Lady Marguerite, Countess of Besancon, and Sir Richard of Winchester are political enemies. For each of them, duty wars with personal desire and the overwhelming passion they feel for each other. Can they find a way to remain loyal to their countries, yet embrace their love? Lady Marguerite is fiercely opposed to King Henry V's invasion of France. When the Duke of Burgundy offers her a chance to work against the English and avenge the deaths of her father and brothers, she welcomes the opportunity - particularly as she'll be saving her life in the process. When she infiltrates the English camp, she doesn't expect any chivalry from English knights, nor does she count on the instant attraction she has for Sir Richard. Disbelieving he could possibly be the knight of her dreams, she is unprepared when every firm belief and prejudice she's ever held against the English is challenged. Sir Richard has sworn an oath of fealty to King Henry V, but disapproves of the carnage and destruction wrought upon Normandy by the English forces. When he comes to the rescue of Lady Marguerite, he's deeply attracted to her but there's something about her he doesn't quite trust. Only the fact she's already married enables him to keep his passion under control. When he discovers her secret, he is torn. How can he do as duty dictates and present her to his king for execution? Yet, how can he not?
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Dear Reader,Knight of Her Dreams, is a stand alone read, but the follow up to Knight of Her Heart. This is the story of Sir Richard of Winchester, the struggles he faces with his conscience in fighting for Henry V in France, and the love he finds.When I sat down to write this story, I have to say that all I knew was that it was going to be Richard's story and - because I had the title - I wanted to weave some element of soothsaying/psychic vision into it. It was the research I did on King Henry V's claim to the French throne that really generated the story line. Some historians I read acclaimed Henry and others painted him in a much poorer light. As I read extremely widely, I decided that my heroine would be French and that the external struggle between Richard and Lady Marguerite would be political. With Marguerite having good reason to hate the invading English army and its king, she would naturally be an enemy of Richard's.At one point, however, I had written her into a corner, and it was only some brainstorming over the phone with one of my sisters that enabled me to resolve her dilemma and review her prejudices against the English so she could give her heart to Richard.I confess I was a bit absorbed by all the historical detail, so this novel has far more fact woven through the story-line than the first book in the series. It also has more attention to detail in the fighting scenes, as Lady Marguerite is a warrior woman.I hope you are as absorbed reading this story as I was writing it.Best wishes,AlyssaAbout the Author:
Alyssa James lives in Australia with her husband, three children and a menagerie of animals on a 5 acre property. As well as writing, she is a Speech-Language Pathologist in private practice with a Masters Degree in Science. Alyssa has had a varied career, including being an international flight attendant for Qantas Airways and a professional pianist. As well as writing medieval romance, she pens contemporary romance as Alyssa J. Montgomery for Escape Publishing (Harlequin Enterprises, Australia). Any spare time she has, she enjoys travelling with her family, playing tennis and entertaining friends. You can visit her website at: www.alyssajmontgomery.com Follow her on Facebook or Twitter @Alyssaromance or contact her by email via her webpage.
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