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For eighteen years, Lord Gilbert has been tortured over a grievous lapse in judgment. Bitterness has tainted his interactions with the people of Moreland and his relationship with his only daughter, Lady Joanna. With a wolfhound guarding her around the clock and no freedom to leave the castle grounds unattended, the only time Lady Joanna can be alone is when she sneaks out

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Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Covenant Communications
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Julie Carpenter
I was perusing audiobooks today and came across this one. I was so excited! I've been eyeing it since it came out. How could I not, I mean look at that cover! So gorgeous. The dress and that horse?!!! Not to mention that the synopsis called to me and many friends absolutely loved it when they read it several months ago. So I selected it and turned it on. It was a fabulous companion for my day. I had a lot of prep work to do for an upcoming trip and so while I was cleaning, doing laundry, making ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
A wonderful cast of characters give heart to this medieval tale of loyalty and betrayal. I loved Lady Joanna's compassion for the peasants in her father's land, and her determination to champion their cause since they couldn't for themselves. Her secret relationship with Agnes and the two young men Agnes cares for proves to be beneficial when they come to her aid as the kingdom seems to be falling apart. The arrival of Lukas was timely as he helps solve the mystery of the stolen wool and reveal ...more
Katie W
I've always had a soft spot in my heart for stories of brave knights, beautiful and strong ladies, dastardly villains, and dangerous plots. With a fantastic assortment of characters, this story stole my heart and captured my attention from the first page.

Lady Joanna is a devious young woman--but in a good way, if that makes sense. She takes risks to make friends, help others, and enjoy life a little, but has to do so secretly. She's the type of character that a reader can't help but adore, with
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I love books that take me back to the time of Knights and Castles. There is always that imagery of chivalry that takes me back to childhood dreams of being a princess with a handsome knight (or two) to save and protect me. Now that I am older, I know that the dream had a dark side, that of vassals, outhouses, poverty, etc.

This book had a great mix of my childhood dream and the realities of the time period. Lady Joanna is the daughter of a Lord. She is kept in beautiful gowns and has servants to
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I love books set in medieval times with loyal and brave knights, beautiful ladies, archery tournaments and sinister plots! This book has it all. I just loved it!

The characters were all so vivid in my mind. Lady Joanna is the perfect picture of kindness and loyalty. She loves her land and her people and has a desire to help them both thrive. Her frustration comes from not being allowed to really participate in decisions regarding either one and instead is shoved off to the side as a pretty ornam
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Christina
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a fantastic tale filled with Knights of honor, tales of sorrow, moments of valor, and of course a sweet love between a Knight and a Lady.

I really enjoyed this refreshing tale! Maybe it’s because I love this medieval time period, or the unique beginning of this story, or that I’m tired of all these contemporary “billionaire” romance books. Whatever the case, this book was a breath of fresh air and had my toes curling in delight at the clean swoony romance!

Lady Joanna is kind and giving, wi
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Bonnie
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful read. I'm familiar with the legend it was based on so I was excited to see how that would be incorporated into the story. It was done well. The characters were true to their upbringing as well as the individual challenges that life brought them. It was fun to see Lady Joanna's growth throughout the story as well as her father and Sir Lukas. I'm always a sucker for a good tournament with the wrong guy in the lead. This is a well written love story that anyone will enjoy and ...more
Shauna
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This tale will leave you feeling enchanted! You will read of a king and his castle. You will revel in knights and thieves. Your heart will melt for a simple-minded man, a young boy, and a women forbidden from the kingdom. Lady Joanna and her wolfhound with capture your attention and keep you reading long into the night. I completely recommend this book! ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!
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Book Summary:

For eighteen years, Lord Gilbert has been tortured over a grievous lapse in judgment.
Bitterness has tainted his interactions with the people of Moreland and his
relationship with his only daughter, Lady Joanna. With a wolfhound guarding her
around the clock and no freedom to leave the castle grounds unattended, the only time
Lady Joanna can be alone is when she sneaks out through an old castle tunnel to visit the
healer Agnes in her cottage by the sea. One morning as Lady Joanna ap
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LAWonder10
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lady Joanna's mother died at her birth. Her over protective, grief-stricken  father, Lord Gilbert, has seldom ever offered her kindness and barely acknowledges her existence. Thanks to a dear Lady's maid, a noble Knight, a banished healer, and a devoted Wolf Dog, she was raised with love and respect. The only problem is, in order to visit the healer - which is forbidden - she has to sneak out just before dawn, through a secret tunnel. She was in the process of doing so when she came upon a stran ...more
Cathy
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved the way this book sucked me back in time to a land of Lords, Ladies, Knights and their steeds, and castles. The whole setting of this one almost felt real to me, the author really did such an amazing job with that.

The plot was awesome too, and I loved the way that the author has some notes at the end telling where she kind of got the plot from, so fascinating to see her process of how she came to it. I loved the way that the reader is as in the dark about who the villain is and the hero
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Charissa
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This medieval romance starts out with a heartbreaking scene that set the tone for the rest of the book. Lady Joanna is kind and good, yet she is guarded by her father’s wolfhound and never given any freedom or touch of concern except from her lady’s maid and Agnes, the healer who was banished from the castle years ago. When she finds a wounded man on the cliff trail as she sneeks away from the castle, she seeks Agnes’s help to care for him. Wool goes missing and her father announces that her han ...more
Heather
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Don't let the sappy title fool you. Yes, it is a romance book, but it had a good plot with layers of intrigue. The story was full of interesting characters; I enjoyed watching as the relationships changed and developed. Overall a good book that readers of this genre will enjoy. (This book is squeaky clean and has a little bit of a Christian feel to it -- for those who care.)
Melissa
What a way cute story, I wanted more! Bessey is a good author, I've always liked her. This was such a well put together story, I just wanted more of the characters and the scenery and the feel of the medevil world. I handed it to my teen who loves midevil stuff. There is talk of God and some prayers this was just a sweet book, a little violence, but not detailed.
Julie
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved the last book I read by this author, so I was excited for another. This one has a sweet story with likable characters. The beginning sucked me in right away and the pace is just right, but I found the plot just a bit too predictable.
Shauna
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m rounding up on this one because I’m such a sucker for this period. I would have liked to see Lord Gilbert a little bit more developed and his relationship with his daughter flushed out, but the arrows fly straight to a happy ending that is still satisfying.
Laura
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Fun easy & clean read. Medieval story about a young lady who is isolated from everyone. She is promised as the prize at an archery contest. Happy coincidence that a handsome young man shows up in time to solve the mystery and falls in love with the girl. Predictable, but cute!
Lydia
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and captivating from the first page.
Toni
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the medieval setting of this story. It was great! Full of chivalry, knights, love and mystery. Such a fun , enjoyable book. Loved it!
Patti
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this “tale of honor and love” as described on the front cover! Set in medieval times, it is the story of a young Lady Joanna, and her father Lord Gilbert, who has suffered long from a tragedy he caused many years ago. Joanna’s mother died in childbirth so their father/daughter relationship has been somewhat distant. At age 18, Lady Joanna has reached marriageable age so Lord Gilbert announces an archery tournament, with the prize being his daughter’s hand in marriage. Joanna accepts her ...more
Donna Weaver
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
For eighteen years, Lord Gilbert has been tortured over a grievous lapse in judgment. Bitterness has tainted his interactions with the people of Moreland and his relationship with his only daughter, Lady Joanna. With a wolfhound guarding her around the clock and no freedom to leave the castle grounds unattended, the only time Lady Joanna can be alone is when she sneaks out through an old castle tunnel to visit the healer Agnes in her cottage by the sea. One morning as Lady Joanna
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Erin
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was okay, which is about what I expected. I just needed something to listen to as I did my chores, and I guess it did the job. I wasn't that invested in either character, and the writing was average. There wasn't chemistry or tension in the romance, but if you're looking for something 'sweet' then it might appeal to you...
The ending, (view spoiler)
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shay
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a good, suspenseful, romantic mystery. Lately, the books I've been reading have been books that spend soooo much time repeatedly hemming and hawing over the main character's thoughts and inner battles, so much so that the books just drag on. It was refreshing to read this book and not have that.

I don't usually read books set in the medieval time period and enjoyed learning a little bit more through this novel. Having the glossary of terms at the front of the book was helpful
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Sara Cardon
I enjoy a good medieval story and the premise on this one is interesting. Lady Joanna is sheltered and guarded. She's very surprised to learn of a tournament where she's the prize.

I have some favorites in this cast, especially the friends she visits outside the castle. Lukas is a good guy.

Somewhere along the way my interest in the outcome waned. Maybe the villain is too obvious or unsympathetic? Maybe the love story? Maybe just my timing on picking this up. I'm an animal lover, so I'm surprise
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Camille
To Win a Lady’s Heart was a cute medieval romance complete with a kind-hearted Lady, a dashing honorable knight, a vivid medieval castle setting, an archery tournament to win Lady Johanna's hand in marriage, and a dash of intrigue and mystery. I loved both Lady Johanna— with her compassionate heart for the peasants living on her land— and Sir Lukas, who is the perfect knight— one good, chivalrous, and devoted. Their love story was cute and sweet. As adorable as it was, it was unfortunately not t ...more
Rachel
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think I’d rather say 3.5 stars, but 4 will do.

This was a cute and predictable love story with some fun characters. I wish we got to see a little more character development in our hero, Sir Lucas. When we first meet him he is unconscious and injured, but we quickly learn that he is an honorable and smooth-talking knight and he stays that way throughout the story. Not that I don’t appreciate his chivalry, but I just think there was a little more we could have gained from his character.

Anyways,
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Amy
May 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book started off decent and of course I love reading period novels so the medieval setting was a plus from the beginning. Also the author seemed to have a fairly good grasp of the time period in architecture of the castle grounds, etc which added to the believability of the novel. But halfway through when the dialogue picked up between the knight and the princess I was just so shocked by how fake and utterly cliche it all was! It was laughable, but mostly boring and disappointing. I still f ...more
Kenzie Koehle
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the story, and I especially loved the setting. It's so fun to read Medieval tales, with the language, the castles, the people, etc. There was kind of a weird vibe with the main girl and main guy, and I don't know how to explain it, except that she seems too much like a damsel in distress, and the main guy the hero that gets all the credit.
But, I still enjoyed the story, and it's a fun, quick read. :)
Emma Rasband
To be honest, I almost didn't finish this book.
The first half of the book was pretty slow and it took me quite some time to be pulled into the plot and fall in love with the main characters. It was only at the climax of the story that I really enjoyed this book. In my opinion, it's worth reading the book so you can read the climax and ending. Altogether, TO WIN A LADY'S HEART was a cute retelling filled with knights, castles, love and adventure.
Susan
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was so much better than the cover led me to expect! It was exciting, a mystery, an adventure worth reading! I love happy endings...especially with a few surprise twists! I always love a story where (view spoiler) A good read!
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Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales. She left her homeland to attend Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in English.
She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then she has published histo
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