Like many other romances set during the Norman conquest, THE LILY AND THE SWORD pits a conquering Norman knight against a hostile Saxon beauty.

With her husband declared a traitor to the king, Lady Lily seeks sanctuary in a deserted church. She's hiding from Randulf, the King's Sword, who's been sent to capture her.

When Randulf reaches the church, he encounters a woman who claims to be the daughter of William's ally. Since she matches the loyal lady's description he believes her and pledges to bring her to the king. But first they must find the woman he is seeking.

Randulf trusts no one, but desires Lily. Once he uncovers the truth of her identity, his anger overcomes his passion. He brings her to the king and then finds himself having to become her savior and her husband.

Bringing characters from different cultures together in a captive/captor relationship always makes for an exciting conflict. Though there are no surprises, this is a fine tale for those who want to satisfy their desire for a medieval love story. SENSUAL (Mar., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin