Courting Cassandry by Joyce DiPastena – Review

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Courting Cassandry by Joyce DiPastena – Review

Courting Cassandry

by Joyce DiPastena

Series: Hearts in Autumn #2
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Published by Sable Tyger Books
Publication Date February 17, 2016
Genres: Clean Romance, Historical Fiction
Setting: England Middle Ages - 400 to 1600
Main Character Ages: 35-60
Written for: Adult
Pages: 406


Is it too late for second chances when the girl you loved in your youth comes back into your life?

Gerolt de Warenne became guardian to a child-heiress named Cassandry when he was only nineteen-years old. As he watched her grow into a lovely young woman, he found himself falling in love with her, but Cassandry viewed him as an older brother. So, burying his feelings, he gave permission for her to marry another.

Twenty-four years later Gerolt and Cassandry meet again. With the loss of their respective spouses, Gerolt hopes to finally court Cassandry, but she desires to remain a widow. Instead, they agree to a betrothal of their children.

Matters become complicated as their friendship begins to evolve into the romance Gerolt has always wanted. But by the law of the medieval Church, Cassandry and Gerolt can’t marry if their children do. Can they find a way to be together? Or must they sacrifice their future for the love of their children?

"Courting Cassandry" is a “Hearts in Autumn” romance, medieval romances revolving around heroes and heroines “in the autumn of their years.” Because love isn’t only for the young!

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I read this story almost two years ago.  Here is what I said:

I have really enjoyed reading Courting Cassandry. The author does a great job of making the story genuinely feel like it takes place in the time and setting of the story and using terms and situations that are appropriate. I love the slow reveal of the pain that Cassandry faced in her marriage and the details that are slowly unfolded in just the right measure. And the patience of Gerolt as he tries to regain her trust and love is just perfect.


About Joyce DiPastena

Joyce DiPastena

Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).

Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in clean historical romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.

All readers who sign up for her newletter receive a free copy of Loyalty’s Web.  The link is the one for her blog.


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