by Brenda K Jernigan

October 2002
ISBN: 0-8217-7297-X
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Mass Market Paperback

In Christmas In Camelot, Brenda Jernigan weaves a sweet, touching love story that will make you feel warm and tingly all over.

When Lady Noelle Mallory, learns from her oldest brother John, that he and King Arthur have selected a husband for her, she is livid. She has refused every suitor that has been brought before her, swearing to only marry for love. Merlin, the mighty wizard, had once told her that when she found ‘the one’, she would know in her heart that he would be her soul mate. And, as of yet, her mate has not appeared. The knight chosen for her, Sir Gavin, may be wonderful indeed, but she doesn’t even know him, so how can she possibly love him.

Noelle agrees to go to Camelot and meet the man chosen to be her husband, but vows that she will never marry anyone, unless it’s her true love. Upon arriving at Camelot, Noelle notices a knight that stands out from all the others. When he turns his gaze to her, she’s shocked to learn that he’s the same knight she had caught swimming in her private pond the day she found out she was to marry another. It was if lightening had struck and her heart was lost forever in just one glance.

When Sir Nicholas, the Dragon sees his mystery lady standing only a few feet from him, he can’t believe his eyes. What in thunder is she doing here? He can still taste her lips, as they had been, when he punished her for spying on him while he swam. He soon learns that Noelle is promised to his fellow Knight, Sir Gavin and will become Sir Gavin’s wife on Christmas day. ‘Not if I can help it!’ Nicholas says to himself.

What follows is a love story so sweet and enduring, you’d wish it were you that Sir Nicholas fights for. Noelle and Nicholas must overcome many odds, including the fact that she’s promised to another, a daring joust that leaves Nicholas close to death, and also the threat of a dangerous enemy that would like nothing more than to see them both dead.

I absolutely loved this story. I cried, I laughed and I ached for Noelle and Nichols for the love that they had found in each other. This is a very smooth flowing, easy read. There are not a lot of ‘thee’s’ and ‘thou’s, and other medieval words that are so hard to read, when you’re trying vainly to get through a book. Her characters are very well written, never leaving the reader to wonder about what each character is thinking or doing at any given time. Her descriptive writing will take you back to a time forgotten, when Knights were truly chivalrous and the women were genteel. You will be able to picture the many colors, textures and fragrances in every scene and feel as if you’re really there.

Ms. Jernigan writes her stories with a true flair for love and romance. This story will be a welcome addition to your Christmas romance treasury. If Brenda K Jernigan’s name is on the cover of a book, I guarantee it will be a good read.

Reviewed in August 2002 by Debbie.

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