A Winter Ballad Author:Barbara Samuel A FAIR MAIDEN - Anya of Winterbourne had suffered nothing but humiliation at the hands of men. And yet when she found a fallen knight in a still winter forest, she could not leave him to die. A NOBLE KNIGHT - Weary of battle and pursued by assassins, Christian de Moreerx would have liked nothing more than to stay at Winterbourne and champion the... more » elusive and beleaguered Lady Anya. But his past contained a secret he had to decipher if he was to live, and his presence could only bring more disaster to the manor. A GREAT AND DANGEROUS GAME - To thwart their separate enemies, Lady Anya and her broken knight battle virulent forces and face death itself to win the love that would long be sung by troubadours as... A WINTER BALLAD« less
This is a very sweet romance set in Medieval England. Anya is a really wonderful strong heroine and Christian is both warrior strong and lover sweet - exactly the right blend!
The plots around the love story are interesting but not too complex that they detract from the romance. Supporting characters are mostly fleshed out well, and the main lovers have good motivations and pretty real emotions.
The one flaw I saw with this is that Christian spends the first third of the book arguing with himself "I shouldn't bed her because it would be dishonorable of me" but then the next paragraph seducing and kissing Anya. It gets a little annoying how flighty he is. Guys have some willpower, come on!
All in all, a very satisfying romance. They have a great introduction, the bigger world is interesting and well established, and the whole thing ends well. Highly recommended for any medieval romance lover.