Title: Christmas Knight
Author: Pam Binder
Genre: Romance/Time Travel
Colin Edward Penrose, a knight from fifteenth-century Glastonbury, England, must solve the riddle of his family's curse and marry a woman out of time—or lose his ancestral home. With a matchmaker's help, he meets a woman to whom he feels an instant attraction, but he knows the curse makes falling in love dangerous for her.
Madeline Murphy, defense attorney in a prestigious law firm, needs a date for her family's Christmas Eve party. In desperation, she turns to a matchmaker for her knight in shining armor. The man supplied exceeds her wildest fantasy but vanishes without a trace.
A year later she needs a date for her mother's wedding, and she asks the same matchmaker. One problem: In order to find her mystery man, she must travel through time.
Colin glanced at the palm-size painted portrait the matchmaker had given him of the woman he was to meet tonight. Her name was Lady Madeline Murphy. She was pleasing to the eye, with kind eyes, but a painting was not always an accurate representation. Marriages amongst the nobility were arranged, with a portrait the only indication of what a person might look like. He had heard that one of the monarchs in Europe had been so enraged when he met his bride for the first time, and realized she looked nothing like the gorgeous woman in the portrait he had been given, that he had ordered the painter imprisoned.
Still, as he searched the room, he believed he saw someone who looked like the person in the portrait talking to an older woman who sat on an unusual looking chair on wheels. He suspected they might be related, as both had the same way of smiling. Their smiles were open and honest. No pretense.
The older woman was frail, her shoulders thin and rounded. Every few moments she would cough and when she did, Lady Madeline’s eyes would widen slightly, but then she would mask her concern with a smile as she brought the older woman tea or straightened the older woman’s long skirts.
The party was well underway. People gathered in clusters around the tree, or in groups around the room, yet Lady Madeline stayed close beside the older woman.
Colin held the portrait higher, rubbing his thumb over the woman’s lips. The painting of the Lady Madeline did not do her justice. She was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. But he was not here to fall in love. He did not believe in such fantasies of the heart. He was here to find a woman who could break Merlin’s Curse.
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Pam Binder explores the history and mythology of King Author and his sword Excalibur in Christmas Knight while weaving a story about time being an illusion and love the only reality.
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Pam Binder is a New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, conference speaker and President of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Pam writes historical fiction set in Ireland, England and Scotland, time travel, contemporary fiction, and middle grade. And because she met Professor Dr. Stephen Hawking, had imaginary friends, and an out of body experience when she was eight, Pam also writes fantasy and science fiction.
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