Kallen de Mangeron grew up in a convent, her noble family never knowing of her birth. When a new Mother Superior informs them of her existence, they send trusted knight Griffith Sommersby to escort her home.
Griffith’s heart broke when he lost his wife and infant son during childbirth, and he’s kept his feelings locked away from the world — until he meets Kallen. He soon learns her dark secret — that she sees auras around people — which allows her insight into their actions and personalities.
Now Quentin, bastard brother to the king, decides to harness Kallen’s gift in a plot to win the throne. Will Quentin successfully use a kidnapped Kallen as his political pawn, or will Griffith be able to stop him before Kallen changes the course of England’s history?
Publisher and Release Date: Soul Mate Publishing, November 2015
Time and setting: Southern England, 1293
Genre: Medieval Historical Romance
Heat Level: 1
Reviewer Rating: 5 stars
Review by Vikki
I have read several books by Lauren Linwood and I have enjoyed all of them, especially her medieval romances. A Knight for Kallen is a wonderful example of this sub-genre, reminding me why I love them so much.
Kallen de Mangeron is a child of rape and has lived in a nunnery all her life. When a new abbess takes, over she contacts Lord Crispin and tells him that his sister lived with the sisters and gave birth to Kallen. When Kallen finds out her history, she is excited at finding out she has a family who wants her.
When Griffith Sommersby arrives to bring her to her family, he never expects to find a woman who can heal his broken heart. As they travel from the nunnery to her family, there are a great many mishaps, bringing Griffith and Kallen together as they vanquish their enemies, intent on kidnapping Kallen.
Is Griffith ready to move past the grief of the loss of his wife and infant son and embrace this beautiful young woman who has shown him how to live again?
Ms. Linwood sets the stage well, weaving just the right amount of historical detail into this immensely enjoyable read without turning it into a history lesson. Her description of the dress and customs of the day are vivid, and I could see in my mind’s eye the majesty of the castle through Kallen’s eyes when she arrives and sees it for the first time. The author’s descriptions of the All Hallow’s Eve celebration, are brilliant way to experience what it must have been like at this period of history.
I fell in love with the central characters. I loved Kallen’s innocence and her steadfast belief in God and the way she leads Griffith back to his faith through her shining example. While this is not a big part of the story, it nonetheless sends a wonderful message. Griffith is everything I want to see in a knight – he is brave, honorable and protective of Kallen, willing to give his life to save her from her evil father.
A Knight for Kallen is a well-written novel with an intriguing plot that pulled me into the story and kept me enthralled to the end. It’s a book that touches on the loss of faith and finding it again and I enjoyed that aspect of it a great deal. If you enjoy medieval romances filled with adventure and suspense as well as a beautiful and moving love story, then A Knight for Kallen is a book you are sure to enjoy.