Condemned as a witch, sensuous, strong-willed Linness of Sauvage bravely faces her doom—until a gallant knight comes to her aid and rescues her from the flames. But after a night of magnificent passion, her dashing champion vanishes. And Linness must escape the still-pursuing mob by posing as a nobleman's betrothed.Banished from the realm for his heroic deed, Paxton GaillaCondemned as a witch, sensuous, strong-willed Linness of Sauvage bravely faces her doom—until a gallant knight comes to her aid and rescues her from the flames. But after a night of magnificent passion, her dashing champion vanishes. And Linness must escape the still-pursuing mob by posing as a nobleman's betrothed.Banished from the realm for his heroic deed, Paxton Gaillard Chamberlain is haunted by the memory of the exquisite enchantress who claimed his heart on that rapturous, unforgettable eve. Now fate has called him home, where his beloved Linness dwells in the house of his powerful, despised brother—closer than Paxton dared to dream, yet more forbidden than ever...forcing the handsome knight to risk all in the sacred cause of a love magically destined and gloriously true....
|Title||:||A Kiss in the Night|
|Format Type||:||Mass Market Paperback|
|Number of Pages||:||406 Pages|
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A Kiss in the Night Reviews
Complex, well-told tale from a 16th century French legend...Horsman is one of my all time favorite historical romance authors because of her complex plots, detailed storytelling and emotion in her characters. She has not failed to disappoint with this one. According to the author’s note, it’s based on a true story…or a legend surrounding one…from a 16th century French theologian and a collection of letters concerning the last woman condemned to die at the stake on the charge of witchery who was saved by a young French nobleman. It is very well done…intriguing to the very end.Set in France in 1513 (and 1519), this tells the story of 15-year-old Linness of Sauvage, a poor girl but raised in a convent when her second “sight” was discovered and then at 15 condemned as a witch. A gallant young knight, Paxton Gaillard Chamberlain, saves her from the stake. In a moment of self-indulgent battle lust, Paxton robs Linness of her virginity and leaves her naked in the forest (with a ring to remember him by) and words that he would return—words she does not hear. In a bizarre coincidence, she comes across the dead bodies of Lady Belinda (the betrothed of Paxton’s older twin brother) and her guards who were attacked by bandits. Encouraged by one of the dying guards to assume the identity of the Lady Belinda, who he tells Linness the brother, Morgan has never seen, Linness dresses in the dead girl’s clothes and takes her identity, unaware that the knight, Paxton, who made love to her is Morgan’s estranged younger brother. (Are you still with me?)Well researched, it brings to life France in the early 1500s when King Francis brought peace to the country. Horsman describes well the wine industry at the time, the architecture, culture, dress and food. The characters are well developed and the plot complex. Horsman’s writing style is a bit unique in that she frequently changes points of view. I quickly got used to it and even enjoyed the seamless head hopping. I highly recommend it.
I like Jennifer Horsman. Her books just always seem well plotted to me and I like her heroes. I had been holding off reading this book just because it sounded kind of depressing and from the description, I just thought "How will love prevail?"And honestly, there were times I was reading when it was really depressing and I just didn't see how the author was going to make a HEA for the lovers without some lame "deus ex machina" event. BUT boy I was wrong. I really liked the twists and turns in this novel, and while there was a lot of sadness along the way, the ending made me really happy I'd hung in there and read the whole book. I liked the depth of the characters and they way the characters surprised me...and yet...I felt their actions were believable. I liked the way the story continually surprised me. I liked the elements of the supernatural in the story. I'm giving it four stars instead of five just because so much of the book was torturous and sad, but it is really a nice little novel. My favorite of hers, though, is still Virgin Star.
This is one of the best books I`ve read in several yrs and is definitly a keeperHeroine is kicked out of a nice nunnery at young age by the evil bishop and he was burning her at the stake until the hero Paxton saves her-has sex with her and immediatly leaves-she gets pregnant and is destitute. She finds a womans dead body and a guard that was with her who tells her she was a lady going to the biggest landowner and was to be his bride and that the h should pretend to be her-which she does.She is stalked by this evil bishop trying to get the church to kill her thru the whole book, but has the 2 most powerful bro to guard and care for her.The book is super good and wonderful ending HEA, and even better with the afterward the author put in that blew my mind.1530 is the year it is set in
the guy rapes her, a 15 yo virgin, gets her pregnant, leaves her half-naked to starve. She wanders around and finds a dead woman and her entourage, then she steals that woman's clothes and marches off to marry the man the dead woman was promised to, who turns out to be the rapist's brother. She marries him, gives birth to the rapist's child and 5 years later meets the guy again, starting a torrid affair. Drama much?
One of my all time faves. I have read my copy so many times that its falling apart!