Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Saxon Bride by Ashley York

The Saxon Bride (The Norman Conquest Series)
Release date: July 20, 2014
Genre: Historical (Medieval) Romance

In war torn England the battle lines between Saxon and Norman are clearly drawn. The Saxons must fight for everything they have in the hopes of winning their country back from the Normans who are determined to break their resistance.

Rowena Godwinson, the sole remaining member of the defeated royal family, stands proudly against the Normans that would trample them underfoot but her nobility and grace make her an ideal pawn in the Norman King William’s play for power with the Saxon people. When he decrees she marry a powerful Norman knight, her subjugation appears to be complete. The handsome soldier with the kind brown eyes and gentle touch is a threat to her determination to defy the interlopers. Can she hold firm to her Saxon heritage and refuse to give in to his advances?

John of Normandy wants only to prove himself worthy of the king's trust. He is rewarded for his service and loyalty with land, titles and a Saxon beauty for a bride. John balks at the marriage, driven by the secret guilt of knowing Rowena's father would still be alive if not for him. However, John's reluctance is soon replaced by a burning desire to please this woman and win her over as well as her people.

As their people look to them for guidance and peace, can John and Rowena find a love that unites all of England?

My Rating: 2 Roses

Not my favorite historical romance, but an overall okay read. The Saxon Bride fell a little flat for me. I didn't dislike it, but I can only say that it was a nice read.

I had mixed feelings about both characters. On one hand, Rowena was resilient and strong-willed, while also being fair-minded and John was a good and fair leader, who was also very sweet and quite adorable. However, there was just so much going in circles with them. One minute they trusted each other, the next doubts crowded their minds. It just became repetitive. So while I liked their characters overall, they weren't my favorite.

The romance was a bit troublesome, because of the aforementioned trust issues. But, I did think Rowena and John were sweet together. Despite their doubts, they did eventually choose to trust each other and that was what really counted in the end. So, I thought they were a good couple.

The plot was another issue, because I never felt fully engaged. I don't know if it was just because I didn't connect to the fickle characters or if the story just didn't draw me in, but I can only say that I was somewhat interested throughout the story. However, I did find it to be an overall decent read.

The Saxon Bride wasn't the best historical romance, but I was able to enjoy it despite its faults. I don't know if I would recommend it, but it might be worth looking up.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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