Griffin de Grandaise will do anything to make Julia of Childress his personal chef--even keep his vow to return her to the Convent of the Brides of Virtue in one year...with her virtue intact. But nothing prepares him for Julia's sumptuous meals--or for the maddening way she drives him wild with desire. To make matters worse, it's obvious Julia is determined to get him to propose a more lasting arrangement--and it will take every ounce of Griffin's willpower to resist the feisty beauty.
Orphaned at a young age, Julia of Childress has become the angel of the kitchen at the Convent of the Brides of Virtue. All Julia wants is a kitchen of her own-and a husband for whom to cook. Griffin de Grandaise will do anything to make Julia his personal chef-even keep her virtue intact for one year.
Betina Krahn is one of the best. And 'The Marriage Test' is absolutely one of my top favorites not just of Krahn but of all the books I have read. She is great with dialogue and plot and I love her humor that gives each of her books that extra reading pleasure.
Middle Ages romance - Orphaned Julia of Childress has become an exceptional cook for the nuns, but
Griffin de Grandaise pays the nuns well if she will come & cook for him for 1 year. She has other plans.
This novel takes the reader back to Medieval times and the Convent of the Brides of Virtue. Mother Superior is still at the reins of the convent but she has a problem. She is in arrears in tithing to the bishop. Now, Griffin de Grandaise, lord over extensive lands and winery vines, is desperate for a cook. He has come to the convent, has snuck into the convent and tasted the wonderful food coming from the kitchens. He offers some serious money to borrow the cook for one year.
Mother Superior is having none of it because Julia of Childress is a gifted cook and Mother plans for her to take her vows and stay in the convent. Julia isn't interested in taking vows but she's not really interested in working sight-unseen in Grandaise's kitchens. She wants marriage and children.
The serious discussion comes to a head when the visiting Duke promises to ensure that Julia will only stay one year and be as pure as when she left, so she may take final vows.
There's a mystery and the pages turn quickly with the interesting events that occur. My only complaint was that there was just too much about the meals served. However, it is obvious that the author did her research.
Brides of Virtue Series
1. The Husband Test (2001)
2. The Wife Test (2003)
** 3. The Marriage Test (2004)