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A Royal Marriage

(Protecting The Crown #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  206 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Despite her protests, Princess Gisela, headstrong daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, must enter into a diplomatic marriage. Yet en route to her wedding, her ship is attacked and she's gravely injured. Rescued by a renowned healer, King John of Lydia, Gisela recuperates at his Mediterranean castle. The handsome, widowed ruler soon has her reevaluating her belie ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Love Inspired (first published January 1st 2012)
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Author: Rachelle McCalla
Published by: Love Inspired
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Series #1
Rating: 5


"Royal Marriage" by Rachelle McCalla..Protecting the Crown Book # 1 setting from Castlehead, Lydia... was a good read with plenty of 'action, drama, romance and spies' that would take you to that 'magical time in history of Kings, Princesses, castles and knights in battles.

How does this story start.....

The novel will definitely draw you into this story of
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
A Royal Marriage by Rachelle McCalla
4/5 stars
Source: Netgalley

There is just nothing like a novel that opens with drama and doesn’t stop until the very last word. A Royal Marriage opens with King John of Lydia warily watching as a ship, flying the royal flags of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, approaches his coast. Neither King John nor his advisors can think of a reason why the emperor or one of his envoys would be making an unplanned and unannounced stop in Lydia. What comes off the ship is
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Protecting the Crown series

The history part I really did not know much about it at all. I liked the plot. The characters and that it is a clean read.
I take for granted that if you want to read the bible it is easy to do. I have many copies in out house and even on my kindle.
Only the very rich would have a book of scripture like Acts not the whole bible.

Princess Gisela is going to be married as part of a contract to keep the peace and the Christian church together and not split apart. Her
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Royal Marriage by Rachelle McCalla
Protecting the Crown Book 1

Castlehead, Lydia, A.D. 801
Princess Gisela, daughter of the Emperor Charlemagne, was to marry an Illyrian. Their ship is attacked on the way to her betrothed and she is injured and near death. If she dies war could break out. They stop in Lydia as King John is known to be a healer. Gisela struggles between the feelings she has towards King John and knowing she is promised to Prince Warrick and that much in the political realm depends
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I read four of Rachelle McCalla's books prior to A Royal Marriage (her Reclaiming the Crown series). I loved each of them, so I knew she wrote great suspense books. Well, she also writes fantastic historical novels... A Royal Marriage proves that!

I loved the characters. My favorites were King John and Princess Gisela. I also loved Prince Luke from the few scene
Heather Boustead
A Royal Marriage
By Rachelle McCalla

On her way to her wedding Princess Gisela’s ship is attacked by pirates and she is gravely injured helping her men defend the ship. Her men rush her to King John of Lydia who is a renowned healer in the hopes that he will be able to save her, but when they finally arrive the princess’s injury has become life threatening. Through determination and prayer King John is able to use the knowledge he has of herbs to save her life, but when Princess Gisela was brought
Princess Gisela is on her way to her future husband(diplomatic arranged marriage) when the ship she is traveling on is attacked and she is gravely injured. The crew of the ship know of King John of Lydia and his healing ways so they set course and arrive with only hours left before Princess Gisela might die. The only way to save her is to apply a special herb but its not easy to get and is on enemy land. As King John fights to keep the Princess alive he also brings possible war to his people.

Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
When Princess Gisela, daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, arrives injured at Lydia, King John is her only chance at survival. Trained as a healer, King John must risk his life to save Gisela's. What he did not realize was that he would also be risking his heart.

Princess Gisela and King John were characters I could feel for. Gisela is betrothed to a man she does not love. It is a political alliance. When she is injured and spends time healing at King John's castle, her heart begins to lon
Laura AKA Loves 2 Read Romance
Princess Gisela was on her way to enter into a diplomatic marriage. However along the way her ship is attacked and she is gravely injured. Gisela is rescued by King John of Lydia. While recuperating at his beautiful castle Gisela starts to rethink her ideas about love and marriage. However with Gisela betrothed the growing love between King John and her is forbidden. They will have to find a way to unite the kingdom if they want to join their hearts.

This was the first book in Rachelle McCalla's
First impressions: LOVED the setting and the premise - the historical world-building was spot-on, with just enough detail and only a few minor anachronisms.

I was really impressed with the presentation of Gisela as a strong, smart leader in a historically believable way. She was one of the best Harlequin heroines, and inspirational heroines, I've read so far.

But the insta-love romance was blah - no emotional conflicts, just external political intrigues. Neither the hero nor the heroine had any fl
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-reviewed
Loved, loved, loved this book!!
I started reading A Royal Marriage at bedtime and it kept me awake until I was finished. :) I just love it when a book draws me in and takes me to that magical time in history of Kings, Princesses, castles and knights in battle. Princess Gisela is a beautiful heroine who intends to honor her fathers wishes for her even when her heart tells her to love King John of Lydia. I found myself drawn to the wounded heart of King John and his strong faith in God, as he tende
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was super mad at myself for I left this book at my sister's last week. Only with about 50 pages to go! Had to wait a week to finish and it was driving me mad! ;)

I was pulled into this story from page one! I loved the setup, and also this time period was a new one for me, so it was quite refreshing. I loved the little Kingdom of Lydia, not to mention I am a sucker for books with princesses. ;) And Gisela was a Princess I could root for, loved her interaction with John, it was believable and jus
The imaginary kingdom of Lydia had me enthralled from start to finish, as did the main characters, Gisele and John, and I would actually give it 4.5 stars. The historical details and the intrigue that eventually enters the story are fascinating. Some confusion remains in my mind as to whether one character is supposed to be trustworthy or not, but perhaps that is dealt with in the future volumes of the series, or I could just be difficult to convince.A Royal Marriageis the first book in a series ...more
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It was so well written and kept me interested the entire time I was reading! The characters were believable, the story line was incredible, and the twists and turns made the story interesting and worth reading!! A must-read if you ask me! I'd give it ten stars if I could!! :)
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Twists, turns, and what do we do now? I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the others that are coming hereafter. I have enjoyed the Kingdom of Lydia and the fine people there. Hard to put this one down. Had to see how they would work around the issues that came up.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Royal Marriage by rachelle McCalla
This is the second one I purchased for me because it was my birthday. Lots of action, love this book, and looking forward to reading the next in the series of Protecting the Crown about Luke.
This book was just ok to me. It seemed too predictable and not very realistic. It annoyed me how King John seemed to be so overly taken with Gisela's looks.

I don't particularly care for books set in this time period, so that may have influenced my rating of the book.
Virginia Carmichael
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was really sweet! I loved the cover, but the story was just as good!
Theresa Hewitt
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-inspired
A good, heart wrenching read. You feel the desperation of their love. Def recommend.
Debra Ullrick
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a fabulous story. SOOOO romantic! Absolutely loved it!!!!!
Jun 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
"Dear Reader, ... I've taken care to make my story as historically accurate as possible..."

No, you most certainly have not.

I am getting really, really tired of Protestant authors projecting their modern practices onto non-Protestant characters of historical times. This gets really old! So, these characters are living in 9th century Christendom? I am sorry to have to be the one to tell you, but, THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN CATHOLIC! They would have thought like Catholics, worshiped like Catholics, and
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Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x-rate
Makes real the strict religious beliefs, fear of excommunication in medieval times.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! The only critique I have is that some of the love plot seemed a little unrealistic, but I still enjoyed it!
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Could not put it down
Aug 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is not my preferred genre to read, however I have a middle school aged child who has been asking if they can read love stories so I have been reading a fair amount of different books to find ones I am comfortable with them reading. I found this book to be just the kind of love story I was fine recommending.

I offer these reasons for that recommendation.
1. The writing is not melodramatic. There is the standard love at first sight or first encounter, but instead of the characters being unabl
I went into A Royal Marriage thinking I would love it as it is a historical and set in the Middle Ages, a time I've been coming to recently read more of and have been loving. However, I wasn't very far into this book before it started to grate on my nerves.

The first time Gisela and John meet she is so near death that she has less than a day to live unless she gets a specific treatment in time, but she doesn't come across as that ill except to be a little weak. Then her recovery is so quick it's
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved the time period of this book. Its setting is not a usual one but really made this book enjoyable. I liked the authors writing style. The story flowed so well and the characters were all likeable. The story itself was fun and I could not wait to read more and find out what happened on the next page. I gave this book 5/5 stars. I loved the unique setting and time period and cannot wait to read more from this author. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes books about Princesses, h ...more
Aug 31, 2016 rated it liked it
I actually got quite the history lesson! Set about 800 AD and for once not in Scotland or Britain. Overall a very tame romance read I think one kiss on the mouth. Still enjoyed the story with a very much though. They were fighting a common enemy instead of each other. It was refreshingly different.
Dec 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
I just have a hard time with a book whose entire premise is founded on a mistake that could have been set right so easily and yet, for some unexplained reason, it was not, and two countries end up going to war over it.
Also, I found myself skipping a lot because so much of the description was repetitive in nature or romantic mooning.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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