I find it hard to rate books like these because you have to give an overall rating for four different stories. One of these stories was really quite good while the others were just okay.
1st Lynn Kurland's The Traveller-Julianna is a modern day unemployed woman with multiple degrees in ancient languages. She is sitting on a park bench reading a letter from her friend who lives in Scotland and believes in time travel when she herself is transported to a castle under siege in 1299. She is rescued by William de Piaget great grandson of Robin of Artane who made a vow to God to help all maidens in distress. William ends up losing his castle to save Julianna's life, but they fall in love and marry. They end up travelling back to the future and it is kind of comical to see how people adjust to different time eras. However, this short story loses what Lynn Kurland is a master at and that is taking the time to develop her characters so that you know how they think by the end. This story is just okay.
2nd-Patricia Potter-The Minstrel-I liked this story but once again it is just too short to really draw you in. Duncan is a wealthy lord who makes a vow to his dying mother to marry for love, so he disguises himself and travels as a minstrel to find a woman that will fall in love with him not his name and title. The only problem is his musical talents are limited. He meets Lynet in an open field and mistakenly believes she is a peasant woman. He hears her singing and asks her to meet him every day to give him music lessons. Lynet is really the daughter of a wealthy landowner who is being forced to marry. She must choose a suitable husband within a fortnight. When caught in a compromising position , Duncan is captured and Lynet threatened with being sent to a nunnery. No one realizes Duncan is a lord and would be perfect for Lynet...but then they escape together and things come together.
3rd Deborah Simmons-The Bachelor Knight-This is my least favorite of the four. Beren returns to his foster home and marries Guenivere to save her from being married to a land hungry lord. Each had secretly loved the other in their youth, but a bunch of misunderstandings lead them to believe the other has no feelings to return. I just couldn't warm up to this story and some parts never made sense.
4th Glynnis Campbell's The Siege-This was by far the best of the four short stories. Campbell comes close to delivering the perfect short story but you end up wishing for more. Hilaire is escaping through a tunnel in her family's keep to avoid a marriage by order of the King to the Black Gryphon. He is rumored to have killed his first three wives and when he comes to marry her she convinces her father to go under siege until she has time to escape. Ryance, the Black Gryphon, is misunderstood. He is not a violent, evil man, but one who suffered through a series of misfortunes and lost three wives and a daughter through no fault of his own. The king orders him to marry and produce an heir. He goes to meet his bride and when her father resists, rather than beat down the doors and risk injuring anyone, he decides to dig under the foundation. He is unaware his bride to be is in the tunnel attempting to escape him. Ryance ends up buried in a landslide and then hears a young woman crying for help. He manages to dig his way to her but realizes they are trapped and most likely will die without oxygen. Hilaire doesn't at first realize that her rescuer is her husband to be and she is amazed and charmed at how gentle he is and the pains he goes through to convince her he will get them out alive. He even digs through rocks until his nails come off to keep her calm until the end. Ryance wishes things were different and he could have ended up marrying and loving this young woman. He vows he will do everything in his power to make her final moments less terrifying. The two talk and open up to one another and fall in love within a short amount of time, when Hilaire finally realizes who Ryance is, she is remorseful and wishes she had done things differently. She knows he is not the person the rumors make them to be. I loved this story and wish it were a full novel. BTW, things work out better than you first believe.