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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes ! a really good medieval romance, 21 Nov 2001
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This review is from: By Design (Mass Market Paperback)
The hero of By Design is Master Rhys the mason, familiar from By Possesion. He falls in love with Joan, who works in a tile-yard and makes beautiful pottery. There are problems enough to their relationship when it is between two tradespeople, but their growing love has to meet even tougher challenges than her memories of rape.
The story seems firmly grounded in an acceptably accurate historical setting, and both hero and heroine engage your emotions. And although romances always have a happy ending - whatever you do don't read the end first..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet more classic Madeline Hunter, 4 April 2010
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Yet again, Ms Hunter has produced a lovely story loosely following on from 'By Possession' and from which the character of Rhys returns as the hero. As ever, this is a well crafted historical romance with strong leads and an enticing glimpse into the lives of the two leads from 'By Possession', which is always welcome. We are also introduced to the gorgeous David De Abyndon from 'By Arrangement' as a young boy which ties it loosely but nicely to that novel. Ms Hunter has never failed to write a solid, well rounded, deeply romantic and engaging story and here we have another fine example of her mastery of the genre. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my All Time Favourite Romance novels, 16 Feb 2014
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I really enjoy Madeline Hunter's work, but this novel (as the series it is a part of) I still consider some of her best work.
This novel in particular is exceptionally original in what is a somewhat formulaic genre. The characters are beautifully fleshed out, their motivations consistent, and it was a joy to read. So much so that I have re-read it many times over the years.
I highly recommend readers to try this novel out, and to experience a far more original and interesting storyline than can be found in so many of the latest romance novels, with their predictable plot, overly dominant male hero, and annoyingly weak willed female lead.
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