Due to her parents' promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father's enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents' will left a second choice. If Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.
Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights the one who appears the guiltiest had not already captured her heart. (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review courtesy of the publisher.
This book was in a word: adorable. Though perhaps not the most historically accurate portrayal of the medieval times, it was nonetheless a fun read and I’m completely fine with that. (If anything, this was probably an idealistic version of history if women were actually given rights! :p) Rosemarie initially is a very tentative, if well-meaning, leader and it’s fantastic to see her grow into herself throughout the book. She may have been naïve, but that’s not completely unreasonable for someone who missed having her parent’s guidance and hadn’t seen much outside her own lands.
I would have liked to get to know the characters a little more, particularly the abbot. I didn’t get the sense of completely knowing Rosemarie since a lot of the chapters from her perspective were general narration. That being said, this was a very short book and I think sacrificing getting to know some of the characters deeper was a reasonable tradeoff for a light quick read.
Rating: 4 stars!
Who should read it? Folks looking for a quick happily ever after.