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She should have grown up in a life of luxury and ease; instead she was thrust into one of danger and deception....
Forced by her scheming mother to pretend that she was a boy, Vanessa Fordella became Van, the Dark Knight, in 12th-century England. But when her now-dying mother demands that she leave behind her charade and marry, Van embarks on the most difficult journey of her life. And if her new husband ever finds out the truth....
After years of war, all he wants is peace and the simple life....
Peter Lawston, Lord Grayweist, hopes for a shy and controllable wife to run his castle and bear his children. What arrives instead is a hellcat who doesn't know the first thing about being docile or obedient. There's something familiar about his unconventional wife, but Peter can't put his finger on it.
As Van struggles to let go of the knight she has been and become the wife she is expected to be, events unfold that threaten to destroy everything she holds dear, including her very life.
©2013 Dawn Chandler (P)2015 Dawn Chandler
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5 out of 5 stars
By Llamamadre on 01-31-16

My First Review...

Any additional comments?

I don't know if it carries much weight, but I have over 2,000 Audible books, yet this novel compelled me to pen my first review. I love to read and hate to write, so please bear with me as I attempt to convince you to add The Dark Lady to your Audible library.

The premise of Van the Dark Knight / Vanessa the Dark Lady is unique. It's fresh and unlike any other historical romance I've ever read. The heroine, Van / Vanessa, and hero, Peter, are a captivating duo. In their story, you experience subtle humor, sadness, frustration, tenderness, ferocity, personal strife and growth, chemistry, passion, love, sex and action. The heroine is a significant player in the action. Nothing in The Dark Lady seems contrived. The array of secondary characters are fleshed out, contributing to a multi-layered, original narrative.

The story advances in such a manner, I was always fully engaged. It grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I never lapsed into inattentiveness. It was a sublime balance of plot and characterization.

Narration is so integral to the enjoyment of an audiobook. Initially, I yearned for Nicholas Boulton, my favorite male narrator, but quickly embraced Ashton Greso's rendering. He conveyed the emotion with distinct and credible voices for all. Great job

!Is it worth a credit? Indeed it is! I listened to The Dark Lady twice, back-to-back. I've never done that before!

Lastly, if you've read through my "virgin" review thus far, I thank you. My intent is to share the pleasure I derived, and encourage others to listen to Dawn Chandler's novel. I promise, you will suffer no regrets!

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23 of 23 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Lady M on 01-15-16

Who Was the "Black Knight"?

Kudos to author Dawn Chandler for writing such a unique book.

Fearing her husband would kill the baby because she was a girl, her mother ran away and raised Vanessa as her son Van and sent him/her to train as a squire when she was only 10 years old.

When Van was a teenager he was knighted by the King as "The Black Knight" for bravery on the battlefield for saving the King's Champion at great risk to his/her own life.

This was a new author and narrator for me, but both did an excellent job. Dawn Chandler has a great command of language drawing clear and concise mental pictures with her words without being overly wordy.

I highly recommend it for lovers of Historical Romances that include a lot of action.

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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