The Brat Mass Market Paperback – Apr 6 2011
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From the Back Cover
Rumor has it that Lady Murie,King Edward III’s goddaughter, is stunninglybeautiful, with bright blue eyes, goldenhair, and a bewitching smile. Rumor also has itthat the doting king has spoiled her rotten.When Sir Balan spies her wailing and sobbingin public, he decides that Lady Murieis the last person he would ever wish tohave as a bride.
But there is far more to Murie than meetsthe eye—and soon Balan discovers, to his greatdelight, that he’d be lucky indeed to deservesuch a bride. Unfortunately, he’s not the onlyone to discern this truth . . . and the othersuitor is much less honorable. Now a plot isafoot and Balan must prove himself a chivalrousknight and win the love of Lady Murie . . .
About the Author
Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She's been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that's just a big bonus.
Top Customer Reviews
This tale is refreshing within the genre of historical romance. Captivating at every turn, I found myself wanting to dislike Murie (aka the brat) but soon learned to love her as the layers of her personality were revealed. Directed by the king to marry, she chooses Lord Gaynor since he was the one she dreamt of on St. Agnes eve. At least that's what she believes.
When Murie first sets her eyes on her new home, Gaynor Castle, she does something many other romantic heroine's don't do - she rolls up her sleeves and gets to work. I was happy to see an unromanticized description of what a castle was like - sooty, dirty, smelly, drafty, and drab. Not the wonderful kind of place that we see reflected in stories of Camelot.
Throughout their journey from the king's court and their first few months at Gaynor Castle Murie is taken aback by the repeated attempts on her new husband's life. Neither she nor Balan can quite figure out who would want him dead. But at long last Murie uncovers the culprit and of course they can now live happily ever after.
The humorous romps are thrown in at just the right places and in just the right amounts. A quick and interesting read. I highly recommend it.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
**** It is refreshing to see a story told so sweetly and without relying on artificial excesses. Murie's true nature and how she copes with the challenges of the court is a profound reminder to not be quick to judge, and her superstitions are very amusing. If you miss good, old-fashioned romances, then hurry and grab this. ****
I won't recap the plot since it's been done so ably on this site. However, the author could have set this story in early 1900s New York, West Texas in 1870, or Tudor England, changed a detail or two, and it would read pretty much the same. No medieval flavor. Not much detail that would place it in any particular time period. It read as though it was simply a generic romance where the author said to herself, "I know! I'll set this one in 1351!"
It tasted like chili without spices, beer without bubbles.
If you like your romances with medieval detail rich and well researched, give this one a pass.
The story is about Murie, who is ordered by the King to find a husband and marry. She is the King's goddaughter. She is very superstitious and believes that the man that she dreams about on St.Agnes day will be her husband. What ends up happening is that an evil plot is schemed by an evil lord to have Murie drugged so that he can sneak into her room and have her "dream" about him. But Balan steps in to stop this from happening, but ends up being the man that Murie "dreams" about.
Murie and Balan end up marrying and going to Balan's home which has been decimated by the effects of the plague. The rest of the story is them falling for each other, and Murie trying to keep Balan safe because someone is trying to kill him off. There is a twist on who the culprit really is which added to a somewhat rather cliche story. I usually find Lynsay Sands historical stories to be very humorous and laugh-out-loud, but this one missed the mark. 3 stars!
King Edward spoils his goddaughter further when he allows her to select her husband. She chooses Sir Balan because she knows he is a kind and caring person. They marry immediately under the banner of a royal blessing. Murie plans to prove there is more substance to her than being the notorious brat. She knows his people suffered severely from the plague so she insures that everyone receives sustenance. Murie proves her worth and her love when she risks her life to prevent a killer from assassinating her beloved spouse.
This is an amusing medieval romance with a late suspense that seems apropos with the changing personalities and relationship between the lead couple. The story line focuses on the Brat trying to demonstrate to her new husband that there is much more substance to her than just being a spoiled royal ward. Lynsay Sands is in top form with this humorous fourteenth century taming of the shrew's husband.
THE BRAT showcases our heroine Lady Murie Somerdale's funny superstitions which though annoying, always seem to ring true. I thought the book is misnomer, and should be titled SUPERSTITIOUS, or something like that. In the second chapter, we discover Lady Murie's reputation as the brat unwarranted, and she plays on the reputation so as to avoid conflict at King Edward III's court and encourage other schemers at court to leave her alone. The King dotes on his goddaughter Murie after Murie's parents pass away, and now he's given her the choice to pick her own husband when she's well past the marriageable age for the time period. Her dubious reputation aside, Murie comes with a rich dowry from her late parents and significant connections, especially the King.
The Black Plague has hit Lord Balan Gaynor and Gaynor Castle hard. Balan finds himself destitute and in desperate need of a wealthy maiden to help his people at Gaynor. He's served the King faithfully and ably in campaigns in France and now attends the King's court with his cousin seeking a wealthy potential wife to save his people. After witnessing Murie's seemingly juvenile display of crying in front of the King, Balan shudders to even consider Murie as a possible candidate for his wife.
After learning Murie isn't really a brat and it's a show she puts on so people would leave her alone, Balan also overhears of a devious conspiracy to use Murie's superstitious nature against her. The treacherous yet wealthy and handsome Lord Malculinus Aldous wishes to gain Murie's connection with the King, and plots to use her superstitious predilections so she'll pick Malculinus as her husband.
Malculinus' sister explains that on St. Agnes Eve, if a woman fasts all day or eats rotten meat right before going to bed, she'll dream of the man she's to marry. Malculinus' sister Lauda schemes to drug the rotten meat and have Malculinus slip into Murie's room so she'll see him in a drug-induced fitful sleep. Balan diverts Malculinus and Balan kisses Murie in her drug-induced sleep instead. Murie briefly opens her eyes to see Balan, a man she's never seen before.
Murie and Balan's interaction is sweet, passionate and mature.
If I didn't know for a fact Sands can do better with the prose, settings and storyline (I've seen it), I would have given the book 4 stars. As it is, the book fails to really come alive, and the plotting dealing with the attempts on Balan's life too fragmented, its resolution very weak.