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    Traci E. Hall

The Queen’s Guard: Peony

by: Traci E. Hall

Book 2 of The Queen’s Guard Series

In the winter of 1147, the French army makes its way through Asia Minor, with King Louis determined to recapture Edessa, a holy undertaking blessed by the Pope. Mysterious widow Catherine le Rochefort travels with Queen Eleanor and the French army toward Jerusalem, where Catherine hopes to gain absolution for her dark sins. Guarding her secrets as vigilantly as she protects the queen, Catherine has no place in her heart for the desires sparked by the handsome, perceptive Lord Payen de Montfer.

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In the winter of 1147, the French army makes its way through Asia Minor, with King Louis determined to recapture Edessa, a holy undertaking blessed by the Pope. Mysterious widow Catherine le Rochefort travels with Queen Eleanor and the French army toward Jerusalem, where Catherine hopes to gain absolution for her dark sins. Guarding her secrets as vigilantly as she protects the queen, Catherine has no place in her heart for the desires sparked by the handsome, perceptive Lord Payen de Montfer.

Respected advisor to King Louis, Payen is ordered to infiltrate the queen’s private retinue and determine where Queen Eleanor’s loyalties lie, protecting the fragile peace between the crusading army and the Roman Empire. Distrustful of beautiful women, Payen is appalled at his own attraction to Catherine, the loveliest yet most secretive of the queen’s female guards.

As the caravan winds through the dangerous mountains and steep valleys, skirmishing with Turks and traitorous Greeks, Catherine and Payen fight their growing attraction. Knowing Payen sees too much, Catherine struggles to keep her secrets hidden. If the two give in to their passion, Payen’s honor is at stake, while Catherine could lose her very soul.

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Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2013
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"Hall’s romance skillfully employs historical details, making for a lush, realistic setting and bringing the world of the early crusades to vivid life." ~ May 2013, Romantic Times BOOKreviews

“This entertaining historical romance covers a time period that I do not often see addressed, and the author does a wonderful job of creating a fascinating tale that presents women in nontraditional roles. . . . I look forward to reading about the other charismatic women who comprise the Queen’s Guard and recommend this story as an enjoyable read to anyone who loves the pomp and pageantry of tales that feature the royalty and their companions. “ ~ Night Owl Reviews

“I am enjoying this series of books with the female bodyguards of Queen Eleanor as they move through the Holy Land. It is interesting to see actual figures from history like King Louis and Queen Eleanor. There are also the colorful characters that we get to meet who also make up the rest of the female bodyguards. I look forward to the next story in the series.” ~Eye on Romance