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Wicked
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2000
I enjoyed this book. It was a love story that didn't slip into sappiness. It was as realisitic as a romance novel could be. In places it was hilarious,in others tender and sad. I finished it with a goofy smile on my face that left me wanting more. The only problem I have with the novel is the fact that in places the author got her facts wrong, for instance having Greensleeves sung at the court of 1267 when it wasn't really around for another 2-3 hundred years. These are minor quibbles that I have and they didn't detract from the novel which I enjoyed immensly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 September 1999
In Wicked, Jill Barnett creates an absolutely beautiful, powerfully moving love story. I fell in love with her heroine and hero and cried along with them and cheered for them. This is a superb look at young love; it reminds us all of who we once were and how love can change our lives. Brava, Ms. Barnett!
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on 22 August 1999
Since she was four, Lady Sofia Howard has been a ward of King Edward Plantagenet. Over the years, the monarch has been patient with his mischievous younger cousin, who has rejected the hand of many suitors. However, Edward decides it is time for Sofia to marry. As her future spouse, Edward selects Tobin de Clare, son of the Earl of Gloucester.
Sofia has cherished Tobin from the moment she challenged him and he claimed three kisses. However, though she may even love him, she feels he agreed to marry her to obtain her wealthy estate. She disguises herself as a boy and joins the Miracle Players, a traveling troupe of actors. Tobin follows, but is unable to keep her new friends safe as someone murders them. To keep her at his side forever, Tobin knows he must tell Sofia that he loves her. However, that proves very difficult for him to say because men protect their hearts with armor.
WICKED, the third tale in Jill Barnett's WILD and WONDERFUL Medieval trilogy, is a fabulous story that centers on the various phases of love. The lead characters are an amusing pair whose squabbles and dares add spice to the plot. The story line is humorous and entertaining, but provides a deeper understanding that people change and mature as does their love for one another. This trilogy is a superb Medieval romance collection that will bewitch readers for years to come.

Harriet Klausner
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on 22 August 1999
This is an incredible book! It kept me up all night because I just had to finish Sophia and Tobin's story. I laughed and I cried, even down to the very last line, which had me sobbing and smiling at the same time. I read a review recently and it says it all! Jill Barnett explores the stages of love: young love, passionate love and love that grows into a mature meeting of minds and souls. And I agree. The beauty and power of this book is not only in Ms. Barnett's delicious prose, her hallmark humor--some places I laughed out loud again and again at her wonderful characters and funny, funny dialogue--at the moments where tragedy strikes and her characters survive with a strength that makes you truly admire them, but the power is there in the stunning theme of this book: that love changes everything. Kathe Robin said 'that for those of us who fell in love young and still have that love later in life, this book is truly a tribute.' I agree wholeheartedly!
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on 21 November 2013
I enjoyed this book but perhaps liked it the least of the trilogy. The hero and heroine were apart for long periods of the story and the best bits for me were the interaction between the two. However, I love anything by Jill Barnett and it was still well worth reading.
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on 12 July 2014
I did not think I would go for this, but after the first few pages, that was it. An interesting look back in history.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 1999
I have read all of Jill Barnett's books and was eagerly awaiting this one but was disappointed in it, coming away feeling as if these characters were not fully developed. The humor was not up to par either for Ms. Barnett. Sofia and Tobin were great looking but that seems to be all that was important about these two. Tobin never understood what really made Sofia tick-her fear of abandonment, her dread of waiting for the men she loved-at least this was never brought out in dialogue. The two of them were flat and lacking in compassion most of the time. I wouldn't tell someone not to read Wicked, but think Ms. Barnett has done better developing her "inner" characters in past reads.
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