The past comes alive in this stunning debut by talented newcomer Healey. Drenched in the atmosphere of medieval Europe, the novel unravels through the compelling voice of Princess Alais of France, an actual historical figure.

For reasons that become cleverly central to the plot, Alais accepts a dangerous commission from Eleanor of Aquitaine. The courageous princess travels from her home in the French court to Canterbury Cathedral in England, prepared to perform a most perilous task.

Mysteries unfold within mysteries in this skillfully layered story, which will keep readers guessing until the final engaging pages. A tender love story adds spice to the court intrigue and double dealings. A delicious debut. (Jan., 368 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Cindy Harrison