by Denee Cody

June 1997
ISBN: 0-8217-5668-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Set amongst the outlaws who make Sherwood Forest their home, this is an interesting Medieval tale that uses the legend of Robin Hood, the Sheriff of Nottingham and Sir Guy of Gisborne as its setting and, in fact, many of these familiar faces as secondary characters.

Giselle (no last name) lives in Sherwood with Robyn and his men – interesting use of spelling to distinguish the book character from the legendary archer. When Giselle accidentally wounds a returning knight, Alexander de Mandeville, she feels honor bound to heal him. She also finds herself entranced by this powerful man.

Alexander has come home to try and restore his barony to some semblance of profitability and through a series of interesting coincidences, ends up with Giselle on his horse and eventually in his bed.

Giselle and Alex are believable lovers, and very much a product of their times. Being a man’s mistress was accepted, marriage between different classes was not. Some books make it clear how far our society has evolved over the past eight hundred years, and this is definitely one of them. Ms. Cody manages to entertain and enthrall us, in spite of using characters that we have known for many years. Robyn and his Marian are perfectly drawn and play an important and appropriate role in this tale, as does the evil Sir Guy. He made me want to boo and hiss every time he made an appearance. The physical settings seem quite accurate, this was indeed a time of great deprivation and trial for those not fortunate enough to have adequate shelter or food laid in for the winter.

I enjoyed this story – it may not be a staple of my re-read shelf, but it was entertaining enough for me to recommend it to others, medieval fan or not you will probably enjoy this charming romance between two very likeable characters.

Reviewed in October 2002 by Celia.

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