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The Willing Wife (English Warriors)

The Willing Wife (English Warriors) [Kindle Edition]

Claudia Dain
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Book 4 in a series of six.

Autumn 1155, England.

She was a willing wife. Nicolaa had been married four times before; she knew how to welcome a stranger into her bed, to give him her lands, her house, and her body. But she had also learned how to keep herself separate, to keep her heart intact. All she had to do was wait. This latest husband of hers, this Rowland the Dark, would leave her as each of her husbands had before him.

He did not want a wife. Rowland had married once, and still loved that long ago wife; he had no wish to marry again because no one could replace the wife of his heart. Yet when a king orders a man to wed, he weds when and to whom he is told. So it was that Rowland and Nicolaa found themselves married.

Nicolaa was a wife most willing and Rowland had no wish to hurt her by rejecting her. He would deal gently with her, showing her tenderness where her other husbands had shown only selfish self-interest.

What Nicolaa is unprepared for is a husband who intends to stay, who plans to insert himself into her life and try to find a way into her heart. Her heart will remain untouched; it must. A woman who has had five husbands knows one thing about men: they do not stay and they do not care.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 561 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Claudia Dain (11 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W4MICI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,975 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Willing Wife 10 Mar 2013
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Although I enjoy Claudia Daine I have to say that for me, this was not one of her best books. The plot, concerning two people coming into a marriage that was forced upon them, was rather slow and I felt failed to pick up until towards the end. I usually find it quiet easy to follow the characters, to empathise with their problems and get really involved in the book - and I love medieaval romances. Both of these had a damaged past but I found it difficult to find sympathy with either of them at times, especially the heroine. I feel that the writer got bogged down in the complexities of both characters. Please note this is a personal comment and I did enjoy The Holding very much.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winning Characters and An Interesting Plot 23 Oct 2002
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Ms. Dain has again created two very interesting and troubled characters in this story. Nicolaa has been married four times only to be left when her husbands found heiresses who had larger estates and more money. King Henry has now "awarded" her number five. She has become resentful of the husbands, but she has also learned to deal with men by being willing to do their bidding until they leave. Nicolaa assumes number five, Rowland, will be the same. Rowland comes to the marriage as unwilling as Nicholaa. He is carrying, in his heart, a deep love for his first wife who was killed helping him during an attack. Nicolaa does not believe a man can ever love anyone but himself, and Rowland will never love anyone but his lost wife.
The story is a simple telling of their lives together, trying to survive what neither wanted but must endure.
I loved this book, the story, the characters, and the writing. Ms. Dain shows a thorough knowledge of the Medieval times. Her descrptions of life in the tower and "goings-on" makes it easy to visualize what's happening.
You may want to read Ms. Dain's "The Holding" and "The Marriage Bed" before reading this book, though it certainly is not necessary to read either to enjoy this one. I recommend all three books very highly.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe more like four stars, BUT 3 Dec 2002
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I feel the need to give this book five stars in order to offset earlier, harsher reviews. I do not "love" this book, but I LIKE it very much. Both hero and heroine are wounded, three dimensional characters. I strongly disagree with an earlier review that said they did not solve their own problems - on the contrary - that's exactly what they did. For believable reasons, both characters begin to trust one another. True, there is not a lot of action, per se. And I do agree that there is more internal dialogue than is sometimes necessary. However, I could actually picture everything that was happening. I felt as if I were seeing it all play out in my mind- like a movie, if that makes any sense. The descriptions and imagery are more vivid to me than most other romances I've read. Claudia Dain is a different kind of romance writer - she's unique. And that's a GOOD thing. I also recommend THE MARRAIGE BED - the second book in her medieval 'trilogy.' I haven't read THE HOLDING yet, but each book stands alone so don't worry about reading them out of order.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ending of Trilogy 7 Sep 2008
By Bea Shalla - Published on
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The Willing Wife, is the darkest and most complex of the installments.

It is difficult to find much to criticize about this book. The characters are smartly written, engaging, and learn from their experiences, evolving in different ways. Good twists and turns.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Storytelling 15 April 2011
By Caren C. Helms - Published on
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I am so glad to see this book available for the Kindle! Claudia Dain wrote wonderful medievals before she wrote wonderful Regencies and this is definitely one of them. Nicolaa's "willingness" does not extend to sharing - really sharing - anything of herself with Rowland. Dain manages to weave a hypnotizing tale of his persistent pursuit and her most reluctant acceptance. When Nicolaa finally gives herself fully to Rowland, the emotional payoff is incredibly powerful. An exceptional read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Willing Wife? Not Really. 12 May 2008
By Danielle P. Carter - Published on
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The Willing Wife is a medieval romance with very interesting hero/heroine. Nicolaa is a woman 4 times married, and each time, her husbands leave her for a wealthier wife. So she has grown accustomed to men and their ways. And knows that all men will eventually leave. So, her home has become something of a refuge, a convent, for young women. Unlike her, though, these women are not so eager to avoid being shackled to a man.
In comes Rowland d'Albret, a romantic man from Aquitaine who has also been married but his wife was killed. So now, he has been sequestered by th king to marry this young woman who has now had four husbands. He is qccepting of her situation and sees himself as more or less her savior.
As far as hero's go, Rowland is one of the best. He is honest and sweet, and goodness, he knows just what to say.
However, he is just a man (fictional though he is). And like a man, he is far from perfect. He wants Nicolaa to give him her love, her trust, and her body, perhaps even her soul, and in exchange, he will give her his name and his protection. (Fair exchange?) You see, he is still mourning his one true love, and feels that the whole marriage with Nicolaa is a betrayal of his love for Lubias.
The Willing Wife, is anything but. Nicolaa sees Rowland as weak in the way that men are weak, that honor is ranked above love, above women, above most things that a woman needs. She could not trust Rowland considering the four men that had come before him. And he did not want simply part of her, he wanted all.
The author touched on the psychology of the matter, for both Rowland and Nicholaa, and one could easily understand both their reactions considering what they had gone through in the past. However, the protagonists were not completely resolved to this reader's mind. Rowland is very romantic, but Nicolaa is not really in the mood for romance. They were at odds. Constantly.
This book is not heavy on physical intimacy, if that is what you prefer, but it was certainly a good story.
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