My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sir Ralph is the first book in the Knights Bore Arms series by Ellen Margret. A novella in length, Sir Ralph is a historical romance full of surprises. Katherine is the orphaned daughter of a Baron. Taken in by Sir Hugh, Katherine has been treated more like a servant and less like a woman of noble birth. In order to rid himself and the household of her presence, Sir Hugh holds a jousting tournament. The winner gets Katherine and the dowry left to her upon her parents’ death. A boy from Katherine’s childhood has taken his spot on the jousting team. The man Ralph has become needs the woman Katherine has become. Their path is paved with horrors, however when someone else decides Katherine and her dowry belongs to them.
I really enjoyed Sir Ralph. Katherine has had a rough life. Losing her parents was bad enough but she was thrust into a household who treated her horribly. She’s verbally abused, assaulted, and lied to and lied about. Her attempt at running away lands her in the lap of knight who intends to rescue her from the impending tournament. Katherine is soon abducted and whisked back to the castle before she can even relax. Katherine and Ralph find themselves in several binds throughout this well-written novella. The book is a quick read, full of action, suspense, and emotional passages. Trigger warning: sexual assault (not rape but other abuses).
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