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Bride to a stranger, the lovely Chelynne is swept into the intrigues of the sumptuous royal court. Quickly she comes to adore her dashing husband, the future Earl of Bryant... yet he spurns her love, so haunting are the shadows of his turbulent past.

Chelynne vows to kindle his silent passion, risking he...more
Paperback, 409 pages
Published October 1st 1985 by Pocket Books (first published 1980)
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Oh. Shut up. I didn't mean to. I needed some mindless romance for taking to my mother's, and I ended up starting and finishing it the day before we left. Guess I needed it more than I thought I did.

And I used to hate people who said, "I needed something 'mindless.'"

Well, it's not 'mindless,' is it? If it were mindless, I'd hate it. They have to spark something. This one sparked my ire, because of the Scottish servant in it, whose presence kept making me think, "No way, man!" And you can credit G...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
This story left me totally depressed. It is not even worth $1.99. Chelynne is married off at the age of 16 to the son of an Earl, Chad is 17 years older than Chelynne and he is mean and cruel to this beautiful kind and gentle soul. Chad was forced to marry her by his father and poor Chelynne marries him because her beloved uncle has asked her to. She is obedient, because she want to honor her uncles wishes. Chad married the maid (wash women) years before and his father did not honor or acknowled...more
Since this was the first novel for Robyn Carr I thought it was well written and thought out for a first novel. I agree with some that it was hard to like Chad at times. But the story is a good romance that I downloaded at the sale price of $1.99.


Orphaned and raised by her uncle, the feisty sixteen-year-old Chelynne resolves to show her gratitude by marrying the man of her uncle's choice. Bracing herself for a gray...more
For a first book, Ms. Carr displayed talent - which may help explain why she's gone on to become a bestselling author. I liked but did not love this historical romance set in Restoration England.

As other reviews have noted, the book is well plotted with a simple clear writing style. I appreciated that the two characters did not fall into bed together almost immediately, as happens with many of the more recently written historicals. Both characters matured and their love built slowly throughout...more
April Hedges
This hits all the notes that historical romance is supposed to. I don't think it does anything stunning or really unique for the genre, but it is an enjoyable story.

It's a little frustrating in the middle because both Chelynne and Chad make some truly stupid decisions, and even for a time period when women were expected to be subservient there are a few scenes that are way to heavy on blaming Chelynne for problems in the marriage. Some of the scenes with King Charles seemed to lengthen the book...more
Kathie (katmom)
This was the first book that Ms. Carr very many years ago. Amazon is offering it for 1.99 and I thought I'd give it a try.

About a third of the way through Chadwick CHEATED on Chelynne...even though he did not think that his wife mattered much at that point...of course he was in major denial, but I wasn't as enthralled with the story afterwards. Cheating is a hard limit for me...and even though this was "way back when and even King Charles thinks that the people are following his very B...more
My friends told me to beware the $1.99 nook books, but did I listen? No. I thought this would be a quick campy read to take my mind off of some things but I learned a valuable lesson. Even my crap reads need to have something productive about them! By the end of this book I didn't know what I wanted to do more, kick Chad in balls or slap Chelynne in her pouty face or punch myself for continuing to read! (Kind of like an accident on the side of the road, I couldn't look away) Despite being predic...more
Sep 18, 2013 Emma rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf

I should have known better than pick up a romance book which is supposedly set in the 17th century and where the heroine's name is Chelynne (it is even proudly displayed in the title, FFS). Books such as this must have started the awful trend among careless romance writers of slapping any name that takes their fancy on their heroines (or heroes), without any regard for the historical nature of names. If you want to give your heroine the name of a Californian teenager in the late 20th c., then se...more
Patricia Solla
This is the first book published written by the author. The author shows a real knack for historical romance. The storyline of an arranged marriage is quite common for the time period but the author's take on how the marriage comes about and how it affects the two main characters is quite interesting. The author shows a definite flair for getting into a person's mind set of how a marriage should work in that time period. There's plenty of confusion in the lives of the two main characters as they...more
Oct 28, 2012 Mum rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: romance
For a first novel, I thought it was well-done. Was the heroine a bit spoiled? Yes. Was the hero a bit self-absorbed? Yes. The writing was good, the historical details felt genuine, the vocabulary was extensive, and the plot although predictable, was well-done. I think the lack of parental figures in a society that demanded that sort of training and education was the justification for the wildness in the two main characters.

Having read the Virgin River series, I was impressed that Robyn's writin...more
A little different from your usual romance, though that may be because it was originally published in the 70's. The premise isn't bad, but the artificial separation of the the romantic leads dragged on a bit too long and too repetitively to be satisfying. Also, the attitudes of both leads were a bit hard to take--he too authoritarian and she too accommodating--so they fall a bit short of being truly likeable. But the portrayal of Charles II was highly entertaining, and overall it was a decent en...more
good grief - could the book be any more unhappy for everyone until the very end? i liked the story but come on!
Since I started reading books on the Kindle I forget to update here. This was Robyn Carr's first novel she sold. Amazon was offering it for a price I could not pass up. Yes, it is not the same style nor as smooth as her current works. But it has a charm of its own. The genre is historical romance not contemporary. But I am liking it quite a bit. I am about a third of the way through it already. Actually ended up not finishing this book.
Dawn ♥ romance
I switched from hating to loving this book. I didn't understand estrangement and was troubled by hero's treatment of heroine but as the plot changed these things made the rest of the story all that more powerful. During the reign of King Charles II, a marriage is arranged between beautiful Chelynne unwilling groom Chadwick.
It was a well written story for her first novel. Understood the times, and that there were arranged marriages, but it was hard to get past Chad's narrowminded focus to all aspects of his life except his new wife Chelynne. the 17 year difference didn't help. It was going good but the ending was too neatly tied up.
I thought this a little different then the average recency romance, and while some parts of it are, it still sort of stuck to the same storyline.

It was pretty good overall and well I liked the cover (this edition)
Super enjoyed this book !! Great way to start the summer!! I like the dynastic between the two main characters as the push at each other with strong wills. I was sad when the book was over.
Sarah Peralta
I love Robyn Carr. This is one of her early books. I love historical romance but I think she tried too hard It was very wordy. I prefer her contemporary books. The Virgin River series is the best.
During a time of arranged marriages, a time when having other lovers within the ton, when the king can command you to his bed Chelynne finds herself in love with her husband. Good read
Dec 09, 2013 Cindy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: a-b-c
Although this book was slow to interest me, after I set it aside and then returned to it, I did enjoy it. The author has written much better books in the last few years.
Enjoyable historical romance. Not particularly original, but good. Well written. Took me ages to finish cause the pace was kind of slow somewhere in the middle.
I really enjoyed this book. It moved at a great pace and had well developed characters. The book is set when Charles was king of England.
Jenn Lawrence
Not a bad story, just slow in some spots. Her writing has definately improved over time. Still a great author and good historical romance.
Enjoyed the book. Kept my interest but was disappointed on how the last 2 chapters were wrapped up.
Leisa Prater
I was on the edge of my seat waiting for those two to get it all together...good read
Enjoyed this historical romance. First book by Robyn Carr that I read.
Was pleasantly suprised at how good this was....highly recommend
First Robyn Carr book I ever read. Really enjoyed.
Very good book, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Jeana Lucas
One of my favorite historical romances.
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