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A Year and a Day (De Warenne #1)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,670 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Award-winning, nationally bestselling, and perennially popular author Virginia Henley now offers one of her very best tales to date--a tempestuous and emotional love story of an innocent Scottish maiden and a battle-scarred English baron who is desperate to sire a son to carry on the family name.
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published February 9th 1998 by Delacorte Press
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MelissaB
A Year and A Day is a very nice medieval historical romance that includes a lot of historical details. Lynx de Warenne is an English Knight who takes possession of Dumfries, a Scottish castle during the fight with Scotland over the borderlands in the late 1200's. Once in the castle, he decides to handfast with a commoner, Jane Leslie, because he is desperate for a son and she comes from a family that seem to be prolific childbearers. Jane is much younger than him and has been allowed to run wild ...more
Ginette
Totally forgot I read this...I actually read it a few times. I still have it...lol
Jane Stewart
It's ok, but I wouldn't recommend it. I found myself wishing the story would move along a little faster.

The conversations among warlords and details of war movements were dull. . I didn't like that Lynx was so selfish sexually during his first two nights with her. Lynx didn't trust women. He thought they were deceitful. Jane became that way too. I didn't like that she was purposely playing hard to get with Lynx. It worked to create more lust, but that is not the kind of story I like to read. Lyn
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Lover of Romance
Lynx DeWarren after losing his wife of five years, wonders if he will ever be able to have any children. Not having children from his mistress either, he wonders if its all on him. But he is determined to have a child, as his heir. Then he comes to the Dundries Castle, where he meets the steward, who is father to ten children. And when he finds out about handfasting, where you can handfast with a woman for a year and a day, and if you have a child, that child is legitimate, and at the end of the ...more
Dayatara
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Mitzi
Pretty good book. King Edward's prized warrior Lynx de Warenne invades Dumfries castle and takes possession of Jan Leslie's home. They handfast for a year and a day. Lynx is afraid to love but Jane slowly steals his heart.
Monica
excellent book if you like romance and also a historical touch. It describes the old ceremony of Handfasting in Scotland. Henley is a fantastic writer. You will enjoy this book very much.
Doreen
This read like two books, one about Lynx and Jane de Warenne, the other the history of Edward I, Robert Bruce and Wallace. The two sides never completely gelled for me.

I am also dubious about the lynx being a native of Scotland that recently. According to Wikipedia "Britain: It was thought that the lynx had died out in Britain either about 10,000 years ago, after the ice had retreated, or about 4,000 years ago, during a cooler and wetter climate change. However, carbon dating of lynx skulls take
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Regan Walker
Superbly Told Tale of an English Nobleman Knight and an Innocent Scottish Lass—Wonderful!

This book won the Maggie Award from the Georgia Romance Authors for Excellence in Writing, and I'm not surprised. It is meticulous, fast-paced and tells an endearing story set in Scotland in the 13th century. It's the story of Lynx de Warenne, English knight, heir to the Earl of Surrey and Edward Plantagenet's most prized warrior--and, Jane Leslie, a Scottish lass with a kind heart and special healing powers
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Steamywindows♥♫
I enjoyed this book as it is a story line that I like: an alpha hero who tumbles for an atypical female. Lynx resists his love for our heroine, believing all women are deceitful but in the end falls for her selfless and caring nature. He "hand fasts" her for a year and a day hoping that she will give him his heart's desire: an heir for a "year and a day", and then he will determine if he will keep her. Well. You know what is coming for our arrogant hero. Jane (yes supposedly plain), turns the ta ...more
Dragana
Another book that I would have never read if not for Goodreads challenges.

A Year and a Day has a cute love story but had too many other things that diluted it: info-dumping of historical facts; unnecessary descriptions of battles and the whole paranormal aspect of the story with main heroine Jane being able to communicate with animals.
The beginning resembles a scene from Snowwhite or Sleeping beauty, at least until lynx starts to lick her nipples. o.O
TMI? Sorry. And to end it with a little bit m
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Mai Der
I really liked the story line, but I really wanted the story to focus more on Jane and Lynx. They had such an interesting love story, but I felt there was too much extra side stuff happening that it kinda took away the connection i felt that was there between Jane and Lynx. On the other hand I was really impressed with all the historical characters that was mentioned in the book. I already knew who some of the people were, but after reading the book i did some indepth research on them and everyt ...more
Gardavson
I loved this book the first time I read it. Not quite as much when I reread it, but I still recommend it. Also, this book links with a few of her other books. She writes about a family of characters so the story lines crop up in other books. I read this one first.
Denise
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Dara
I love this book! Such wonderful characterization.
Netha
buku pertama de warrene series
ber setting latar belakang william wallace & robert bruce....

bercerita tentang Lincoln de warrene atau yg lebih dikenal linx de warrane, a heir his uncle, john de warrene, earl of surrey.
linx terkenal sangat pandai berperang & disegani.
linx pernah menikah namun istrinya, silvia meninggal tanpa meninggalkan anak. setelah silvia meninggal linx berhubungan dengan lady alicia bolton, lady in waiting.
walaupun sudah 2 tahun berhubungan dengan alicia tp linx tidak
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Elis Madison
As the steward of Dumfries Castle. Jane Leslie's father owes allegiance to whoever controls it. Her sisters are all married to abusive jerks, and for some reason they all hate on Jane.



Jane is a healer like her Celtic granny Megotta. She has a telepathic relationship with animals, and she really wants to stay single and hook up with critters instead of human males. (She's too innocent to see this in the way you pervs are thinking.)



Lynx de Warenne is the nephew and heir of John de Warenne, Earl
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ShortyS
2.5 Stars

It's a history lesson with detailed, boring, dull and utterly unnecessary description who is why going where with whom in this war. (i think this sentence may not make any sense in english but i hope you get what i mean)
I think there is more talk about the behind the scenes set-up of the war then story development.

There is especially no real development in their relationship. It's not their fault, they simply have no time together. After two nights together he has to go away. Six month
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Lesli
I'm not sure if this was historical fiction trying to be romance or romance trying to be historical fiction. Either way, it fails miserably for me. It's too long. It's crammed with a lot of history (history in a period that I know nothing about & can't judge the quality of the info dumps). Henley again starts her book with what feels like a high school freshman joke. This is it for me. I'm not reading Henley again. No matter how good the blurb makes the book sound.
Alex
Expected more from this book, but a regular Virginia Henley boook

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Manang Jean
I think the forest scene in the beginning was beautifully written. It's a tender love story of Lynx Dewarenne and Jane. Learned a new word: handfasting! I give it 4 stars !
Vanessa  Eden
I am currently rereading this book. I forgot how much I loved it! I thought the story was fast paced. After reading Diana Gabaldon for the past year; I welcome a fast paced story.
A cliffhanger in one chapter is solved in the next, thus followed by another cliffhanger that is quickly resolved.
Lynx is so sexy it kills me. Robert the Bruce is a guy I would like to have a few drunken nights with.
The sex scenes in this book are STEAMY! My god !
I love this book. It is sexy fun and doesn't leave you
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Rebecca Bodiford
I tried I really did but I couldn't make it through this book Definately not a favorite book of hers it left me very disappointed well into my back to the bookstore pile :(
Livvy
This started out as a promising book, however, took a nose dive by midway. I never became attached or seemed to care for the characters- even when one was supposed to be dying. The most infuriating part of this book was the dialogue.... It was modern and awful, so not the style for the 13th century... "You're so bad" was a line often used and I found to be nauseating and immature! And referring to the heroine as lady Jane tut?! Give me a break--- if you are looking for a meaningless romp novel b ...more
Frances Fuller
The author needed to spend more time on the historical and less time on the romance. The subplot was stupid.
Regina
I loved the book, funny fast moving and memorable. A good read for sure!
Barbara ★
too much war and not enough romance.

ETA: I felt as if the romance storyline played second fiddle to the war between England/France/Scotland. King Edward, Robert Bruce and even Lynx de Warenn spent way too much time discussing war planning which I found dull. Lynx just wanted a kid and picked Jane Leslie sight unseen for a year and a day. I guess that was a typical arrangement during the time but hardly romantic. He was too stubborn and she was too proud to make for a fun read. All in all, a good
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Netanella
A medieval romance set during the time of Braveheart, Henley's book does a great job of capturing the times of medieval Scotland. She spends a lot of time detailing the politics of the era, which was something I didn't mind one bit. Of course, there were glaring historical errors, most notably in the use of modern idioms and expressions by the characters, and modern ideas of love and romance. But whatever - it was a fun read, a romance novel, not historical fiction. Well worth the read, and I lo ...more
Elizabeth
I read this several years ago, so I don't remember specifics, but I remember liking it. I think my mother had borrowed it from the library and I read it out of boredom. I'm pretty sure it was the first Highland romance novel I ever read and it's possibly the first romance novel I ever read. It didn't scar me for life or ruin romance novels for me, so it must have at least been okay. :)
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Virginia Syddall was born on December 5, 1935 in England, where her father, Thomas Syddall, taught her to love history. She obtained a degree in History in the University. In 1956, Virginia married Arthur Henley. They moved to America, and now they live most of the year in St. Petersburg, Florida, and they spend the hot summers in Ontario, Canada, where they have their two adult children and three ...more
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