This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for Harlot's Daughter, The
Date of Review: 09/15/07
Lady Joan Weston returns to court after a 10 year absence in the year 1386. Her mother was the former King’s mistress and when he died; her whole family was banished from court. Joan has returned to the court of King Richard II to attempt to find some place for herself and leniency for her family. Her mother, sister and she have lost all that was theirs and are on the road to abject poverty. Joan, also known as Solay, hopes that she can overcome the rumors, innuendo and gossip about her family to receive a grant from his majesty. She is also hoping that being the illegitimate daughter of a king will hold some power for her. Joan begins her time in the castle by promising to read the stars for King Richard on his birthday.
Lord Justin Lamont is the lawyer for the Council appointed by Parliament to oversee the spending of the king. It has come to Parliament’s attention that King Richard is overdrawing on the funds available to him and then demanding higher taxes to cover the grants he wishes to give to those who are loyal friends. Justin does not trust Lady Joan and is highly suspicious of her motives. He is also quite attracted to her, but resists pursuing his attraction due to tragedy in his past. He soon loses the power over his own life when King Richard decides that Justin and Joan should wed and that Joan will then be in the perfect position to spy on Justin and the Council for him. Joan is willing to go along with this plan due to her own attraction to Justin and her misgivings about Council justice.
It is obvious from page one that Blythe Gifford has researched this time period. She uses factual people as well as fictional ones. This helps to create the atmosphere that must have been present in King Richard’s court. The infighting, suspicion, greed and gossip that run rampant through the court are also accurate and add to the storyline.
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