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So Speaks the Heart

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Born a wealthy French heiress but betrayed into bondage, Brigitte de Louroux swears she will never be any man's slave. Rugged and powerful Rowland of Montville sees only a beautiful enchantress in peasant's rags--a wench to serve his every need. Defenseless against his unbridled passions, Brigitte is forced to yield her innocence to the desires the warrior lord arouses in ...more
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Published January 27th 2004 by Avon (first published 1983)
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Miss Fifi
3.633 Nottttttttt-Enoughhhhhhhh-Babe! Stars


*no idiots were killed during the writing of this review*

well...well... since my reviewing skill is so low that it drops off the scale altogether, am gonna make this review pretty not short just to add another stuff to my worst-review-ever resume, so just bear with me (and my luggage of nonsense)..

The heroine, Miss Bri-something was stupid.
The hero, Sir Rowland was just as stupid.
Her step Aunt, D-something was stupid too.
His father, Luthor was almost ju
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Noelle
"So Speaks The Heart" reminded me of why I love the older Johanna Lindsey books. It takes place in France A.D. 972 and she does a great job in her discriptions of the castle, keep , the knights and the serfs. I felt like I had a really nice mental holliday. I loved the mistaken i.d. theme. The H belives the h is a serf and was given to him by her wicked aunt but she is really a lady. With no way to prove otherwise and needing to excape her aunt, she goes with the with him. The scenes where she h ...more
Sue Lyndon
This novel started out a little rough for me because I was a taken aback by Rowland's inital treatment of Bridgette. But considering the horrible childhood Rowland had, it was a wonder he didn't behave even worse than he did. Really, it was a wonder he didn't just leave Bridgette to be stoned to death by her aunt at the beginning. Bridgette challenged Rowland from the start and tried several times to escape, but he wss never as brutal with her as I expected him to be in these instances. Rowland, ...more
KatieV
This seems to be a love it/hate it type of book. I loved it! Rowland had a vulnerability that sets him apart from the typical bodice-ripper alpha.

***Spoilers****

He does rape her once, but it's not brutal or described in detail. He doesn't intend to hurt her, he just thinks it is his right since she's supposedly his slave. Right? No, of course not, but in historical context it is accurate. He believed she was his property and he intended to look after her and protect her. He didn't really underst
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Beth
Everyone loves a Lindsey! I am certainly no exception. This book in particular holds a special place in my heart as it was the very first historical romance I ever read. Up to this book I was reading only contemporary series romances, such as Harlequin, Silhouette and Loveswept. My Aunt Jill lend me this one from her book shelf, and it was all over for me. This was my niche. I read each and every Lindsey novel that had been published to date, and then began the agonizing wait for the next releas ...more
Elle
This is one of those stories where I just didn't think the heroine ever did enough to help herself. She starts the story virtually the slave of her evil, greedy aunt. Auntie Druoda (what a name!) is trying to break her spirit and make her go along with a scheme to sell her in marriage to a creepy rich neighbor who likes to hurt women. Briggitte escapes her aunt, only to run into the "hero," Rowland, who decides to take her into custody--and he just happens to be heading back to her home, where e ...more
Elizabeth
This waste of Amazonian forest was not only awful, nonsensical and so bad it remained forever bad, but also exhaustingly, thunderously boring. One could not even seek refuge in the blessings of trashy imagery; evil females stripping the heroine bare to have her creamy flesh flayed, ancient Counts with BDSM chambers (this sadly is only alluded to, we never get an invite to said Count's vices), or amuse oneself with the ridiculous modes of address, the dialogues, the rudimentary character sketches ...more
Marie
Bintang 5

Arghhh... Bacanya sambil jerit. Kesal, sedih, marah, sebel, campur aduk. Lihat tokoh Drouda yg jahat, kejam dan manipulatif yg leluasa memerintah Brigitte untuk melakukan hal hal yg seharusnya dilakukan pelayan, sosok Brigitte yg penuh harga diri dan tak banyak berterus terang serta pemaaf, serta Rowland yg cukup bodoh untuk tidak melakukan peyelidikan terhadap kebenaran yg disampaikan Brigitte.
Ingin kasih tahu Rowland yg sebenarnya, tapi tak bisa. Apadaya aku hanyalah seorang pembaca y
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Heather Tisdale
Get rid of the rape being justified by "but your body wants me," and I would have given this one 3 stars (barely). A dominant man might be nice, but a rapist needs to be stabbed. I'd really get pissed at the author for this one, but I realized it was written in the early 80's and apparently rape was considered sexy then so I'll move on since her more modern stuff doesn't seem to have this theme. Whomever started the idea of a sexy rape scene should be smacked. I can't believe women let authors g ...more
Peggy N
Mar 13, 2014 Peggy N rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Johanna Lindsey Fans
Recommended to Peggy by: Love Johanna Lindsey books
So Speaks the Heart is written by one of my favorite authors, Johanna Lindsey. It begins in France in A.D. 972. The country is at war's end with the Saracens and Lord Rowland is on his way home. By chance his life is saved by Lord Quinton of Loucroix near Berry. In saving Rowland's life Quentin is gravely injured. As his family already believes him dead Rowland is to take word to Quentin's sister to let him know that he lives. In his haste to repay the favor he neglects to get the name of Quenti ...more
Flavia Sugnu
Now this is the type of book that makes Johanna's name a well respected historical romance author.
I think that me saying I go over this book many times a year even though I remember and know everything that happens, speaks for itself, does it not.?.
Sue
3.5 rating, it was good for a medieval tale, had a few good twists. But left important threads dangling a bit. I find I need justice served not just implied. Happened more than once. Not bad but not great.
Donna Campbell
Unfortunately in re-reading my Johanna Lindsey collection which started out well enough with some of the Malory's and Once a Princess---then read So Speaks the Heart---Or rather just stab yourself in the heart and save yourself the pain already....Another rough thoroughly unredeemable "Rowland" and the mostly roughly handled and raped Brigitte---hey I am all for rough sex but you have to have a likable "guy" once in awhile. To get the bad taste out of my mouth I read Fires of Winter---or hell mo ...more
Jisela
En una novela tan maravillosa como lo es ésta, Lyndsay nos transporta a cientos de siglos atrás, exponiéndonos una historia cargada de emociones. Me agrada mucho la forma en que nuestra autora narra los sucesos, prendándonos a la historia de una manera muy fuerte y sencilla, y como siempre, cumpliendo nuestras expectativas.
Éstas historias son sumamente satisfactorias para las personas que tienen un espíritu romántico. Muy recomendada para los que busquen una historia apasionada llena de romance,
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➴AℓpℌaAmұ
I did thoroughly, totally enjoy this book. Verily, I loved it!! XD Rowland was...ah. Bit of an idiot. Brigette on the other was so naive but very feisty too. This book (again) had the whole 'misunderstanding' thing running through it. Every character just assumed everything of everyone else; which in turn led to everything either being ruined or...wait, yeah. Going wrong / and people getting hurt (emotionally as well as physically). Her aunt man, oh my word upon high, her absolute b*@#h of aunt. ...more
Melisa
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Red
ah bab 7 gak ada! sebel banget!
yah terlepas dari itu aku cukup suka dengan para tokoh dan ceritanya--walau diakhirinya seperti itu, aku mulai berpikir itu adalah ciri khas lindsey (walau menyebalkan).
tapi lindsey memang hebat dalam mengaduk perasaan pembaca, di awal cerita saja aku sudah kesel dengan Druoda yang memperlakukan Brigette dengan manipulasi begitu pula untuk Rowland dan Quinntin, dan membuat terenyuh dengan kata-kata sang hero.
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"Brigette, apa yang ingin kau dengar dari
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Sari
Satu hal yang membuat gw sangat bersyukur hidup dijaman sekarang tdk dijaman dulu setelah membaca novel ini, yaitu betapa tidak dihargainya wanita dan budak pada masa itu. Sedih liat cara Rowland memperlakukan Brigette, palagi sampai mencambuknya, apapun alasan yg dia buat. Tapi mo gimana lagi, dia dibesarkan utk menjadi pria kasar seperti itu dan hal tsb dianggap wajar pada saat itu.

Saking gregetan membaca cara Rowland memperlakukan Brigette bikin gw begadang ampe subuh utk menyelesaikannya. K
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Lindsey
my problem with the book stems more from the poor character development, and the lack of any real agency in her characters until the end. And for the big brash knight to suddenly decide he'll be nice for some slave? Unlikely. And his reasons for doing so are not really established. You dont really get a solid feel for either main character. The hero's dad come across as a much clearer and complex person than either of them. I suspect this was her first book, though not the first one published, i ...more
Shae
This was the first romance novel I ever read! Years later, I am still in love with these characters. I adore JoHanna Lindsey and have read every book she's ever written. Her voice is unique and her books are always filled with passion and easy to read. "So Speaks the Heart", "A Gentle Feuding"," Tender Rebel" and "Once a Princess" have all earned a permanent spot under my bed! Thank you for all the years of good reading JoHanna!
Mahareni Maldini
Duuuhh...si Rowland ini kok stupid banget siiiiiiiihh?? Setiap kebohongan yg dicekokkan Druoda kok ditelan mentah-mentah. Gak ada usaha untuk kroscek kebenaran ke pelayan kek, budak kek, para prajurit kek.

Dari yg paling jelas deh! Kok langsung percaya kalo Druoda itu adiknya Quintin, padahal statusnya Druoda adalah bibinya Quintin. Emank dari segi tampilan fisik gak keliatan gitu? Emank wanita usia 40 ke atas penampilan wajah+tubuhnya sama kek gadis di bawah 20 tahun?

Dan masih banyak lagi tindak
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Grettel Grace
Pues el libro ha ido bien. La historia fue entretenida y me ha gustado hasta cierto punto. Sin embargo los últimos capítulos se me han parecido tanto al otro libro de Lindsey (cuando el amor espera), tanto que muchos diálogos, me di cuenta, fueron iguales.
Booked
HIS VALOR OFFERED REFUGE TO A HEART WHICH OFFERED LOVE

She was born a lady, heiress to rich French estates. But when Rowland of Montville captured her, he saw only a beautiful girl garbed in peasant's rags... a wench to serve his wants.

Though betrayed into bondage, Brigitte de Louroux would never be any man's slave. Yet the fate of an unprotected woman could have been far more cruel than the rough embrace of a warrior lord as fair as Rowland of Montville.

Defenseless against his unbridled passion
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reader
An old book, but still very good

Even though this was an old book, I found it enjoyable. I realized I had read it many years ago. I wanted to see how it ended, so read through in one night!
Sarah
Humm... I wont say that I hated this book or loved it for that matter. I did enjoy it to a point but thought that it lacked some meat. Some details were not explained as well a I would have liked. How ever while I am not a fan of rape, though I wouldn't quite go as far as calling the sex scenes rape more along the lines of non-co to persuasion, I do believe that the sex was a hell of a lot less forced and brutal than they could have would have been back then. Compared to Beatrice Small's writing ...more
Katherine ang
I just read this but I don't quite remember the story anymore. Hmmmnnn, its JL so its a good book. However, I think this book wasn't quite so exciting. Hence, quite forgettable. I rate this as 3.5 stars = slightly above average.

From what I remember, its a story of mistaken identity, Rowland thought Bridgette was a slave given to him by Bridgette's evil step-aunt. Eventually they fell in love, the usual cliche. I just wish that Luthor, Rowland's "father", hadn't died. The antagonists' deaths wer
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Wiwo Aprilia
Urgh.. So many lies and mistrust. But Thank God they got their happily ever after.
Be Fisher
Re-Read after a few very disappointing books in this genre - It's always nice to go back and read a book you know is going to be good . I had forgotten several details so I enjoyed it all over again!
Pauline
Une histoire plutôt sympa mais terriblement brouillon
Il y a plein de passages ou j'ai du retourner en arrière en me disant j'ai du louper un truc ...
Pareil au niveau des sentiments une page il la considère comme une chose encombrante et la page suivante elle est la chose qu'il aime le plus au monde, sans transition aucune, sans explication
Bref un livre divertissant et décevant à la fois
Dommage ...
Yulia Anggraini
udah 2 baca JL dan kedua2 herox pada main tangan(paradise n so speak...)...hadeeehh...kena sial nih,harus mandi kembang 7rupa biar pas baca JL yg lain g ad lagi kekerasa dalam rumah tangga... ;p


awalx sempat kasihan am brigitte yg jadi budak d rumahx sendiri...tp setelah tw klo itu ternyata adalah pilihan dy sendiri yaah jd hilanglah rasa kasihanx yg ad cuma bisa geleng2 kepala...pilihanx masuk biara atw jadi budak...

pertengkaran2 antara rowland dan brigitte juga agak membosankan...terlalu banyak
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Johanna Helen Howard was born on March 10, 1952 in Germany, where her father, Edwin Dennis Howard, a soldier in the U.S. Army was stationed. The family moved about a great deal when she was young. Her father always dreamed of retiring to Hawaii, and after he passed away in 1964 Johanna and her mother settled there to honor him.

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