Book Review

A Sword for His Lady by Mary Wine

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Title: A Sword for His Lady

Author: Mary Wine

Series: Courtly Love

Book: #1

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Romance, Romance, Medieval, Fiction

Goodreads rating: 3.63

“ARC was given for an honest review”

He’d defend her keep…After proving himself on the field of battle, Ramon de Segrave is appointed to the Council of Barons by Richard the Lionheart. But instead of taking his most formidable warrior on his latest Crusade, the King assigns Ramon an even more dangerous task-woo and win the Lady of Thistle Keep. If only she’d yield her heart Isabel of Camoys is a capable widow with no intention of surrendering her valuable estate. She’s fought long and hard for independence, and if the price is loneliness, then so be it. She will not yield…even if she does find the powerful knight’s heated embrace impossible to ignore. But when her land is threatened, Isabel reluctantly agrees to allow Ramon and his army to defend the keep-knowing that the price may very well be her heart (Goodreads).

First sentences

Ramon de Segrave ignored his growling belly. The dawn was just beginning to break, the horizon turning pink as fingers of light stretched across the land, chasing off the shadow of darkness.

My thoughts

A sword for his lady is a period romance novel set in the Crusades. In a time where King Richard the Lionhearted has left for the Crusades with Prince John is plotting to take the throne. King Richard leaves his most trusted knights, Ramon de Segrave to protect the throne in his absence. The King also charges him to protect the borders against the Welsh and encourages him to marry the widow in charge of the Keep, Lady Isabel of Camoys.

I had enjoyed the Crusades setting for the novel but was very disappointed with the characters. Especially Isabel, she was a strong-minded character but not once did they let her hold a sword like a title says. She began with such promise holding down her own and her borders. I felt that she could have been stronger even after falling for Ramon.

I had some high hopes for this book but the story just fell short for me. There was so much potential but it was definitely missed something. It was just an okay read.


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