The Barefoot Princess (Thorndike Core) Hardcover – Large Print, 5 Jul 2006
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.