THE ROSE AND THE SHIELD
Set in the time of Norman and Saxon conflict, there is a lot of history woven into this story as the gates of Sumerford Manor stand wide open. Where are the guards to protect the people and land within?
After the death of her husband the previous year, Lady Rose Sumerford took control of their land and manor. But she senses unknown enemies seeking to take over her land. It's up to professional soldier Gunnar Olafson to protect the land and the lady.
Sara Bennett does a nice job with the plotline. Neither the story nor characters are especially compelling, but this is a pleasant Sunday read. SENSUAL (Sep., 380 pp., $5.99)