Friday, March 11, 2011


Title: Roselynde
Author: Roberta Gellis
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
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ISBN: 9781419931536
Genre: {M/F} Historical
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Alinor Devaux is an independent orphan, who is beautiful and wealthy. She is also very capable of managing all of her estates and she keeps her vassals in line because of their love for her. When King Henry dies, the next in line for the throne is Richard Coeur de Lion and Alinor becomes his ward. Along comes Sir Simon, who has been loyal to the old Queen for years and because of it, he is given the responsibility of overseeing Alinor’s safety and her lands for the king.

Sir Simon is an older knight, having served the Queen for years. He has been single for most of his life, but since meeting the feisty, stubborn Alinor, he desires her. He knew that it isn’t possible for him to have her, being a knight instead of a lord. But Simon would do whatever he needs to have Alinor and that includes being the king’s right hand man during the Crusade.

Roselynde is the first in The Roselynde Chronicles and it’s quite a beginning for Simon and Alinor, with their travels during the king’s obsession of taking back foreign lands. While I was reading this story, I kept thinking of how much I appreciated not living in England and having to answer to a King or Queen. There is so much deceit among the barons during King Henry’s reign, and then you have a dispute between the Queen and King.

King Richard seemed a little flighty to me, and his explosive temper tantrums and bad habits, were not what I expected of such an important, powerful man. His newly crowned Queen proved to be flighty as well, and I wanted to either smack or shake her until she made some sense, with all of her crying and cowering from the king.

Sir Simon and Alinor showed me that love can exist in dire situations and survive any circumstances that the two of them had to face. At times I wanted to shake both Simon and Alinor for doubting each other, rather than listening to their hearts. They proved their love to be stronger and lasting throughout the story.

Roselynde by Ms. Gellis is a little long, but well worth reading because this book is preparation for the next one and it should be an exciting one, as well. She really did a great job with the plotting, disbelief of King Richard to hear the truth of his people and in-depth details of other countries where the characters traveled.

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