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Facing the tall, brooding rider by the stormy lakeshore, Lady Faye Rivellaux clings to her goal--to rescue the kidnapped child she vowed to protect. At all costs, she must win back the little girl she loves as her own. When the stranger demands a ransom she can never pay, Faye offers him instead her one last hope — a gold cup. Brant Meslarches is stunned to see the chalice. Worth a fortune, it's proof a lost cache of wealth from the legendary Celtic King Arthur does exist, as Brant's murdered brother believed. Brant can't return the little girl to the lady whose desperate beauty captivates him. Yet, now that he's seen Lady Faye, he can't let her escape his grasp; she is the key to his only means of redemption. The last thing Faye wants is an alliance with a scarred knight tormented by secrets. But, she has no other way to rescue the child. Risking all, she joins Brant's quest. And finds some things are more valuable than gold.

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Pages   360
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.9" Width: 4.2" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Medallion Press
ISBN  1932815783  
ISBN13  9781932815788  

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More About Catherine Kean

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Catherine Kean penned her first novella at age 12, and first full-length manuscript at 16. Her debut medieval historical romance, "Dance of Desire," was the launch title of Medallion Press's Sapphire Jewel Imprint and is published with two different cover designs. She lives in Florida.

Catherine Kean currently resides in the state of Florida.

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My Lady's Treasure - Book Review by Mirella Patzer  May 7, 2008
During the winter of 1192 in England, Lady Faye Rivellaux and her friend, Elayne Lorvais, married to Lord Torr Lorvais, and their eighteen month old daughter Angeline, often enjoyed picnics by the river. On an idyllic day, little Angeline discovers a valuable chalice buried beneath some mud and rocks. Recognizing its immense value, aye and Elayne keep the discovery a secret.

Elayne falls ill and on her deathbed, she extracts a promise from Faye to protect and care for little Angeline as if the child were her own. Faye takes this promise to heart and becomes a loving, substitute mother to the small child.

Then one day, Angeline is mysteriously kidnapped. Faye receives a demand for a large ransom of silver and is told of a location to make the exchange. An impoverished widow who survives on the charity of Lord Lorvais, Faye does not have the silver to pay the ransom, but she is in possession of the golden chalice and will gladly relinquish it to save Angeline. Dedicated to fulfilling her promise to her friend, Faye sets out to meet an unknown man at an arranged destination.

Sir Brant Meslarches' past is inextricably tied to that of Lord Torr Lorvais, and he harbours a deep dislike for the man. Because of a dying request by Brant's brother, Royce, Brant is compelled to obey Lorvais' demands and recognize him as overlord. But it is Lorvais who orchestrated the kidnapping of his own daughter in order to win the affections of fair Faye. Lorvais knows Faye does not have the silver to pay for the ransom, so he orders Brant to only scare her. When Faye offers Brant the golden chalice, he is shocked. How did she acquire it? Rant believes it is part of King Arthur's lost treasure that his brother Royce spent his life searching for.

This wonderfully rich medieval tale encompasses a little mystery, an abundance of love, an insidious sprinkling of evil, and enough adventure to keep the reader reading throughout the gripping climax to the very end.

Catherine Kean writes a rich medieval prose that draws you into this masterfully weaved tale. The novel's flowing prose allows the reader to immerse themselves completely in the story. The plot is uncomplicated with not too many characters. It is an enjoyable read with a gripping climax that held my attention long into the night until I reached the very satisfying ending.

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a medieval story that's enchanting, dazzling and full of passion  Oct 31, 2007
A legendary treasure waiting to be found, a treasure so valuable that one has schemed, betrayed loved ones and killed for to get it, but sometimes the real treasure does not consist of gold and coins...

This story takes you back to medieval England, back to a time where the legend of King Arthur's treasure is still very much alive. You immediately get introduced to Lady Faye Rivellaux, a headstrong penniless widow, who lives at Caldstowe Keep thanks to the grace of Lord Torr Lorvais. She has vowed to protect the child of her best friend, but now the little girl has been kidnapped and she has to pay ransom to get the girl back, but all she has to offer to the kidnapper is a gold cup.

Brant Meslarches is a fierce, scarred warrior who has just returned from the crusade, during this crusade his brother was murdered and now he has to deal with his inner turmoil. He is determined to leave no stone unturned to accomplish his brother's dream, namely to find King Arthur's legendary treasure. Against his will he has to collect ransom for an acquaintance, he is astonished when this beautiful bold lady shows him a gold cup as ransom. Finally Brant has proved that the treasure exists!

They need each other to achieve their goals, so they make a deal. He will help her find the girl and she will join him on his quest to find the treasure. But they soon discover they are in danger, for they are not the only ones hunting the treasure...

From the first chapter Catherine Kean pulled me into her book and I could not put it down. This story is an easy and delightful read. Basically the plot is simple with only one major subplot, but it is refreshing, original and very well written with an astounding surprise at the end. It speaks of love, trust, commitment and betrayal.

Ms. Kean writes with such intensity that you hold your breath in anticipation of what will happen next. She describes things so vividly that you can actually picture medieval England, the scenery, Caldstowe Keep and its population. With great detail she has captured the daily life and traditions of the people in the dark ages.

She has a gift to bring her characters to live, in this story she focus mainly on the hero and heroin, page by page you get to know more of Faye and Brant. Their relationship is built up very slow, you see the subtle changes, from mistrust to trust, but right from the start you feel the chemistry between them. Their encounters leap off the pages and are always sensual and interlaced with passion and that made me devour the pages. Their relationship is so believable and moving that my heart cried out for them when they got separated due to misunderstandings and lack of faith in each other.

This story does not really have strong secondary characters, except for Torr. He is an intriguing man of great strength and just like Faye and Brant he has his own secrets to protect, but there is definitely more to him than meets the eye.

Catherine Kean delivers a medieval story so enchanting, dazzling and full of passion that it will keep you at the edge of your seat. Faye and Brant's quest will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride and will keep you flipping the pages till there are no more pages to flip. Ms. Kean sweeps you off your feet with the intensity of her writing and I cannot wait to read her next novel!

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3.5 Klovers - Courtesy of CK2S Kwips & Kritiques  Sep 21, 2007
Lady Faye promised her best friend on her deathbed that she would always protect her little girl. When the child is kidnapped, Faye would do anything to rescue young Angeline from her dastardly kidnappers, but she is a woman without means of her own. Her only hope is the gold chalice she has hidden away.

When Brant lays eyes on the legendary chalice, he knows it must be a part of the treasure that once belonged to King Arthur! While the gold cup is certainly worth plenty on its own, there must be much more secreted away where the chalice was buried. Determined to find the remaining treasure, he strikes an uneasy bargain with Lady Faye - he will help her rescue the child she holds dear if she in turn leads him to King Arthur's not-so-mythical hoard.

But Brant and Faye have both been betrayed by the same person - one who would sooner see them all destroyed than let the famed treasure out of his clutches...

My Lady's Treasure is a pleasant read, with competent writing and an enjoyable story. Author Catherine Kean did a commendable job fleshing out the main characters very well, although I found the supporting characters to be somewhat two dimensional.

In addition, I found the plot to be somewhat predictable, with no real surprises to keep me hanging on the edge of my seat. I was able to discern very early on who the villain of the piece was, as well as the most likely reason for that villain's actions. When the big reveal finally came at the end of the story, I was right in all of my suspicions.

Faye was a likable heroine, although fairly oblivious in the most stereotypical way. She seemed to not see the flaws in those around her. While she was written as a fairly strong female in some ways, her naiveté concerning the motivations and true character of others cast her squarely in the role of the damsel in distress.

Although a seasoned warrior, Brant was just as naïve as Faye in many ways. Although he recognized the villain's duplicitous nature, he is still easily duped by the scoundrel time and again.

While I found My Lady's Treasure to be somewhat banal, I will say that Kean was able to spin the tale with skill, engaging me in the story even though I knew what would happen. I would categorize this story as good, and I will make note of Catherine Kean as an author to revisit in the future.

Sorry, boring.  Aug 23, 2007
Well written, but boring and predictable from the very beginning. The first couple chapters gave away the entire book for me.
My Lady's Treasure  Aug 13, 2007
Brant Meslarches is sent to collect a ransom from Faye Rivellaux for the kidnapped baby, Angeline. Instead of the silver the kidnappers demanded, Faye offers a golden chalice. Brant is shocked to discover that the treasure his deceased brother Royce desired actually exists. When Brant and Faye discover that all is not as it seems regarding Angeline's disappearance, they team up to find the little girl and the rest of the hidden treasure. Brant and Faye have secrets, but Torr Lorvais, Angeline's father, is hiding deadly ones.

My Lady's Treasure is a romantic story laced with lies and danger. Brant and Faye are wonderful characters and they make a good match. In My Lady's Treasure, the excitement and mystery builds until the very end.

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