While suffering a loss of memory, an injured knight is seduced by a lady he believes to be his host's widowed daughter but who is in reality the host's wife. Upon regaining his memory he leaves quickly, without thought to what he might be leaving behind. Five years later, the king sends him back to her home to determine just who is the rightful heir to the title and lands that go with it. Will he choose the boy's cruel uncle as the heir, or will he choose the boy that he begins to see may be the bastard that the uncle claims he is? Did the wife give birth to a son not fathered by her husband?
As a teen Mariah married elderly Edmond, the Earl of Mildenhall because he hoped to leave an heir behind, but he failed. Now Edmond is dying and his abusive brother Osgood will inherit the title and estate leaving Mariah with nothing but grief over the loss of a man she considers a beloved father in spite of their attempts to have an offspring. Osgood makes it clear once he inherits that she can stay only if she marries his son Walter, a chip off the cruelty block. King Henry's loyal knight Sir Falcon arrives at Castle Mildenhall injured following an ambush. The wily Edmond persuades Mariah to sleep with the knight.
Five years later, Henry sends Sir Falcon to resolve a legitimacy claim. Sir Osgood and Walter insist that the dead Edmond's son Robbie could not have been his as the man was too ill to have had sex. Osgood claims he is the legal earl and demands Mariah marry his son even threatening to harm Robbie. Mariah is attracted to Falcon but fears what will happen if he learns the truth about the deceptions she and her late husband played on him.
Though the theme is very typical of the medieval romance, A KNIGHT'S HONOR is a strong historical tale filled with a solid cast including the specter of the intelligent caring deceased Edmond who readers will appreciate his deception in which the end actually justified the means. The story line is character driven though loaded with action as Osgood and Mariah for different reasons need to act fast before Falcon learns the full truth.
He was a miracle sent by God to save her. That was what Mariah's aged and ailing husband called the mysterious knight who had been brought unconscious to their doorstep. She had to agree that he was a maiden's dream, his naked body a masterpiece of bronzed skin pulled over rippling muscles. But she was no maiden to swoon over a handsome stranger. She was a wife, soon to be a widow, and though the course of action her dying husband urged upon her might leave him with an heir, it would lead her into terrible temptation.
When he opened his eyes upon the golden-haired woman attending his sickbed, Falcon thought her an angel. And as his strength grew, so did his desire to show her a little bit of heaven. He might have no recollection of his past, but he sensed that he knew well how to please a woman. Little did he guess that the seduction he was comtemplating would take him to paradise, yet put at risk a knight's honor.