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A Knight's Vow [Mass Market Paperback]

Lynn Kurland , Patricia Potter , Deborah Simmons
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jove Books; First THUS edition (Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515131512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515131512
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.6 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,143,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When she's not writing swashbuckling historical romances and playing medieval matchmaker, bestselling author Glynnis Campbell (also writing as Sarah McKerrigan and Kira Morgan) is a cartoon voice, the wife of a rock star, and the mother of two young adults. She's been a ballerina, a typographer, a film composer, a piano player, a singer in an all-girl rock band, and a voice in those violent video games you won't let your kids play. She does her best writing on cruise ships, in Scottish castles, on her husband's tour bus, and at home in her sunny southern California garden. Glynnis loves transporting readers to a place where the bold heroes have endearing flaws, the women are stronger than they look, the land is lush and untamed, and chivalry is far from dead!

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four wonderful stories 21 Sep 2001
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I enjoyed these stores very much, the first one by Lynn Kurland is another story about the Macleod and De Piaget families, a time travel story when Julianna who cannot find a job and lives in the modern age goes back in time to 1299 and meets William de piaget, it is quite a funny story, I look forward to reading more about these families. The second tale is about a man who wants to be loved for who he is and not for what he has so he disguises himself as a minstrel to find true love, the third tale is about a man who has become a knight and is recalled back to the only home he knew to marry his childhood friend the last tale is my favourite, a young woman is so terrifed of marrying a man she thinks is a monster she flees her home and becames trapped underground with of all people her betrothed, it is a lovely story of how two people trapped together and who believe they are going to die come to love each other very much.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not "that good"..want to know why?? 8 Nov 2001
By S. Rujirabanjerd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The reason I don't give this book 5-stars is not every story in this book is good. (Normally, Romance novel is not my thing. So it has to be a really really good story to keep me continue reading).. The first one (The traveller), is my most favorite. If you're Lynn Kurland's fan and love to read about de Piaget family or time-travelling, this is the one you don't want to miss. (I know this author through this novel and I really love her style of writing...really entertaining).. The second story (The minstrel) is fine. Not perfect but ..still fine. There's some time that I felt bored at its predictable story line but it's entertaining enough to keep going. The third story (The Bachelor knight)..this is the worst story in all 4. Well, it's not too bad...it's just not interesting and just cannot keep your attention until the very end..so a bit ruining your mood from the first two. The fourth one (The Seige) is better. The plot is interesting, in my opinion, and can entertain you on your boring day. It leaves the this-is-not-so-bad feeling when you finish the book.. Still.. although not a really good one, it's suitable for your bed time reading
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In search of a new twist to an old theme 28 July 2002
By chan kar on - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A Knight's Vow consists of four stories with the same theme - knight's vowing to "honor and protect helpless women" ends up marrying the "respsonsibility" they had taken care of.
Only the first and the last stories are worth a read. I have been a fan of all Lynn Kurland's time travel series and this story continues to interest me. A must read to add your collection of her time series.
The last one, "the seige" is also a must read for a new author. It is entertaining and caught my attention throughout the story. I wished it were longer. The idea of "knowing a person's soul first before the body" is an interesting part. And thus I am taking my time to collect all three of Gylnnis Campbell's de ware trilogy.
However the two stories in the middle -- "the minstrel" & "bachelor knight" were a bore. The minstrel was soo predictable that I could not finish the whole book. I felt like I would make up a better plot than Ms Potter. The concept of the "bachelor knight" was a good one. However, Ms. Simmons seems to fail at the task of developing a full entertaining and cohesive storyline along the concept. It is like watching the Movie "Scorpion King" after the two Mummy series that you have to laugh. Although all the ingredients are there, there is just something missing.
a good book for bedtime or hospital run read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 15 Feb 2011
By BOOKFreak! - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love almost any book by Lynn Kurland this one was no exception. All 4 books were fun,clean, silly and horribly romantic. All these characters are from the McLeod clan and a reading order for her books can be found on her websight.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 4 Different Stories from 4 Different Authors 13 Sep 2006
By msbooklady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I find it hard to rate books like these because you have to give an overall rating for four different stories. One of these stories was really quite good while the others were just okay.

1st Lynn Kurland's The Traveller-Julianna is a modern day unemployed woman with multiple degrees in ancient languages. She is sitting on a park bench reading a letter from her friend who lives in Scotland and believes in time travel when she herself is transported to a castle under siege in 1299. She is rescued by William de Piaget great grandson of Robin of Artane who made a vow to God to help all maidens in distress. William ends up losing his castle to save Julianna's life, but they fall in love and marry. They end up travelling back to the future and it is kind of comical to see how people adjust to different time eras. However, this short story loses what Lynn Kurland is a master at and that is taking the time to develop her characters so that you know how they think by the end. This story is just okay.

2nd-Patricia Potter-The Minstrel-I liked this story but once again it is just too short to really draw you in. Duncan is a wealthy lord who makes a vow to his dying mother to marry for love, so he disguises himself and travels as a minstrel to find a woman that will fall in love with him not his name and title. The only problem is his musical talents are limited. He meets Lynet in an open field and mistakenly believes she is a peasant woman. He hears her singing and asks her to meet him every day to give him music lessons. Lynet is really the daughter of a wealthy landowner who is being forced to marry. She must choose a suitable husband within a fortnight. When caught in a compromising position , Duncan is captured and Lynet threatened with being sent to a nunnery. No one realizes Duncan is a lord and would be perfect for Lynet...but then they escape together and things come together.

3rd Deborah Simmons-The Bachelor Knight-This is my least favorite of the four. Beren returns to his foster home and marries Guenivere to save her from being married to a land hungry lord. Each had secretly loved the other in their youth, but a bunch of misunderstandings lead them to believe the other has no feelings to return. I just couldn't warm up to this story and some parts never made sense.

4th Glynnis Campbell's The Siege-This was by far the best of the four short stories. Campbell comes close to delivering the perfect short story but you end up wishing for more. Hilaire is escaping through a tunnel in her family's keep to avoid a marriage by order of the King to the Black Gryphon. He is rumored to have killed his first three wives and when he comes to marry her she convinces her father to go under siege until she has time to escape. Ryance, the Black Gryphon, is misunderstood. He is not a violent, evil man, but one who suffered through a series of misfortunes and lost three wives and a daughter through no fault of his own. The king orders him to marry and produce an heir. He goes to meet his bride and when her father resists, rather than beat down the doors and risk injuring anyone, he decides to dig under the foundation. He is unaware his bride to be is in the tunnel attempting to escape him. Ryance ends up buried in a landslide and then hears a young woman crying for help. He manages to dig his way to her but realizes they are trapped and most likely will die without oxygen. Hilaire doesn't at first realize that her rescuer is her husband to be and she is amazed and charmed at how gentle he is and the pains he goes through to convince her he will get them out alive. He even digs through rocks until his nails come off to keep her calm until the end. Ryance wishes things were different and he could have ended up marrying and loving this young woman. He vows he will do everything in his power to make her final moments less terrifying. The two talk and open up to one another and fall in love within a short amount of time, when Hilaire finally realizes who Ryance is, she is remorseful and wishes she had done things differently. She knows he is not the person the rumors make them to be. I loved this story and wish it were a full novel. BTW, things work out better than you first believe.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-So 28 April 2005
By MYLILY - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This collection is worth reading solely for Lynn Kurland's story and it isn't one of her best. However, it could have been if they had been smart enough to have her write it as a full length novel. The other stories were boring as hell. I do not understand why the publisher persists in having Lynn write short stories. They are NOT her forte. She is too good an author to waste like that.
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