I really used to love reading novels set in England in the early medieval days. I don’t think they are my favorite genre anymore. Leslie Hachtel’s “The Defiant Bride” is a novel set during the time of Henry VII and Henry VIII. It is about a young woman, pledged by Henry VII to wed a Spanish nobleman in return for his land and riches. She fakes her own death and hides out in the forest so that she does not have to follow this edict. After some time passes, she sees a nobleman attacked and left for dead. She tends to him until a friend takes him home to recuperate so that her hiding place is not revealed. The nobleman, William, is so taken with Dariana that he vows to find her and marry her, which he does. However the course of true love never runs smoothly and there are those who wish to see both of them dead. I did enjoy this book, but not as much as others in this genre that I have read. Sometimes the dialogue seemed forced trying to copy that of the middle ages. I am also not a fan of explicit sexual content, some of which was part of the novel.
I received a print copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.