Though she has promised herself to the church, the king commands that Eleanore de Montfort wed his faithful knight Ranulf de Glandeville. Raised in a convent and innocent in the ways of love, Eleanore is drawn to her husband and the passion that blossoms between them becomes a powerful force.

But when the king demands Ranulf go on a mission, Eleanore is left alone and at the mercy of her evil sister-in-law. Will her goodness triumph over evil?

Time and again Bertrice Small brings historical events and political intrigue to readers in lusty, exciting tales. THE INNOCENT thrusts us into the story of a woman who may be innocent of the ways of the world but not of the ways of the heart. VERY SENSUAL (Apr., 350 pp., $6.99—Hardcover published May 1999)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin