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A Knight in Shining Armour (Montgomery/Taggert #15)

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  27,560 Ratings  ·  1,748 Reviews
The wondrous "New York Times" bestseller!

From the excitement of modern London to the echoing hallways of a medieval castle...Experience the power of audio to sweep you away to the world of Jude Deveraux, one of America's most beloved authors -- in a tale of love stronger than time itself.

A love for the ages....

Dougless Montgomery tried to be the ultimate American wom

Audio Cassette, Abridged, 0 pages
Published June 1st 1990 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 1989)
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Asteropê I checked the author's website. This is the #ing/order the author lists on her website. See:…moreI checked the author's website. This is the #ing/order the author lists on her website. See: ("Montgomery/Taggart" - is the one you want). This book is listed last, which is reflected in GR and the author's website. You can perhaps contact her and ask her why she wishes it listed like that. GR, it seems was just copying her ordering.

Often, authors write books and series and change the order later. A book could have been written in the 80s, but is #10 in chronology/timeline of the series. Where as a book written in 2015 could be #1, before the 1980s book, because it's a prequel. Things like this happen all the time. That's why you might see series lists for publication order and then storyline order, which can differ greatly.
Bea Villanueva this might be already too late to be answering your question but oh well. Dougless called him Nick as a nickname but he said he preferred Colin of…morethis might be already too late to be answering your question but oh well. Dougless called him Nick as a nickname but he said he preferred Colin of nick. (less)
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Jun 19, 2009 Eastofoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who like time travel with a heart-wrenching twist
I’ve been told by just about every reader who’s read this «romance classic» that it’s a sad story and a very upsetting one at that because of the ending, well I have to strongly disagree. It’s exceptionally moving and my hat’s off to the author for thinking out of the romance box for once. That said, I love a good heart-wrenching cry and a tragic story –and I’m not saying this one is or isn’t because I really think it depends on what you expect out of a romance novel. If you’re on the side that ...more
Tina Hayes
Aug 26, 2014 Tina Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Shelves: my-favorites
This is my all time favorite romance novel, which I've read more than once (the last time being this past weekend).

Nicholas is a real live Knight in Shining Armor sent to comfort a heartbroken Douglass in 1988. Destined to be soul mates through all eternity, the two set out to clear Lord Nicholas' name and right the wrongs done during his Elizabethan life. Just as he gets used to the weird inventions and strangness of the twentieth century, they are whisked back through time to 1560 where Dougl
Sep 20, 2008 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. I would have given it 5 stars, but the ending made me want to pull my hair out. I can't really say more without giving anything away. Years ago when I first read it, I remember discussing it with a friend of mine and crying over how much I hated the ending. She said that when she read it, she wanted to slather the book in gravy and feed it to her dog. I thought that was the PERFECT way to describe how I felt after finishing this book.

HOWEVER, with that being said, I still hig
Jun 21, 2010 MelissaB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't mind non-HEA endings
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Apr 10, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best historical romance book ever written! A Knight in Shining Armor is a must read. Imagine traveling back in time to the medieval ages to meet your soulmate!
siti rahmah
This is the very first romance book, which made me smile, laugh and cry. Read it three times and decided that I had to have it for myself. So now, it is sitting very nicely in my book cabinet, beckoning me to read it again for I-don't-know-how-many times.

I must say, this is best book of all by Jude Deveraux. About time-travel romance, finding and recognizing true love even if its separated by decades of time. So, you will get to read about Nicholas realising his true love in Douglass's modern t
There was quite a lot to sludge through in order to get to the romance in this 464 page novel that seemed more like fiction than romance--until the very end. There was a heavy reincarnation theme that began showing itself in the characters that appeared in the beginning (Robert, Gloria) and carried into the second half of the story.

A Knight in Shining Armor takes place in England (1560-1988) and stars Nicholas Stafford as the hero and Dougless Montgomery as the heroine. It begins in 1564 to fin
Maureen Feeney
I didn't much like the first half of the book and it took me ages to get into it. I honestly dont know who I wanted to slap more, the mean boyfriend and his spoiled daughter, or our heroine Dougless (hate her name) for putting up with all of their S**t. At the start Dougless was so pathetic and spineless when she let the boyfriend walk all over her in the hope of an engagement ring! Thankfully the hero Nicholas was brilliant and saved me from throwing the book out the window with frustration, an ...more
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Jane Stewart
Ending was too sad. Writing style and conversations lacking. I didn't care for the author's writing style.

Parts of it seemed like a reporter was writing events that were happening each day. The author was trying too hard to make us not like Robert and his daughter. They were too bad to be believable. Dougless's reasoning didn't feel real to me. I wouldn't think or act like her. Conversations were not interesting. During parts of the middle the reading was tedious and I wanted the book to be over
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Dec 10, 2010 Ash rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was poorly written. I don't expect much as a reader. I like simple writing, big words and profound subjects are unnecessary in my opinion to make a book worth while, but this was too painful to even finish. At the beginning of the book I noticed the author uses the characters' names over and over when describing a scene much like the writing you would see in a children's book; "Douglass crossed the street. Douglass saw a chicken and kicked it. Douglass smiled at the chicken and pat it' ...more
I read it first when it came out back in the late 80's and have re read it so many times with each read just as fantastic.

Its one of those books that impact you and stays with you forever. Love or hate the ending- it is a romance must read.
Duchess Nicole
Buddy read with Camaro, 6-16-2014 :D:D:D

Going to make this short, because it's not so sweet :(

This was my second by Jude Deveraux, and I suppose my expectations were to the moon and back, seeing as how this is on nearly every top Historical Romance and time travel list that I've come across. My other by JD was The Black Lyon and it got two stars from me. So I think this will probably be my last by her.

A few reasons stand out for my dislike. First of all, I feel like her writing is very dated...
I know what you're thinking...the book's title ALONE should have been my first "red-flag", but you would be wrong. I actually read this because a neighbor had it and physically ran it over to me one day last summer. I thought, "Sure, I'll give it a go." Luckily, she didn't take anything I thought about the book personally! Phew!!

Jude Deveraux is a famously popular writer, and since I am NOT about bashing the writer, I will only give my opinion based on her work. Unfortunately, I have nothing pos
Teresa Medeiros
Jan 12, 2012 Teresa Medeiros rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the ultimate time travel romance that rocked the publishing world back in 1989. It was fresh and unique because Jude brought her hero forward in time to the present day before sending her heroine back in time to search for him. It was the first time I realized just how compelling a "lovable loser" heroine could be. And I still smile when I think about Nicholas being introduced to the modern joys of the vacuum cleaner and can opener and get a catch in my throat when I think about the endi ...more
Regan Walker
Apr 25, 2015 Regan Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing you need to know about this time travel romance is that the majority of it takes place in 1988. I didn't know that when I bought it. But the 5 star ratings convinced me to buy it. After reading the first 25 pages, I was back on Amazon looking at the reviews to see if I'd missed something. I did. The low ratings tell a different story: an annoying heroine, contrived plot developments, no happy ending, etc. How, I asked myself, could all those 5 star raters be so wrong? So, I decid ...more
Brittany B.
Updated review:
Upon rereading this over 10 years later, I can say that it is not exactly what I remembered. I cringed at how weak and pathetic the heroine was. The "falling in love" part didn't have the spark I remember; what does Nicholas see in Douglas in the first place??? She's a basket case who allows men to walk all over her.
So "the thrill is gone"... Below is my review of what I remembered of the story. This book just doesn't stand the test of time for me.

Also for audio fans: read it i
Feb 23, 2016 Te rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, re-read
This book will haunt you. Read it for 12 friggin hours. And there's just this lonely and hollow feeling after you read it. The part I really hate most was that the heroine gets to grow old with a living person with the hero's "soul" while the hero, Nicholas, lives out his life alone. And if that isn't enough, they're the only people who know of each other. It really makes you feel reaally bad. Nonetheless, I'm giving it 5 stars for making me feel this whole lot. Kudos still to Jude.

UPDATE 10/08/
Belle Aurora
Apr 01, 2013 Belle Aurora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've ever read. Made me laugh hard and ugly cry too.
Heidi Cullinan
May 18, 2013 Heidi Cullinan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone. Absolutely everyone.
Recommended to Heidi by: my high school music teacher

In 1990 I was a senior in high school, and I was friends with my music teacher. It was one of those odd things I never understood how it happened, though I think it started when the drama teacher cast me for the lead in Fiddler on the Roof but I couldn’t sing. (That’s a long, weird story. Don’t ask.) She was charged with fixing that minor detail, which led to a lot of before and after school private lessons. At this point of my life things were starting to come seriously apart. I’d weathered som
Margaret G.
Sep 23, 2013 Margaret G. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Having recently finished Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series, and Sara Donati's "Wilderness" books, I was in the mood for more good historical fiction. "Fiction" this is. "Historical"... sort of. "Good"... not by a long shot.

As my degree is in English literature, I appreciate good fiction. This is poorly written, populated by caricatures rather than characters, in a style that can only be described as unsophisticated. The "heroine" is shallow, the "hero" self-absorbed, and the male antagonist l

What a remarkably beautiful story! I loved this, even despite the somewhat controversial ending, I really loved this. When poor, down on her luck, Dougless Montgomery gets jilted by her boyfriend and left to fend for herself in rural England, at a church no less, she accidentally summons Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck. The fact that he happens to be a knight sent from sixteenth century England baffles the both of them. She cried for a knight in shining armor, she prayed to be give
Blacky *Romance Addict*
I shouldn't have read this. But oh well you live and learn :(
The writing was at times weird but overall good, but the story, the ending... Horrible.
That is NOT a happy end! It's actually really sad and depressing!
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Rio (Lynne)
3.25 stars. This is a romance, but with characters I was not in love with. Douglas, our heroine, was insecure and simply wanted to get married. Not a woman I related to. She was in an emotionally abusive relationship with a man who had a bratty teenager who I wouldn't have spent 5 minutes with, much less a trip to England. They were traveling through England on vacation, when the man she loves leaves her in a church after a fight. Crying on the tomb of Nicolas Stafford (an Earl from the 16th cen ...more
This is one of my all time favorites, no matter what genre of romance. It has elements of historical, contemporary, time travel. And the love story is romantic and heart breaking. If you've never read it do so, if you read it years ago read it again. A true classic.
Jun 16, 2016 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book in the 80's and it became my most favorite book. It captured my heart with the romantic story of Dougless Montgomery and Nicholas Stafford, the EArl of Thornwyck. He was magnificent. He had humor, curiosity and belief in the almost impossible truth.

This was my first Jude Deveraux book and I became obsessed with reading all of her books in an attempt to capture that feeling again.

This is a time travel book that touched my heart and made me believe too that there was someo
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
The most frustrating heroine Ive ever had the displeasure of coming across for a while now.Her character was too niave and frustrating for most of the book to actually feel any pity for her.

Two star for the orginality of the story-line.Even Though that too it was a bit of a drag at times. :/

Qué pienso de esta lectura???

Bueno, desde el principio hace bastante tiempo que tengo este libro para leer. No se que me llevó tanto tiempo pero al fin lo leí pero me encanto!
Ame a Nicholas!!! Es perfecto! Douglas es increíble.. sólo que lloraba mucho en el correr del libro pero es entendible por lo que le sucedió.
Me gustó como en la mitad del libro cambia totalmente la historia y justo... yo quería saber más sobre la familia de Nicholas y Jude me pudo sacar esas dudas! LLoré, reí y me emoc
Valerie Bowman
I can't believe I hadn't read this before. Compelling and fascinating.
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Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

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