Thursday, November 19, 2009

Red Adam's Lady - Grace Ingram

I have a new book to add to my medieval keeper's shelf. Red Adam's Lady is a fun tale, it has a perfect medieval atmosphere and it has engaging characters telling an interesting story, what more can you ask for?

Julitta is an orphan young lady who leaves with her uncle. She likes to go about simply dress and one day is mistaken for a servant maid and almost attacked (seduced?) by an inebriated Red Adam. She manages to hit him in the head and avoid the worst but she spends the night in his chambers and the day after everyone believes she was ill used by him.

Red Adam, who is actually a nice man when he is not drunk and being a nuisance and a rake, decides to reform and make amends and that is how Julitta ends up married to her abuser. What follows is Julitta and Red Adam getting to know each other, dealing with some villains in the form of Julitta's uncle and his friends and the wife of their steward while at the same time trying to discover what really happened to the wife of Red Adam's uncle from whom he inherited his estate.

The books gives us a good feel of the medieval period and the hardships involved in daily wife and also presents an interesting picture of the divided loyalties of the time, between Young Henry and Henry II, and the horrors of the Scottish invasion.

Now, if only I could find her other books I would be really happy!

Grade: 4.5/5

This is my A entry for The Alphabet in Historical Fiction Challenge


  1. Lol that cover. The one I had from the library was a plain old old hardback. I liked this a lot, but found it a tad bit too busy, and will enjoy it even more the second time around.

  2. Isn't it such an evocative cover? ;-) Yes a bit I suppose, I felt that it could have been a longer book because it had so much going on at the same time.

  3. This looks really interesting, Ana! I probably won't find a copy of this one but Gilded Spurs in on my book watch now.:)

  4. You never know, I found this one through Bookmooch. Haven't found any of the others though...

  5. I like the fact that this book gives you a good sense of what life was like in the middle ages. That intrigues me!

  6. Ana, sounds like a great book. :D Another book added to my check out list. Thanks! :D


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