Monday, May 23, 2011


Title: Gilliane
Author: Roberta Gellis
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
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ISBN: 9781419931819
Genre: {M/F} Historical
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Gilliane is only just now finding out what her true position is in her French home that she’s been mistreated in for some years. Her uncle is her guardian and he needs her to not marry so he can keep all the monies from the property. Gilliane has learned the hard way to stay away from any male showing her attention, lest she suffer for it at her uncle’s hands. Now her uncle has joined the war against England and finds himself looking to English holdings for a more profitable financial gain. He sees an opportunity to marry Gilliane to the main overlord, who has suffered at the uncle’s hands and she is wisked away to England without being told why.

What follows from the time Gilliane reaches English soil is a whirlwind of events she never thought to see and her deepest fears begin to recede with her gaining confidence to handle her new home. One thing she didn’t count on was Adam, who towered over her, but didn’t frighten her at all, because she wanted him. He begins to realize the intelligence in Gilliane and his distrust only hinders their time together.

Adam Lemagne has taken back his holding from a French invader uncle and is taking back another major land holding that he will be adding to his already growing lands. As he enters the keep and finds Gilliane awaiting him inside, and seeing her sitting submissive both surprises and angers him because it’s not what he expects to happen...

Because of their start as enemies, Adam and Gilliane may have a small chance of becoming lovers but will create quite a whirlwind of activities during their travels.

Gilliane is the fourth book in The Roselynde Chronicles series and brings another aspect to how many rulers use their people in pretty much the same way. One thing I did get is how much different cultures treat each other and how the lack of respect leads to hatred and fighting among the families.

After learning about Gilliane’s character, I found myself encouraging her to be the person I thought had been suppressed by the beating from her uncle. Her relationship with Adam is explosive, sensual and loving all together. The two of them really worked well together, and when Adam took Gilliane to his mother, well let’s say that Gilliane truly grew up quickly learning how to please instead of anger him.

Here again I found Ms. Gellis storytelling, spell bounding, suspenseful and creative. I am awaiting the next story and hope that soon there will be peace among the land as well.

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