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Deceptively fragile-looking, Eleanore of Ashlin had promised her life to God...until fate intervened. 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....

Contains mature themes.

©1999 Bertrice Small (P)2021 Tantor

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Well written!

I would have given this book a 5 star rating except the heroine is a child. I was uncomfortable with that, yet realize that this was the way for the time in which the story was written. Teenage girls were married to older men....
That being said, the book is excellently written and the performance is spot on.
I enjoyed both the historical backdrop and the characters themselves.
Elenanore is intelligent and wise beyond her years and is no doormat. I appreciate that Ms. Small did not make her weak and subservient. I enjoyed Ranulf as well. He is the kind of hero one loves. He is honorable, loyal and kind. Yet more than able to care for those he loves. The villains are truly wicked and I enjoyed one of them receiving her just due.
The book is long but not at all boring or tedious. The secondary characters are enjoyable as well.
It is a good story and is certainly credit worthy.

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A. child bride. Seriously?! Historical romances need not be so true to history. Words cannot desxribe how distasteful I fpund this book. If I could give negative stars I would.

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Worth the credit!

I really enjoyed this book. A little repetitive in parts but overall a good listen.