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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra Books; Original edition (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420103628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420103625
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 2.4 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 662,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm a historical romance author living in Yorkshire. My current books are set in medieval England, ancient Rome and ancient Egypt.

For news, background articles and updates about my books, please visit my blog, Lindsay's Book Chat (http://www.lindsaytownsend.net).

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As engrossing as anything Roberta Gellis has ever written, `A Knight's Captive' is a superb historical romance that plunges the reader into a world of danger, intrigue and romance. Wonderfully written, highly absorbing and immensely evocative, A Knight's Captive is a spectacular read by a writer who has a bright future ahead of her!' - Single Titles -- Single Titles

`Lindsay Townsend and her wonderful characters didn't let me down. The love that Marc and Sunniva had for each other finally culminated in a relationship that was almost blessed. A KNIGHT'S CAPTIVE by Lindsay Townsend is a keeper in my book. I can't wait to read it again.' - Romance Junkies -- Romance Junkies

`The love that Marc and Sunniva had for each other finally ended in what we expect when reading romances, a happily ever after. I love a story with a truly heroic hero and a heroine strong enough to match him. I also like high stakes adventure interwoven with the romance, as well as a wealth of authentic details that transport me to another time. Ms. Townsend has succeeded on all counts with A Knight's Captive.' - Manic Readers
-- Manic Readers

`This is a powerful book, the writing strong, sensual with beautiful descriptive passages. I suggest another winner from this popular author.' - Red Roses for Authors -- Red Roses for Authors

`Townsend brilliantly transports readers to the turbulent years of the Norman invasion with a tale of a battle-weary knight and a young woman on a perilous pilgrimage. Medieval fans will enjoy the colorful backdrop, historical events and realistic characters.' - Romantic Times -- Romantic Times

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`Lindsay Townsend and her wonderful characters didn't let me down. The love that Marc and Sunniva had for each other finally culminated in a relationship that was almost blessed. A KNIGHT'S CAPTIVE by Lindsay Townsend is a keeper in my book. I can't wait to read it again.' - Romance Junkies

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kb walker on 2 April 2013
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A brave but gentle knight and a clever, feisty woman in dire circumstances plus a few misunderstandings and you're off on a swashbuckling read!
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13 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Holly M on 13 Jun. 2010
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This book has both good imagery and characterisation. These combined with an intriguing storyline developing in an accurate, evocative setting transport the reader back to the early medieval period. Interest levels are high throughout. Altogether a most satisfying good read. Well Done!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lmc on 31 Mar. 2013
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A Knights Captive started with an ok but quickly deteriorated.
I found this book a very slow read with a poor story line, poor characters with no enthusiasm for anything. There was no development of romance, one minute strangers then loads of endearments between the main characters with nothing in between.
Defiantly no page turn er but I did finish the book.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Gwilliam on 6 Jan. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this as a gift for my partner's Mother who loves medieval romance novels. I wasn't sure if she had already read it, but luckily she hadn't. She was thrilled with it ans started reading it on Christmas day while dinner was cooking! So although I've not read it myself, I would recommend it for any fan of this genre.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Heroine lacks consisitency 10 April 2009
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A Knight's Captive is a rather misleading title, there was no fair maiden held captive by a Knight (unless it is her heart, which I questioned throughout the novel). There is also a lack of authenticity with most of the characters, the major players being too, too accommodating, or too villainous.

What does work well in this novel is the setting, right before William conquers England and on the road to a pilgrimage site. Breton Knight Marc de Sens is with his three young nieces on a pilgrimage to Northern England. It is uncertain as to why he needs to visit this site and quite frankly it is not revealed until much later in the novel, so late that I had forgotten there were reasons he was searching for the holy site. Marc is his niece's guardian and he is the perfect uncle, kind, caring, thoughtful, playful and loving.

Sunniva is traveling with her three hard headed brothers and mean father. She is an early Cinderella, taking care of her brothers, and receiving no thanks for her care but plenty of abusive comments and vicious shoves and an occasional smack for her efforts. She puts on her happy face to her family never complaining. Sunniva is very beautiful and a pawn for her father who is on the constant lookout for a rich husband for her.

Marc is quite taken with the beauty and notices the lack of regard she receives from her ungrateful family. He rescues her from would be slavers and tries to help her out as much as possible without getting too involved. This changes when he rescues her from an almost rape by her half brothers. Now he feels he must be her protector and for some reason Sunniva pushes him away believing her brother's words that Marc is a woman killer. I don't know why she even believed this when she has seen how devoted he is to his nieces and he has rescued her twice. She also lies and says she is betrothed.

Her brothers and father never reach the pilgrimage site because they are off to war. She is alone and Marc promises her he will escort her to her keep. She is uncertain of this and wants to run away on her own but Marc finally talks some sense into the woman. She has apparently forgotten her almost abduction just weeks earlier.

Sunniva genuinely likes Marc but she has lied and she still harbors some belief in the lies about him. They declare their love but she knows he is from across the channel and fears that her people will not accept him. She also has dreams about what her father would say about their union, as if that should matter after the way her father and brothers have treated her but it does.

By the end of this novel, Sunniva finally believes Marc is not a killer and she has to be rescued yet again, although her last escapade is not of her own doing. Marc seemed a reasonable guy but secretive and Sunniva was so passive with her family that she was a doormat yet she argues quite vehemently with Marc. Her character was just not believable because her behavior changed so drastically.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Review for "A Knight's Captive" 2 Jan. 2010
By Sally Pink Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Townsend pens an intriguing historical romance with "A Knight's Captive." Set in England, 1066, as William the Conqueror takes the throne, "A Knight's Captive" gives a gritty account of the times. Deception, greed, and lust run rampart in the Middle ages, yet the power of love shines in Townsend's tale.

The novel starts with Sunniva accompanying her father, Cena, and her brothers on a pilgrimage to St. Cuthbert's grave. Her father and brothers treat her poorly and she's practically no better than a slave to them.

Also going on the pilgrimage to St. Cuthbert's grave is Marc de Sens. Marc is a Norman who is traveling with his three nieces. Marc is their guardian. As the pilgrimage progresses, Marc saves Sunniva from a near rape. The attraction between the couple simmers with longing glances as they continue to interact on the pilgrimage. Marc, however, maintains a respectful distance as he observes how disrespectful Sunniva's father and brother are to her.

As news of William the Conqueror spreads through England, Sunniva's father and brother reluctantly join Ethered's army and leave the pilgrimage putting Sunniva in Marc's care. Marc soon discovers Cena and his sons have died in battle, leaving Sunniva as his heir. Sunniva must now travel to her newly inherited lands, but can she trust Marc, or are his motives for helping her more darker than she suspects?

Marc and Sunniva are interesting characters. Marc's concern and care of his nieces are admirable, yet he seems to be followed by gossip that accuses him of being a woman killer. This gives his character a bit of an edge. Beneath the gossip, Marc is honest and loyal, traits any woman would admire in a man.

Sunniva is a more complicated character. She begrudgingly puts up with her father's bad behavior toward her and this hardens her. At the time of his death, Sunniva's trust has been destroyed, and while attracted to Marc, she doesn't know how to trust him. Sunniva lies to him about being engaged, and it's only as Marc earns her trust by his deeds, does she begin to lower her defenses.

Townsend's dialogue reflects the nature of the times while not weighing down the reader. Her love scenes are sophisticated for romance readers with passionate, yet tasteful scenes between Marc and Sunniva.

Overall, "A Knight's Captive" will take you into the past to discover a love that will last lifetime.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Love a good historical romance! Reviewed by Romance Junkies! 11 May 2009
By Natalie S - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Marc de Sens is traveling on a pilgrimage to St. Cuthbert in Northern England with his three nieces. He has been given their guardianship and takes his responsibilities serious. He wants all three of the girls to be able to be safe and laugh and have joy in their lives. On the way to the shrine, Marc can't help but notice the beautiful girl accompanying her rude father and disrespectful brothers to the same place. His heart is instantly transfixed on the beauty of this woman and when he finds out she is betrothed, his sadness if real. However, her engagement is not. Sunniva made up an engagement after learning about Marc from her brothers.

Sunniva can't help but notice the knight that is so gentle and soft spoken with his three charges. Her experience with men has not left her thinking very highly of them. When her brothers and father leave her to go off to war and in turn get killed, Sunniva is now alone in the world. Marc promises her he will help her continue her journey and he does. He just wishes she didn't believe the worst in him.

Sunniva and Marc fall in love but the path to their happiness is paved with big huge boulders. Every single step forward almost certainty guarantees a step backwards. The biggest hurdle is Sunniva's belief that Marc is an abuser of women. I watched this loyal and trustworthy knight and my heart went out to him because I knew he was good and kind. However, Lindsay Townsend and her wonderful characters didn't let me down. The love that Marc and Sunniva had for each other finally culminated in a relationship that was almost blessed. A KNIGHT'S VOW by Lindsay Townsend is a keeper in my book. I can't wait to read it again.

Natalie S.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I love this book! 30 Dec. 2012
By Pumitq - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I like the first half of this book best, but the whole book was great, except for some passages about the middle of the story (when they meet King William, and later when she is kidnapped) when there is little inter-action between the couple, and very little of the thoughts of the hero. But it was still a fabulous read.

I love that the heroine is beautiful and talented and not overshadowed by the hero. I really dislike it (even if the heroine is beautiful in her own right) when most of the references in a story, is about how gorgeous the hero is, rather than the heroine.

Finally I love the hero, so strong and loving. How wonderful to see such a powerful man be tender and considerate of those he loves. I also liked a lot that the couple fell in love around the same time, and no toward the end either. All the ingridients that I need to enjoy a story were there. I was so lucky to come accross this book. I highly recommend it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Medieval Romance Read 13 April 2009
By Linda Banche - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love a story with a truly heroic hero and a heroine strong enough to match him. I also like high stakes adventure interwoven with the romance, as well as a wealth of authentic details that transport me to another time. Ms. Townsend has succeeded on all counts.
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