I admit I'm sending this review without having read the entire book --I gave it 70 pages. Just couldn't get into it. It wasn't Bad, it just wasn't 'juicy' --there was nothing to hold my interest. It's entirely possible that on page 71 all hell broke loose......
Up until then it was man meets woman, man marries woman, man and woman get to know each other while having lots of sex. No intrigue, no mystery
This story is about England, Brittany, etc., in an early time. I forced myself to finish the story even though it was boring and trite.
Heres the synopsis: young womans very old husband dies (and leaves her with lots of money); she is given to a much younger man a knight with little money; knight marries young woman, has lots of sex, they live happily ever after.
Mellisynt of Tremont is about 22 and has been cloistered (in the Tremont Castle) by her aging husband. He has also been a penny-pinching tyrant; when he dies, few tears are shed.
Soon after, Duke Geoffrey gives Mellisynt to Sir Richard FitzHugh, a fearsome knight-warrior. He is ambitious and sees Mellisynt only as a means to securing his future. However, Sir Richard doesnt reckon on his new wife. The story is about two individuals, coming from opposite backgrounds, who strive to make peace in their marriage and eventually fall in love.
Lovelace has a good grasp of the history of the times and adds it liberally. Theres more than enough fighting for the reader; the times highlighted in this story were violence-prone and dangerous.
A mountain of a man was Sir Richard FitzHugh. Tall. Dark. Fearsome in every aspect. Formidable in battle. Yet Mellisynt of Termont saw not the warrior but her wedded lord. A man of gentle compassion. Who could free her spirit--and blazingly awaken her long-slumbering desire!
What an enigma was Mellisynt of Tremont, Richard FitzHugh declared! For beneath shapelss widow's weeds, his new-wed lady wife was a creature of boundless passion and generous soul. He'd made his brideclaim with a pledge of honor and an eye to ambition. But could she capture his very heart in her own campaign d'amour...?