THE WARRIOR'S DAMSEL
by Denise Hampton
Category: Fiction / Autobiography
384 pages; ISBN: 038081546X
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
In 1214 England, Sir Rafe Godsol sees widow Katherine de Fraisney at his friend's wedding. Rafe decides that he will marry Katherine even though he learns that she is the daughter of the man who killed his sire. He will also soon find out that Katherine has vowed to never marry again after an unhappy first relationship that has left her wary of males and still an innocent.
Her father decides to find a second spouse for Katherine. However, Rafe begins his own courting and she finds his kisses quite enchanting. When her father and his chosen beau for her learn that a Godsol is sniffing around Katherine, they plot to kill Rafe. Poor Katherine now realizes that Rafe wanted her for her money and not out of love, something that the landless knight now knows is not true, but doesn't know how to prove to her.
Though adhering to the unwritten guidelines of the sub-genre, THE WARRIOR'S DAMSEL is an entertaining medieval romance that sub-genre fans will find enticing. The story line works because the motives of the charcaters ring true and thus lead to relational conflicts, thirteenth century style. Denise Hampton's novel will provide pleasure to readers who enjoy a straightforward historical romance.
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