Gypsy Lady was my very first foray into the aptly named genre of bodice-rippers. These are romance books with a historical setting and are usually quite sweeping in their scope. Gypsy lady covers quite a lot of ground both over years and the development of characters.
It is centred around a beautiful and fiery heroine and a rougish but devillishly handsome and rich hero.
From the moment he lays eyes on her he draws a very wrong conclusion regarding her position and status in society and proceeds to pursue her in an astonishingly forceful manner. That sort of behaviour can only really be excused and forgiven in the era it is set but you find yourself sucked in by the beauty and passion of the story, that you may surprise yourself by not being as harsh in judging him for his behaviour as you would in today's world!
The heroine, on the other hand, is a supremely stubborn and determined young lady and she goes about making him pay for his actions for a very long time.
Their relationship (if it can really be referred to in that way) is likely to be one of the rockiest you ever read, to the point where shaking them both until their teeth rattle becomes a very real desire in you. It's spans years and distance and deals with political intrigue, misunderstandings on a large scale, betrayal, kidnap and raw passionate desire.
I hasten to add that this is a very steamy read and should be left for those decidedly of age to peruse. Saying this, I did read it at the age of 13! I wasn't warned. Haha! You won;t be able to claim the same.
This book sent me on a wild search for more in the genre and I must admit that while i must have read a dozen more of these sort of stories, Gypsy Lady still over a decade later, tops my list in this genre.
Grab a copy and get reeled in to the tempestuous lives of Catherine and Jason! If you have already, come in and discuss!