Jackie Ivie is the author of one of the first romance books I ever read. I’m always intrigued by her attention to detail and complicated storylines. Her latest heroine, Giselle, is reminiscent of the characters I met in her bestselling book Knight Everlasting. That said, let’s find out more about Ms. Ivie…
Jackie is a native of Utah and attended the University of Utah on a full scholarship in Fine Art. She relocated to Wyoming for several years before moving to the amazing state of Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and three very spoiled pets. Jackie has published ten Highland historical romances through Kensington, receiving numerous writing awards – most recently the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence 2012 for Best Historical with her book A PERFECT KNIGHT FOR LOVE. Retired from the USPS now, Jackie can usually be found either researching or at a keyboard, writing another historical romance or creating mayhem and murder and other aspects of her Vampire Assassin League series.
4 Stars for Giselle…
Betrothed as a child, Giselle’s life is never really her own until she leaves her father’s house and ventures into a strange new world where she’ll meet her husband and one true love. Giselle is what I expected her to be, unsure of herself, shy, and overwhelmed by her husband’s unusual family.
Giselle starts out a weaker vessel–why shouldn’t she? She’s been dominated and imprisoned by her father. Once she finds her voice, Jackie Ivie’s talent for story weaving takes over. We catch glimpses of Giselle maturing and taking control of her life over time.
Attached to a man who can’t love anyone because he suffered a serious injury that left him paralyzed, Giselle is forced to live a sort of lie. In public, she and her husband are seemingly happy. But behind closed doors, her husband is a complete brute and drunk. The only happiness Giselle has is the companionship and love she finds with her brother-in-law, Navarre.
Navarre and Giselle are both inexperienced in the ways of love. That doesn’t keep human nature from taking over … who can deny such attraction? Or control it? Navarre tries to maintain some kind of decorum, but the tiny Giselle drives him crazy.
Surrounded by vibrant secondary characters, both good and evil, Giselle and Navarre struggle with everyday life. Will they ever be able to live as husband and wife?
Ivie captures the time period and lifestyle of the French aristocrats so well.
Parts of the story are complicated. That’s okay. In the end, we’re rewarded with that happily-ever-after we all seek.
Where to find it…