This is a great medieval novel that focuses on society's ease in the condemning a person and the difficulty in proving one's innocence. Something not too far fetched from today's society!
You can easily relate to these characters: individuals plagued by love, guilt, influence, conspiracy and treason. You will be satisfied with this underhanded plot of court intrigue!
Eloise is the last unmarried daughter of a Knight (Sir John) who has gained great wealth doing his duty to his country and King. At the same time John has made an enemy in a local Earl when he won't either 1 - Give a part of Eloise's dowry land to the Earl or 2 - Let one of the Earl's lesser sons marry his daughter. The book begins with Sir John being accused of treason and fleeing the Castle before the Earl comes to arrest him. The King has sent along Roland to keep the castle in order and keep everyone safe until Sir John is brought to justice and the issue is resolved.
Roland happens to be the half brother to Eloise's' former betrothed (who died on the church steps on the way to their wedding) and there is bad blood between Roland and Eloise as she knew he didn't want her to marry his brother.
Sir John ends up turning himself in to another Earl and ends up in the Tower of London. Eloise escapes the castle to go and help her father. Roland chases her to London (they meet up on the way) and he becomes a huge help to Eloise and her brother (who Eloise has summoned to help with the case) who are trying to gain the release of their father and the clearing of his name.
It was allright. Predictable, pace was slow.
My Enemy, My Love...
To Eloise Hamelin of Lelleford, 'tis the stuff of nightmares. Her betrothed dies on the church steps. Her beloved father disappears after being charged with treason. And the king places her home in the hands of a knight she loathes . . . and longs for.
To Roland St. Marten, 'tis the worst hell to oversee Lelleford. Its mistress, Eloise, treats him not as her new lord but as an unwanted guest. And yet in the heat of their clashes about her father's whereabouts, about a woman's place he's drawn to her loyalty and her fire. Any love between them would bring Roland nothing but ruin. For how could he remain true to the king and still taste Eloise's exquisite temptation?