|When the nuns told Deorwynn of Wexford the last of her father was dead, they also informed her that she would remain at the convent as a nun. Unable to accept that fate, she accepted the offer of the odious Sybilia Senclere. Sybilia's family had chosen a husband for her, the Bear of Brittany, Guy Devaux, a man known for his violent temper. Sybilia admitted that she was no longer a virgin and feared her husband's wrath. If Deorwynn would agree to her virgin proxy on her wedding night, Sybilia would get her new husband to ask the king to release Deorwynn's last family, her brother, Raedwulf. What Deorwynn hadn't counted on was falling in love with her proxy husband.
"The Virgin Proxy" is book two in The Conquerors series. Like Jisella in book one, Deorwynn is one of the marriageable nobleman's daughters secreted away in convents before the Normans conquered the Saxons. These repressed virgins show they may be the conquerors instead of the conquered when they meet their future mates. This series of short novellas has been very interesting, both in the historical perspective as well and highly charged, open view of sex of the period. I can highly recommend the whole series.
Reviewer: Kathy F.