Nineteen year old Reina of Kenwick knows a lot about adversity. Deaf from a childhood illness, she is about to be banished to a convent by her cold and distant father.
Baron Fulke of Erlegh has a tragic past. Throwing himself into a life of battle and debauchery, Fulke is removed from the field and commanded
to take a bride.
King Henry I. is a changed man since losing his only son and heir in the White Ship sinking. Intent to name his only daughter, Matilda, the first Queen of England, he seeks advantage over powerful opposition. Discovering Reina's unique ability to lip-read, Henry separates the two lovers and coerces Reina to spy for the crown under threat of harm to Fulke.
In a battle between love and loyalty, Fulke and his courageous band of knights enact a plan that will free Reina from the king's grip or cause all of them to be executed for treason in A Knight of Silence.
A great read for adult lovers of historical and romantic fiction
The intrigues and insecurities of medieval court life form the background to this very readable novel. King Henry 1 of England, the Conqueror's son, takes advantage of a noblewoman's disability when he forces her to spy on Geoffrey of Anjou, suitor of the Empress Matilda.
Rescued from a silent, futile life in a convent by a man unable to love, deaf Reina is abruptly torn from her new husband's side and plunged into a precarious existence at court, shunned by hostile nobles and scorned by the shallow court ladies. Her husband Fulke, Baron Erlegh, is her only hope, but can he overcome his frozen heart? Is his wife's love sufficient motive to commit treason, and forfeit all that he has?
Author Candace Bowen Early wields a sure pen as she leads us through this tale of love, loyalty, betrayal and suspense. A Knight of Silence is a great read which will appeal to lovers of both historical and romantic novels. I eagerly await her next book.
A Knight of Silence Shines
When Baron Fulke of Erlegh is ordered to take a bride, he grudgingly begins a journey to fulfill his duty to his king. In a time when marriages were arranged based on status, the Baron travels to Kenwick for a two-fold purpose. One, to take Warin of Kenwick under his wing to train and the other, to discuss with Sir Everard of Kenwick the possibility of taking his daughter as a bride. Once he arrives, plans go awry as Fulke first spies the beautiful Reina. Though Reina is the daughter of Sir Everard, it is not she who is the daughter that Everard and his wife is hoping to betroth to Fulke. With Reina's sudden departure to a convent, Fulke decides to act on his desire to keep Reina out of the convent and after securing the blessings of Everard, rides out to stop the buggy that carries her.
While Fulke promises to care for her and protect her, his past cannot allow him to love her, or can it?
In "A Knight of Silence", Candace Bowen Early takes us back into time where conventional customs and wisdom is thrown aside. In a time where a person with a disability is often scorned and cast aside, Early's hero casts aside the expectation of society and follows his heart. To the author's credit, the "damsel in distress", Reina, wasn't distressingly portrayed as a constant victim. Reina's own inner strength was evident throughout the story, even more so when it came time to protect the man she loved. And the knight in shining white armor had more then a few dents in his chain maille was evident also. In other words, the characters were not perfect, which added to the strength of this story.
I had forgotten how much I had enjoyed historical romance novel and reading "A Knight of Silence" had brought that back to me. It's a well written story. The steamy scenes that were sprinkled throughout the story, gave it enough of the "oooh" effect without them being a distraction from the plot. This is a must read for anyone that loves historical romance novels.
Makes you want more!
After being ordered to take a wife Baron Fulke of Erlegh finds Reina of Kenwick, a young woman made deaf from childhood illness. King Henry I finds out about Reina's ability to communicate and understand, he puts both Reina and Fulke in a difficult situation that they must find a way out of. With his loyal knights at his side he gets everything he wants and maybe even some of what he didn't.
I bought this book because of a recommendation from a friend. I was never one to read historical fiction or historical romance but I fell in love with this. I had a very hard time not finishing it in one sitting, and found every excuse I could to read just a little bit more, throughout the day. The characters are very believable and easy to like or even love. I found myself so immersed in this book that it was hard to come back to reality. Definitely would recommend this, even to people who are wary of romance or historical books!