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This review is from: By Arrangement (Mass Market Paperback)
The young heroine is obliged to wed a "commoner" - David de Abyndon who is a merchant, due to an indiscretion that nearly results in scandal. He has his own agenda - he is a really complex character - cool, intelligent,sometimes devious and the love that emerges between the two overcomes their differences and is as believable as the well-researched historical context. I totally fell for David as a hero - quite apart from being gorgeous he just seemed grown-up - a real man who played the hand he was dealt rather than using a previous bad experience as an excuse to be emotionally stunted like some heroes! I have just ordered this author's next book "By Possession" and am looking forward to getting "By Design" when it comes out in 2001. This book has a slightly harder edge to it then some historicals (the fall of Caen is realistically brutal) but it has strong plotting, good pace, well rounded characters who develop throughout the novel...some toe curling moments, historical realism - basically - its got the lot!!! I loved it and would totally recommend it.