A Knight's Captive by Lindsay Townsend
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Book Title: A Knight's Captive
Author: Lindsay Townsend
Publisher: Kensington Zebra
Publication Date: March 2009
ISBN: 1-4201-0965-0
Pages: 352
Genre: Historical
Series: N/A
Available In: E-book and Print
CRR Heat Level: Sophisticated
Reviewer: Stephanie
Review Score: 4 Wings
Townsend pens an intriguing historical romance with A Knight’s Captive.  Set in England, 1066, as William the Conqueror takes the throne, A Knight’s Captive gives a gritty account of the times.  Deception, greed, and lust run rampart in the Middle ages, yet the power of love shines in Townsend’s tale. The novel starts with Sunniva accompanying her father, Cena, and her brothers on a pilgrimage to St. Cuthbert’s grave.  Her father and brothers treat her poorly and she’s practically no better than a slave to them.  Also going on the pilgrimage to St. Cuthbert’s grave is Marc de Sens.  Marc is a Norman who is traveling with his three nieces.  Marc is their guardian.  As the pilgrimage progresses, Marc saves Sunniva from a near rape.  The attraction between the couple simmers with longing glances as they continue to interact on the pilgrimage.  Marc, however, maintains a respectful distance as he observes how disrespectful Sunniva’s father and brother are to her.   

As news of William the Conqueror spreads through England, Sunniva’s father and brother reluctantly join Ethered’s army and leave the pilgrimage, putting Sunniva in Marc’s care.   Marc soon discovers Cena and his sons have died in battle, leaving Sunniva as his heir.  Sunniva must now travel to her newly inherited lands, but can she trust Marc, or are his motives for helping her more darker than she suspects?

Marc and Sunniva are interesting characters.  Marc’s concern and care of his nieces are admirable, yet he seems to be followed by gossip that accuses him of being a woman killer.  This gives his character a bit of an edge.  Beneath the gossip, Marc is honest and loyal, traits any woman would admire in a man. Sunniva is a more complicated character.  She begrudgingly puts up with her father’s bad behavior toward her and this hardens her.  At the time of his death, Sunniva’s trust has been destroyed, and while attracted to Marc, she doesn’t know how to trust him.  Sunniva lies to him about being engaged, and it’s only as Marc earns her trust by his deeds, does she begin to lower her defenses.   Townsend’s dialogue reflects the nature of the times while not weighing down the reader.  Her love scenes are sophisticated for romance readers with passionate yet tasteful scenes between Marc and Sunniva. Overall, A Knight’s Captive will take you into the past to discover a love that will last lifetime.  



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