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The Rose and the Shield Mass Market Paperback – 17 Sep 2002

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (17 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060002700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060002701
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.5 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,644,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the sequel to The Lily and the Sword, Lady Rose, mistress of Somerford, reluctantly hires Viking warrior Gunnar Olafson and his mercenaries to protect her undefended lands, unaware that the dashing soldier is out to expose her for plotting against his own liege lord. Original.

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This is the sequel to The Lily and The Sword where we first met Gunnar, he has been sent to Somerford by his liege Lord Radulf who believes that Lady Rose the mistress of Somerford is a traitor. She agrees to hire Gunnar and his mercenaries to protect her lands but doesn't realise that he is in fact there to spy on her. Lady Rose a widow is lonely and the only person she trusts is Constance her maid, she dare not trust Gunnar who does not know that the person who is the traitor is Lady Rose's father who has his eye on Crevitch the estate of Lord Radulf and Lady Lily but gradually Rose begins to trust and love Gunnar until she discovers what his reward will be, her home. This is a fine sequel to The Lily and The Sword, Rose is a strong woman she had to be for in the days of William the Conqueror no one's lands were safe and women were not left unmarried for long, Gunnar is a strong warrior but who can also be compassionate. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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I love a good historical romance and was expecting this to be one but I must admit that I am abit disappointed. Neither the heroine or the hero stirred much of an interest and the standard villains was very predictable. The love scenes were abover average but with a rather slow story I admit to flipping through some pages just to get to the end of the book. OK but not great.
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A beautiful tale of love, loyalty and temptation. As i had bought Lily and The Sword beforehand, (The previous tale by the same author,) I was intrigued when i saw this title, and so i plumped myself for another heart-warming tale, and i wasn't disappointed. The author has a wonderful way in which she can place mental images before you whilst you read the book, as though you have become apart of the story its self, giving the pages something more then just the written word upon paper. The great detail of the history given in the book is outstanding, and the raw emotion of Lady Rose, who longs for love after many lonely years as a widow. Lady Rose reluctantly agrees to hire a band of Viking warriors to help her protect her lands. But what she didn't count on was that she would lose her heart when the hired warriors come and make their call, falling for the leader of the warriors, a dashingly handsome young mercenary named Gunner Olafson, who he himself, is captivated by the beautiful Lady Rose. But as he is under orders by his master, Lord Radulf, (whom was the previous hero in Lily and the Sword), to seek out the truth if she is an secret enemy of his Lord. Radulf tells him that he may claim her lands as his reward, but in truth, all he wants is the heart of Lady Rose. A truly wonderful tale that will warm the heart and bring a smile to any face who loves historical romances.
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Couldnt put this book down until I had finished it - well worth the read
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x938824e0) out of 5 stars A Fun Romance 5 Oct. 2002
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on
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This was another great romance by Ms. Bennett. The Rose and the Shield is a follow up to Lily and the Sword and is set in England a year after the Norman invasion.
Rose is the very strong and independent mistress of Somerford and it's lands. Her people have been under attack and she needs help but is afraid to ask for it from her overlord Radulf (Lily and the Sword) because she feels that this would be a sign of weakness and he would take the land away from her. Rose has a understandable distrust for men and this is the reason for her not wanting to ask for help. She sends a messenger out requesting mercenaries to come and assist her with those that are harassing her people. The message is intercepted by Radulf and he believes that she is planning treason so he sends his best soldier Gunner to Somerford with the promise that if Gunner can prove the treason Gunner can have Somerford.
Gunner is tired of being a paid soldier and longs for home and hearth. He comes to Somerford determined to win the land and a place that he can call is own. What he does not plan on is the attraction that he feels for the mistress of Somerford and how that could effect his taking of the land. Soon he realizes that Rose is not the one with treason on their mind and that she is just as much in danger as he is. He becomes her shield and protects her from those that mean her harm.
This is a great story and the characters are very easy to like. Gunner and Rose are the perfect complement to each other. I found this story to be a fast read and I look forward to the next novel by the author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93882534) out of 5 stars I liked this one a great deal until 4 Aug. 2004
By S. Reader - Published on
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the end. It was far too abrupt and made their love, especially Rose's love for Gunnar, not ring true.

The issues between Gunnar and Rose are trust and, for her, love. She is used to the men in her using her as a pawn and being completely untrustworthy. Plus, she learned to reject love from a co-dependent mother. Gunnar is tired of his mercenary life and looks forward to a home of his own; unfortunately for him, Rose isn't the triator he thinks she is, so he's not comfortable taking her home as his reward for foiling the plot against his lord, Radulf (The Lily & the Sword). Since he's playing a role and therefore lying to Rose about who he is and his purposes there, trust again is a big issue.

DO NOT READ THIS PARAGRAPH IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED. I have no problems with Gunnar or his interactions with Rose. The problem with the book is that Rose doesn't even admit to herself that she loves Gunnar until the next to the last page. And while she accepts that she should have been more trusting, she doesn't tell him until the last page. A couple of "I love you's" and the book is over. There's not enough there to make the reader feel the truth of Rose's change of heart.

Other than the abrupt, unsatisfying ending, the book held my attention well. Although I wasn't crazy about the dream device, everything else meshed together smoothly. The secondary romance for Gunnar's man Alfred was nice, and it was great to read more about characters from the first book and those featured in the third. Realistic details about distrust among the various peoples, too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x942c4768) out of 5 stars exciting first decade after the Normandy Invasion romance 7 Sept. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
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In 1072, Lord Radulf (see THE LILY AND THE SWORD) sends mercenary Gunnar Olafson and his men to check whether the widow Lady of Somerford has joined his enemies. When he arrives Gunnar is surprised to see the land surrounding Somerford Manor thriving especially in light of much of England being wasted since the invasion. He assumes that the Lady of the manor Rose has nothing to do with the golden fields.

Rose knows that she has numerous enemies who covet her land and simply want her out of the way either through legal means of marriage or by treachery. She has rejected several proposals and has kept under control the betrayals through strong leadership and solid land management since her husband died last year. However, when Rose and Gunnar meet sparks fly that quickly turns towards love, but neither trusts the other leaving both vulnerable to her deadliest foes.

THE ROSE AND THE SHIELD is an exciting first decade after the Normandy Invasion romance that provides sub-genre fans with an intriguing look at the transformation through the eyes of a lead protagonists who has seen much of the destructive side of the change. The story line hooks the reader from the start because of Gunnar's unique perspective. Rose is a heroine though a bit too perfect in an age filled with turmoil yet the audience will enjoy this exciting sequel.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9382e078) out of 5 stars Not as good as others by Sara Bennett :-( 24 July 2004
By E. Barnhart - Published on
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I really enjoyed Bennett's Lily and the Sword, so I anxiously awaited this book in the mail. However, I had a hard time finding any romance/spark that signified a love developing. Yes, they lusted after each other, but I didn't see any interaction between the heroine and hero that led me to believe they were soul mates. Oh well, I still enjoy Ms. Bennett's writing and will give her work another try.
HASH(0x938829fc) out of 5 stars Good leads and story, but too slow to start, too abrupt end 14 Feb. 2003
By baltimore0502 - Published on
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3 1/2 stars. I have to disgree with other reviews in that I did not find this a fast paced read. I found the beginning quite slow and was tempted to skip ahead - something I rarely do.
While Gunnar (oooh, yum!) and Rose are both engaging and likable characters, I was frustrated by how long it took for them to even have a one-on-one private conversation, let alone anything more romantic! Once they do get together passion swirls and the pace picks up, but then the end seems too quick and abrupt for my taste. It seemed like we went from distrust to love in, like two pages!
The story itself is good, if familiar (see Lady of Valor by Tina St John). Widow and Lady of the Manor trying to keep what's hers hires mercenaries not realizing that they come from her overlord, Radulf, who suspects her of treason. Rose does not go to her overlord for help because she is afraid of appearing weak. Responsibility and duty weight heavily on Rose and in those solitary moments at her solar window, she longs for someone to share her burdens.
Gunnar Olafson is the son of Radulf's armourer and is tired of the mercenary life. He wants land and a home he can call his own, and if Rose is found to be a traitor, Radulf will reward him with Somerford Manor. And so, these two have to decide whether they can trust one another, all the while they are attracted to each other. While sharing a bed, they refuse to share their innermost thoughts and certainly not their hearts. But when the true threat to Somerford is revealed, they have no choice but to trust one another to survive.
This is the second book from this author and while I enjoyed both, I prefer "Lily and the Sword" to this one. Looks like Ms Bennett has another book due out soon (she certainly cranks them out quick) and I will likely also check that one (Once He Loves) out as well.
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