Authors Showcase: The Gentle Knight by Ashley York
April 8, 2015
The Book: The Gentle Knight
The Author: Ashley York
The Story: A medieval soldier returns home to find his lover died in childbirth just as his own mother had. Believing he is cursed, Peter of Normandy turns from love. When he must give escort to an Irish princess more noble than many knights, he struggles with his decision to live a solitary life. Can he take the chance that his love won’t be a death sentence and possibly make them stronger?
Padraig MacNaughton’s death bed decree rips his daughter from the shelter of her protective Clan. Forced to take vows at a Priory in England, Brighit finds herself in the hands of lecherous mercenaries with their own agendas. Dare she trust the Norman knight to see her safely to her new life as a nun? Even when she finds in him the fulfillment of all she’s ever wanted?
Or will honor and duty eclipse their one chance for happiness?
About Ashley York:
Best Selling Author Ashley York is a New England native who writes historical romance novels full of passion and intrigue set in 11th and 12th century Ireland, Scotland, and England.
Her debut novel, The Bruised Thistle, tells the story of the Scottish Highlander Seumas, who returns from the Crusades a broken man. He must confront his past in order to help the lovely Iseabail avoid her lecherous uncle who put a price on her head after she escaped his clutches. This is the first in The Order of the Scottish Thistle.
InD’Tale Review “How dangerous it was then for a woman is disturbingly perfect. The villain is more typical to history than readers may be comfortable with, but life was more brutal than we like to believe… the writing is clear and tight, the characters believable, and the accents are written well, which succeeds in making the overall story quite a good read.”
Her second book, The Saxon Bride, is about a Norman knight, John, who is ordered by King William to marry, Rowena, the sole remaining member of the Saxon royal family. Mistrust, dislike, and a clash of the two cultures makes a peaceful union doubtful.
InD’Tale Review “This historical romance set in eleventh-century England, is an intriguing read that grabs one’s attention from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the very end. Action filled with danger, betrayal, lust, murder, political machinations, and love, this entertaining story is hard to put down!”
Ashley is a PAN member of the Romance Writer’s of America and proud member of the Celtic Hearts, From the Heart, and Hearts through History Chapters. After pursuing an MA in History, she has realized her lifelong dream of bringing history to life through vibrant and meaningful characters.
When she is not writing, talking about writing, or thinking about writing, she enjoys going to sessions for live Celtic Music. She lives in southern New England with her husband and three very spoiled animals.
Review by Nicole Laverdure:
I loved her first book The Saxon Bride in The Norman Conquest Series! I was not disappointed with the second one The Gentle Knight. Again, she really wrote another beautiful medieval story filled with strong emotions and rich characters. It’s about Peter of Normandy, a medieval soldier, who returns home to find his lover died in childbirth just as his own mother had.
Believing he is cursed, Peter of Normandy turns from love. Enters Brighit, daughter of Padraig MacNaughton, who on his death bed, sends her away for her own protection. Her future was sealed! Enters, Peter, to her rescue, because she really needs his protection during her long journey! Will they fall for each other?
But will he love again? Will Peter be afraid to loose Brighit, if he falls for her? Dare she trust the Norman knight to see her safely to her new life as a nun? Will destiny reunited them on this perilous journey of twists and turns. Beautiful chemistry between Peter and Brighit! I found this story passionate, captivating and fun to read! It really kept my interest until the last page. I love medieval romance, so The Gentle Knight was perfect for me!
A great historical romance set in England, fast paced, filled with passion, danger and intrigue. I strongly recommend it! Looking forward to reading Ms. York’s next book!
Review by Cynthia J. Huebner:
As someone who reads constantly, I am always thrilled when I find authors whose writing is amazing. Ashley has an incredible gift and is very talented. I have each one of her books, including her new one, The Gentle Knight in one day and could not put them down.
I felt like I was a part of the book and could feel the emotions of each character. As in her first two books and this new one, her love scenes are sensual, romantic and written with pure joy and love. I just adored these books and can say that Ashley is one of the best historical romance writers I have had the pleasure of reading.
I so look forward to reading more of her books – they make reading fun and enjoyable.