Monday, December 14, 2015

Book Review: A Knight for Kallen by Lauren Linwood

A Knight for Kallen by Lauren Linwood

Published & Release Date: Soul Mate Publishing, December 2, 2014

Time and setting: 1293, Southern England

Genre: Historical Romance/Medieval

Length: 258 pages

Heat Level: 2 Flames

Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Kallen de Mangeron grew up in a convent, her noble family never knowing of her birth. When a new Mother Superior informs them of her existence, they send trusted knight Griffith Sommersby to escort her home. 

Griffith’s heart broke when he lost his wife and infant son during childbirth, and he’s kept his feelings locked away from the world—until he meets Kallen. He soon learns her dark secret—that she sees auras around people—which allows her insight into their actions and personalities. 

Now Quentin, bastard brother to the king, decides to harness Kallen’s gift in a plot to win the throne. Will Quentin successfully use a kidnapped Kallen as his political pawn, or will Griffith be able to stop him before Kallen changes the course of England’s history? 

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Vikki's Musings

I have read several books by Lauren Linwood and I have enjoyed all of them, especially her medieval romances. When Ms. Linwood asked me to read and review A Knight for Kallen in exchange for an honest review, I immediately accepted. A Knight for Kallen is a wonderful example of this sub-genre, reminding me why I love them so much.

Kallen de Mangeron is a child of rape and has lived in a nunnery all her life. When a new abbess takes over she contacts Lord Crispin and tells him that his sister lived with the sisters and gave birth to Kallen. When Kallen finds out her history, she is excited by finding out she has a family who wants her.

When Griffith Sommersby arrives to bring her to her family, he never expects to find a woman who can heal his broken heart. As they travel from the nunnery to her family, there are a great many mishaps, bringing Griffith and Kallen together as they vanquish their enemies, intent on kidnapping Kallen.

Is Griffith ready to move past the grief of the loss of his wife and infant son and embrace this beautiful young woman who has shown him how to live again?

A Knight for Kallen is a well-written novel. The plot is intriguing from the beginning, pulling me into the story and keeping me enthralled to the end. It’s a book that touches on the loss of faith and finding it again. I loved that aspect of the story a great deal.

Ms. Linwood sets the stage with just the right amount of history interwoven in this immensely enjoyable read, without turning it into a history lesson. Her description of the dress and customs of the day are vivid, and I could see in my mind’s eye the majesty of the castle through Kallen’s character when she arrives and sees one for the first time. I loved the All Hallow’s Eve celebration, a brilliant way to experience what it must have been like in this period of history.

I fell in love with Kallen and Griffith’s characters. I loved Kallen’s innocence and her steadfast belief in God. She leads Griffith back to his faith through her shining example. While this is not a big part of the story, for me it sends a wonderful message. Griffith is everything I want to see in a knight. He is brave, honorable and protective of Kallen, willing to give his life to save her from her evil father.

I am so glad I had the chance to read this emotionally-charged book. If you enjoy medieval romances with a beautiful and moving love story, and filled with adventure and suspense, you will love A Knight for Kallen as much as I did. I highly recommend this incredible book. Give it a chance, you will not regret it. Happy reading!

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