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  • Mass Market Paperback: 407 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (1 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440222079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440222071
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.8 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 992,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write lush and lusty historical romance. My heroes are dark, dominant, and dangerous, with a hint of the lurking bastard inside them. Then I create a heroine who is a match for them, or more than a match!
I have written over 30 novels, and am a NYTimes bestselling author. The first time I made that list with Seduced, I climbed on the roof and shouted it to the world!
I was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England and emmigrated to Canada when I was twelve. I married a Canadian and about twenty years ago we moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. I have two handsome sons, two outstanding grandsons, one beautiful granddaughter, and a perfect great-granddaughter.
The first line of my bestselling novel, The Pirate And The Pagan, defined my career: "What a beautiful cock!"

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I am thrilled that the paperback of A YEAR AND A DAY is everywhere you look and is doing so well. Bertrice Small said, "Virginia Henley writes the kind of book you simply can't stop reading. I was up till dawn devouring A YEAR AND A DAY." Chistina Skye said, "If you liked BRAVEHEART, you'll love A YEAR AND A DAY...No one sets fire to the page like Virginia Henley." Publishers Weekly said: "Steamy sex, memorable characters, bloody battles, nicely paced narrative." A couple of readers reviews said I used modern slang. "Cut to the chase" is an ancient hunting expression. In my previous book on Scotland, I used a lot of dialect and thick Scottish brogues which some readers found hard to read. This time, since both the hero and Robert Bruce were educated in England, I didn't use much dialect. I want to thank the readers for the success of this book. It is most gratifying!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Feb 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm taking the time to review this book because I bought it based on the merits of the quotes plastered all over the cover of the paperback. I've never felt so cheated in my life. The characters were cliches who spoke 20th century dialog. Although the sex is described as "spicy," it was as crass as I've ever read outside bonafide pornography. I knew I was in trouble when the heroine turned out to be a red-haired Celt with "special powers," but I made myself finish the book. Even after the heroine dreams about an animal exciting her by licking her breasts. Even though the heroine was "empowered" and no one in the story seemed to realize what time period they inhabited. Even through the climactic breast-feeding scene (warning: no infant is involved). Right up until the end - which was the best part, not because it was good; just because it was finally over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jan 1999
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As usual, Virgina Henley knows how to write hot historical romance (which is why I read her books). If I want to labor over archaic english, I'll read Shakespeare (which I have; I doubt any of those who complained that the language in this book is not archaic enough, haven't). Her characters speak with enough formality and "old" terms -- their words certainly aren't modern (which is extremely annoying) like some authors I have read. Virginia Henley's books are well researched, her characters well fleshed out and likable and her love scenes light up the pages. Another winner -- read it, you'll love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. M. Preston on 11 Sep 2006
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This is a steamy book and maybe some would suggest it is more along the lines of soft porn, but then that really does depend on ones tastes. It does not lack its tender moments or does the book fail to fulfil the time in history in whcih it is set. Lynx and Jane are likeable characters and I found myself warming to them both. Robert the Bruce I felt at time did steal the limelight, but then he is one of history's most loved heros. I read one of Virginia Henley's first books and was very disppointed, but I decided to get her another chance with this one and I was not disappointed. Good read
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By A Customer on 13 Jan 1998
Format: Hardcover
During the reign of Edward I, rebellion is a normal way of life, but some nobles like Lynx de Warenne remain loyal to English crown. Lynx is like most of his peers, living for the next battle. However, he knows that he must produce an heir, but believes that he is incapable of siring a child.
Following royal orders, Lynx secures Scotland's Dumfries Castle. The castellan, Jack Leslie, learning of Lynx's fears, proposes that the new lord of the castle handfast with his youngest daughter Jane. Lynx agrees to the arrangement that makes any child born during the year and a day of the handfast legitimate. If by some chance, the chit gets pregnant, Lynx plans to marry her anyway to make it legal under British law. True to her Celtic beliefs, Jane wants nothing to do with the Norman warrior. However, she reluctantly accepts for the sake of her family. The newlyweds engage in a battle of wills as the Scottish lass leads her English Lord on a merry chase, determined to make him earn her love.
Any fan of historical romance will want to read the best book ever written by one of the great writers of historical erotic romances, the incredible Virginia Henley. Similar to "Braveheart" (but less winded), the story brilliantly mixes erotic sex and history in a manner that will please the audience, most of whom will read the book twice in one sitting.
Harriet Klausner
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Sep 1999
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I loved this book..what's with all these people complaining about the sex in this book...I started reading this book KNOWING there was going to be sex in it & was not at all suprised or offended by the sex scenes. This was my 1st Virginia Henley book and now I'm addicted. I'm reading Seduced now..I'm just on the 1st chapter so I can't commited on it yet. I hope it's as good as AYAAD! I'm addicted to Virginia Henley now! Good job Virginia!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a well-told story of Edward (I) Plantagenet's fight for, conquest of and loss of Scotland. It follows English lord Lynx de Warenne as he fights for his king and also befriends Robert Bruce, who is eventually crowned king of Scotland as Robert I. Lots of detail is provided about war campaigns, battles, treason and betrayal.
The story also includes a variety of passionate love scenes, including some that are playful, others that are just a bit crude, and still others that are loving and tender. I was extremely touched by the scenes in which Jane literally nurses her husband back to health after he is viciously attacked. I also enjoyed reading about Jane's special gift for communicating with animals and her brother's gift of second sight.
The story is humorous in spots, but it also contains quite graphic descriptions of the base deeds of many involved in the wars.
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By A Customer on 3 July 1998
Format: Hardcover
The reader from Chicago best described the weakness of this so-called historical romance: the total lack of any trace of how people spoke during the 13th century. There are bits of history in the book, yes. However, dry, uninspired, silly, and downright stupid conversations between the characters are enough to make the reader weep with boredom and lie down with a headache. Can you imagine a 13th century reponse like: "I am bad." What is this kindergarten? This is an insult. Even children as young as 3 can form better sentences than that! I suggest that the author brush up on her language lessons before attempting to write another historical romance, and please, do give the readers more credit. I've never been embarrassed in buying romance novels but that was before reading this. One reader commented that Henley gets better with age. I disagree. I've read some of her older works and I don't remember it being as bad as this one.
Not to be totally negative, the book did have its moments. However, if you're looking for a REAL HISTORICAL ROMANCE with everything in it, great characters, dialogues, scenes, etc., THIS IS NOT IT.
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