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Commanded to marry by William the Conqueror, and facing shattered oaths and a ravening evil power determined to overthrow the new king, Alain and Kendra face a battle unlike any other as their honor, their love, their lives, and even their very souls lie in the balance.
Kendra genuflected again, grasped her basket’s handle, and turned to accompany Waldron from the church. Not across the yard to the feast hall, as she’d expected, since that was where most Edgarburh business—including private matters—transpired, but past the garden toward the manor house. In silence they ascended the outer wooden staircase, entered the building, and trod the corridor containing the bedchambers. Specifically, she realized with a start when their course became apparent, Waldron’s.
Several paces from their destination, curiosity compelled her to blurt, “What’s wrong?”
Pulling up short, Waldron gave her an odd look. “Wrong? Let me see.” He snorted, ticking the points on his fingers. “Taxes are due ere long, and the tenants have barely recovered from the war to scrape together their payments. A Norman is on his way to take possession of my daughter and the estate.” His gray eyes gazed at her levelly. “My son is dead, and my daughter acts like a widow rather than a bride.” He inclined his head at the black woolen veil she wore even as these final spring days warmed toward summer.
This time it wasn’t the sun that made her face heat. “My choices honor Del’s memory.” She gripped the basket with both fists, raising it before her like a shield. “Do yours?”
FOUR STAR REVIEW
Snow in July is a historical novel penned by Kim Headlee, who has a colorful heritage as rich as any of her characters. The main character, Sir Robert Alain de Bellencombre, is troubled by the death of his younger brother who he failed to protect. He’s both a nobleman and a warrior who is living the good life due to his service in the Battle of Hastings.
His help is needed once again when the estate near him is besieged by all types of evil doings. He disguises himself to investigate without anyone being the wiser. Lady Kendra of Edgarburh is the lady of the place and has been left with a despicable duty of marrying a Norman, the enemy. She states it will have to snow in July before such a thing happens.
The story opens with a war and then launches into the attraction between Kendra and Robert. The author shows a great knowledge of the time and reflects it in her imagery and language. The situation she sets up for Lady Kendra is a common one with women forced to wed for political reasons. Ms. Headlee knows her way around a medieval landscape. Overall, I think it is a good novel, although the time period and battle scenes are not my favorite. It is sure to please Ms. Headlee’s fans & those who enjoy a historical tale imbued with romance and intrigue.
Kim is a Seattle native (when she used to live in the Metro DC area, she loved telling people she was from "the other Washington") and a direct descendent of twentieth-century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet tragic story of how Lydia escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim's novels. Another novel in the queue will involve her husband's ancestor, the seventh-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia.
For the time being, however, Kim has plenty of work to do in creating her projected 8-book Arthurian series, The Dragon's Dove Chronicles, and other novels under her new imprint, Pendragon Cove Press.
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