THE REBEL PRINCESS by Judith Koll Healey
June 2010 (HarperCollins Publishers)
Paperback, 374 pages
Always trust your heart but be wary of those surrounding it
Princesse AlaVs, sister to the King of France, Philippe was living in dangerous times at the turn of the 12th century. There were religious confrontations with Rome coming, strife with rulers in the south of France and spies abound trying to make their own agenda factual. But being a princess in this place and time meant you were rarely seen and never heard, however AlaVs was extraordinary in that her brother sought her council on matters of state and she always stood out in the crowd ready to voice her opinion and to add to all this she was blessed or cursed with a “second sight” that gave her visions and dreams that foretold both the present and future. She let no one intimidate her but did respect her brother and lived secretly with her gift revealing what she saw only to her brother and Templar Grand Master William of Cean, the man she dearly loved.
But AlaVs also kept a very deep, dark secret and one that would drive her to take risks and allow any manner of danger to be set upon her. William would also carry this secret as well and made her not reveal of it regardless of how she felt. These two were the closest lovers possible but were kept apart for too many years as William carried out the Pope’s agenda. AlaVs knew why she must not tell her secret but even the warmth of William’s love was going to keep her telling much longer. When a horrid event changes everything for the Kingdom AlaVs moves to not only reveal this secret but to free the one person she must tell it to before it is too late. She may be a princess of the house of Capet and the daughter of the Kings of France but, she was at the core a woman who knew when her time had come to be counted and fight for what is right regardless of what may happen to you.
This book is about so much more than one princess living in a time of turmoil - this book is about the spirit of a woman who fights for what is right alongside royalty and commoners. Most important of all it is about a mother who will do anything to protect the child she loves so much. There is history, strife and religious conflict but at the core there is the relationship between a man and a woman who know that time and circumstance may separate them but nothing in the end can destroy their love.
Mary Gramlich is The Reading Reviewer located at www.marygramlich.com