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A Knight's Honor [Mass Market Paperback]

Connie Mason
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars! Aug. 26 2005
By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mariah had wed the elderly Earl of Mildenhall, Edmond, when she was a teenager. Though husband and wife, the love they felt for each other was more like father and daughter. Still they had intimate relations in hopes of begetting an heir. As the story opens, Edmond is dying and his cruel brother, Sir Osgood, is to inherit everything. This will leave Mariah homeless, unless she agrees to wed Osgood's son, Walter, who is as mean as his sire.
Fate steps in as Sir Falcon of Gaveston is brought to Castle Mildenhall for aid. Falcon is a knight of King Henry. He had been ambushed by a band of brigades. When Falcon regains consciousness, he has amnesia. Edmond convinces Mariah to pretend they are father and daughter. She is to seduce the unknown knight and get with child. In this manner, all would believe Edmond was the father and Mariah would keep her home.
Five years later, Sir Falcon is summoned by the king. Mariah is but a fond memory to Falcon. The kings sends Falcon back to Mildenhall as his surrogate. Sir Osgood Fitzhugh and Walter doubt the legitimacy of Robbie, Mariah's son. Worse, Osgood and Walter have taken up residence in Mildenhall, claiming to be Lord Edmond's legal heir. While there, they are pushing Mariah to marry Walter. Falcon's task is to decide whether Robbie is to be declared heir or Osgood.
When Falcon arrives at the door, Mariah knows that he will learn that she had been Edmond's wife, instead of daughter, all those years ago. But no matter, Edmond acknowledged Robbie as his son before he died. Mariah had only to claim her son to be age three, instead of four, and the knight would not know the truth. As Falcon takes his time getting answers and making a decision, Osgood and Walter scheme to force Mariah to the alter, even if they must threaten Robbie's life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story, Extremely romantic, Refreshing characters, 4.5 STARS Jan. 24 2006
By Alyce In Wonderland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this story. It was very close to a "Five Star," except for one unresolved issue at the end of the story.

Mariah's parents die when she is a young teen. Her ward (Edward) is a kind- hearted old man, who later marries her to save her from being forced to wed a cruel man. Edward still views her as a daughter, so he is uncomfortable sharing a bed with her. He does consummate the marriage, but rarely touches her after that. As he becomes too old to "make an heir," Edward begins to encourage Mariah to take a lover. Edward's wish is for her to bare a son whom he can claim as his own. This would provide an heir to his estate, protecting Mariah and all of Edward's people from becoming victims of his cruel brother, Osgood. Mariah refuses to be unfaithful, until she meets a man whom she cannot resist...

Falcon is a knight of King Henry. He is the youngest son in his family, so he has no land or title. Because he is loyal to his king, he hopes to be matched with an heiress. His hope is to gain land and a title through marriage. King Henry delivers an heiress with vast lands and money. However, two weeks before the wedding, Falcon is attacked by a band of thieves, knocked unconscious, and left for dead on a trail. A merchant man finds him and brings him to Mildenhall, Edward's estate. The resident healer, Edwina, nurses him back to health. With Mariah's help, Falcon becomes well in all ways except memory. Falcon has no idea whom he is, or where he comes from. Edward sees this man as a good potential father of his heir. He tells Falcon that he is Mariah's father, and that her husband has passed away.

Over the following weeks, Mariah and Falcon fall in love. Falcon becomes happy with the idea of staying at Mildenhall and sharing his life wit Mariah forever. Mariah has guilt over being unfaithful to her husband, but she is in love and she has Edward's blessing to find happiness with Falcon.

All is well until the day Falcon's memory returns. He realizes, with great pain, that he cannot stay with Mariah. He has already promised his hand to another woman, and he is a servant of the king. He hardens his heart and tells himself that Mariah isn't really what he wants anyway- a woman who will bring him land and a title. He returns to London to find his betrothed, Rosamond. When he arrives, he finds that Rosamond did not bother to morn him. She has already married another man. He is tempted to return to Mariah, but instead his anger leads him to return to war with his king.

Five years later, Edward has passed away. His evil brother, Osgood has raided Mildenhall. He plans to force Mariah to marry his son, Walter. However, Mariah has a 5 year- old son, Robbie, whom Edward had claimed as his heir. The king is too busy to answer Mariah's summons for help. Knowing that Falcon has spent time at Mildenhall, King Henry sends his loyal knight to sort out the mess and decide whom Mildenhall truly belongs to.

Mariah never expected Falcon to return to Mildenhall. She is desperate to hide Robbie's true identity from him. She is afraid Falcon will take Robbie from her. She is also afraid that knowledge of Robbie's real father will cause him to lose his claim to Mildenhall. She lies about Robbie's age to hide the truth. Osgood is determined to get rid of Robbie, releasing Mildenhall into his own hands. Falcon must become Robbie's protector.

Who will claim Mildenhall? Will Falcon reject Mariah if he finds out about her lies? Will he give up his hopes for wealth and find true love again? Battles of the sword and of the heart follow.

I really enjoyed the characters of this story.

For once, we have a hero who does not contain a mean streak. He is not cruel or bitter. He does not insult or belittle the woman he is supposed to love. I like this leading man. He is not without flaw, but he is not a barbarian. He loves deeply and completely.

Mariah is refreshing in the fact that she is not the typical foolish leading lady. She doesn't make rash or dumb decisions. She doesn't crawl on her hands and knees, begging for Falcon to return to her. She is a real woman, who is making her son her first concern. Even though she doesn't like having to lie to Falcon, she is willing to do whatever it takes to protect her little boy. Being a mom myself, I can identify with her chosen priority.

Mariah and Falcon have a strong and true love for one another. Even in the hard times, they never throw insults or plot to purposely hurt each other. Falcon does not treat her with disrespect, even after the truth is revealed. Although his trust of her is broken, and he believes it can never be repaired, he is still a gentleman when dealing with her. For once, I could read the whole story without thinking "She is weak and insane for wanting him."

One true disappointment is in the fact that Robbie never gets to take his father's name. Falcon's heart is torn to pieces when he realizes that he can never give his son his name. He vows to reveal the truth to his son, when Robbie is old enough to understand. I hurt for Falcon when the story ended this way. Falcon finds joy in the fact that his son has decided to consider him his "Papa" anyway. But it would have "put the icing on the cake" if Falcon could have claimed his son to the whole world.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars! Aug. 26 2005
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mariah had wed the elderly Earl of Mildenhall, Edmond, when she was a teenager. Though husband and wife, the love they felt for each other was more like father and daughter. Still they had intimate relations in hopes of begetting an heir. As the story opens, Edmond is dying and his cruel brother, Sir Osgood, is to inherit everything. This will leave Mariah homeless, unless she agrees to wed Osgood's son, Walter, who is as mean as his sire.
Fate steps in as Sir Falcon of Gaveston is brought to Castle Mildenhall for aid. Falcon is a knight of King Henry. He had been ambushed by a band of brigades. When Falcon regains consciousness, he has amnesia. Edmond convinces Mariah to pretend they are father and daughter. She is to seduce the unknown knight and get with child. In this manner, all would believe Edmond was the father and Mariah would keep her home.
Five years later, Sir Falcon is summoned by the king. Mariah is but a fond memory to Falcon. The kings sends Falcon back to Mildenhall as his surrogate. Sir Osgood Fitzhugh and Walter doubt the legitimacy of Robbie, Mariah's son. Worse, Osgood and Walter have taken up residence in Mildenhall, claiming to be Lord Edmond's legal heir. While there, they are pushing Mariah to marry Walter. Falcon's task is to decide whether Robbie is to be declared heir or Osgood.
When Falcon arrives at the door, Mariah knows that he will learn that she had been Edmond's wife, instead of daughter, all those years ago. But no matter, Edmond acknowledged Robbie as his son before he died. Mariah had only to claim her son to be age three, instead of four, and the knight would not know the truth. As Falcon takes his time getting answers and making a decision, Osgood and Walter scheme to force Mariah to the alter, even if they must threaten Robbie's life. At the same time, Falcon and Mariah are still physically attracted to each other. Mariah wants Falcon to quickly decide the heir and leave, before he learns who Robbie's father really is. <P(...)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars strong medieval romance Oct. 25 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a teen Mariah married elderly Edmond, the Earl of Mildenhall because he hoped to leave an heir behind, but he failed. Now Edmond is dying and his abusive brother Osgood will inherit the title and estate leaving Mariah with nothing but grief over the loss of a man she considers a beloved father in spite of their attempts to have an offspring. Osgood makes it clear once he inherits that she can stay only if she marries his son Walter, a chip off the cruelty block. King Henry's loyal knight Sir Falcon arrives at Castle Mildenhall injured following an ambush. The wily Edmond persuades Mariah to sleep with the knight.

Five years later, Henry sends Sir Falcon to resolve a legitimacy claim. Sir Osgood and Walter insist that the dead Edmond's son Robbie could not have been his as the man was too ill to have had sex. Osgood claims he is the legal earl and demands Mariah marry his son even threatening to harm Robbie. Mariah is attracted to Falcon but fears what will happen if he learns the truth about the deceptions she and her late husband played on him.

Though the theme is very typical of the medieval romance, A KNIGHT'S HONOR is a strong historical tale filled with a solid cast including the specter of the intelligent caring deceased Edmond who readers will appreciate his deception in which the end actually justified the means. The story line is character driven though loaded with action as Osgood and Mariah for different reasons need to act fast before Falcon learns the full truth. Connie Mason writes an intriguing novel that fans will treasure due to the tense interaction between the strong characters.

Harriet Klausner
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment! Dec 29 2005
By Susan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I see by reading the other reviews that I appear to be the only person who did not enjoy this book. I thought it was a complete waste of time.

I didn't care for the hero, Falcon, at all. In fact, at times, he acted like kind of jerk. All he cared about was money and land. He was willing to throw Mariah away and marry a woman he didn't like just for money. Not the kind of hero I'd want.

The plot got better toward the end, and just when I thought this book may redeem itself, Ms. Mason just left the most important issue unresolved! Can Falcon NEVER claim his son as his own? It just seems like she got tired of writing and just decided to wrap it up early. Everything is a mess, then within a few pages - presto, a quick solution to end the book.

Maybe it's just me - I'm a Karen Marie Moning fan and her heroes are larger than life and devoted to the heroines. I bought 3 Connie Mason books, and all 3 were disappointing, this one being the worst. Sorry CM fans!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meagan Hatfield reviews medieval romance, A Knight's Honor Dec 14 2005
By Meagan Hatfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Okay, I finally went out and bought Connie's new book. And as usual, I wasn't disappointed.

This book weaves a wonderful romance

about choices and their repercussions. A

knight, whose lost his memory after being

attacked, quickly falls in love the woman

attending him. But when his memory

returns he leaves. However, that is what

her and her husband intended him to

do...leave them with an heir to their title.

What she never intended on, was him

coming back after her husband's death.

This is a yummy book, with likeable

characters you'll find yourself rooting for.

Connie is a master of writing historical romances, and

proves it yet again with this superb read!
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