THE COURTIER’S SECRET
DONNA RUSSO MORIN
ISBN# (10): 0-7582-2691-8/ (13): 978-0-7582-2691-4
Kensington Publishing Corp.
850 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022
$14.00 U.S./$16.95 Canada
Rating: 4 Cups
Jeanne Yvette Mas du Bois, Jean-Luc de Cassel knows how to use a sword with great skill, but one thing she cannot master, is the wrath she suffers from her father. It appears everything she accomplishes, her father sees her as a disgrace.
Henry Boucher d’Aubigne is in the middle of a fight after being attacked by criminals. He is befriended by a young lad, he thinks, who is very skilled with the sword. With such skilled swordsmanship, he invites the young lad to be a part of the inner circle.
To her father, Jeanne is a dishonor to the King. Jeanne is happy her mother comes to her rescue even though it often reaps bad repercussions. Her mother knows Jeanne is not the first woman who wishes to break the shackles of a man’s world. Raol, her brother, can do no wrong, and is all too eager to rub it in, how he is the father’s preference. After hearing her father instruct that she will wed a man she finds meaningless, Jeanne refuses. Henri is at Jeanne’s beckon call when she comes to his rescue. Of course she is behind a mask, and is introduced as Jean-Luc. As a possible conspiracy comes into play, it pulls the two closer to where she must divulge her identity to him. But will Henri understand? Jeanne has strong feelings for him, but is it enough to disobey her father’s wishes to marry a man she hates when she loves Henry?
First off, I love the connection Jeanne shares with her mother. Her father’s character is one of pure evil. The moment with Henri and the beast is so enduring. The ‘losing a part of myself’, made my heart leap with joy. With robust characters, believable in their actions, and some musketeers along the way, it was like watching everything blossom on a big screen. Donna Russo Morin skillfully tells a story where I practically experience the sensations, especially when Jeanne feels trepidation for covering her body when threatened. I was engaged throughout this splendid read. I love how Ms. Morin does her research and adds little extra notes to inform the reader more of the history of this era. The Courtier’s Secret is cleverly written and elegant in every sense of the word.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More