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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425183297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425183298
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,548,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Isolde Martyn is known for her accurate historical books and this one does her justice. The book shows the wars during the time of Queen Isabella of England and her favourite Mortimer and focus on a love story in which the male character is the healer, what I found refreshing. A very good book with fast paced action and a lot of psychology in it. The end is truly surprising. She is an auto-buy author for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What do you mean this is a romance? 3 Aug. 2002
By Anna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Overall, I was disappointed in this book. The plot was very intriguing. A medieval wife seeks deliverance from her abusive marriage. In an era where the man has all the rights, Johanna's options are limited. If she is to escape the cruelty of her husband, Sir Fulk, she must dare a dangerous scheme. If she can prove that she had contracted with another before she was betrothed to Sir Fulk, she may find her escape.
Enter Gervase. Forced into her scheme, he is torn between two duties... the rebel cause in which he is involved and that of the Lady Johanna. Reluctantly, he agrees to swear that he had plighted his troth to Johanna before she had married Sir Fulk. What follows is true love between the two.
This book is very well written. The plot is interesting. The historical facts are accurate. My disappointment lies in that the romance was dull and almost a second thought to the plot. I found this to be more of a historical novel with some romance as opposed to a historical romance. If you simply want to read a good historical novel, then this is a sure bet. But if you are clamoring for a true romance, then you may disappointed as I was.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Should it be renamed 'The Blight Made Me Doze'? 2 April 2006
By M. A. Bechaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I quite enjoyed the first chapter or two of this book. But from then on it began to dawdle off downhill in the most tedious way, going on and on and on....

Aargh!

The main two characters in this book are symbolic of the cause of almost all the problems in the world right now: SILLY PEOPLE CONSTANTLY FIGHTING OVER NOTHING! I got sick of them really quickly. Honestly, I hate it when grown ups fight like three year olds. He was a trained fighter, she was a noblewoman...surely they should have had some sense of decorum and propriety, not to mention personal discipline, especially given that both their futures were on the line!

Also, the standard of writing in this book was definitely sub-par. The author seemed reluctant to use punctuation, and even more so to use it correctly...it wasn't uncommon for a sentence to stretch for five lines without even a comma in it to break it up. The writing was choppy, narrative skipped from character to character so much it was often difficult to know whose viewpoint you were seeing the story from, and the exchanges of dialogue between characters did not flow like a normal conversation would. (It was like a talkfest between self-obsessed bimbos who don't listen to each other.) The effort the writer went to in doing her historical research was wasted by the characters just not being believable in their settings. And the story just went on and on...450 pages in all. All the important stuff could have been said in 250 pages, and it would have made for a much better book that wasn't so cluttered by painful filler.

I can't believe this writer has won a writing award (for another book). Man, do they give those things away in cereal boxes or something? I expected better writing than this from an award winner, especially given that she's an Aussie like me. I like to think that we Australians can write pretty well...boy has this put a dent in my national pride!

Furthermore, there were logic gaps in the storyline. Like when one of the characters, Johanna, who has been married before, is somehow completely ignorant of marriage traditions such as banns...surely she would already know about all this from personal experience if she had gone through it before?

The fact that this was (very loosely) based on a real historical story intrigued me. In the hands of a competent writer it might have been absolutely wonderful. But in the hands of this writer...look, I've read worse books, but not too many of them. To put it flatly, this was a yawnfest. When books are good, I can't put them down, and inevitably read them within a day or two. But this took me MONTHS to get through. I kept putting it down so I could go off and read other, better books. I got through about forty or fifty other books before I finished this one! I just couldn't commit very much time to something I didn't particularly enjoy.

But the joke's on me. I bought another one of her books at the same time as I bought this one. So the writer has made money off me for both of those books regardless of whether or not she deserved to! Rats!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what a medieval romance should be. 18 Mar. 2002
By venetia67 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm horrible at writing plot summaries, so I'll leave that to someone else. I'm a voracious reader and thus far this is the best medieval romance I've had the pleasure of reading. Nothing else comes close. The plot, romance, wit and wealth of characters are everything I could ask for. The nuances of daily life are so well woven into the story that if I didn't know better I would say the author actually lived in England during the 14th century. A keeper.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding....But Johanna was a Brat 11 Jun. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is my first book by this author. I loved the dialogue, it was a little different - and bolder, I think than others. I thought Gervase/Geraint was a PERFECT hero. So handsome and intelligent, and strong and gentle. And since he was doing Johanna an enormous favor, one that would affect the rest of her life, if she was to have one, I don't understand why she complained and practically blamed Geraint for trying to help her! I could understand her revulsion to intimacy because of her evil husband, but she and Geraint smoothed through that just fine, so why was she so mean?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty Abused 10 Feb. 2004
By Exotikat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As soon as I finished this novel, I immediately went looking for more by the same author. This was truly an historical romance. Inspired by a real Medieval divorce case, the story is about Johanna, so abused by her cruel husband that she is ready to face death to escape. Fate sends her home to her mother, who blackmails a "captured" rebel by forcing him to play Joanna's first husband in a conspiracy to release Joanna from her hideous marriage. Trapped in a situation not of his making, Geraint finds himself falling in love with the icy Joanna, longing to melt her reserve, heal her psychic wounds and become her protector. Unfortunately, his real obligations lie elsewhere, with powerful men, and their paths must part. I confess that the added attraction in this novel was the link with history, which is skillfully woven into the story. Joanna and Geraint are both embroiled with the politics of real British history, and the sights, sounds and smells of an age long gone fill the pages. As the story races to its climax, involving the documented capital punishment of several nobles, we fear for the safety and future of the two star-crossed lovers. Isolde Martyn writes well; the trite cliches and often repeated formulas of so many Romances are noticeably and happily absent. The characters of both the lovers and the other individuals who people the story are well developed - Ms. Martyn has made history come alive and created a pair of passionate, believable lovers and I am eager to discover more of her work.
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