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Fairest of Them All

 
 
 
 
Fairest of Them All
Author: Teresa Medeiros
ISBN 13: 9780553563337
ISBN 10: 553563335
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Fanfare
Publication Date: 1995-05-01
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 400
List Price: $7.99
 
 

She was rumored to be the fairest woman in all of England. But Holly de Chastel considered her beauty a curse. She had turned away scores of suitors with various ruses, both fair and foul. Now she was to be the prize in a tournament of eager knights. Holly had no intention of wedding any of them and concocted a plan to disguise her beauty. Yet she didn't reckon on Sir Austyn of Gavenmore. The darkly handsome Welshman was looking for a plain bride and Holly seemed to fit the bill. When he learned that he'd been tricked, it was too late. Sir Austyn was already in love—and under the dark curse of Gavenmore...

The Barnes & Noble Review

If Sparks plays with the myth of the naïve virgin, Teresa Medeiros has just as much fun toying with the myth of the woman who is Fairest of Them All, back when knights are still roving around Britain. Her medieval romance pits Holly de Chastel, the woman reputed to be the most beautiful in all England, against a burly Welshman, Sir Austyn of Gavenmore, who wins her hand in marriage at a tournament. Wanting to be loved for herself rather than her beauty, Holly concocts a plan to turn herself from fairest to homeliest. However, rather than being horrified at his bride's padded, splotchy appearance, Austyn is happy, since he's under a curse that only triggers if he falls in love with a beautiful woman. Medeiros does a marvelous job of showing that Holly's beauty is as much a curse as the one that threatens Austyn. Her revisited fairy tale is a delightful pleasure that will put a foolish grin on your face -- especially when Austyn declares that his beloved Lady Holly has "the fairest heart in all of England."

--From Eloisa James's "Reading Romance" column on Barnes & Noble Review