- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2146 KB
- Print Length: 74 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Prairie Rose Publications (25 Feb. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BUL41I4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,007,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amice and the Mercenary Kindle Edition
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It is the exploration of discrimination and tolerance through all strata of society that I found so fascinating in this novella. Duke Henry, in his Savoy Palace on the Thames, plays host to, and holds hostage, the King of France, a heavy partaker of ‘almond dragees’ and ‘anise in confit’, spiced sweetmeats that the Duke fears can be too easily poisoned by his own, or perhaps the King’s own, staff. So sets the scene for double-dealing.
In the French retinue is Sir Gilles of Picardy, a name Amice knows from the experience of her brother to be a by-word for treachery on the battlefield, a man she intends to become close to. Instead, she is drawn to his paid oath-man, the turncoat English hedge-knight Harry Swynford, who has never forgotten, nor forgiven, his lowly upbringing. But are his honeyed words as transient as Amice’s honeyed sweetmeats?
Intrigue and misgivings spar with contempt and duplicity. Will mistrust suffocate blossoming love? If you enjoy historical romance with a dash of suspense, this is for you.
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On a mission to protect the King of France while he’s in England, spice-seller Amice has a mission of her own--revenge.
Mercenary knight Harry is a man of divided loyalties. He works for Amice’s enemy, but has to reconcile that with his growing attraction to the beautiful black woman.
But things aren’t what they seem, especially the attraction between Amice and Harry. They start off on the wrong foot, and also working at cross purposes, but the chemistry between them quickly flares high. Both have their secrets, but their slow dance as they learn to trust each other compels us to read on. Delicious.
I like that the book shows us facets of medieval life that don’t feature in most romances about the era. While there are plenty of aristocrats here, many of them are corrupt. Harry is a knight, noble in actions, but born a bastard. Amice is a rare creature of the time, a black woman in England.
As always, Ms. Townsend gives us in Amice a woman of her era, but still strong, independent and more than capable of making her own destiny--the type of heroine I love. Harry, as a knight, is also strong, but stronger still in his ability to care for those who can’t fend for themselves. My kind of hero.
I also like something more than just the love story in a romance, and Amice’s quest and the spies in the royal court add that extra dollop to a fascinating story.
All in all, a great read. Enjoy.
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