Author: Roberta Gellis
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Buy Link: Buy Gilliane Here!
Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Mickey
Fate made them enemies…
Temptation made them passionate lovers.
An exquisite beauty trapped in a deadly game of political intrigue, Gilliane is an innocent pawn of the ruthless, power-hungry barons swarming around her. Forced to marry a man she abhors, she soon becomes the helpless prisoner—and dazzling prize—of her husband’s most dangerous foe, Adam Lemagne—only to surrender her heart to her handsome captor. In a breathtaking tale of forbidden desire and smoldering temptation, the star-crossed lovers must survive pain and peril in their stormy quest for love.
How exciting to be able to say that a historical novel is both fun and funny to read, yet Roberta Gellis's Gilliane is both and more. In this book Ms. Gellis delves into the heart of medieval England, the ins and outs of the feudal system and how it applies to the main characters. She shows the positive aspects of that society: how the people lived, loved and existed from day to day, and includes many of the negative aspects associated with their passings as well. Adam Lemagne is Gilliane's overlord, and Ms. Gellis explores that relationship in great detail throughout the novel, it is in fact one of their core issues/problems as we discover with the novel's progression. We follow Adam and Gilliane from place to place as they travel to establish Gilliane's rights, solidify the Roselynde family's strength and cement lover's growing bond.
Ms. Gellis is so precise with her details, it seems as if one is almost reading a historical text rather than a traditional novel. It is her lyrical writing style that sets her apart from her peers and helps to illustrate the growing relationship between Gilliane and Adam. We see how it blooms from such a small seed, growing almost beyond their control. The characters are very likeable: Ms. Gellis describing them in terms designed to illicit the most positive response from her readers. I could not help but love Adam with his irrepressible humor and fun spirit. And how could one not respond to his beautiful, and gentle counterpart Gilliane with her iron-willed strength waiting to aid him at every turn. While this might be the fourth novel in the Roselynde Chronicles, one does not need to read the first three to understand or even follow this newest one, it stands solely on its own. I truly enjoyed this novel and can't wait for the next book in this series!