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Enchantress Mine

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  603 ratings  ·  8 reviews
From the golden pleasure domes of Constantinople to the barbaric pomp of Malcolm of Scotland's court, this is the magical tale of ravishingly beautiful Mairin of Aelfleah, called "Enchantress" by the three men who loved her: Basil, Prince of Byzantium; Josselin, gallant knight; and the tragic Eric Longsword.
Published July 1st 1989 by Signet (first published 1987)
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Wendy,  Lady Evelyn Quince
Like in all Bertrice Small novels, the history in "Enchantress Mine" is richly detailed, the villains are just whacked-out, and there's a lot of WTF situations that make you shake your head, blink and wonder, "What just happened?"

But, I don't know...I guess I just don't enjoy Bertrice Small's books as much as I do other bodice rippers.

The heroine Mairin...I both hated and pitied her. So many horrific things happened to her, but I didn't care, because she was SOOOO perfect, SOOOO beautiful, SOOOO
I remember liking this book when I read it oh so long ago, and even though my tastes have trended away from Bertrice Small, I have a feeling that I would STILL like it - although for different reasons! I love me some lulz, and I remember that Eric Longsword has to pee through a straw. That would be worth a re-read right thar.

But seriously, the character of Basil was one of Small's sweet, yet doomed, lovers. He swings both ways, and it has tragic consequences.

Plus am I crazy when I look at the co
Enchantress Mine was THE first romance book I've ever read (I started when I was 12). When I first read this, the writing style and the characters were so dramatic and over-the-top that I was left VERY frustrated and confused, so over the years I kept coming back to it and really see how bad (or good) it was.

As sad as I feel to say this--this novel did not withstand the test of time (or its time when it was first published). Any seasoned reader (even those who love romance novels) would quickly
Fun historical sexy book. Love Bertrice Small's lady leads, they are all so fun. Been reading and re-reading Small's books for years just for easy relaxation factor. Love the history and colorful characters in her books. I'm not ashamed. ;)
Nick Iuppa
A lot more fun than any history of William the Conqueror I’ve ever read... a lot sexier too. Beatrice Small gives us a romantic vision of life in the early Middle Ages, and shows us that, in spite of the barbarians all around them, there were people who were still able to lead kind and generous lives. Small takes us on an interesting side trip to Byzantium and shows just how advanced that civilization had become. Her heroine, Mairin, a strong, self-reliant, but temperamental young woman views he ...more
A fantastic book set in 11th century England, one of my favorite periods to read about.
reread dropped from 5 to 4⭐ understanding that marin was a 13-16 yr old for most of the book she still got annoying and eric longsword felt like a rushed last minute villian hell blanche at least made sense
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Bertrice Williams was born on December 9, 1937 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, the daughter of Doris S. and David R. Williams, both broadcasters. She studied at Attended Western College for Women and Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School. On October 5, 1963, she married George Sumner Small, a photographer and designer with a History Major at Princeton. They had a son Thomas David. She has ...more
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