by Mimi Riser

February 2008
ISBN: 978-1-60272- 201-9
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Marian Allanson lives a quiet life. Working in a second hand book store, she is emotionally scarred by the trauma of her past. The only thing that keeps her sane is haunting dreams of the mythical Robin Hood. Life is simple, until fate decides to throw Marian and a twelve year old boy, Orlando Konstantinos back into the past. And not just any past, but straight into medieval Sherwood Forrest.

Thrust into a world where myth may indeed be fact, Marian is threatened by the Sheriff of Nottingham, rescued by Robin Hood, and forced to marry the devastatingly hot Lord Roland of Hunterdon. When Roland becomes the new Sheriff of Nottingham vowing to kill of Robin Hood matters become more complex. Not to mention the fact that Orlando is strangely missing.

Who is good and who is evil becomes blurred, and “Maid Marian” must reveal the secrets of Sherwood to rewrite a legend…

Sherwood Charade is one of the most entertaining books this reviewer has read in a while. The twists and turns of the plot are masterfully crafted. Not to give too much away, Ms Riser turns the whole legend of Robin Hood on its head, creating an enjoyable read. When the final secrets are revealed (and there is more than one!) this story of love, romance and fantasy will have you smiling incessantly. Marian starts the story as a shy, timid woman, scarred by an abusive childhood. Her journey throughout medieval Sherwood is one of adventure and self discovery. By the end, she has become a heroine in her own right, throwing off the shackles of her past to find true and lasting love. She evens solves the mystery of the missing Orlando.

And what a pick of heroes she has! The dashing, hot Lord Roland and the bad boy Robin Hood- what is a heroine like Marian to do? She does, however, make the right choice.

Full of adventure, fantasy, romance, witty one liners and timeless love, Sherwood Charade is a real keeper.

Reviewed in March 2008 by Donna.

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