The Innocent Paperback – 1 Apr 1999
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From the Inside Flap
Eleanore of Ashlin had promised her life to God--until fate intervened. With her brother's untimely death, Eleanore becomes the heiress of an estate vital to England's defenses. Now she is ordered by royal command to wed one of the king's knights rather than take her final vows. With resistant heart, but ever obedient to King Stephen's will, she complies.
Ranulf de Glandeville is all too aware that his innocent bride wants no man; yet his patience, gentle hand, and growing love for his spirited young wife soon awaken Eleanore to passions she never knew. But their love will soon be threatened by a depraved woman who will put Eleanore's life in jeopardy--and the young bride's love to its greatest test. . . . --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Bertrice Small lives on the North Fork of the eastern end of Long Island, where she writes her novels in a light-filled studio surrounded by her cover paintings and many mementos of the romance genre. Married for more than three decades to her husband, George, she is the mother of Thomas, mother-in-law of Megan, and grandmother of Chandler David Small. Longtime readers will be happy to know that Nicky, the charming cockatiel, and Sebastian, the tiny greige-and-white cat, remain her dearest companions. Many will be saddened to learn of the passing of Checquers, Ms. Small's beloved black-and-white cat with the pink ears, who at the age of fifteen has joined her ancestors. Tired of being the lone female in the household, Bertrice has adopted an orange-and-white lady cat, Honey Bun. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
In 1152 England, the Lord of Ashlin Manor, Richard de Montfort, marries Isleen de Warenne. With both of her parents dead, Richard's in-laws convince him to send his five-year old sister Elf to live in a monastery. Nine years later, Elf returns home because her brother is dying. Since he has no legitimate children, Elf inherits the estate.
Elf learns that her sister-in-law Isleen is evil and probably poisoned Richard. Isleen shares her bed with her cousin Saer. Their plan is to bury Richard and have Saer rape Elf so that she is forced to marry him. Elf is rescued and the King marries her to his loyal knight Ranulf. As Elf and Ranulf fall in love, their land prospers under their intelligent, pragmatic, but just rule. However, Isleen is not finished with the woman she blames for all her troubles and failures. With the help of the evil Welsh Lord Merin ap Owen Elf is kidnapped. Ranulf will do anything to accomplish the safe return of his beloved.
NY Times bestseller Bertrice Small returns with a new erotic Medieval romance that will thrill her vast legion of fans. The story line is very interesting and the characters are very well developed, but readers need to be aware that the novel places strong emphasis on rough sex, especially sado-masochism. Additionally, Ms. Small has scribed the same plot several times before. Still her large audience will savor Ms. Small's latest entry, THE INNOCENT.
I believe that Bertrice Small's agenda of two novels a year (one for Kensington/Zebra and one for Ballantine/Fawcett) has her resorting to formula story lines. I have been reading Bertrice Small for many years and her more recent novels do not have the same appeal as her novels written in the 70s and 80s. Other recommended books by Bertrice Small: The Kadin, Adora, Beloved, and of course Skye O'Malley. I was much more satisfied after reading the above mentioned novels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was surprised by the choppy prose in this book. It didn't flow well, making it difficult for me to read. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 1999
I have never read a Small book so boring. The heroine is not only divinely beautiful but so perfect I was waiting for her to start faith healing and walk on water. Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 1999
This was my first book by B. Small and found the development of the character Elf wonderful. I thourghly enjoyed the plot line and the wonderful description of the characters and... Read morePublished on 11 July 1999
Having only read one book of Ms. Small's, The Innocent being the one, I can't compare it to her other works. But I really liked this book. Read morePublished on 7 July 1999
If you are a die-hard Betrice Small fan, this book probably won't impress you much. Without all the drama and details that we have come to expect, it's kinda wishy washy. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 1999
I have loved and reread all of Bertrice Small especially Love wild and Fair, The Kadin, This heart of mine. The Innoncent was boring. I didn't like the story. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 1999
Although this was yet another example of her wonderful gift for descriptive time-periods, Mrs. Small's THE INNOCENT left me somewhat cold with her description of a fourteen... Read morePublished on 9 May 1999