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The Truest Heart

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  359 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Did fate send her a villain with the blackest soul...or a lover with The Truest Heart
Her name is her only crime, yet Lady Gillian must take refuge in a humble cottage on the on the stormy Cornish coast, hiding from a king who seeks her death for her father's treason.Now destiny has sent Gillian a cure for her loneliness: a handsome shipwrecked stranger washed ashore on a p
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Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Lynsey A
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Lady Gillian after being sent away by her father into hiding, when King John wants both her and her brothers head. So she goes into hiding in Cornwall. Knowing that no one except the man that shields and protects her knows of her identity. When a mysterious injured man shows up on the beach washed on the shore after a shipwreck, Gillian risks everything to tend him. When he awakens however, she is startled surprised to find out that he remembers nothing but his name Gareth. The more Gillian tend ...more
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, but I thought the middle of the book was lacking in excitment. Some people may be turned on by the idea that he was all dark and brooding and she was always screeching at him...but not me. I like a comanding, mysterious, take charge kind of hero...but Gareth was annoying, not sexy, towards the middle of the book and her reaction to him was maddening.

The beginning was very intriguing, that's what go me sucked in enough to buy the book after downloading a little sample from iBoo
Rita Jett
A lovely Medieval romance about a woman whose father makes an attempt on the King's life and her flight for freedom there-after.

Gillian, the daughter of Ellis of Westerbrook, and her brother Clifton, are being hunted down after their father committed suicide to save the identity of the second assailant in their attack on the King and to take away the King's satisfaction in doing the deed himself. The King now wants his vengeance.

King John send one of his noblemen,Gareth, the lord of Sommerfield
Annabel Joseph
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, Ms. James hit me right in my sweet spot with this one. Enough history to draw me in, but not so much that I start to zone out. I loved the element of the forced marriage, something she also did in My Lord Conqueror. I didn't like this as much as My Lord Conqueror because the hero didn't have quite as much "edge" but again, the story was simple, romantic, and kept me turning pages.

And man oh man, the florid language. I want to hate it but I don't...I LOVE IT. There should be a drinking game
Apr 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trashy-books
I really liked this one! It was so fantastical and romantic. We have the lady Gillian, held hidden away in a cottage in Cornwall and the dashing young knight, Gareth, who happens to wash away onto the shore following a shipwreck and a storm. The only survivor, she nurses him back to health (in quite an erotic way!), he suffers from amnesia, they wind up passionately involved, etc. etc. Of course there is this constant thread of tension throughout the story. But I loved the speed of the whole thi ...more
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I had to force myself to finish this book. I disliked Gillian throughout most of it. She was a whiner, irrational and childish. The only reason I gave this book two stars is because I liked Gareth's character. It's hard to believe he would fall in love with Gillian.
Nov 20, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2009-bir
This should be called the Truest Wallbanger!
Rose Maria
The story started beautifully and engaging.... The heroine helped him when no one was there to offer the help him.....and their slow attraction was also good..hero's amnesia then remembering things all were OK....but then I felt angry at the hero treats the h when they arrive at his place....come on dude!!!.. She saves your life!!.....and he ends up marrying her to save her,but his intentions are not that noble :))

In the past 3yr, I'm once again marking "didn't like hero"
Serena Miles
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Sep 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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~May have slight spoilers.

Lady Gillian is in hiding from the king--but not for her own deed but that of her father. He sent her and her brother away to different locations deep in the night knowing the king may try to use them or worse yet kill them for his treason.

Gareth, his name, is the only thing he knows of himself when he awakes in Lady Gillian cottage. A dreadful storm cast his ship to the rocks where he was the only one to survive--barely if not for Lady Gillian nursing him back to healt
Dec 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Robbie was still waiting for an answer. “How will the babe get out?” he said again.

Gillian bit her lip. “Robbie…” “Does Papa know?” Gillian glanced at Lynette, whose eyes were sparkling. Lynette’s brows arose, as if she, too, awaited an answer. “Aye,” she said weakly. Robbie gazed at her calmly. “Perhaps he will tell me when he returns.” All at once his childish lips puckered thoughtfully. “But wait. How did the babe get in your belly?” Gillian was utterly mortified. She was certain her face wa
Linda C
In fury over being thwarted by the suicide of a would-be assassin before disclosing his accomplice, King John orders the burning of his castle and the death of his son and daughter. To do this heinous deed he picks a knight who has not taken sides in the political conflict and holds his son hostage until the deed is done. Gillian and Clifton were secreted out of their home when their father was captured and taken to separate locations, not knowing where the other is, for safety sake. When a ship ...more
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance, erotica
Gillian is a woman on the run. Gareth is the man sent to kill her. Only. He forgets. He's in a shipwreck. Loses his memory. And just HAPPENS to be found by Gillian who nurses him to health. This part? Cute and cuddly.

THEN, Gareth remembers his purpose. He takes Gillian to his castle and forces her into marriage in order to protect her. Now, Gillian doesn't take too kindly to being told that Gareth was sent to kill her. Makes it kind of hard to trust him. Yet he demands it. At every turn. He for
Medieval romance with sex. Copyright 2001. This is a reread, but it's been probably 2001 since I last read it. I've been trying to clean out my burgeoning library!

I somewhat remember the plot of this one. I actually didn't think it was too bad for the first 10 chapters. I do not like the amnesia trope, but am willing to let that slide. Sure, Gillian isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I was willing to give her a break.
Then.... chapter 11. Now Gillian displays that she's indeed TSTL. R
Jane S
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this within two days, it was a quick read and started great. I love a good midieval romance and I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. once they left to go back to Gareth 's home the story fell and Gillian became increasingly frustrating to listen to with her bi polar emotions. She kept saying really negative things about Gareth pretty much right until the end when she realizes she loves him (this is after months of back and forth "he's evil" "I hate him" "he's the enemy " "I should ...more
E. R.
I had the good intention of reading this, but then my mood changed and I just skimmed through it. I did liked the interaction that the heroine had with the hero's son, and it was nice to read how the hero interacted with the heroine. Otherwise, I just skimmed through it and returned it back.
Dianne Salzwedel
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Lady hides from king, rescues man assigned to kill her, they outsmart the king
Michele Lacroix
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Truest Heart was a good, if not great book. I did enjoy most of it, didn't always like Gillian.
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the hero, Gareth. Heroine started out likeable but then became silly halfway through the book.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ending was a bit rushed..but overall 3.5 stars;p
A masterful story telling of intense passion! One of the best Historical Romance writers around!
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Growing up in Joliet, Illinois, Samantha James had many childhood aspirations--being a writer was never one of them. When she was ten, she was certain she was destined to be an astronomer. That soon changed (happened a lot during those pre-teen years!) when she decided archaeology was in her future. Detective work was her next goal, thanks to the Trixie Belden mysteries she was reading, and before ...more