friendly to me And being a wuss that made me absolutely terrified to ead her books because I was afraid I wouldn t like themAnd I loved thisSolid characters Justin and Solay with eal flaws who grow and change in ealistic believable ways This is just a pleasant ead easily couched in eal events At a few points I got a little fed up with medieval English law but it never eally got overbearingI m waiting for Jane s stor. Ead held high she walked as if the court adored her No matter the pain in her eyes Justin esolutely snuffed out a spark of sympathy He must guard against her bewitching charms.
After many years in public relations advertising and marketing Blythe Gifford started writing seriously after a corporate layoff Ten years and one layoff later she became an overnight success when she sold her Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist manuscript to Harleuin She has since written medieval romances featuring characters born on the wrong side of the royal blanket Now