You know, I’ve decided that when I read too many disappointing books in a row, I will need some kind of refresher; much like a wine taster refreshes their mouth after each swig. So, my spit turned out to be Julie Garwood’s Honor’s Splendour, written in 1987 and this book reminded me of why I love romance novels so much. And, why Julie Garwood’s older books are so wonderful.
This is the story of Lady Madelyne and Baron Duncan. Duncan is a typical Garwood hero, he falls hard right away, but it takes a long time for him to figure it out. Lady Madelyne is a Garwood heroine that everyone around her falls in love with, even dogs and horses.
This medieval romance book is filled with wit, humor, adventure, chivalry, villainy and a creepy step-brother. This is an exciting story brimming full of wonderful characters and by the worn condition of my book; I must conclude that I’ve read this book many times before. I’d venture to say that it has even taken a bath with me (it's pages were crinkly, as if a cat might have knocked it into the tub.)
Anyway, it was a good to read an old treasure, and if you’ve never read one of Garwood’s medieval books, this is a excellent choice to start you down the road to obsession.
P.S. if you've never visited Garwood's website, you should. It has a lot of animation.