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Tallie's Knight (Mills & Boon Historical) Paperback – 7 Apr 2000

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon; New edition edition (7 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0263822982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0263822984
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 10.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,034,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I enjoyed reading 'Tallie's Knight'.
It has many features that are common to this kind of genre: there's the 'Cinderella' element, because poor orphan Tallie ends up happily married to her rich Earl; there's the nasty, spiteful 'friend' whose advice is intended to ruin her marriage, and the brave gallant Earl himself whose brutal loveless childhood left him emotionally crippled,yet yearning for love which, of course, he eventually finds with Tallie. Bandits and rescues give opportunities to prove their love for each other.
I decided to award four stars only and not five because these motives are so obvious in their frequency. But the author has avoided to make her characters stereotypes - Tallie, for instance, is no great beauty as the heroines so often are, and Magnus is uniquely dense in understanding her love. You feel they are people you like, and whom you'd like to find happiness together.
Most important to me: it is all mixed together with warmth and humour into a believable story that keeps you entertained, amused and wanting to read on, and leaves you in a definitely pleasant feel-good mood.
That's exactly what I want from a romance. In fact, I'd give it 4 1/2 if this were possible.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
When Magnus Earl of d'Arenville meets Thalia Robinson he has already decided that he wants children and a marriage of convenience seems just the thing for the man known as 'The Icicle'. Thalia, or Tallie as she is known, is staying with her cousin Louisa, and she is the poor relation who is looking after Louisa's three children. Plain and on the shelf, Tallie spends her time in her own fantasy world while she looks after the children, hence part of the reason for the title 'Tallie's Knight'. She dreams of a romantic rescue, and what she ends up with is a proposal from the cold and reserved earl. The marriage takes place early on and Anne Gracie has set the novel against the failure of the Peace of Amiens in 1803 when France suddenly closed its borders against the English and held them prisoner.
Tallie's Knight is not as funny as Gracie's first book "Gallant Waif" but again she has created wonderful, strong characters and a story full of twists. The reasons for Tallie marrying Magnus, whether or not they can reclaim one another from the misunderstandings and the failures and misfortunes of their past makes this a great read.
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I have to say, I started off disliking the two main characters. I found Magnus, the Earl to be arrogant, very cold... and rather unpleasant, really. And Tallie just struck me as plain silly with all her fantasies and head in the clouds. To say they made a bad pairing is an understatement...

BUT... what kept me going was Ms Anne Gracie's excellent penmanship. This was my first time reading a book of hers, and I must say... I find enjoyed her writing style tremendously. It kept me reading.. until finally, I realised, I was enjoying myself enormously, and growing to like the characters more and more.

Of course, Magnus redeems himself at the end, when The Icicle (as he is known) is melted by Tallie's fire.. :)

If you enjoy a good plot with character development and entertaining dialogue, then this book will capture your interest. I didn't expect to like it, but ended up being vastly surprised. It's not often that happens for me, because I usually set out to LIKE a book... but for this one, I was skeptical from the beginning... only to find I couldn't put it down. I finished it in ONE sitting!
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This is a sweet, romantic story which rewards you for your perseverence at the end by giving you the conclusion you hoped for.

Tallie is a believable regency heroine and Magnus is an endearingly gruff hero with whom the most hardened of us would find it difficult not to fall in love, at least for the duration of the book!

I enjoyed this tale, it is nicely written, does not insult our intelligence or our taste, and is quite simply a pleasurable read. Good for sunbathing in the garden with or for bedtime reading, it keeps your interest and yet takes no effort to pick up and maybe a little to put down!
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I bought this because I've enjoyed Anne Gracie's books in the past and I noticed it was highly rated. I don't recall actually reading any reviews, but the book's description was enough to draw me into buying. After I'd read a few pages, I realized that the book would most likely not become a favorite and could only hope it would keep me interested enough to be able to finish it. The story centers around Tallie, a young, poor relation whose parents died when she was quite young. Even when they were alive, she apparently spent most of her life in a boarding school because they were world travelers and she was quite simply, left behind.

After their passing, at some point she went to live with Lady Laetitia, a relative who wanted her as a type of nurse/governess/drudge/slave for her three young children while she and her husband spent their life making the social rounds in London's Society. Laetitia was a horrible mother and cared nothing for her children.

When Laetitia's cousin, the mighty Magnus, Earl of d'Arenville, gets a bee in his bonnet about wanting to having children, he approaches Laetitia to task her with setting up a house party at her county home. The goal is that she will invite some respectable young women so that he can decide which among them, he will marry to beget these children. The young ladies she invites are, of course, shallow, vain and none of them will do. However, Magnus notices Tallie, especially when she protects one of her little charges from Laetitia's ugly temper. Therefore, he decides to offer for the little ill-dressed, misfit of a young lady.

Tallie is shocked but learns she will be turned out by Laetitia if she doesn't accept and having no options available to her, she reluctantly agrees to marry Magnus.
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