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A very funny and delightful medieval romance,
This review is from: Lady Fortune (Zebra Historical Romance) (Mass Market Paperback)
"Lady Fortune" is my favourite Anne Stuart novel. It is so good and funny that I've already read it twice.The story is set in Medieval England during the rule of King Henry III. The main female character is Lady Julianna a recently widowed young woman who travels to Fortham Castle to be reunited with her mother.She has suffered during her marriage to a lecherous old man and she cannot forgive her mother to let her marry him as an 11 year old child. The leading male character is Nicholas Strangefellow the king's jester who is sent to Castle Fortham by the king to find a precious chalice with a funny name. He is a very handsome young man full of jokes and funny but very biting rhymes.
These two characters are forced to spend some time together and their union is so unlikely that at the end it becomes natural.
Julianna is very innocent and she doesn't know anything about court life and love. She can't stand the sight of Nicholas but she is drawn to him by forces stronger than her will. She starts to feel compassion for him, he excites her, he awakens her sexual awareness and at the end she falls in love with him. Nicholas is well experienced in court life and he knows everything about the physical side of love. He feels sorry for Julianna and she irritates him with her innocence and ignorance. She is a challenge for him he seduces her but he manages to lose his heart at the process as well. The storyline goes around the chase after the Blessed Chalice of The Martyred St. Hugelina The Dragon. Everybody is after it for their own secret resons.For Nicholas it would mean his freedom from being a court jester and finally settling down on his own land.The funny and fanatic Abbot of St. Hugelina has some different greedy intentions.
The secondary characters are wonderfully described as well. They are alive and also very entertaining. The writer introduces a secondary romance in her book between Lady Isabeau (Julianna's mother ) and Sir Hugh Fortham. Their relationship is so gentle and so heart-warming it makes the reader like them from the beginning. The book is packed with action, lots of fun, some misunderstanding and compassion. The author keeps you reading on and on, laughing and crying at the same time.
LADY FORTUNE is a beautiful medieval romance and approaches the genre from a different angle. I haven't read a book yet with a jester as the main character but Ms Stuart's talent shows the reader that it's possible. The historical background is not very strong but all the characters are so alive and well developed that it keeps your attention on them.I highly recommend it to all readers who can appreciate a very entertaining well-written story.