BRIDE QUEST: THE PRINCESS
The Princess Brianna is the daughter of a lesser king just conquered by Henry II. Unable to comprehend defeat, this medieval princess is every inch nobility. Pampered and naive, she devises a plan to take back the castle and its holdings.
The new Lord of the Manor, Gavin Fitzgerald, desires Brianna wed his son Burke. But when Brianna discovers there are two more sons, she challenges Fitzgerald, before the King, to bring forth his sons so she may choose the one most worthy by holding a contest.
Luc and Rowan are summoned. However, Luc does not want to play a part in the contest. He has given up his knighthood after his experiences in the Crusades. But he is tempted to appear to claim the land. Rowan, on the other hand, is charming and seductive. The Lady and the land are great prizes to his young eyes.
The three sons must go out and bring back something that will make Brianna laugh out loud. Two leave quickly. Luc decides to tend the orchard, sleep in the barn and wait until the contest is over.
Meanwhile, Briannas father is about to reveal a secret when he is murdered. Brianna is truly alone and finds solace in the steadfast Luc, who does not want her hand in marriage.
THE PRINCESS has the essence of a fairy tale, fable and legend. Ms. Delacroix sends the reader an enjoyable and tension-filled read. Her rendition of a troubled and unpredictable era and the ability to weave twists and turns into the historical plot gives the reader satisfaction. SENSUAL (Sept., 300 pp., $5.99)