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Joanna (The Roselynde Chronicles #3)

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A beautiful, iron-willed heiress to power, Joanna secretly burns with an explosive inner passion as wild and radiant as her flaming red hair. But her deepest emotions are tragically frozen by the cold fear of a man's tender love. Caught in the dangerous intrigues of King John's court, the noblewoman comes face to face with Geoffrey, an irresistible knight.
Published July 1st 1994 by Leisure Books (first published 1978)
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Do not let the cheesy 70's cover fool you; this is solid historical fiction and not a mindless bodice ripping romance. Joanna is the daughter of Alinor of Roselynde and heiress to her mother's great landholdings. Her mother and step-father, Ian de Vipont want to betroth Joanna to Geoffrey Fitzwilliam who is the illegitimate son of King John's half brother William Salisbury. As Joanna and Geoffrey are called to court, they are caught up in the prevalent intrigues and corruption of John's court. K ...more
Lisa Kay
I loved the Roselynde Chronicles and this was a favorite of mine in the series. Joanna was so frightened and managed to be brave and fell in love with Groffery at first sight (sound - LOL).
Hillari Delgado
'Joanna' is the third volume in Robert Gellis's beloved 'The Roselynde Chronicles.' The series was recently released in ebook format so I am enjoying the chance to revisit some old favorites. (See my Goodreads reviews of 'Alinor' and 'Gilliane.')

'Joanna' is problematic for me. Usually Gellis's accurate historical detail and events is her greatest strength, giving strong context for her characters' actions and emotion and immersing the reader in another world. in 'Joanna,' however, context has tr
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
“A love so rare it becomes the deadliest risk of all” is a love that Joanna is afraid to experience.

In the time of King John before the Magna Carta, England seethed with uneasiness, uncertainty, cruel wars, and intrigues that fermented to the point of exploding.

Fifteen-year-old Joanna, Alinor’s daughter and heiress to Roselynde is capable, intelligent, and can manage a castle well. She controls servants and men-at-arms with fairness and firmness. She manages accounts and metes out justice with
After reading the first two books of The Roselynde Chronicles, I knew I had to continue the series even if I knew that Alinor and Ian de Vipont were not the main characters of the story.

Joanna is the eldest daughter of Alinor and her first husband, Simon. She is the heiress of Roselynde and was raised accordingly to her rank. Joanna is young but of marriageable age and her parents want her betrothed to Geoffrey Fitzwilliam, the young son of William of Salisbury. Geoffrey had a hard life at court
In the 3rd book of the Roselynde series, we spend several years with Joanna and Geoffrey. This book was very frustrating for me, because all through the book (about five years), the two are completely in love and totally at odds. They're both miserable because neither will tell each other what is really going on. They're too busy trying to protect themselves and each other. Then, at the end, instead of us getting a glimpse of some kind of illuminating conversation, they're just suddenly happy an ...more
I happily discovered this older reissue as a free kindle download. There are several books in this Roselynde historical fiction series. It takes places during medieval times in England, Wales and Normandy. The story continues as the daughter of Elinor (Joanna) grows up during the reign of King John and Queen Isabella. They are enemies to her going back to incidents in book 1 with her mother. Joanna swears she will never allow herself to love the man she marries, to avoid being hurt as her mother ...more
I like both Joanna and Geoffrey as heroine and hero. Geoffrey is probably one of the most likeable heroes in Gellis' books. The time is during the reign of King John. The historical facts are accurate but the portraits of some of the historical figures may drive people interested in history to the texts to discover the accuracy of the portrayals.
Definitely more steamy than the previous two books in the series. It was fascinating to get a historical perspective regarding King John and the Magna Carta. Roberta Gellis is amazing at providing a historical background for her characters. Each marriage is different and offers insights into the relationship between men and women.
Jessica Lauryn
I loved the premise of this story, and watching heroine Joanna fall literally (and unknowingly) into the arms of hero Geoffrey. Their chemisty is amazing and we're rooting that they'll get together from the very beginning. Second half of the story was a little slow for me but by then I was so hooked I hardly cared.
I made it to page 419 and had to give up. For me the story just lost it's momentum. I tried two times to pick it up again and each time was disappointed.
Veronica Lindsey
Good historical romance. Lots of detail On to book 4.
Jordan Mierek
Um...somewhat disturbing.
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Roberta Gellis has been one of the most successful writers of historical fiction of the last few decades, having published about 25 meticulously researched historical novels since 1964. She has been married to her husband Charles for over 50 years and they live together in Lafayette, Indiana with a lively Lakeland terrier called Taffy. She has one child called Mark.

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Other Books in the Series

The Roselynde Chronicles (7 books)
  • Roselynde (The Roselynde Chronicles, #1)
  • Alinor (The Roselynde Chronicles, #2)
  • Gilliane (The Roselynde Chronicles, #4)
  • Rhiannon (The Roselynde Chronicles, #5)
  • Sybelle (The Roselynde Chronicles, #6)
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