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Rumors at Court by Blythe Gifford

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RUMORS AT COURT
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Wed by royal command!

Widow Valerie of Florham wants nothing more than to forget her abusive marriage and live peacefully at the mercy of no man. She'd never have dreamed of a liaison with handsome Sir Gil Wolford, but then comes a royal decree—they must wed!

Gil craves military conquest in Castile, far from his haunted past. Marriage to Lady Valerie is the last thing he should want, yet both have truths to hide from the rumormongers at court. They have no choice…and, once wed, the marriage bed changes everything!

 

May 2017

Harlequin HistoricalsTM
ISBN#978-0-373-
29930-0

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“...delights on every level, from the sumptuous settings to the whispered…rumors spinning through the royal court. As her fans know, Gifford’s characters are always well developed and, based on their previous life experiences, deeply resistant to a new passion…until, of course, love gets its way…”

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“...Thematically, Rumors at Court is as comfortable as an old shoe. The tropes in play are well-worn and a staple of the genre; an abused widow who yearns for solitude but ends up finding rapturous love, and the scarred hero who is healed by the gentle love of a lady fair. It’s up to the author to make the concept unique or palatable, and Gifford does that by giving us decent characters to root for...

...Rumors at Court flows along quite beautifully, and is a romantic, well-researched treat of a novel.”

Lisa Fernandes
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“Blythe Gifford has a deft way with words, taking a story that is in many ways rather melancholic . . . and giving it a hopeful air, making Gil and Valerie front and centre in the story. That's no easy feat considering the other extremely compelling characters in the narrative.
I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to reading Blythe Gifford's other works. She really knows her history and she weaves a compellingly realistic tale of love in the Middle Ages.”

Caitlyn Lynch
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“...delights on every level, from the sumptuous settings to the whispered…rumors spinning through the royal court. As her fans know, Gifford’s characters are always well developed and, based on their previous life experiences, deeply resistant to a new passion…until, of course, love gets its way…”  

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From Chapter One of RUMORS AT COURT

When Lady Valerie turned to meet his eyes, for a moment he could not speak.

Now he could see her plain. Fair skin. Dark eyes that changed expression when she knew him for who he was. Was it his family history or his reputation in battle that erased both smile and sadness? No matter. Now, he faced a strong, impenetrable shield, through which he could glimpse no emotion at all. Until then, he would have judged her a woman who needed protection. Now, he thought she would have been an asset on the battlefield. “Some have called me that,” he answered, finally.

A silence. Awkward. “What do you want of me?” she said, finally.

The time had come. “Your husband served in my company.”

She glanced down at the floor. “I know.” Had her sadness returned? Would there be tears?

He hurried to speak. “Then you know that the siege was broken by that attack. That his death was not in vain.”

“That is a comfort, surely.”

Her tone suggested otherwise. “He was a worthy fighter. His death was a blow.”

Now her gaze met his again. Her shield had not slipped. “More so to me.”

Ah, then she blamed him for the man’s death. She had the right. “Men die in war, no matter what we do.” War was not what those at home imagined. It was not…glorious.

He pulled the stained, crumpled silk from his tunic. “Your husband was carrying this when he died. I thought to return it to you so you would know he treasured the thought of his wife.” He waved it in her direction. A poor, limp thing, even more wrinkled and dirty now than it had been when he took it from the man’s body.

She did not reach for it. Instead, she recoiled, as if it were a live thing with teeth.

He shook his outstretched hand, wishing to free himself of it. “Do you not want it back?”

“Back?” The word, barely a whisper. Then, she lifted that hard, impenetrable gaze and met his eyes again. “It was never mine.”

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