A Moonlit Knight
Jocelyn Kelley
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A pair of wills, double lives, secret histories, and a family tree of vultures sweeps historical researcher Penny Nichols and a long-lost relative across France, over the hills of Italy, and throughout half of Europe on the adventure of several lifetimes. Click here for more on Jocelyn Kelley's A Moonlit Knight.

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A Moonlit Knight
Jocelyn Kelley
Signet Eclipse
304 pages
May 2006
rated 4 of 5 possible stars
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In twelfth-century England, St. Jude’s Abbey is no ordinary sanctuary of prayer and ritual. Established and endowed by Queen Eleanor, its leaders train young women in the knightly arts. In times of trials and tribulations, these women are called upon to protect the royal family and England.

Lady Mallory de Saint-Sebastian is called away from the abbey to protect the Queen, whose very life has been threatened. With a Knight’s sense of obligation, Mallory is determined not only to shield the queen but also to find the enemies threatening Eleanor.

Saxon Fitz-Juste is amazed and awed by the Queen’s latest choice of a female knight as her newest warrior. A troubadour in Queen Eleanor’s royal “court of love,” Saxon is ostensibly loyal to her majesty - but his true mission remains to be seen.

“She raised her eyes past Saxon’s chin, where his neatly trimmed beard followed each severely carved line of his jaw. She had never seen anyone other than a peasant who wore a beard, and wondered how those short hairs would feel if she ran her finger along them.”
Saxon and Mallory, irresistibly drawn to each other, may soon discover the dangers of lust and the redemptive power of love.
“Her hands gripped his strong arms as he leaned her back onto the bed. He pressed her into its softness, but there was nothing soft about his male body. She wrapped her arms around his shoulders and closed her eyes to savor what could not be seen, only felt….”
Kelley is to be congratulated for her originality, character development, and sense of humor enabling the reader to feel themselves within the story. A well –paced novel that is lively and entertaining.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Brenda A. Snodgrass, 2007

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