Image of The Brat


Image of The Brat

Sands, known for her humorous tales, has written a delightful, laugh-out-loud-funny story. The characters are well developed, and watching them grow and change throughout the story is a real treat -- and one of Sands' hallmarks.

A wealthy heiress and goddaughter to the king, Lady Murie is considered to be a spoiled brat. Though Balan, Lord Gaynor, needs a wife, and it wouldn't hurt if she had a large dowry, friends try to dissuade him from even thinking about marrying Murie. But the king has decided that his daughter will be allowed to choose her groom. She picks Balan, and they're married in the blink of an eye.

Murie knows that Balan is a good man, and she does like his kisses. She also knows that he's had a very difficult time since the plague and is in dire need, so she makes arrangements to have all types of supplies brought to Gaynor. They are well matched, especially in the bedchamber, and all should be well, except that someone is trying to kill Balan, and Murie keeps saving him, even risking her own life in the process. Their relationship is growing stronger, but will a killer ruin their true love? (Leisure, May, 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Brager