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Once Upon a Rose (Thorndike Romance) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Nora Roberts
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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786240482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786240487
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.5 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,347,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars good book 30 Dec 2013
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good looking book. Great reading book can't wait to read them all four or five of them. I'll love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a.....series 23 Oct 2013
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What more can I say, everyone of this series stirs the blood and opens the heart to Compassion, warrior integrity and courage, and also magic and mystery. Love is the Essence of all and the reason for celebrating Existence, and all these writers burn with that inner spark and light. Thank you.
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6 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three out of four 8 Jan 2002
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I do very much like this "once upon" series. However, I was this time (first time) very disappointed by one of the stories, the one with the young girl in the convent (i think it's the third one ?). No real story, no depth, quite unbelievable...
But the oter three are great !
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and enchanting 10 Oct 2001
By Gennie Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, I admit it. I'm a sucker for a good fairy tale. We all grew up hearing the stories of the prince who comes and rescues the beautiful princess from the evil queen. Now that I'm older, I'm not afraid to admit that I'm still attracted to those kind of stories. And that's why I absolutely loved Nora Roberts' "Once Upon A Rose". She, along with authors Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan and Marianne Willman weave four enchanting tales of wicked queens, handsome princes and magical creatures.
The first story, "Winter Rose" is written by Nora Roberts. It's the tale of Prince Kylar of Myrdon who wonders into a mythical land cursed with eternal winter. The prince has been injured in battle and is on the brink of death when he is rescued by Deidre, Queen of the Isle of Winter, who because of the curse cannot love. Kylar falls in love with Deidre and vows to find a way to break the curse.
The second story, "The Rose and the Sword" by Jill Gregory revolves around Brittany, the long lost princess of Palladrin, thought to have been murdered along with her family by Darius, the evil wizard. Hidden by a kind wizard and by Queen Elysia, Brittany has grown up knowing nothing of her family and that she is the rightful heir to Palladrin. Two days before her 20th birthday, Queen Elysia tells Brittany, really Britta, that a spell was cast when she was a child to protect her from Darius. The spell though, only lasts until her 20th birthday and that after then Darius will be able to see her and will try to kill her. To prevent this, Brittany must seek out and marry her betrothed Prince Lucius of Marric, who holds the Jeweled Sword. She also has to find the Rose Scepter. Together, the Jeweled Sword and the Rose Scepter can defeat Darius and reunite the kingdom of Palladrin.
The third story, "The Rose of Glenross" is by Ruth Ryan Langan It's set in war-torn Ballycrue, Scotland. Duncan McKay, a warrior has just saved Alexa MacCallum from the same fate as her family when he is wounded. When he wakes, he's in the care of kind nuns of the Abbey of Glenross. Also there Alexa, the young woman he saved. She speaks to no-one and tends to the rose gardens day in and day out. The only "person" she ever speaks to is Lady Anne, the ghost who haunts the Abbey waiting for her true love to return to her. Can Duncan heal Alexa's wounds as well as his own. And will Lady Anne's love ever return? I'm not telling. :)
The fourth and final story in the book is my favorite. "The Fairest Rose" by Marianne Willman begins with the fair Deidre, nine months pregnant awaiting the arrival of her love, Prince Gilmore of Airan, recently victorious in battle and appointed new King of Airan. Deidre knows that when he returns her and Gilmore will marry and will become a family. On his return though, Deidre discovers that a spell's been cast on him to forget her by his new wife, Queen Bryn. Deidre has been cursed by Bryn as well and gives birth to a girl, Rosaleen, before she dies. To protect the child from Queen Bryn, Deidre asks Elva, the village wisewoman, to cast a spell on Rosaleen so that those who would do her harm forget her. The spell can only be broken by her true love. As it so happens, years later, Tor,a warrior of royal blood, travels to Airan in hopes of winning the hand of the King's daughter, Prince Camaris as well as half of the King's land. The only way he can do this is to bring back the egg of the legendary Phoenix. And the only person who can help him is young Rosaleen, who is madly in love with him.
I thouroughly enjoyed this novel and would suggest it to anyone who loves a good fairy tale or love story in general.
Gennie Bailey-Rogers
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Enchanting! 16 Jan 2002
By "intentaccess" - Published on Amazon.com
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I love a great fairy tale! I absolutely love Nora Roberts and her "Once Upon a Rose " is no exception. Herself along with Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan, and Marianne
Willman give us enchanting tales of magic! Filled with handsome princes and of course wicked queens. I truly enjoyed all the stories in this anthology as all of the stories are well written with intriguing characters. I absolutely recommend this anthology, it is enjoyable, fun and truly enchanting!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Story. 13 Nov 2001
By Kathy Holbrook - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this story very much. I am a huge fan so of course, I like all Ms.Roberts books-- I have to admit however that I liked
Heaven and Earth a little better than Once Upon A Rose.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect princesses, curses and princes, roses and ice... 28 Jan 2002
By Joyously Retired Teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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As I was sitting at home recovering from the flu, I thought I could use a good fairy tale to make me forget all my aches and pains, so I grabbed this book off the shelf. Although pleasant enough little tales, there were rather annoying flaws in every story.
"Winter Rose" by Nora Roberts has some eerie parallels to the story of "Beauty and the Beast," what with the symbolism of the rose and the curse and all.
"The Rose and the Sword" by Jill Gregory was probably the best of the lot; however, the hero's initial nastiness was somewhat overdone, which made it difficult to believe his miraculous transformation on their wedding night.
"The Roses of Glenross" was easily the weakest story, although the love story was very evocative and sweet. The plot seemed a bit contrived, and it was with a raised eyebrow that I read about the two lovers consummating their love without benefit of marriage on the grounds of a convent with the holy sisters' full approval.
"The Fairest Rose" by Marianne Willman is plagued with a hero who is infatuated with the heroine's half-sister until the very end, at which time we are expected to believe that he is REALLY in love with the heroine herself and has been for some time. Frankly, I thought Rosaleen deserved much better.
In fact, one of my complaints about these novellas is the absolute perfection of the heroines, especially in contrast to the heroes (at least in the case of "The Rose and the Sword" and "The Fairest Rose"). These women are too beautiful and good to be believed. How could anyone stand to be around them? The men, on the other hand, range from normal men with the usual faults to a man who paws serving women in the presence of his betrothed. I guess it's the usual double standard that you find in most fairy stories. And I did forget my aches and pains for awhile, so it was definitely time well-spent.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My First Romance Anthology 27 Jan 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this anthology so much, I purchased a used copy of the first anthology by these 4 authors "Once Upon a Castle". I am now hooked on the quick read convenience and gratification of anthology romances.
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