In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a. Honor’s Splendour (#76 on AAR’s Top Romances). Julie Garwood. Buy This Book. An AAR Top Romance. originally published on August 23, In true Garwood fashion, Madelyne wins over everyone with her kindness and her ineptness. She’s so loveable even Duncan’s fierce stallion.
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I discovered romance novels when I was 13 years old when my aunt gave me a large paper bag full of books. In this bag I found one book with pages yellowed from time and its front cover worn clean off. I decided this obviously well loved book was the book I would read first. From the opening line, Julie Garwood had me hooked. As we enter the story, we find Duncan being stripped of his clothing, his hands tied to a post, standing barefoot on the frozen ground, and looking bored with the whole situation.
As they say, assumption is the mother of all mess-ups. After telling him not to make a sound, she begins cutting the rope binding his wrists. Deciding on the quickest method to thaw his feet, Madelyne uses her own body heat, shocking Duncan yet again with her completely unselfish act. Madelyne is my favorite heroine. Eventually, she tames him by bringing him treats every day and talks to him, until he is as tame as a little pussycat when he is around her.
Are you beginning to understand why I was so spellbound by this story? Is anyone not impatient to read this wonderful story? All right, let me give you a few more highlights.
When Madelyne asks why, he tells her for revenge. As we read on, Louddon attacks as Duncan is returning home. By the next day, Madelyne is burning with fever from her wound and becomes delirious.
She thinks she sees the mythological creatures from the stories her uncle had told her. After punching him hard enough to leave a black eye, she sees Duncan and imagines him her childhood hero and imaginary protector, Odysseus. After Madelyne is well again, she gets into one near accident after another as Duncan follows gagwood around trying to protect her, all the while falling in love with her ditzy but sweet self.
I love the way the characters interact, Duncan doing his best to protect Madelyne as she explores her new freedom, honnor Madelyne trying to teach Duncan and his family how to be a real family. Madelyne is sweet and innocent — all she wants is to be loved and to feel safe.
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I have read it so many times, I know the story by heart. Julie Garwood created an incredible treasure when she created this story, complete with chivalry, romance, the strong protecting the innocent, and everything else you could ask for in a Medieval romance. What a great review! That first paragraph hooked me, and I never looked back.
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This review makes me want to rectify this immediately. This might be a fun one to begin with! I took part in an AAR reading club years ago. Oh my, I loved this book! Just checked and last read it in I remember really loving this book at the time but upon re-reading many years later was struck by an anti-gay tone in it.
Is this the correct book? Does anyone else know what I am remembering and has it been addressed in subsequent editions? This Garwood is my favorite of all of them. I adored this book for decades, rereading it faithfully and happily; however, I reread it last year, for the first time in about in about 20 years. Instead of charming, I found the immaturity of the heroine annoying, akin to too stupid to grwood. She is so cute that she set my teeth on edge. Having damned the book, now I must mitigate my reaction.
My response to this young heroine reflects my age, and I would bet that what annoyed me would be a source of great attraction to younger readers than I. I did not pick up ANY indication that his homosexuality has caused his garwoof malevolence, however, if this garwood is one that is a personal sensitivity, you may be smart to skip this book.
Her heroines are child-like garqood their behavior is fairly absurd to me. The heroes are too often over-the-top brawny guys who relish in their paternalistic role as protector to their child-like brides.
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As someone who missed Garwood the first time around, I kept trying her based on high poll rankings and reader recommendations. Not once have I found one I enjoyed.
For example, using homosexuality as the defining feature of evil was perfectly normal back then but is pretty disgusting today. To read that stuff today is pretty awful. They are niave and virginal and klutzy and always a little bit flakey. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. An AAR Top Romance originally published on August 23, I discovered romance novels when I was 13 years old when my aunt gave me farwood large paper bag full of books.
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