For those who were captivated by Virginia Henleys consummate merging of actual historical personages, events and details in A Woman of Passion, THE MARRIAGE PRIZE is a welcome gift.

Strong-willed Rosamund Marshall, ward to King Henry III and raised by Simon de Montfort, is betrothed to Prince Edward (Longshanks) Plantagenets respected steward, Roger de Leyburn. Rosamond recalls little of her betrothal five years ago and rebels at marrying by the kings whim.

Intrigued by his betrothed, Roger vows to woo and win Rosamund. She finds a man to admire, whose sensuality captivates her. But will their growing, heated passion be able to withstand the pain of betrayal as they are caught in the fight for the throne between Prince Edward and de Montfort, leader of the barons?

If you love immersing yourself in history steeped with sensuality, then THE MARRIAGE PRIZE is your treasure of the season. It is a story that reads like an old ballad or legend of real people, real passions and accurate history; think Sharon Kay penman with lots of sex. VERY SENSUAL (Jul., 400 pp., $22.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin