Genre: Historical Romance
Book Description: Despite her protests, Princess Gisela, headstrong daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, must enter into a diplomatic marriage. Yet en route to her wedding, her ship is attacked and she's gravely injured. Rescued by a renowned healer, King John of Lydia, Gisela recuperates at his Mediterranean castle. The handsome, widowed ruler soon has her reevaluating her beliefs on love and marriage but only if King John could be her groom. Their love is forbidden, and duty requires him to deliver her to her betrothed. Unless they can find a way to join their hearts—and kingdoms—with love, faith and honor
Colleen's Thoughts: This is a clean romance, historical novel, based on true people. Although King John and his country are fictional, Charlemagne and Gisela are valid historical figures. I enjoyed the romance the author built around Gisela and King John. They were both extremely dedicated to their prospective countries and the political climates of each, and were willing to give up a relationship with each other because of their patriotism.
Gisela was a wise and level headed woman. Unlike so many other women, she was able to see past her feelings and recognize the repercussions her relationship with King John might have were they to pursue it. King John was gallant, noble, brave, and romantic - like every romantic hero ought to be.
The resolution of both the political and emotional issues was logical, if somewhat predictable. It was thoroughly enjoyable none-the-less. Not that I like the idea of my children reading romance novels yet (I think they're still too young), but if they did, this novel is clean enough for any age group.
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