The Prisoner Hardcover – 1 Jan 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a delightful tale with enjoyable secondary characters. At the end I was left hoping for further stories with perhaps one of Genevieve's wayward urchins as the main character.
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series!
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Upon his release, Jack manages to take the guard's keys and unlock Haydon from his cell. Beaten and feverish, Haydon turns up at Genevieve's home, and her six children beg her to save him. Though she know that she could be implicated if he is found in her home, she nurses him back to health.
Haydon knows that he must leave eventually to clear his name, but he wishes to wait until he can help Genevieve rectify some difficult financial problems. Things go a little awry when he is forced to explain his presence to Genevieve's former fiancee, and he introduces himself as Genevieve's husband, Mr. Blake. Will Haydon be able to clear his name without abandoning the children he has come to care for, and will Genevieve still see him as her knight in shining armour when he discovers the life he previously led?
Karyn Monk has written a wonderfully crafted tale, complete with a truly selfless heroine and hero healed by the power of love. How refreshing to read of a noblewoman who has forsaken her wealth and social status to see to the needs to destitute children. And how eartwarming to find a hero, though scarred, who is capable of recognizing that the depth of the heroine's love for him can heal his wounds.
The depth of the characters is more than skin-deep. Monk alludes to the difficulties faced by Genevieve as evidenced in her paintings. As secondary characters, the children and household staff are an exemplary creation of supporting players. The special bond between crippled Charlotte and Jack becomes apparent as this novel nears to a close. This book is a definite keeper, and one can hardly wait for Jack's story to follow.
We hear the harrowing tales of how Genevieve had to struggle to survive, working herself ragged and looking after a half dozen kids. Where would she get time to paint? I think its great, and it is very important to the plot of the story, but when?. I don't want to give the whole plot away, but every scene stretched my limits of credibility. If I did not like the main characters so much, as well as Genevieve's misfits, the book would have fallen completely flat for me.
I have long been a fan of Ms. Monk's writing. This is definitly not her best effort, but still worth reading if you like strong and interesting characters. Just be willing to suspend your ideas of reality.
Marquess of Redmon, Haydon Kent was convicted of murder and is to be hanged when his cellmate, a 14 year old boy, Jack, helped him escaped. Fevered and beaten, he ended up in Genevieve McPhail's doorstep.
Genevieve McPhail, an outcast from the society albeit a nobel birth, all because of her devotion and belief in helping wayward urchins, went to the prison house to save yet another 14 year old boy, Jack, from being beaten and being sent to the reformary school. However, in addition to the boy, she unexpectedly got herself a convicted murderer in her doorstep.
Both Haydon and Genevieve lead a very different lifestyle. Haydon, a rebellious, irresponsible & self centered second son who busy his life with nothing but gambling, drinking & womanizing. Meanwhile, Genevieve lead a very tight & unselfish lifestyle, caring for those who are in need and even sacrificing her needs for others. I like the way Karyn Monk expresses their character development. It'll make you see that Haydon & Genevieve are fitting for each other. They deserve each other however different they may be because they both bring out the passion and the goodness of each other. He brings adventure and excitement to her dull, routine-like life while she brings enlightenment & values back to his. Their love story is warm and touchy.
The mystery-action twist is excitingly a page-turner. It didn't overshadow their love story. Also, Genevieve's children and their innocent conversations are heart warming. They will make you smile. Ollie, Eunice and Doreen also add a comical spice to the story. These secondary characters will truly melt your heart. Jack's story is the next book of this trilogy and is coming out in late 2002. He is one of my favorite character in this book and I am glad K.M is creating a book just for him. He is truly an intriguing subject and I can't wait to read his story.
This is my 4th book of Karyn Monk and she has yet to disappoint me. Although I notice that she is not fond of "EPILOGUES" which I prefer in all my books, I still enjoy reading her works. I guess this is her style, to leave readers wondering in the end... However,I am glad that THE PRISONER is a Trilogy, that way I won't have to wonder what will become of Genevieve, Haydon & the children in the future. I can simply read updates of them in the next book. Can't wait!
Woud I go out and buy it, probably not but I'd ck it out of a library for a quick read just for the "kids" dialogue....
p.s. there is supposed to be a "jack" sequel.......