A masterpiece story that exemplifies historical romance at its finest, THE DUMONT BRIDE receives a perfect 10 from Historical Romance Writers.
Depleted physically and mentally Christian's days are numbered as he and his brother waste away in prison. Paying the price for their father's traitorous deeds, who has already met his fate with the hangman, Christian receives an offer from King Richard he simply cannot refuse. Sent to Queen Eleanor to do as she bids, he blindly accepts this offer to have his lands, titles, and wealth restored to his family IF he agrees to what the Queen requests of him. Not knowing what this request is, and realizing this will be his only chance to save his brother, Geoffrey, who is dying and to save himself, he agrees.
He arrives at Greystone Castle, an impressive land holding to meet with Queen Eleanor. There he discovers he is to be wed to Emalie Montgomerie.
Protected by the Queen Eleanor who has devised a plan to remove her from the grasp of the vile Prince John, Emalie finds herself a pawn in this power play for her land and her wealth. A victim of a rape she can not remember, she is now at the mercy of the royals and her fate is yet unsealed.
Still dealing with his physical depletion from imprisonment he finds himself dealing with fever and weakness, something he is not accustomed to. He wants to hide his predicament until he finds out what role he plays in the political maneuvers of Queen Eleanor, King Richard and Prince John.
Both Emalie and Christian are powerless to fight the love that develops between them despite the mistrust, confusion, and politics surrounding their marriage.
This story was riveting from start to finish. It defied conventional storylines and continued to surprise each step away. Traditional resolutions that were expected did not come. Ms. Brisbin weaves a tale of love, passion, acceptance, and political intrigue that is sure to become a classic.
Bravo, Ms. Brisbin!