Caught in the web of war and duplicity, Sir Garren le Mon plays his part until his heart is so engaged that he cannot. And even then he must continue, for honor is something not to be trifled with.
Title: The Whispering Night
Author: Kathryn Le Veque
Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval
Story Setting: 1197 A.D.
Published By: Dragonblade Publishing
Published Date: June 10, 2014
Narrated By: Michael Angeles
Listening Length: 10 hours, 59 minutes
Publisher: Kathryn Le Veque Novels
Release Date: December 29, 2014
Publisher’s Summary: 1197 A.D. – Sir Garren le Mon is an agent for Richard the Lion Heart in the political war against his brother, John. Under the command of William Marshall, Chancellor of England, Garren is the king’s most trusted and loyal servant.
When Garren is ordered to marry into a family deeply loyal to Prince John, the knight is understandably reluctant; the House of de Rosa is infamous for its bloodlust and bizarre characters. Upon meeting the Lady Derica de Rosa, however, Garren thinks perhaps that the marriage may not be all that unpalatable.
Derica is beautiful and humorous, and Garren is smitten. Upon the eve of the betrothal, however, Garren’s identity as a spy is discovered and he is set upon by the de Rosa’s. With Derica’s help, he escapes execution and together the two of them begin an enormous trek across England and Wales to flee her pursuing family. When William Marshall discovers that Garren has deviated from his orders, he too goes in pursuit of him, undermining Garren’s trust with a friend he has known since childhood.
Duty soon separates them and Garren stages his own death in battle in order to free himself of William Marshall’s directives. But news of his death gets back to Derica, who finds herself a pawn between her family and William Marshall as she grieves for the man she loved and now has lost. It is a race against time for Garren to return to his wife before she is forced to marry another, all in the name of politics.
My Thoughts: Both hero, Garren, and heroine, Derica, were likeable in every sense. The characters were well-matched with intelligence, wit and wills of determination.
Garren obeyed William Marshall’s edict to marry Lady Derica, even though he hadn’t wanted to. Once he met the lady, liking her enormously, he still didn’t want to marry her, but for entirely different reasons. He does indeed marry Derica, but on his terms, not William Marshall’s.
William Marshall wanted and needed to do what he felt right for England. Not even his fatherly affection for Garren was enough to deter him from that cause. But I ask you. How much should a man give to his country? Is he expected to sacrifice his personal happiness and the need to protect his own? This read helps you ponder that question.
A father’s love can be something fierce especially when he sees himself losing his only daughter. When Derica walked away from her father to follow Garren, it devastated the man something awful and with that came a desperate attempt to get her back. So here is another question to ponder. Should he have fought so hard to get her back when it was clear to him she wanted to belong to Garren?
In time of war and conflict, politics are a dirty game, no matter when in the history of man. It’s hard to know who is friend, foe, spy or no. This story has them all.
Kathryn Le Veque writes a thought-provoking story even beyond the great love that springs between Derica and Garren. I was well-engaged with the many twists and surprises as the story unfolds. I couldn’t believe what I heard when–well never you mind. Suffice it to say my jaw dropped out of disbelief. What a wonderful twist!
As with every book I’ve read of Kathryn Le Veque, this one was no less appealing and thought-provoking. I highly recommend this author.
Narrator Michael Angeles used many different voices for the dialog, from very old to very young. He was quite adept in his voices for the female and children’s voices and the scenes where Derica broke down and cried were quite emotional. Overall, I thought his performance done well, although some of his voices didn’t work well. He actually made me think a couple of the characters sounded rather simple-minded, or older than they actually were. His voice for Fergus’s father cracked so much, I had difficulty following the dialog, even though the voice was authentic sounding. The engineer work was of poor quality in several places; keeping voice levels consistent and removing extraneous noise. It didn’t occur all the time, but it was noticeable enough to comment on. Now, that being said, I want to remark even with these thoughts, I enjoyed Michael Angeles’s narration, his emotional commitment to the characters. I’m happy to have listened to the story, for I’m sure he added to its entertainment.
She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY’s HEA blog. “This author… genius…!” ~ Ind’Tale Magazine In October 2014, Kathryn was the 31st MOST READ author on Amazon.
She is extremely prolific with over 50 published novels and 37 #1 Hot New Releases in Medieval Historical Romance since May 2012. When new readers see how many novels she has published, the inevitable question is… “She writes so many novels! Are they any good?” The answer is… YES!!
Welcome to Medieval England – hard-core, battle-scarred, power-driven alpha knights of the highest Norman order and the women who love them. Like High Middle Ages action and romance? Welcome to the Le Veque Medieval Machine. Kathryn’s Medieval Historicals have been called ‘detailed’, ‘highly romantic’, and ‘character-rich’. She crafts great adventures of love, battles, passion, and romance in the High Middle Ages. More than that, she writes for both women AND men – an unusual crossover for a romance author – and Kathryn has many male readers who enjoy her stories because of the male perspective, the action, and the adventure.
See Kathryn’s fanpage on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kathrynlevequenovels?ref=hl Join her on Twitter @kathrynleveque Visit her website at http://www.kathrynleveque.com