Despite her protests, Princess Gisela, headstrong daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, must enter into a diplomatic marriage. Yet en route to her wedding, her ship is attacked and she's gravely injured. Rescued by a renowned healer, King John of Lydia, Gisela recuperates at his Mediterranean castle. The handsome, widowed ruler soon has her reevaluating her beliefs on love and marriage.but only if King John could be her groom. Their love is forbidden, and duty requires him to deliver her to her betrothed. Unless they can find a way to join their hearts-and kingdoms-with love, faith and honor.
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A Medieval Romance set during the time of Charlemagne.
Gisela is the daughter of Charlemagne, and King John is the ruler of the fictional kingdom of Lydia. Gisela falls ill and John is determined to heal her. John and Gisela must fight their growing attraction because of Gisela's engagement to a man she's never met. Will Gisela and John be able to save John's kingdom and their love?
This wasn't my usual read, and is very different from your typical Love Inspired Historical, as it was Medieval and felt more unlikely. Both of the characters conducted themselves very honorably and knew all the reasons they shouldn'tbe together, and they put their engery into helping each other through the trial before them.
John and Gisela interacted well, and I liked how there was alot of action and conspiracy going on in the backround, and there was a rich backstory.
Overall, this was a nice story for those who like fairy-tale-like Medieval stories, it wasn't really my style, but I thought that the characters dealt very well with their situation with utmost honor. A fun Medieval read.
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Princess Gisela is on her way to her future husband(diplomatic arranged marriage) when the ship she is traveling on is attacked and she is gravely injured. The crew of the ship know of King John of Lydia and his healing ways so they set course and arrive with only hours left before Princess Gisela might die. The only way to save her is to apply a special herb but its not easy to get and is on enemy land. As King John fights to keep the Princess alive he also brings possible war to his people.
As the Princess begins to heal from her wound she finds herself falling for the handsome king but he is off limits. Can she help him save his country with out losing her heart?
What I liked: I don’t normally read books set in this time period but I am glad I read this one. I really liked both the King and Princess. I found myself really hoping they could find a way to be together. The storyline was quite interesting and reading about how a war worked back then was fascinating. It was very easy to get drawn into this time period in history.
What I did not like: Since I don’t read a lot of this time period I felt lost at time trying to understand how things worked with royalty, wars etc.
Over all I really liked this book and am looking forward to the next book which sounds like it will be about the Kings brother. If you like books set in this time period your going to love it and if you don’t like this era this book just might change your mind!
Loved, loved, loved this book!! I started reading A Royal Marriage at bedtime and it kept me awake until I was finished. :) I just love it when a book draws me in and takes me to that magical time in history of Kings, Princesses, castles and knights in battle. Princess Gisela is a beautiful heroine who intends to honor her fathers wishes for her even when her heart tells her to love King John of Lydia. I found myself drawn to the wounded heart of King John and his strong faith in God, as he tenderly cares for Princess Gisela.
I really loved A Royal Marriage and give it a 5 out of 5 stars.
I received this book from Harlequin Love Inspired Historical and Net Gallery for my honest review.I was not paid in any way to review this book.
A Royal Marriage by Rachelle McCalla Protecting the Crown Book 1
Castlehead, Lydia, A.D. 801 Princess Gisela, daughter of the Emperor Charlemagne, was to marry an Illyrian. Their ship is attacked on the way to her betrothed and she is injured and near death. If she dies war could break out. They stop in Lydia as King John is known to be a healer. Gisela struggles between the feelings she has towards King John and knowing she is promised to Prince Warrick and that much in the political realm depends upon their union.
Illyrian’s had killed King John’s father four years ago and now he must surrender this beautiful princess to those violent men as well. After his wife’s death three years earlier, John had sworn never to love again or chance losing a woman while trying for an heir. Has God sent this woman into his life to show him he could love again? Only she would be the woman he wants and no other yet duty calls and he must answer.
Rachelle continues to weave an enthralling tale. Going backwards in time from her Reclaiming the Crown series she now goes back in time. Introducing new and exciting characters to build this new series on. King John, a man who has known sorrow and felt failure. A healer who could not save his mother nor his wife and he had watched his father die. Prince Luke, a headstrong young man who wants to take back the Lydia lands they have lost. Prince Mark, a younger brother. Princess Elizabette ‘Bette’ the youngest and only daughter. I am looking forward to this new series and after reading A Royal Marriage I have no doubts each following book will be a new exciting adventure as well. **Received through NetGalley for review