Blaze Wyndham Author:Bertrice Small The lavish, Lustful, intrigue-ridden court of Henry VIII of England, and the magnificent figure of the King himself, form the vivid backdrop for this captivating novel of a beautiful woman caught in the crosscurrents of history. Blaze Wyndham, the daughter of impoverished mobility,is forced to wed an older man she does not know, a stranger who ... more »must win her heart before he can awaken her as a woman. He is Edmund Wyndham, Earl of Langford, whose love fills her life with happiness-and whose cruel death leaves his young bride aching with loss and stripped of all defenses but her own pride and courage in a world ruled by men's appetites and ambitions.
There is no way that Blaze can say no when King Henry is roused by her ravishing beauty and demands her surrender with all the awesome power of his position and virile attraction of his person. Blaze becomes not only his mistress but his confidantas he make his intricate moves on the chessboard of history, heading toward a divorce that will shock the world...and toward a marriage with the scheming Anne Boleyn. Meanwhile, Blaze is ordered to wed again, this time violently against her will-for the proposed bridegroom is none other than the dashing, rakish Anthony Wyndham, younger brother of the husband whose memory Blaze does not want to betray.
The mounting passion that overwhelms Blaze's resistance to this new man in her life lights the pages of the multilayered, grand-scale love story. Filled with sensuality, drama, the thrilling intrigues of Henry Tudor's glittering sixteenth-century court, and a wondrouse sense of period and place, BLAZE WYNDMHAM is the masterwork of Bertrice Small, the unrivaled doyenne of romantic fiction.« less
This novel is character driven by the title leading lady. She's a woman of principle and of honor, a woman who really knows how to love and the pain loving can sometimes bring. I like Blaze better than Small's other heroines specifically because she's a simple country woman doing what she has to do and meeting her obligations without hesitation. Blaze finds adventure without becoming a pirate or being abducted into a harem--she's not unlike someone the reader might actually know in real life. Find this one if you can. It's worth the search.