The Innocent Author:Bertrice Small She knew nothing more than life within convent walls -- until destiny thrust her into the arms of a passionate man. — In the wild Welsh borderlands of England, a young beauty ready to embrace her religious vows becomes the pawn of desperate men.... — Deceptively fragile-looking Eleanore of Ashlin had promised her life to God... until fate i... more »ntervened. With her brother's untimely death, Eleanore -- known as Elf to those who love her -- becomes the heiress of an estate vital to England's defenses. She is ordered by royal command to wed one of the king's knights rather than take her final vows. With resistant heart, but ever obedient to King Stephen's will, she complies.
Ranulf de Glandeville is all too aware that his innocent bride wants no man; yet his patience, gentle hand, and growing love for his spirited young wife soon awaken Eleanore to passions she never knew, or desired... until now.
But their love is not secure from the wicked schemes of an evil woman who hates Eleanore with all her black heart -- and she will seek to destroy the innocent in a depraved plot that will put Eleanore's life in jeopardy and her faith in love to its greatest test....« less
Bertrice Small is the best Romance writer. Her books come alive. Every book I had read by her, including the Innocent has been steamy and adventurous. I could not put The Innocent down. I had to read it from front to back in two days and one night!!