KISSING THE BRIDE
Lady Jenova of Guntlinghorn Castle decides to cast off her widow's weeds and take a new husband. She narrows her choice down to one man but wants a second opinion, so she seeks the advice of her childhood friend, Lord Henry of Montevoy.
Henry leaves his duties in London to travel to her side. When confronted with her decision to remarry, Henry is not pleased. His attempt to convince her not to marry Alfric lands him right where he wants to be—in Jenova's bed.
Jenova dreams of a future with Henry, but Alfric's vengeful father and a scarred priest attempt to take all she holds dear. Henry must make the choice of continuing to keep a long-hidden secret or protecting the woman he loves.
Bennett gets this true-to-life tale of medieval life exactly right. The hero and heroine are worthy to be called lord and lady, and her secondary characters are good enough to steal more than a page or two of the plot. (Jul., 384 pp., $5.99)