Modeled after the troubadour romances of the Renaissance, SILENT KNIGHT pits a vivacious young French woman against her silently suffering hero-a monk.
Guy Cavendish is a knight who has left the court in disgust at King Henry's lack of morals and entered a Franciscan monastery. Celeste de Montcalm is the fifth daughter of a French nobleman who has married her off to the son of an Englishman and Guy is to escort her to her betrothed.
Guy's honor is torn between his growing love for Celeste and the vows of his novitiate at the monastery. His abbot has placed him under the additional vow of silence for his sojourn with Celeste.
Ms. Phillips does an excellent job of communication between the hero and heroine, even though he cannot speak a word. She creates a delightful fairy tale romance much like the ones Celeste is always reading. Guy Cavendish is everything a brave, loyal handsome knight should be, rescuing the damsel in distress at the end and winning a place in readers' hearts. SENSUAL (Dec., 400 pp., $4.99)