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Teresa's Reading Corner: First Impressions: The Sixth Surrender by Hana Samek Norton

Thursday, November 18, 2010

First Impressions: The Sixth Surrender by Hana Samek Norton

Synopsis from Goodreads:  In the last years of her eventful life, queen-duchess Aliénor of Aquitaine launches a deadly dynastic chess game to safeguard the crowns of Normandy and England for John Plantagenet, her last surviving son.

To that end, Aliénor coerces into matrimony two pawns-Juliana de Charnais, a plain and pious novice determined to regain her inheritance, and Guérin de lasalle, a cynical, war-worn mercenary equally resolved to renounce his.

The womanizing Lasalle and the proud Juliana are perfectly matched for battle not love-until spies and assassins conspire to reverse their romantic fortunes.

My first impressions:  I chose this novel because it has two of my favorite elements in a novel.  It is a historical and there are several strong female characters. The first thing that I thought when I looked at the cover art was that this women is a problem solver.  She will go to any means to protect whatever she is protecting.  I haven't finished it yet, but so far I am really enjoying it.  I'm curious to see how Juliana deals with her marriage to an unlikely groom.  I wonder what lengths she will go to in order to regain her inheritance.

So far I've enjoyed the writing.  The one thing that would be helpful for me is a cheat sheet of who's who.  There are so many names being thrown around that I've gotten lost a couple of times.

I'll give you an update when I finish this story.  In case you missed it, check out Hana's Guest Post

I received a copy of The Sixth Surrender from the publicist in order to participate in this blog tour.

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