Updated: Apr 5
Have you ever read something outside your typical genre? A couple of months ago I did. I read the KNIGHTESS by J.A.Stein.
I usually wouldn't choose a book based on the words "Historical Fiction" or "Medieval Historical Fiction" but in this particular case, I actually met the author first, which piqued my curiosity and had me ordering a copy immediately.
J.A. Stein tells a tale of a woman destined by blood to be noble and has
all that the title entails. A terrible turn of events has her forced into marrying the wrong kind of man and her world is turned upside down.
KNIGHTESS is an epic tale, a love story set in the realm of knights, nobles, and castles. Where men dominated and women were at their mercy. But despite that, one woman is determined to get back what was stolen from her, no matter the cost.
It was a great read which had me rooting for the heroine from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
On April 1st, 2023 the sequel was released - LADY OF THE TOURNAMENT. I just got my copy at a book signing with the author, where she read the prologue out loud to us. There was just something about standing there in this quaint, little winery and hearing the author read from her own book that captivated me.
I can't wait to delve back into the long ago medieval world. To be lost in its pageantry of tournaments, the deception of nobles, and an epic love between a man and a woman.
The moral of the story - try new genres. You never know what's in store just beyond the cover!