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My Beloved

(Langlinais #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  513 ratings  ·  54 reviews
They call her the Langlinais Bride—though she's seen her husband only one time... on their wedding day, twelve years ago.

For years, naive, convent-bred Juliana dreaded being summoned to the side of the man she wed as a child so long ago. Now her husband, Sebastian, Earl of Langlinais, has become ensnared in his villainous brother's wicked plots—and has no choice but to tur
Paperback, 372 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Avon (first published August 1st 1999)
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My Beloved by Karen Ranney was a classic medieval romance with a writing style that I have missed so much over the years. Its definitely has a old school feel, and it is part of the Avon Romantic Treasures line, so if you loved that line of romances, you will have a good time with this one. Karen Ranney has always been such a fun author to read over the years and picking up this classic of hers, made me remember why I fell in love with her
4.5/5. Beautifully written, it is about the slow brewing love between the parties of an arranged marriage, one committed to many years earlier, when she was a 5 year old cheeky little girl and he only a youth. This boy became the earl of Langlinais who fought abroad for many years in the war of the Crusades. During this time, he was imprisoned and his freedom was engineered by his brother, who himself was entrenched in the Knights Templar movement. And so the freedom came with a price.

Kim H
May 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper
Possibly the best book Karen Ranney has ever written, and definitely in the top 5 medieval romances I've ever read. Too few medievals really draw the reader into the period, and show the hardships & brutality of daily life. This one does so most convincingly. Sebastian is truly a tortured 13th Century hero, and has probably the mother of all dark secrets for this period in history. Unlike far too many other romance "dark secrets", when Sebastian's secret comes to light, the reader isn't left sit ...more
****Warning: This review is somewhat spoilery, (but I'm too lazy to add spoiler tags) so read at your own risk.****

I really liked the two-thirds. It was emotional and powerful, and almost made me cry in places, which is exceedingly rare. Things seemed pretty hopeless, as incurable diseases are not conducive to HEAs, and although I was pretty sure that his disease would not be what he thought it was, I was still interested in seeing how the author would deal with it.

And then comes the Miracle Cur
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this. Never have I read a romance where the couple can't even touch for 3/4ths of the book. The emotional connection and chemistry were off the charts. I absolutely loved the heroine, and there is a scene where she refuses to leave the hero that almost made me cry. Beautiful. ...more
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to this author I think, at least for me, it is more hit than miss. However, this story was so well written that I don't just think that this is one of the best book Karen Ranney has ever written. I know so. It is THE best medieval romance I've ever read.

With the power of her immaculate prose, she drew me into this brutal and unforgiving medieval period, so deep that I could feel the pain, sorrow and in the end love.


"It was the first time he'd said her name. It had never seem
Peggy Kaplin
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Best leper love story that I have ever read.
Aug 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Blurb: They call her the Langlinais Bride—though she’s seen her husband only one time . . . on their wedding day, twelve years ago.

For years, naive, convent-bred Juliana dreaded being summoned to the side of the man she wed as a child so long ago. Now her husband, Sebastian, Earl of Langlinais, has become ensnared in his villainous brother’s wicked plots—and has no choice but to turn to his virgin bride for help.

Juliana now finds herself face-to-face with a man so virile and so powerful that she
An amazing book that had me tearing up: a perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day with a blanket and hot chocolate!!! Sebastian was heartbreaking, and I loved him and Juliana so much!!! No, it's not your traditional fast-paced intrigue-filled HR, but if you're looking for a good and sweet medieval romance that has you rooting for the HEA, this is it:-) 5* for me! ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historic-romance
This was really good & Sebestian was really good..His strong will to protect her & then heroines strong will to be with him, was really nice..I liked how he supports her interests, how he arranges things for her, how he longs to spend time with her but still controls himself only for her..I was relieved when his disease is cured..
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This was ok.
May 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
England 1251

I have to force myself to finish this book. And the only reason I did was in the hopes that it picked up yet never did. It only got 1 star just so it would rank with my other books. It read more like a Da Vinci Code novel with some sex in there. Which by the way doesn't happen till like the last couple of chapters. And they drug on for pages! Sebastian and Juliana were bland, blank and made no connection with me at all. I almost felt more with Jared than them, and he's only a seconda
May 19, 2010 rated it liked it
This book takes you on quite the ride....but it's definitely a SLOW ride.

I have read many romance novels, and I can day with confidence that this one is truly unique! This could be a good thing for you or it might have the opposite affect. I must say that I struggled to get through this one.

Sebastian has been betrothed to Julianna since childhood. As the story begins, he is in prison and as soon as her is released, he sends for his betrothed who is living with the nuns. Sebastian refuses to to
May 16, 2010 rated it liked it
*3.5 stars*

This book has been really difficult for me to rate.

On the one hand, it had one of the most heart-wrenching (and original) conflicts I've ever read, both the hero and heroine were compelling and multifaceted characters, the historical backdrop was portrayed vividly and you can tell that a lot of research went into making a cohesive story based on real events and myths. But even with all those good points, the story didn't touch me as much as I think it should have and that's why it's n
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read this back in high school and was intrigued by the setting as well as the characters. This book did not move as fast as other books, but this book has more to do with emotional drama between the hero and heroine and the confusion Juliana has about her new husband's actions or lack thereof.

It was one of the few romance novels that I thought had a deeper meaning than just being about sex. I thought it was quite beautiful and remains one of my favorites.


Rereading this book did not diminis
Sep 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
My Beloved - VG
Karen Ranney
Sebastian and Juliana were wed 12 years prior to the story -he being about 12 and she the age of 5. The previous 5 years had seen Sebastian fighting the crusades, being imprisoned and finally ransomed out by the Knights Templar.

Having been finally summoned from the convent she had lived in for the last 12 years, Juliana was pretty much terrified of having to finally assume wifely duties. It was quite a shock to her to find that her husband would ask her to perpetuate a
Mar 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
My beloved takes you back to Langlinais Castle in England, 1215, and tells the story of Sebastian and Julianna. Although I enjoy many of Ranney's stories, I did not find this one as interesting and/or enjoyable. I felt the story moved slow and did little to capture my interest. After some consideration, I think I might have enjoyed the story more if I had not already read My True Love; and was not already familiar with Sebastian and Julianna's story. Overall, if you choose to read this book, I w ...more
Sumeetha Manikandan
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
A beautiful romance! In most historical romances the plot other than the romance is often overlooked and uninteresting so much so that I tend to skip pages just to follow the couple but I didn't do it in this case. Every word in this story is poignantly written. If the plot was set anywhere but Cathar I would have found the miracle part a bit of an overkill but in this book it seemed but natural that such a miracle would take place there - a mystical place where people martyred themselves for a ...more
Faith Freewoman
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
An intense, fascinating classic.

Whether you compare it to Beauty and the Beast or Cupid and Psyche (my preference), this deeply emotional tale of Templars and nuns, longing and denial, greed and redemption, is a keeper.

I think this was one of the first romance novels I came out in the late 90's I think, but although I'd forgotten both title and author, I did remember the hero had leprosy...not hard to find it with a quick Google search.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-medieval
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Jerry Jares
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction is my preferred reading material, but not medieval fiction. However, this story is an exception; Karen Ranney has written an engrossing tale taking place in the mid-1200s.

Sebastian is Earl of Langlinais, home from the Crusades and imprisonment/ransom. He is trying to earn enough from his estate to finish paying his ransom to the Templars. As a 12-year-old, he was married to 5-year-old Julianna, daughter of one of Sebastian's father's vassals. She has spent the intervening year
The most interesting part of the novel is its fresh, unique plot. I have never read a historical (or contemporary) novel where the main characters can't touch. This allowed the focus to stay on their relationship and their love grew organically. We weren't bombarded with physical intimacy that took away from the plot, so the angst here is real.

However, I did find the novel dragged a bit. Even major scenes/plot twists weren't as distressing or tormenting as they could have been. As a result, my
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
It was interesting to read about Knights Templar and how religion played a role in medieval life especially towards the sick. Pertaining to the story between Sebastian and Juliana, I agree that the miraculous recovery of Sebastian took away most of the power and beauty of their love. Was there no other way to reach to their HEA? I guess as the story skirted around religion and faith, miracles were not far behind.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't usually read medieval, but this was a very historically accurate book. The hero had leprosy, and I did not know how that was going to work out, but it did. The Templars played a large roll, as did the Cathars. Life in a nunnary was described as was the work of a scribe. A small mystery,
a love story, life on a large estate, all these and more are part of this book. Looking forward to the sequel.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Powerful story brought to light in a vivid medieval setting. The HEA seemed truly impossible for the protagonists. The last quarter dragged a bit, but served as respite from the emotional charge of the rest of it.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good
They were married when they were children, she's old enough but for me the tension in the story wasn't there. We know the H had an issue, but while I liked it, I didn't love it. They were both a little too good, and the story was a little too balanced. Everyone wins, and I kept waiting for some grief somewhere, especially considering the setting. A sweet love story, surprisingly steamy. ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Too much telling to the extend becoming boring vs barely any action.
Debbie Dodd
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am surprised I finished reading this story.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many yes and turns make this tale outstanding. Treachery, the Templar knights, and a love that can only be fulfilled with the help of a miracle meld into a great read by a favorite author. 💘💘💘 !
I felt a little like for these characters, distance was not an obstacle. Enjoyed.
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