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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm) (Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380787474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380787470
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,907,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Aug 1997
Format: Paperback
Annie and Richard deeply love each other. However, the perfect world
they share together abruptly ends when Richard, driving his tanker truck in
a horrible torrent, drives off a cliff to avoid crashing into a school bus
of children. His heroic act takes the now deceased Richard to Sir George,
who offers him an opportunity to become a White Knight battling the evil
Dark Knights. The stipulation of his acceptance is that he will no longer
remember his previous life with Annie.

Sir George also informs Richard that his beloved Annie and their unborn
child are in danger because the Dark Knights know the lad is going to be
special and change the world. They want him stopped before he is born.
Eight months later, Annie thinks she is losing her mind when she meets Ren,
who she feels is Richard, but who fails to recognize her. She depends on
her love for Richard-Ren to awaken his lost memory of what they had and to
save the trio from the evil that now stalks her. Ren may be a hero again,
but deja vu seems eminent as he probably will lose his beloved again.

ANNIE'S HERO is a tremendous fantasy romance. Only that magnificent
writing magician, Maggie Shayne, could have turned this surreal novel into
a real story that feels entirely authentic. Annie is a great female
protagonist, but it is the heroic Richard, who steals hearts and causes
tears with his acts of valor, knowing he will die. If this is not a
character willing to go to hell for a heavenly cause, who is? With this
novel, the talented Ms. Shayne has clearly risen to the top of the
sub-genre.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 April 1998
Format: Paperback
Richard and Annie were in love since they were children but shortly after their wedding tragedy strikes and he dies in a terrible accident. But his soul doesn't actually die, only his memories. He's taken over to an alternate universe and turned into the best "White Knight" and has dedicated his life to banishing the world of evil. His next and most important battle is to save an unborn child who has the power to change the world.

Ren (as he's now called) has fought evil for centuries but only eight months has passed on earth. Annie, alone and eight months pregnant, has been attempting to hide her grief for the sake of her family and has been sort of sleepwalking through life waiting for Richard to come back to her. One stormy night her dreams come true when he arrives just in time to save her life. But although this man looks, speaks, and acts just like her husband he insists his name is Ren and that he is only there to protect her unborn child from evil. Annie refuses to believe this and insists that he has just lost his memory. And eventually bits and pieces of Ren's previous life with Annie do come back to him and he falls in love with her all over again but because of vows he's taken to the "Light Side" he can't stay and refuses to break her shattered heart again. So he doesn't reveal that he's her Richard and tries to concentrate on keeping her and their baby safe.

This is a moving paranormal love story with a standard plot of good versus evil. Although the heroine's grief is heart-breaking and the couple's rediscovery of their lost love is touching and done very well the paranormal plot was extremely predictable and the villain was obvious from the beginning. Annie's Hero is a very good book but I've read others by her that are far more original.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kayleigh Brown on 29 Mar 2013
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I loved this book. No other book I have ever read has moved me from one emotion to another so quickly and seamlessly, one moment I was in tears the next I was overwhelmed by the sweetness of it all. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romance but I suggest you set aside enough time to read it in one sitting because you will not want to put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on 21 Sep 2010
Format: Paperback
Sweethearts since they were children, Annie and Richard share an unparalleled love filled with passion, joy and tenderness; they are a couple destined to be together always. (And the author tells us this a lot) However the fates have different ideas. Returning from their honeymoon Richard reluctantly leaves the bliss of their perfect world and returns to his job as a truck driver. On this day Annie has a bad feeling, and as the heavens open and lightning claps around her she knows Richard is about to leave her forever.

As does Sir George, leader of the White Knights who witnesses Richard sacrificing himself to save a bus full of school children. As Richard's fuel truck plunges over a cliff and explodes Sir George plucks him from his mortal existence and offers him a choice; he can pass over into eternity or join him and his Knights in their fight against evil. However in order to join, Richard must first give up everything he is including his memories, his name and even how he looks. Richard is now Ren, leader of the White Knights and he knows nothing except battle in this timeless world, battle and an all consuming emptiness and sorrow.

8 months later Annie is trying to keep it together for the sake of her unborn baby but she's a mere shadow of the woman she once was. She's also brutally aware that she might just be going crazy because that man she keeps seeing all over town looks just like her dead husband. His hairs longer and he carries more muscle but she knows in her soul it's him. Only why doesn't anyone else recognize him? And how could he not remember her? Or does he? Only Annie's love and passion can revive Richard's stolen memories but by giving into what they both want Richard will be breaking the last of his vows and risks losing Annie forever. And then theres also the small issue of the Black Knight, sent to kill their baby. Cheers!
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