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The Lily and the Sword (Medieval #1)
by Sara Bennett (Goodreads Author)
Trapped in an old Saxon church, Lady Lily is dragged from her hiding place to the very feet of the warrior who's been hunting for her—Radulf, the King's Sword, a man whose name all speak in fear. Yet when she looks into his coal-black eyes, it is not fear that makes her tremble...but desire. So she lies to save her life—and prays to save her heart.
Even though some instinct ...more
Even though some instinct ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books
(first published 2002)
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This medieval lite story is set during The Harrying of the North in 1070 and Lady Lily is caught in the middle during that tumultuous and savage time. All the men in her life have used and betrayed her and now she is the only one left to face King William's wrath. Using her wits she hides and evades capture until her hiding place is found and she is brought before the great warrior known as the King's Sword. Destined to be enemies, these two form an instantaneous attraction and pretty soon they ...more
Jan 18, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it · review of another edition
Lily is being hunted for crimes that her deceased husband committed using her name. When discovered by Radulf, her pursuer, in a church that she had hoped to find sanctuary in she makes a quick lie and ends up traveling with him as he continues his search for her. Once Radulf discovers her deception he takes her before the King and is given permission to marry her. Still operating under the assumption that Lily is the cause for her previous husbands misdeeds Radulf struggles to fight his growing ...more
Jun 06, 2012 Mary23nm rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Mostly enjoyable read. Great beginning and ending but the middle got bogged down. (view spoiler)[There was too much heroine thinking to herself," I love him but I can't tell him-I must guard my feelings" and too much hero thinking to himself, "I can't let her know that she rules me", etc. The conflict was pretty soft too, with the evil ex-lover of the hero, who pretty quickly gets killed after some initial conflict and her husband seeking revenge, as he blames the hero. We never do find out who ...more
Jul 08, 2009 Netanella rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Enjoyed this one a lot, set in the aftermath of the Norman Invasion of England - Radulf is the King's Sword, a legendary enforcer of Norman justice who seeks the widow of a rebel Norman lord, the Lady Wilfreda, or Lily. Their story is like good Chinese take out - both sweet and sour and leaves you hungry in a few hours.
It was a good romance story however I would have liked to see more depth to the characters. Radulf's shortcomings and emotional problems were often addressed however Lily's emotions could have been developed further. All in all I felt as though the author were rushing through the book and that she didn't give the readers enough time to get properly acquainted with the characters.
Also writing paranormal as Sara Mackenzie, Mills & Boon as Deborah Miles and for a number of Australian publishers as Lilly Sommers.More about Sara Bennett...
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