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The Barefoot Princess (Thorndike Core) Hardcover – Large Print, 5 Jul 2006

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  • Hardcover: 463 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (5 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786286571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786286577
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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About the Author

New York Times bestselling author CHRISTINA DODD builds worlds filled with suspense, romance, and adventure, and creates the most distinctive characters in fiction today. Her fifty novels have been translated into twenty-five languages, featured by Doubleday Book Club, recorded on Books on Tape for the Blind, won Romance Writers of America s Golden Heart and RITA Awards, and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Once upon a time...in a kingdom high in the Pyrenees, three young princesses were forced to flee the chaos in their land -- vanishing without a trace and lost to their people...until the day a courageous prince can bring each princess home.

Life in exile has taught the passionate Princess Amy to hate injustice, and on the enchanting English isle of Summerwind, she finds injustice personified in the powerful and wickedly handsome Jermyn Edmondson, marquess of Northcliff. Since he has stolen the islanders' livelihood, Amy decides to steal him. She kidnaps the arrogant nobleman, chains him with his own manacles, and holds him for ransom.

It's a simple plan, destined to succeed. Surely Jermyn's uncle will pay his ransom. Alas, his uncle would be delighted if someone killed his nephew and left him to inherit the title and fortune. And holding the furious, guileful, sensual Jermyn chained in her basement provides a challenge to Amy's restraint...and her virtue.

How could such a little revenge and blackmail go so passionately wrong?
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8fe1a630) out of 5 stars 46 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fe8c1c8) out of 5 stars Better than I expected from the premise, and better than the first book 3 Feb. 2006
By statengirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second book in the "Lost Princesses" series about three royal sisters who must flee their homeland in the Pyrenees during wartime, and now - ten years later - are still in hiding for fear of assassination by their country's enemies. This is the story of the youngest princess, 19-year-old Amy, who is currently living with the elderly spinster Miss Victorine on a small English island off the coast of Devon. The islanders are near starvation because of profound neglect by their wealthy liege lord, Jermyn, Marquess of Northcliff. Jermyn has been living a life of leisure in London since inheriting the title from his late father thirteen years earlier. He has left the running of his properties to his uncle. Unknown to Jermyn, his uncle has been stealing from him and ignoring his tenants' needs. Princess Amy decides to take drastic measures and, with the help of several islanders, she drugs and kidnaps Jermyn and imprisons him in Miss Victorine's cellar with his ankle shackled (but otherwise treated and fed very nicely, thank you). A ransom demand is sent to Jermyn's uncle, but he refuses to pay it because he wants the kidnappers to kill his nephew so that he can inherit. Meanwhile, captor and captive are spending a lot of time in each other's company and, although often sniping and snarling, are starting to look rather longingly at one another. Amy seems to be the only person who has ever spoken honestly with Jermyn, which both infuriates and fascinates him. Because of Amy, Jermyn begins to wonder whether he has neglected his duties. And Amy begins to wonder whether Jermyn is the devil she first thought, or rather is he her destiny?

I found this book to be a fast and fun read. I really liked the chemistry between Amy and Jermyn, and his shackled leg definitely added to the humor and sexual tension. There was also an interesting cast of secondary characters, including Ms. Victorine and Jermyn's valet. And the heroine did not make herself needlessly difficult, but was refreshingly obliging. Towards the end, however, the plot became a little weak with respect to the problem of Jermyn's uncle, whose resolution was pat and uninspired. Although this deflated the story a little at the end, I felt the majority of the story was good, particularly the couple's spirited relationship.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fe8c21c) out of 5 stars barefoot pleasure 5 Feb. 2006
By Cheryl Dennemann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I always love a sassy heroine and a slightly bedgragled yet utterly handsome hero, Jermyn, who is only slightly a rake with a lesson to learn. Great scenary( and I am not talking about the landscapes here), great dialogue. The whole story made me smile, the fabulous intrigue, lust, and the love. I loved this one. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Clarice's tale, but I devoured Amy's. She's more my kind of a princess, the one who speaks her mind and wants to do good and right wrongs, a little Ever After- ish. I mean really. She's strong, great minded, takes what she wants, stands up for what she believes in. Ties an utterly handsome marguess up in the basement with a manacle. You know all in a days work. Witty is an understatement. Amy is Charming, intelligent, and very much the kind of a women we all admire. Of course you have to have a little devilry too. I mean really, who hasn't wanted to kidnap a hndsome man and have him totally helpless to your will, in the basement? hm....

I Can't wait to read Sorcha's adventure. so far they are only getting better. I mean really, who wouldn't want to be kidnapped by a handsome, strong, slightly dark prince that's a little rough around the edges from being imprisoned who has eyes only for you? Especially if you've been in an abbey on an island for over ten years, separated from your family and your home, oh, and you're a raving beauty with normal famale inclinations. uh huh, I can't wait. I could barely keep myself from calling off of work to read, "barefoot Princess," who knows, I may when the final one is released they are that good! Candy for a woman's soul.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fe8c654) out of 5 stars terrific historical romance 1 Feb. 2006
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
She always dreamed of slaying dragons, but at nine she and her regal siblings Clarice and Sorcha fled their war-ravaged kingdom to live in separate exile in England. Princess Amy Rosabel vowed to fight real dragons not fairy tales creatures as she ardently feels she must intercede when injustice occurs.

In 1810 living on the isle of Summerwind, Amy is irate that the gentry stole elderly islander Miss Victorine's beading machine invention that is now the rage of London high society. Amy holds culpable the Marquess of Northcliff for causing this affront. She vows to teach this arrogant aristocrat a lesson on neglect of duties and injustice, and get Miss Victorine the money she earned..

Her plan works perfectly when she and Miss Victorine kidnap the Marquess, Jermyn Edmondson. Amy chains him in her basement and sends her demands to his uncle Harrison to pay a ransom for his nephew's safe return. She thought wrong as his uncle wants Jermyn dead so he can inherit everything. As his anger cools, Jermyn and Amy begin to fall in love, but she wonders how her heart could betray her with the enemy.

The second Lost Princess Regency is a terrific historical romance that starts off with SOME ENCHANTED EVENING that includes an abduction, chains and manacles. Stockholm syndrome aside, the lead couple are a delightful amusing match-up who fusses and fights, but falls in love with one another. Fans will enjoy their rousing battles even as his uncle betrays him by ignoring the ransom demands with the fondest wish they kill his nephew (think Ruthless People). Book two is a winner with the Crown Princess Sorcha's tale still to come.

Harriet Klausner
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fe8ca08) out of 5 stars BAREFOOT fun. 14 Mar. 2006
By twinpeaks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
THE BAREFOOT PRINCESS is about a kidnapping gone awry. Amy (princess #2 in the series) captures Lord Jermyn, chains him in her cellar and sends off a ransom note to his uncle. She wants the money to help Jermyn's downtrodden villagers, but his uncle wants him dead, so he doesn't pay. Pretty soon she's discounting Jermyn (who is not used to being treated like this) and it gets very funny and very sexy. The sex while he's chained is very very hot and when he gets free and gets revenge it's even better.

THE PRINCE KIDNAPS A BRIDE is book three in the series and according to Amazon, it comes out in December. The sooner the better. I want to see the prince get his.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fe8cb04) out of 5 stars A boring disappointment. I was really looking forward to Amy's story but... 19 May 2006
By Alyce In Wonderland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading "Some Enchanted Evening", I couldn't wait to read Amy's story. She seemed vivacious and independent. The main character in "Some Enchanted Evening" was her older sister, Clarice. Clarice seemed weak in comparison to Amy. While Clarice based her life on returning to "her duty" as princess, Amy wanted more out of life. She struck out on her own. I was ready for an adventure when I began "Barefoot Princess." What I read was anything but.

Amy is spending her life living with an old lady. They sit and bead lace to earn money. The village they live in has been neglected by it's lord, Jeremy. The people are living poorly. Amy decides to kidnap Lord Jeremy and ransom him. She will take the money and move herself and the old lady to a new village.

While she has him imprisoned in their basement, Jeremy starts to have feelings for Amy. She battles against his pompous attitude while waiting for the ransom to arrive. However, it turns out that his uncle, who controls his estate, wants Jeremy killed. So the ransom is never paid. He breaks loose from his chains, but doesn't tell Amy. He stays in the basement in hopes that she will decide to sleep with him. She does. He then takes her as his wife in a pagan ritual that gives her no choice in the matter. She gives up and agrees to "be married" for a year, which is the length of the ritual. (Is this the same Amy from the last book? What happened to strong and independent?) Now they must work together to expose his uncle's villainous intent.

Basically, most of the story takes place in a basement. No adventure, no traveling, no dreams for the future. It was a real bummer. It took me over two weeks to read. It is not a long book. I just wasn't interested in picking it up.
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