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Book Review: His Betrothed

Reviewed By: Harriet Klausner

[4.5 stars]

His Betrothed     Amazon US PB Amazon Canada PB
Gayle Callen
Class/Genre:   Romance   Historical
Avon, Jun 2001, $5.99, 384 pp.

In 1556 at a London party on the eve of her wedding, Lady Roselyn Harrington sees her fiancé, Sir Spencer Thornton for the first time. She finds Spencer lacking in simple courtesy. Roselyn wonders if that is the fault of his mother’s Spanish blood. He really fails in comparison to her father’s kind groom Philip Grant, especially when he becomes drunk. Spencer does not want to marry Roselyn, but she leaves him with his hangover at the church steps to elope with the understanding Philip.

Three decades later, Roslyn remains disowned by her family and is now an impoverish widow. During a sea battle with the Spanish, an injured Spencer is washed onto the beach near Rosleyn’s home. She recognizes her former fiancé as he does her. Though he must reach Queen Elizabeth with vital information, Spencer decides to punish Roselyn, but neither one expected love to forge itself on top of a foundation of mistrust.

HIS BETROTHED is an exciting Elizabethan romance that stars two lead protagonists struggling between an attraction and their past on the eve of Drake’s victory. The story line is fast-paced though it needs a needle in the haystack chance of meeting in that remote location to allow the reader to feel a pivotal point in history. Still, the battle of the sexes and not the war of two great nations, as Roselyn and Spencer humorously squabble with their own feelings and each, other own this tale. Gayle Callen opens this sixteenth century trilogy with a page-turner that never rests for even a paragraph.

Harriet Klausner

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