"The Knight of Redmond" by Utah author Jennifer Clark is an enjoyable, romantic read full of chivalry and heart.
Lily has been an outcast her whole life. She has many things going against her: She lives with her midwife mother who most believe to be a witch, she has a birthmark on her face that many see as the mark of the devil and she has been disowned by all of her family when she should be a member of high society.
Even with all of her hardships, Lily is constantly searching for a way above it all. After an accidental adventure with her uncle, Lily is introduced to her villain, Shaddock, a former friend of her uncle, and her love interest, Wren Berdain, a knight from a rival fief striving to overcome his deceased father's disgrace.
Lily and Wren must travel through secrets and lies to get beyond the strife that separates them and save their families, friends, and towns.
"The Knight of Redmond" starts out slowly, but once the story gets going, Clark more than carries the reader through to the satisfying end.
The characters are charming, from Lily with a talent for observation, to persistent and honorable Wren who slowly works his way into Lily's life. Even Wren's reserve of misfits bring smiles and cheers along the way.
Clark does a superb job of evolving her characters and allowing the reader to grow along with them.
"The Knight of Redmond" is an engaging historical romance with realistic world-building and intriguing family trees that brings the medieval world to life.
It has no foul language or sexual references.
Tara Creel is a Logan native and mother of three boys. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: CreelTara
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