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A Knight in Shining Armor

(Montgomery/Taggert (Publication order) #13)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  34,170 ratings  ·  2,351 reviews
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New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux will capture your heart with signature classic novel, a time-travel romance featuring a present-day heroine and a dashing hero from the sixteenth century!

Abandoned by a cruel fate, lovely Dougless Montgomery lies weeping upon a cold tombstone in an English church. Suddenly
Paperback, revised edition, 464 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Pocket Books (first published July 1989)
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K. Ryner Because it was kind of a milestone in this genre......
Would you ever want to drive a Volkswagen from 1970???? Surely not. It didn't have air condition…more
Because it was kind of a milestone in this genre......
Would you ever want to drive a Volkswagen from 1970???? Surely not. It didn't have air conditioning and the whole safety features, it was loud, without security belts but nonetheless it was a Bestseller!!!
Maybe by todays standards of erotica this book seems boring, but it was THE BOOK, that hooked up so many readers......(less)
Sharon Behringer No, not at all. This book stands on it's on. I've read some shocking reviews in which they trash the book saying the heroine is whiny but what must be…moreNo, not at all. This book stands on it's on. I've read some shocking reviews in which they trash the book saying the heroine is whiny but what must be remembered is that this book was written in 1989. A day and age in which many women were not as adventurous a we are in today's world. Honestly, if any of us were thrown back in time to the 1600s I imagine that we might be rather whiny indeed. It's a love story and one of my all time favorites. I hope you take the opportunity to read it. Everyone I know loved it.(less)

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siti rahmah
This is the very first romance book, which made me smile, laugh and cry. Read it three times and decided that I had to have it for myself. So now, it is sitting very nicely in my book cabinet, beckoning me to read it again for I-don't-know-how-many times.

I must say, this is best book of all by Jude Deveraux. About time-travel romance, finding and recognizing true love even if its separated by decades of time. So, you will get to read about Nicholas realising his true love in Douglass's modern t
Jul 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who don't mind non-HEA endings
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Dec 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: scribd, why
As with most things spawned in the 80s, this book/story did not age well. Secondly, Dougless, our “heroine”, was a waste of space.
ren ♡ [hiatus]
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ren ♡ [hiatus] by: Laura ❀
"I love you," he whispered. "With all my soul I love you. Across time I will love you."

I can't remember the last time I read a time travel romance... it's definitely not a trope I tend to gravitate towards because they're often depressing but this book wasn't like that at all. I found it quite light hearted and there were quite a few moments that made me laugh really hard! For the most part, I think this book aged pretty well (I mean, it could've been A LOT worse)! The main character
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I'm not totally sure what to say about this one or how to rate it. It is fair to say I enjoyed it despite the fact that it was riddled with flaws. It was a fairly fun time travel romance that was just light enough in tone to be fun.

The story was fun. Dougless Montgomery is abandoned by her wastrel boyfriend in a church in rural England after their holiday went bad and prays for a knight in shining armor to save her. She gets that knight in the form of 15th century earl, Lord Nicholas Stafford.
Heidi Cullinan
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone. Absolutely everyone.
Recommended to Heidi by: my high school music teacher

In 1990 I was a senior in high school, and I was friends with my music teacher. It was one of those odd things I never understood how it happened, though I think it started when the drama teacher cast me for the lead in Fiddler on the Roof but I couldn’t sing. (That’s a long, weird story. Don’t ask.) She was charged with fixing that minor detail, which led to a lot of before and after school private lessons. At this point of my life things were starting to come seriously apart. I’d weathered som
chan ☆
i've seen kate & leopold, don't really need it set in the 80s with a cry baby doormat heroine

dnf @ 15%
Blacky *Romance Addict*
I shouldn't have read this. But oh well you live and learn :(
The writing was at times weird but overall good, but the story, the ending... Horrible.
That is NOT a happy end! It's actually really sad and depressing!
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Tina Hayes
May 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Shelves: my-favorites
This is my all time favorite romance novel, which I've read more than once (the last time being this past weekend).

Nicholas is a real live Knight in Shining Armor sent to comfort a heartbroken Douglass in 1988. Destined to be soul mates through all eternity, the two set out to clear Lord Nicholas' name and right the wrongs done during his Elizabethan life. Just as he gets used to the weird inventions and strangness of the twentieth century, they are whisked back through time to 1560 where Dougl
I read it first when it came out back in the late 80's and have re read it so many times with each read just as fantastic.

Its one of those books that impact you and stays with you forever. Love or hate the ending- it is a romance must read.
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book in the 80's and it became my most favorite book. It captured my heart with the romantic story of Dougless Montgomery and Nicholas Stafford, the EArl of Thornwyck. He was magnificent. He had humor, curiosity and belief in the almost impossible truth.

This was my first Jude Deveraux book and I became obsessed with reading all of her books in an attempt to capture that feeling again.

This is a time travel book that touched my heart and made me believe too that there was someo
Feb 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who like time travel with a heart-wrenching twist
I’ve been told by just about every reader who’s read this «romance classic» that it’s a sad story and a very upsetting one at that because of the ending, well I have to strongly disagree. It’s exceptionally moving and my hat’s off to the author for thinking out of the romance box for once. That said, I love a good heart-wrenching cry and a tragic story –and I’m not saying this one is or isn’t because I really think it depends on what you expect out of a romance novel. If you’re on the side that ...more

What a remarkably beautiful story! I loved this, even despite the somewhat controversial ending, I really loved this. When poor, down on her luck, Dougless Montgomery gets jilted by her boyfriend and left to fend for herself in rural England, at a church no less, she accidentally summons Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck. The fact that he happens to be a knight sent from sixteenth century England baffles the both of them. She cried for a knight in shining armor, she prayed to be give
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all time favorites, no matter what genre of romance. It has elements of historical, contemporary, time travel. And the love story is romantic and heart breaking. If you've never read it do so, if you read it years ago read it again. A true classic. ...more
Jul 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
I know what you're thinking...the book's title ALONE should have been my first "red-flag", but you would be wrong. I actually read this because a neighbor had it and physically ran it over to me one day last summer. I thought, "Sure, I'll give it a go." Luckily, she didn't take anything I thought about the book personally! Phew!!

Jude Deveraux is a famously popular writer, and since I am NOT about bashing the writer, I will only give my opinion based on her work. Unfortunately, I have nothing pos
Margaret G.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Having recently finished Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series, and Sara Donati's "Wilderness" books, I was in the mood for more good historical fiction. "Fiction" this is. "Historical"... sort of. "Good"... not by a long shot.

As my degree is in English literature, I appreciate good fiction. This is poorly written, populated by caricatures rather than characters, in a style that can only be described as unsophisticated. The "heroine" is shallow, the "hero" self-absorbed, and the male antagonist l
Hannah G
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, stand-outs
I'm rating this book 4.5 stars. I really really liked this but not flat out loved. I had 4 minor issues with the book. My first issue was her name. I mean no offence to Douglas's out there but it was hard for me to image a female love interest named that. My second issue was her Ex Robert. In the beginning of the book It was irrating how she let Robert treat her like shit. Douglas also didn't believe Nickolas until have way through the book. (That he was from a different time) Which was way too ...more
Jul 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
I LOVED this book. I would have given it 5 stars, but the ending made me want to pull my hair out. I can't really say more without giving anything away. Years ago when I first read it, I remember discussing it with a friend of mine and crying over how much I hated the ending. She said that when she read it, she wanted to slather the book in gravy and feed it to her dog. I thought that was the PERFECT way to describe how I felt after finishing this book.

HOWEVER, with that being said, I still hig
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
The most frustrating heroine Ive ever had the displeasure of coming across for a while now.Her character was too niave and frustrating for most of the book to actually feel any pity for her.

Two star for the orginality of the story-line.Even Though that too it was a bit of a drag at times. :/
Apr 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Best historical romance book ever written! A Knight in Shining Armor is a must read. Imagine traveling back in time to the medieval ages to meet your soulmate!
Teresa Medeiros
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the ultimate time travel romance that rocked the publishing world back in 1989. It was fresh and unique because Jude brought her hero forward in time to the present day before sending her heroine back in time to search for him. It was the first time I realized just how compelling a "lovable loser" heroine could be. And I still smile when I think about Nicholas being introduced to the modern joys of the vacuum cleaner and can opener and get a catch in my throat when I think about the endi ...more
There was quite a lot to sludge through in order to get to the romance in this 464 page novel that seemed more like fiction than romance--until the very end. There was a heavy reincarnation theme that began showing itself in the characters that appeared in the beginning (Robert, Gloria) and carried into the second half of the story.

A Knight in Shining Armor takes place in England (1560-1988) and stars Nicholas Stafford as the hero and Dougless Montgomery as the heroine. It begins in 1564 to fin
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I will never forget this book. It is that good.
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Sometimes there’s nothing better than to read a classic. You know that feeling of comfort that I rarely find in new books, not sure why. Maybe it’s the style, or the way that back then authors had to make you feel with simple words, instead of trying to shock you into it. I picked up A KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR on a whim, after I saw a top ten list somewhere on a blog. Had I heard of the book before? Yes. Did I feel the immediate need to read it? No, not really. Did it help that it has a new s
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was recommended by a fellow reader in one of the Goodreads groups I am in. While I can clearly see why the book appeals to so many readers, it left me completely numb. The best part of the book (for me) was the author's note. I'm not really sure why Jude Devereaux decided that she needed to "add 50 pages" to this updated version because the plot dragged for me. ...more
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Regan Walker
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
The first thing you need to know about this time travel romance is that the majority of it takes place in 1988. I didn't know that when I bought it. But the 5 star ratings convinced me to buy it. After reading the first 25 pages, I was back on Amazon looking at the reviews to see if I'd missed something. I did. The low ratings tell a different story: an annoying heroine, contrived plot developments, no happy ending, etc. How, I asked myself, could all those 5 star raters be so wrong? So, I decid ...more
very well done.
time travel + historical romance. loved that ending <3
Dec 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book was poorly written. I don't expect much as a reader. I like simple writing, big words and profound subjects are unnecessary in my opinion to make a book worth while, but this was too painful to even finish. At the beginning of the book I noticed the author uses the characters' names over and over when describing a scene much like the writing you would see in a children's book; "Douglass crossed the street. Douglass saw a chicken and kicked it. Douglass smiled at the chicken and pat it' ...more
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Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

She began writing in 1976, and published her first bo

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