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The Knight and the Rose

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He was meant to be her saviour. Instead Johanna finds herself snared in a web of deceit with a handsome, mysterious stranger.

Lady Johanna FitzHenry is desperate. Trapped in a violent marriage, when the opportunity comes to travel home to farewell her dying father, she seizes it, determined not to return. Even if that means throwing herself from the turrets. But her mother
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ebook, 480 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Berkley Books (first published 1999)
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Marquise
The good:

- The characters are attractive and believably fleshed-out. Geraint especially, he is a darling.
- The ambiance feels authentic and true to the period.
- Same about the language, it's not too faux old-fashioned as to be tiresome or hard to understand.
- The plot also is believable, as it does sound like something people of the time could've resorted to doing given the restrictions imposed on women in the era. That this was inspired by a real case, as the author explains at the end, makes i
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Elis Madison
So I snagged this one at (shameless plug) 2nd and Charles, my new favorite used book store, because the word "Knight" grabbed my attention. I do love medieval stories.

The premise: Johanna FitzHenry is married to a man who beats her. When her father has a stroke (they didn't call it that back then but you'll recognize the symptoms), her mum can finally call her home. And hubby lets her go, cuz he's still waiting on a big chunk of her dowry and he expects her to make sure daddy coughs up before h
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Sharil
I was about two-thirds of the way through this book, when I thought, "Wow! This is is like the "Gone of the Wind" of medieval tales". In actuality, we just have star-crossed lovers, an unlikely and reluctant pairing. With all of the twists, turns and drama it equals medieval soap opera. ...not always predictable and it takes a bit of reading in the beginning to become fully engaged in the characters and be drawn into the continuing saga.

This book is not for everyone. Written by an Australian (th
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Nilab
Feb 04, 2015 Nilab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was one of the first romance novels I read when I was in high school and I remember falling so madly in love with Gervase de Lavel - to a point where I'd like to think he ruined my love life for a good while because I couldn't find a guy like him ha ha.

I only remember good things about this book, so will read it again and let you know if it was as good as I remember!
Jennifer
May 29, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
There were moments when this book went too slowly for me, but by the end, I was desperate to figure out the hero's secret! I was surprised.
Nancy
Nov 21, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great historical romance with the emphasis on historical. I just love the medieval images Isolde Martyn is able to conjure with her wonderfully written characters, settings, and historical facts. I loved the use of real historical facts and figures woven with the fictional storyline. I haven't read this in quite awhile and forgot some of the really unique twists in the story and some plot devices that I don't think I've seen in any other "romance" books that I've read. It is well written and a v ...more
Teinevai
Oct 29, 2014 Teinevai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this one a few years ago, bought from a local book & music exchange shop that sadly has closed down (sob sob
Sarita
Oct 30, 2015 Sarita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many twists and turns near the ending…enjoyed and will read another by Martyn.
Sarah McCausland
Hated the 'Hero'
Ender
Oct 02, 2008 Ender rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! it was castle time (come on , who hasn't thought about living in the medevil days?) and awesome! There are pretty scandolous love scenes, so if that bothers you, you may not want to read some parts but I loved this book! I intend to buy it. It made me cry at the end, not very end, but close to the end...so awesome.
Karen Carlin
Dec 12, 2013 Karen Carlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second read! I love this book!
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Isolde is a lady with an absolute passion for history, and writing historical fiction is a wonderful way to share her enthusiasm.

Her debut novel THE MAIDEN AND THE UNICORN won a Rita for 'Best First Novel' in the US and the inaugural 'Romantic Book of the Year Award' in Australia.

Isolde has a History Honours degree from the University of Exeter, UK, with a specialization in Yorkist England, a lif
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