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Uncommon Vows

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  767 ratings  ·  41 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney comes a passionate tale about a lady and an earl who become hostages to desire. A single moment of impetuousness sweeps them both up in the royal battle of kings, into a dangerous intrigue of sweet caresses, and a fiery, all-consuming love...
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by Signet (first published 1991)
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Apr 12, 2009 seton rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like dark, angsty reads
This book may well be my favorite of all of MJP's books for a variety of reasons. First of all, never has her writing been more clear and poetical than in this book. She uses more visual metaphors than usual, especially because of the unique nature of the hero and the simpler time setting (this is MJP's only medieval). I am not a big fan of the medieval period and I know that MJP isn't either but she felt that that the medieval period was the right setting for the tormented hero and the dark lov ...more
If MJP's capable of this calibre, she should turn out more timeless medievals (my fav setting). I wish she'd write sequels for Alan & Richard someday. UV's catapulted to my Top-5 All-time Fav list. It's v. easy to luv magnetic Adrian & fall for his heartfelt devotion to Meriel. I'm always drawn to amnesia theme & gloomy angsty roller-coaster luv-stories. Despite my initial misgiving that the plot seemed too thin & Meriel's gesture was over-dramatic - in choosing death over being ...more
Usually with a Mary Jo Putney novel I can't put it down. It's one of those books that you think you're going to read a few chapters of before bed and then it's morning and it's time to get up and the couple chapters had turned into the whole novel. Unfortunately with this book that was not the case.

If I was religious it probably wouldn't have been that bad for me, but since I'm not it felt like I was kind of reading a warped version of the bible. Ho
Regan Walker
4 and 1/2 Stars! - A Worthy Tale from 12th Century England

Not many readers of historical romance may know that Mary Jo Putney wrote a medieval, but she did, and this is it! Set in 1143, when England was torn apart by the war between King Stephen and Matilda, King Henry I’s only legitimate heir, it tells the story of Lady Meriel de Vere, a high spirited young woman who loves riding fast and training her falcon. Convent raised, she is considering taking the veil until a vision of a mounted knight
As much as it hurts me to give up on this book, especially after so many good reviews, I just can't force myself to read any further. I made it half way, page 195, but that is all I am willing to be put through.

Meriel (h) thought she was ment to become a nun and during her time as a novice she met a man who made her question what she thought she knew all of these years. Once her eyes were open to what she really wants she leaves the Abby to live with her brother. One day while out for the day wi
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This book was intense because of Adrian's fixation on Meriel. I found it incredibly well-written but with a strong emotional draw. Probably one of my all-time favorites by Mary Jo Putney.
I thought this book gave a unique spin to the 'obsessed hero captures heroine' genre.

Hero was a youngest son, destined to be a monk when his family was slaughtered. Now the eldest, he felt obligated to leave the monastery and take up his title/lands and avenge his family. The h was also a younger child and had also considered the religious life before deciding it was not for her. I'm normally not a huge fan of religion in my romance, but I think it was true to the times. The church was very pow
I have to start by saying that I am not too wild about reading medieval romances. It is hard to convey what people went through in those days and not gloss it over. If it is realistic in nature, women are portrayed as little more than personal property and men come across as brutish and coarse. Putney manages to write her only medieval story with a twist.

It begins with fifteen year old Adrian de Lancey, an aristocrat's son, anticipating his monk’s vows until he learns his family has been slaught
Serban Georgiana
Nu stiu de ce ,dar aceasta carte este foarte asemanatoare cu cele scrise de Johanna Lindsey .Poate ca acesta era trendul la inceputul anilor 90,cert este ca este o premiera pentru mine sa citesc o carte scrisa de Mary Jo Putney in care protagonista este supusa unui astfel de "tratament barbar".
Ca de fiecare data,autoarea prezinta o poveste de dragoste complicata si reuseste sa tina cititorul cu sufleteul la gura.
Tensiunea si suspansul acestei carti este mentinuta nu numai de situatia complicata
Linda Hays-Gibbs
Title: Uncommon Vows
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Genre: Historical Romance
Review Rating: Five Stars
Reviewer: Linda Hays-Gibbs
What an outstanding romance from the dark ages. I couldn't stop till I devoured the whole thing. I love Mrs. Putney's work and she did not disappoint.
It's hard to write romantically about the dark ages. Most of the men had to be brutes to survive and women were not treated well. This story does the impossible. It takes two people in a savage age and land and makes them real pe
One of my favorites by MJP. Lots of angst and desparate love which is my favorite type of romance even if I also enjoy lighter reads. I no longer read many medieval romances because after nearly 20 years of research into the medieval period I get pretty picky about authenticity. This one does a pretty good job at keeping the details correct while also adding in the love story.
Carol Storm
Loved the research and the atmosphere of this action-packed Medieval romance -- but the hero was just too creepy with his religious mania and his constant stalking!
I began this just before leaving on holiday, and as not much was left, I didn't take it on the trip with me. I picked it up again shortly after returning. I'm generally a very big fan of Putney's and her writing is quite compelling, but this was not my favorite by her. Part of it was the period - I am not so into medieval tales these days - but also the heavy religious element to the story. It was interesting to read about the attitudes to the Jews in the story (and glad the good guy was the goo ...more
it's not an awful read but i hated the 1st half while i liked the 2nd half quite well, it too unreal! adrian was a mad stalker, so mad it got 2 the point of horrific! he pushed melric 2 suicide. i admired her 4it, 4 jumping through the window. i say it takes tremendous courage ! yes rather than be raped n kept as a prisoner, better 2 commit suicide. life was not worth living. adrian did atone very painfully 4 his sins. i liked dat he worked hard n suffered 2 get melric back. however, i still fee ...more
Jane Stewart
Enjoyable romance novel, although I was annoyed with the heroine.

The first part of the book was the best. I was eager to keep reading to see what would happen. There were also a few humorous lines. But later in the book, I wasn't as drawn in. I was annoyed with the heroine for traveling alone in the forest. She was told and knew that it was dangerous for a woman to travel alone. Both times she did this she ended up being kidnapped. She was offered an escort the first time, but refused it. The se
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Aug 20, 2010 Liz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers
Recommended to Liz by: nana
Earl Adrian captures Meriel in the royal forest with a hawk with her. He immediately is captivated by her and decides to hold her against her will. He is trying to force her to be his mistress, and is unsuccessful. He has her come to his bed chamber and proposes marriage, she decides to jump threw a stained glass window into the water deep below. Adrian jumps right after. She is knocked unconscious. Eventually she comes around, and remembers nothing of her past life. She falls in love with Adria ...more
Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Warner ♥
A version of this review also appears at: A Match Made in Heaven

This was a unique and captivating romance. Adrian, a dark hero who daily struggles against his darker nature, and only just defeats it through the devout worship of god and constant prayer. But his darker nature wins out when he sees the beautiful and free Miriel who he cant resist. He attempts to cage and control her and make her his. It takes a long time but eventually he learns the error of his ways, and Miriel eventually learns
Crystal Carroll
He finds her literally wandering in a dark wood, at which point his way is lost. He knows it’s wrong, but arrests her on a trumped up poaching charge and takes her back to yonder castle. Then things go completely wrong. Then completely right. Well, it is a romance novel.

This is my favorite of Putney’s books. Even though it pulls some very common (and often annoying) tropes. We’ve got kidnapping and the whole whatnot. Except, she doesn’t fall in love with the kidnapper. She rejects any curtailmen
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Oh bummer, I really tried to like this book! But it dragged on and on.The conversations sounded modern and not at all medieval. I couldn't get into Meriel and Adrian! There was something missing!! Plus after a while it began to sound like some religious tome to me. Not that there's anything wrong with religious tomes....but when I'm reading a romance novel I'd rather not feel I'm being preached on. 1 star because the concept was awesome. It was only in the execution that the book failed. :/

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I can't put my finger on it, but there was something off about the writing. Things were too black and white, the writing seemed ill at ease and maladroit, if that makes sense, like it was the author's first attempt at writing a book. With more skilled writing this book might have worked- needed a more subtle way of showing Adrian's conflicting characters of light and darkness. Too much tell and no show and that in an awkward, self-conscious way. Two bouts of amnesia was pretty ridicu
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
Wow, this is the best book I've read in ages. I've been struggling to even finish any books for the last few months, being in a real rut, and this one made me realise why I've been continuing on in hope. I couldn't put it down. Definitely, for me, a keeper! I loved the way the author really made me feel like I was in the time period. So many historical books these days are wallpaper - that doesn't necessarily mean they are bad, but books such as this where you know from the writing where and whe ...more
it's a good read. just start from about page 80 (as far as i can remember). then when you realize (view spoiler) you won't mind so much ;).
It was long and boring and the same thoughts from the characters were repeated over and over again through out the book. I just started skipping pages and I was still able to understand the ending.
Amazing story!!! I think is one of her best books!! I finished it in one day! I love the characters,!! The story was fast paced, full of action, intrigue, and romance!!
"When he refuses to set her free and her only options seem to be death or rape Meriel attempts suicide by jumping out a window. The Earl desperate to save her jumps in behind her.

Though she shouldn't have lived she does survive, but has amnesia. It is during this time that the Earl convinces her to fall in love with him and marries her. He neglects to tell her what happened before she woke up. During a tempest she's almost struck by lightning and in the fall regains her memory of everything exc
Lady Raven RAVE!
My first time reading a MJP book and it was worth it, i love the story and the begin for me was turly wonderful even though Adrain has his moments he was the nicest hero i have read in a while meaning really nice and Meriel was a wonderful person to get to know..

I really enjoy it because i don't really take to many new authors(meaning authors i have never read before) because sometimes you get their books that are not really up there and it makes you not want to read any more of their books, get
I read this after reading two less-well-written books by Putney, so this one was refreshing! The level of research and detail I've come to expect from one of her books was in full force here. She manages to bring a culture completely foreign to the modern individual to life in vivid color. I love the way she mentions terms and customs generally unknown to modern people and explains them succinctly and without fanfare. This book embodies what I love about Putney's writing: well-researched backgro ...more
slow,boring,religious story and a annoying 200 pages...
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She writes young adult fiction as M.J. Putney.

Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably
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