The Sun and the Moon

Written by Patricia Ryan
Review by Cindy Vallar

King Henry II of England suspects that his estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, conspires against him. To ferret out the truth, he enlists the aid of his trusted spy, Hugh of Wexford, and a learned but innocent scholar, Lady Phillipa de Paris. Posing as Hugh’s wife, Phillipa must use intelligence and feminine wiles to expose the traitorous secrets of the queen’s confidante and her unscrupulous brother.

This is an engrossing depiction of medieval historical romance. I was a bit thrown by the incorporation of courtly love into the storyline since its depiction is often at odds with its true definition. Yet the story is an intriguing treatise on courtly love gone awry. Some readers may object to the explicitness of the sexual escapades, but for those who seek a riveting and entertaining adventure you will be richly rewarded.