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The Love Knot by Elizabeth Chadwick
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Sep 17, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, england
Read in July, 2009

I enjoyed this, tho I found it a bit predictable. It was an entertaining tale involving the war of Stephen and Matilda, midwifery, superstitions, and knights. Oh, and let's not forget romance. The main character is Catrin who has been widowed for three years (or so she thinks) and after being caught in the middle of the Stephen and Matilda war in England, 1140, she barely escapes with her life from an evil band of raping, pillaging merceneries. She meets and falls in love with a knight that is fighting on the Empress's side. Not willing to be dependent on a man and not satisfied sitting in a castle listening to gossip, Catrin learns the healing arts and midwife trade. Just when she is about to marry her knight, Oliver, she runs into her presumed dead husband, Louis. Louis had staged his death previously and now holds Oliver's life in his hands, as Louis is fighting for Stephen and has captured Oliver and his men. While the country is divided between Stephen and Matilda, Catrin's heart is divided between her long lost husband and the fond memories he comes with and her new love for Oliver.

Catrin makes a difficult choice and it turns out to be the wrong one. Will she be able to correct her mistake and find happiness with the right man? The drama enfolds in between battles for the crown. Readers not only get a romantic tale and an intriguing love triangle, but details about the long Empress Matilda vs Stephen feud.

Four stars instead of five because there were some areas where it seemed to drag on more than it should and it was a bit predictable. As always tho, Chadwick writes with much attention to detail and adds just enough true history to awe, but not bore.
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