Fears of being wed to a loathsome, ancient baron prompt Philippa
de Beauchamp to flee her comfortable home. But her impulsive and
imprudent act lands her in the clutches of none other than the "Rogue of
Cornwall", a man as dangerous as he is gorgeous!
Fortenberry is cursed with the desire to do better by his young son and
serfs, but lacks the funds to accomplish his worthy goals. So when a filthy young wench
appears in his castle's courtyard insisting that she's a lady-- the daughter of his
despised but wealthy neighbor no less, Dienwald believes that deliverance from his
financial woes is finally at-hand. All he needs to do is ransom the girl back to her
family for an obscene amount of money and all his problems will be solved.
But it will take time
for his perfect plan to come together; time that Dienwald may not have
because the longer he waits the more opportunities Philippa has to break
his head, his heart, or both!
worked for me:
I've loved medieval stories
ever since I discovered King Arthur, Robin Hood, and Ivanhoe,
so "Earth Song" gets points from me just for being set in this time
There were some
wryly humorous lines peppered throughout the book that kept me smiling, and
of course it was very nice to see a woman escape from a dire
predicament for once without a man swooping in to rescue her.
Size-wise Philippa was very tall and solid and frequently
teased about her great height.
What didn't work for me:
realize that the hero and heroine were thrown together, but still they
bickered right up til just about the last page of the book. (And that's
a just a wee bit long for my tastes.) Also, there were
a few plot elements that were a bit too transparent, and in a handful of
places the writing felt stilted, not at all what I expect from a Catherine
Fans of Medievals should enjoy
this one, but fans of Ms. Coulter may not find it to be her very best
While it didn't quite cross the line into full-fledged "bodice ripper"
territory, "Earth Song" balanced itself precariously on that
line. If you
are uncomfortable with stories which are less-than-PC, then you may want
to give a pass on this one, which tries to be true to the harsh realities
of life in Medieval times.
If you liked
"Earth Song" you
might also enjoy "The
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