Friday, July 15, 2011


Title: Rhiannon
Author: Roberta Gellis
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
ISBN: 9781419931949
Genre: {M/F} Historical; Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx 

Rhiannon, the dark haired daughter of a Welsh prince, has an uncanny mixture of shyness and wildness in her.  She loves her home in the mountains and the linage of the women in her family.  This is because the women refuse to fall in love with men - they only use them to bear a female child to carry on the line.  Rhiannon’s only fear is that Simon will try to control her, but what she doesn’t know is that his mother controls her lands too. 

Simon is the youngest son of Lord Ian and Lady Alinor of Roselynde, and he’s left a trail of women throughout the realm behind him.  He has fallen into the role of messenger for both England and Ireland.  The time comes for him to visit his overlord, Prince Llewelyn, and as he walking into the keep, he spies Rhiannon.  Knowing in his heart that she is the woman he will marry, he begins to woo her and the results are definitely more than expected.   

Rhiannon is the fifth book in The Roselynde Chronicles, and it’s just as appealing as the first four books.  I thought I would become bored while reading about the Roselynde clan and instead, I am inspired by the love, loyalty and trust among them.   Ms. Gellis continues to be a delightful writer, who expands the imagination of the reader. 

I think that Rhiannon’s behavior is typical of the women in Wales, because they are so much freer than the English women.  She had me puzzled with her denial of Simon’s affection, and then I begin to understand better as I continued to read.   

Simon truly is a tenderhearted man and I respected him more when he made it clear his involvement in the relationships he briefly formed.  His determination to love only the woman he would marry showed that his loyalty held fast and I think his upbringing had a lot to do with it. 

I am looking forward to reading the last book in The Roselynde Chronicles series, and to see what the last story will reveal.  Read and enjoy.

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