Winter Solstice in the Winter Castle
Jennifer Ivy Walker
Medieval Fantasy Romance
Gabrielle is a flame haired, fire hearted French princess who dreams of becoming a Valkyrie warrior queen like her Viking ancestors from Normandy. Sent to Paris to learn the proper etiquette for a future French queen, she is called home to le Château de Beaufort for a forced marriage to a man she loathes when her father the king’s precarious health takes a sudden turn for the worse.
Chivalrous, solitary knight Sir Bastien de Landuc suffers an impossible love for Gabrielle, the unattainable princess he can never have. Without a title of nobility, he is ineligible to compete in the tournament for her hand in marriage, despite his unparalleled equestrian skills and inimitable swordsmanship.
Yet, Yuletide wishes for a wondrous winter solstice in the glorious Crystal Castle might make impossible dreams come true.
Can the valiant knight win the coveted hand of his Viking Valkyrie?
Uncaged Review: This is a great winter story with a mix of myth, lore, fantasy and unrequited love. Gabrielle is a French princess and her ailing father wants to marry her off before he passes away to make sure she is taken care of. The man that is the likely candidate is a horrible man who mainly wants the lands and kingdom from Gabrielle’s inheritance that would help his pirate business by opening seaports to his illegal shipping. Sir Bastien has loved Gabrielle all his life, from teaching her to ride and fight from a very young age. Assigned as her personal guardian, Bastien loves what he can’t have. The King decides on a competition joust, and the winner will take Gabriel’s hand and Bastien finds he’s able to compete.
There is danger, action and a cast of great secondary characters that make up this story, Sir Lancelot of the Round Table makes an appearance with a special gift for a young lad. Full of action, this is a story that keep you glued to the pages.
Reviewed by Cyrene