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The Innocent Paperback – 1 Apr 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449001806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449001806
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,226,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Eleanore of Ashlin had promised her life to God--until fate intervened. With her brother's untimely death, Eleanore becomes the heiress of an estate vital to England's defenses. Now she is ordered by royal command to wed one of the king's knights rather than take her final vows. With resistant heart, but ever obedient to King Stephen's will, she complies.
Ranulf de Glandeville is all too aware that his innocent bride wants no man; yet his patience, gentle hand, and growing love for his spirited young wife soon awaken Eleanore to passions she never knew. But their love will soon be threatened by a depraved woman who will put Eleanore's life in jeopardy--and the young bride's love to its greatest test. . . . --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Bertrice Small lives on the North Fork of the eastern end of Long Island, where she writes her novels in a light-filled studio surrounded by her cover paintings and many mementos of the romance genre. Married for more than three decades to her husband, George, she is the mother of Thomas, mother-in-law of Megan, and grandmother of Chandler David Small. Longtime readers will be happy to know that Nicky, the charming cockatiel, and Sebastian, the tiny greige-and-white cat, remain her dearest companions. Many will be saddened to learn of the passing of Checquers, Ms. Small's beloved black-and-white cat with the pink ears, who at the age of fifteen has joined her ancestors. Tired of being the lone female in the household, Bertrice has adopted an orange-and-white lady cat, Honey Bun. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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This is the first book by Bertrice Small which I have read, having just recently picked it up at my favorite bookstore. Since I have not read books by her before, I wasn't sure how much I would like it. My views changed the minute I read the first page. Not only was the book captivating and beautifully written, but it's plot was like none that I have read in a long while. The breathtaking romance between Eleanore de Montfort, known as Elf, and Ranulf de Glandeville kept me from putting the book down, even in the early hours of the morning. The encounter with Elf's brother Richard de Montfort's evil wife, Isleen, the loving care of Reverend Mother and the nuns at the convent, and the spirit, yet innocence of Elf herself, all made me repeatedly wonder why I had never read this or any of Bertrice Small's books before. I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to indulge in a romance like they have never read before.
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More so than Small's other works, this one seems like pornography strung together by a very thin plot. The characters are nothing exciting, the hero and heroine are nothing special, and as usual the nuns save the day. Some of the sexy things are downright disgusting (and I am no prude). Read it if you want. I don't think it's worth the $12.95 price tag for a copy of Masters and Johnson done as a Medieval romance.
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In 1152 England, the Lord of Ashlin Manor, Richard de Montfort, marries Isleen de Warenne. With both of her parents dead, Richard's in-laws convince him to send his five-year old sister Elf to live in a monastery. Nine years later, Elf returns home because her brother is dying. Since he has no legitimate children, Elf inherits the estate.

Elf learns that her sister-in-law Isleen is evil and probably poisoned Richard. Isleen shares her bed with her cousin Saer. Their plan is to bury Richard and have Saer rape Elf so that she is forced to marry him. Elf is rescued and the King marries her to his loyal knight Ranulf. As Elf and Ranulf fall in love, their land prospers under their intelligent, pragmatic, but just rule. However, Isleen is not finished with the woman she blames for all her troubles and failures. With the help of the evil Welsh Lord Merin ap Owen Elf is kidnapped. Ranulf will do anything to accomplish the safe return of his beloved.

NY Times bestseller Bertrice Small returns with a new erotic Medieval romance that will thrill her vast legion of fans. The story line is very interesting and the characters are very well developed, but readers need to be aware that the novel places strong emphasis on rough sex, especially sado-masochism. Additionally, Ms. Small has scribed the same plot several times before. Still her large audience will savor Ms. Small's latest entry, THE INNOCENT.

Harriet Klausner
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Having been a Bertice Small fan since 1978 ("The Kadin" is still my favorite book), I've seen her have ups and downs in the quality of her plots and characters. This book is definitely a down -- it could have been so much better. I guess what I missed most in "The Innocent" was the attention to detail one finds in most of her other books -- there just were not as many details about the clothes, food, lifestyles, politics and culture of the time. There were also several missed opportunities where confrontations between the characters could have been so much more intense. Yes, it took a little while for Elf and Ranulf to consummate their marraige but there was never any sense of sexual tension generated between the two. There could have been some real heat,even without sex, between Elf and Merin. Merin should have fought a little harder to keep Elf. And I would have loved to see a more "dangerous" confrontation between Elf and Isleen. Oh well, I can only help Small's next book, featuring the descendents of my beloved Cyra/Janet from "The Kadin" is back to her usual excellence.
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Eleanore (Elf) is a lucky girl and an even luckier woman. Though her parents die and her brother is smitten by a real witch (b) she is taken in by loving nuns. Ready to take her final vows she is called to dying brother's side (poisoned by his wife). She meets a noble and landless knight (Ranulf) who she enventually must marry by order of the king to maintain peace on the border by Wales. Ranulf is patient and tender. The marriage is consummated by mutual consent and a son is born. Ranulf is sent to France and Elf is kidnapped by her brother's widow and a dark knight/thief (Merin). Elf brings out the good Merin and she is returned unharmed to her husband and son. I have certainly read better stories, especially by Ms Small. Certainly not pornographic it is graphic (but in my opinion, mild for Ms Small). Elf is angelic, Ranulf is a saint, the widow has no redeeming qualities. Merin is the only character with both good and bad points to his character.
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By A Customer on 11 Jun. 1999
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The Innocent is one of Bertrice Small's less descriptive stories. The story was not bad; it just did not have the attention to detail found in Bertrice Small's earlier novels. Throughout the story, I kept hoping for more insights into the characters' personalities. The story line was also similar to her other earlier novels.
I believe that Bertrice Small's agenda of two novels a year (one for Kensington/Zebra and one for Ballantine/Fawcett) has her resorting to formula story lines. I have been reading Bertrice Small for many years and her more recent novels do not have the same appeal as her novels written in the 70s and 80s. Other recommended books by Bertrice Small: The Kadin, Adora, Beloved, and of course Skye O'Malley. I was much more satisfied after reading the above mentioned novels.
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