Secrets of the Knight
Julia Latham
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Secrets of the Knight
Julia Latham
384 pages
August 2008
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Julia Latham also writes Regency romances under the name Gayle Callen, but Secrets of the Knight is set in the medieval period, a world of knights and castles and danger. Diana Winslow is an unusual young lady, one who has trained in fighting with daggers and become part of a group of mysterious fighters who try to right wrongs. When she finds herself defending a serving woman from the attentions of a lecherous viscount, her life veers onto a whole new path as she escapes a murder charge with the viscount's brother potentially taking the blame.

Six years later the new viscount, Tom Bannaster, comes to the Keep where Diana and her sister Cicely live. He is supposedly there to get to know Cicely before proposing marriage to her, but Diana wants to keep him away from her sister because of her own history with him. Things don't exactly go her way, and Tom tries to seduce Diana. She has to decide where her loyalties lie, whether to the mysterious group of Bladesmen or to this man with a checkered history.

Secrets of the Knight is a set in an inhospitable and dangerous time. Tom and Diana are both appealing characters, although some of the other people in the story, such as Cecily and their brother, Archie, feel stereotypical. We don't learn a great deal about life in the medieval period; most of the attention is on the interactions between Tom and Diana. While fairly predictable as it moves along, the story isn't boring, and despite the improbability of many of the actions and events, it's a reasonable read.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2008

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