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Publisher: Avon (Harper Collins)
Release Date:July 2004
ISBN: 0060584335
Format Reviewed: Paperback
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Genre:   Historical Romance [1075, London and various UK locations]
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Rachel A Hyde
Reviewer Notes: Sexual Content

Kissing The Bride
By Sara Bennett

     Lord Alfric Baldassare is not the sort of man to haunt a young woman’s dreams, but Lady Jenova of Gunlinghorn has put all that behind her following the death of her husband. Now she is getting married for convenience instead of love and merely needs a second opinion of the proposed bridegroom. Who better than to give advice than her close friend Lord Henry of Montevoy? Henry is the confidant of King William I and hastens from court to visit Lady Jenova but the pair finds themselves trapped by a severe storm. Suddenly they are in love, but what will they be giving up if they marry each other?

     I’ve read quite a few romances about this period and found this one to be a bit more impartial than the usual good Saxons versus bad Normans. There is good and bad on both sides, and the protagonists are a likeable pair. Another plus is that there are some interesting secondary characters in here as well, although the villain could do with a bit more depth to him to make for a better foil to the heroes. There could be some more in-depth period detail, and the late 11th century did not spring to vibrant life as it could have but if you want an engaging romance this ought to fit the bill.