The Dark Lady
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THE DARK
LADY         
  
by Dawn Chandler
 

       This is an exciting tale of love and betrayal set in 1100 England during the time of the great and powerful knights. 
     It portrays the struggles of a woman who does not know who in life she is supposed to be and a man who has to discover what is important in his life and what is not as important as he had once believed.
       
The two must learn to work together or be miserable for the rest of their lives. Not an easy task for two hard headed and stubborn knights.

     Van is forced into a life of secrets because of the lies of her mother. Stolen away from her father when she is only one her mother forces her to pretend to be a boy. Not only does she enjoy this, she excels at it.
    
She blossoms under the guise of a squire until the day comes that she is recognized for her bravery and honor and granted her knighthood by the king himself, becoming The Dark Knight. This only lasts for three years until her mother sends for her.
      Her mothers dying wish is that Van give up the charade that she had forced upon her and marry the man her father has chosen for her. Afraid that someone will discover her secret and that her enemies will use the fact that she is a mere woman against her, and those she loves, she decides to hide her true idenity.
     Van and her husband, Peter, fall deeply in love, but her past is always a wedge between them. Van struggles to bury the knight that she was and only be the wife that she is expected to be, but it is not easy.
     The Dark Knight does not want to go without a fight.
     She visits with her father and after several confessions from him she comes home more confused and troubled than she has ever been. Upon arriving home she discovers that her husband has betrayed her and a friend has been raped and beaten.
     While defending the honor of the young woman her true idenity is revealed. When all those she loves turn their backs on her and her enemies are bearing down upon her she is forced to decide who she really is.
      Van and Peter must learn to put the past behind them and look to the future if they have any hopes of having one. 
     

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   "The Dark Lady by Dawn Chandler is a wonderfully well-written historical romance. But it is also a great deal more than that. The Dark Lady is a tale of child abuse and a realistic look at the plight of women in the medieval times. The story revolves around Vanessa Fordella. whose mother was forced to marry a man she didn't love. In her thirst for revenge, Patricia Fordella runs away with another man and takes one-year-old Vanessa with her. In order to hide her from her real father, Patricia makes Vanessa pretend to be a boy, the son of the man Patricia runs away with. The charade goes so far that Patricia actually sends Van to become a nobleman's squire. Van excels at this and when she saves the nobleman's life, the king makes her a knight...The story is well written, the plot strong, the research solid, and the characters extremely well done." --Taylor Jones, reviewer. 

      "The book is long, almost 180,000 words, and when I was first given it to review, I thought, surely they could have cut some of it. But as I read it, I discovered that there wasn't a scene I felt the book could realistically do without. This is not a book you can read in one sitting, but I believe it is worth the time it takes to read it. I don't usually care for sagas, but this one is so well done, I found myself so into the story that I didn't mind how long the book was. I loved reading about Vanessa as she struggled with all the things that encompassed being a woman, from the clothes she had to wear to the way she was allowed to ride a horse. I especially loved the scene where she decides if she has to wear the accursed dresses in order to be a woman, she will damned well learn how to move easily in them. And she practices for hours until she can move as easily in a dress as could in pants. This one is a keeper, folks"--Regan Murphy, reviewer.
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