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In Pursuit of the Green Lion: A Margaret of Ashbury Novel (Margaret of Ashbury #2)

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  1,256 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
The unforgettable Margaret of Ashbury returns in the second book of the trilogy that began with A Vision of Light.

Margaret, a resourceful midwife, is living with the insufferable relatives of her third husband, Gilbert de Vilers, known as Gregory. She is carving out a life for herself and her daughters despite the hostility and greed of her in-laws. But when Gregory is cap
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Published April 28th 2010 by Crown (first published 1990)
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Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Book #2 for Margaret of Ashbury the beginning puts Margaret at age 23, the wife of our good merchant Kendall, exactly at the point of ending for Book #1. But a sudden death from natural causes makes Margaret a widow and changes everything. She has inherited. Roger has also dowered the future of his daughters. This leaves her a wealthy widow with property. And in a void of masculine power for lawful governance of such which is impossible to sustain within 1356 London.

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Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just been reading this book *again*. I think it must be for something like the fifth time. First of all, let me say that JMR is one of my all-time favourite writers, so I may be biased in her favour, but anyway...

This is one of a series of three (you should really start with A Vision of Light) but can be read as a stand-alone if you don't mind picking up the back story as you go along. The era is the reign of Edward III, 14th Century. It is a hard book to describe. First of all, it has Go
After enjoying the first book in the trilogy back in January I decided to pick up the second one. This continues with the adventures of Margaret of Ashbury, after she is forced into marriage with a minor member of nobility. She happens to love her husband but could do without her husband’s father and brother and their extremely dirty unkempt tiny castle. Naturally she isn’t too happy when they drag her husband off to war in France and return without him. Without her husband, Margaret’s fortune i ...more
Kate Quinn
May 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second of Riley's books about Margaret of Ashbury, medieval woman and part-time saint. When we left Margaret, she unexpectedly lost her beloved husband, and was immediately forced into another marriage with the equally reluctant Gregory, a scathing over-educated scholar. It takes Gregory and Margaret a while to find happiness in one another, and the antics of Gregory's blockhead older brother and autocratic warrior father don't help. When Gregory disappears in the French wars, Margaret sets ...more
Sep 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was terrible. The first in the series was magnificent, and I have since finished the third. What they should have done was take the first bit of this book (about being at Brokesfield) and move it to the beginning of the 3rd book, and just skip everything that happened while they were abroad during the Green Lion. it was so tedious and boring; I only slogged my way through it to read the third which was MUCH better. I am also not really convinced about Margaret and her new husband's "lo ...more
Jun 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
High-style trash, an amusing dollop, a ripping yarn. OK, a guilty pleasure, to be sure. But the writing is elegant and the story moves swiftly, with loads of period detail for this 14th Century tale of a woman who abandons hearth and home to search for her missing husband - accompanied by ghosts, alchemists, knights, evil counts, and more.

It's the medieval history version of a beach read.

Rachel Neumeier
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Where has this author been all my life? The instant I finished this book, which was published back in 1990, I ordered the first and third books of the trilogy. Wish I'd known it was the second book when I started it, but it stood by itself just fine, in fact.

This an outstanding historical fantasy. So far this year, I haven’t encountered all that many real standouts. And I’ve read 72 books this year so far (I just counted), so it’s disappointing that I’d have trouble coming up with ten that were
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margaret is one of my all-time favorite literary characters, but this book didn't endear itself to me as much as the first book in the series, even though it resolved the cliffhanger at the end of it. This might partly be because Margaret's first-person perspective is abandoned in parts of the book where it doesn't make sense. Plus Margaret's children irritate me almost as much as they do Sir Hubert, and I don't get Hugo at all. Having said that, I loved Master Kendall's ghost, having been gutte ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as the other books of this set I have read this was a fun read. It is good to get to see thing from the prospective of the past. Yet know some human nature never changes. Part of what is funny is we think we are soo advanced/modern and so did they. The joke is also on us.
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In this second of the Margaret of Ashbury trilogy, the majority of the action takes place in France. Margaret’s new husband, along with his father and brother, has been forced to go to war for his Duke. Father – mortally wounded- and brother return, but Gregory does not. When no message asking for ransom arrives, he is assumed to be dead. But Margaret knows he is not, and that she must rescue him. She sets out with her dear friends Hilde and Brother Malachi. Malachi has his own reasons for accom ...more
Donna LaValley
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As volume 2 begins, Margaret is happily mothering her 2 remarkable daughters and loving her life as wife of a wealthy, intelligent tradesman. She continues to write her "book" and to learn writing with Gilbert, the monk who desires to be so pious that God will choose him for a special vision. It pains him that Margaret appears to have had spiritual experiences when he, a Man, hasn't, and she's a Woman!

Suddenly Margaret is a widow and her fate, and her husband's fortune, are up for grabs to the
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometime in the 1990s I read Merkle Riley's A Vision of Light, which was about Margaret of Ashbury, a 14th century English woman of great intelligence, wit, and spirit. She also hears the Voice of God and has the ability to work miraculous healings. In Pursuit of the Green Lion is the sequel.
Margaret is now married to Gilbert de Vilers, member of the minor nobility who had been living as a cleric and scholar. His family turns out to be a very difficult bunch, of the arrogant and demanding sort.
Meredith Colby
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Almost finished with the third book of the series and love them for a number of reasons.. Margaret herself is so likable, and every character is developed enough to be interesting as well as to evoke my emotions and opinions regarding them. The history is fascinating; I read with my tablet next to me so I can look things up as I go. The story has what I found to be a perfect balance of action, description, and reflection: the details were adequate to create paint the necessary pictures, but the ...more
Melanie Dickerson
I loved this book so much! It's even a little bit better than the first book in the series, A Vision of Light, which I also loved. The author does such a wonderful job of bringing Medieval times to life. I can tell she has done the necessary research to make the story authentic. And Margaret is such a wonderful character. She is interesting and likable and I love her! A very well-drawn character. And since this book has such a sweet romance between Margaret and her second husband, I loved it eve ...more
Mar 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable novel that offers something for everyone - a medieval adventure, a sweet, realistic romance (no hot and heavy Harlequin-style scenes), and a touch of fairy-tale magic. Even the thread of spirituality that ran throughout the book was compelling to this agnostic reader. Coincidentally, I read Eat, Pray, Love right after this one, and it was remarkable how similarly the ideas of God and love are presented by both authors. This is my first Margaret of Ashbury novel, and I'm looking fo ...more
I read the first Margaret of Ashbury novel years ago, and while I don't recall details, I remember really liking it. Perhaps my tastes have changed, but I found this second novel silly, barely even qualifying as true historical fiction. The first half, dealing with the kidnapping of a widow to gain control of her inheritance, was interesting and historically consistent, but the second half, following a ragtag bunch of pilgrims running around 14th century Europe rescuing a hostage and dealing in ...more
Elyra Drake
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1-10 rating: 9
Comments: Warning: This book is the second in a series (The Margaret of Ashbury trilogy), the first being A Vision of Light. This is a very good historical fiction novel, set in the later Middle Ages. It is well researched and accurate except for some mystical occurrences that would have been accepted as true in the time but clearly couldn't actually have occurred. Margaret, the main character, is very easy to identify with and the story is very well written. This series is one o
Giving this one 3.5 stars as it got very complex and odd about halfway through it. I so wanted to "love" Margaret but her "light" did not shine enough in this one for that to happen.
What I did like was her visions and much of the first part of the book. It was great how the author delved into the past to explain certain aspects of Margaret's prior life.

I was not really thrilled at all about the trip outside of England and back. Malachi left a lot to be desired as a character but Margaret, Gregor
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. It had been awhile since I read the first book, so it took me some time to remember and siuate myself in this one. But I enjoyed the story. I think Margaret is a very interesting character. The author does a good job of making her fit in her time period, while also making it believable that she would act in a more modern way. I can't wait to read the third one.

My one complaint would be that this book as a little long. I think it would have ended after they rescued Gergory. I t
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike many works of historical fiction, including some of Riley’s own, In Pursuit of the Green Lion is neither too dense nor too detailed. In fact, it was a fun read and is my favorite out of her works so far, solely because of some very humorous and well-developed characters. The battle of the sexes is a constant issue throughout, which was both comical but frustrating. It was gratifying to watch Margaret subvert these views as the clever heroine of the story. At the same time, she is still ac ...more
MB (What she read)
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to MB (What she read) by: All Abour Romance
I'm loving this series! I gasped and giggled my way through this. Thoroughly enjoyable. I have to say that JMR's characterization is amazing. Margaret is SO loveable. And Gregory/Gilbert? Unique! I love the way she makes him so conflicted, confused, touchy, guilt-ridden and honorable. Really, her every character is 3D, and unique. Her light-hearted sparkly humor makes me happy.

On to the next...The Water Devil
Dec 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in a three book set. I didn't know that there was two more books after the first book I picked up in a yard sale and fell in love with the fascinating story that ended in a cliffhanger. I was so mad that it felt so unfinished until I found out that there were two more books to go! So, of course I just had to find out what happened to the interesting lady of the story, Margaret of Ashbury. I thought the second book turned out nice if not better than first book. I am looking forward to the ...more
Kilian Metcalf
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2016
The second of the Margaret of Ashbury trilogy finds Margaret trying to pry her husband Gregory out of the fingers of the dishonorable nobleman who has taken him prisoner for ransom. With the help of our old friends Brother Malachi and Mother Hilde, she pits her wits against the nobleman who has no intention of releasing him.

All the humor and love of Margaret that endeared her to us in the first book are present, along with the ghosts and spirits that help guide Margaret to her goal.
Fun historical fiction. Well-written, tightly-plotted, and filled engaging characters. I'm taking Goodreads literally at their three stars "I liked it" rating. "In Pursuit of the Green Lion" is a warm and fuzzy curl-up-on-a-blustery-day-when-you're-not-feeling-that-great kind of book, and within that context, I would give it four and a half stars. I wish there was a way of rating books according to genre, rather than against all other books ever written. Oh well.
Oct 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margaret is married to Brother Gregory who turns out to be Sir Gilbert. (his youthful rebellion led him to monk-dom) Gilbert goes off to chronicle a duke's war campaign and gets taken hostage. Margaret goes overseas to free him. Again, just hilarious. Judith Merkle Riley has really done fantastic things with Margaret's voice -- Margaret is sharp and funny, but still has a goodness and innocence.
This is a very interesting book about England in the 14th Century. A bit on the fantasy side, but tons of local color. Nice researching done by author, and good writing with enough tension to keep you interested. Author has iInclused many archaic words that I needed to look up. I love this book. I have read the first in the series and this one is better. But, that one is good, too. On to the third in the system.
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really if I go by the star recommendations I should only give it 2 stars because "it was ok". Just not my cup of tea. It was easy for me to put down and I was looking forward to the end so I could start another book. I learned this was the second in a series, so perhaps if I read the first I would have enjoyed this more?
Dec 28, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
I was so disappointed in this book, I really loved the first one, and was looking forward to the continuation of the story. Up until about the last 75 pages, I was contemplating if I'd even finish it. At the end, it got back to the great storyline of the first one, but by then, I was just reading it to find out how the storyline finished, not because of any like of the book.
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not enjoy this as much as I did the first book in the series...things seemed to be a bit too pat, & some events somewhat unbelievable given the time period. I thought that Margaret had actually regressed from a fairly feisty, strong female protagonist, to one who caved to convention (read "male-dominated society") & could/would no longer stand up for herself.
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Judith Astria Merkle was born on January 14, 1942 in Brunswick, Maine and grew up in Livermore, California, U.S.A. Her great-grandfather was a Swiss emigrant, who moved to the United States in 1860. Her uncle-abue was the famous player of baseball Fred Merkle. Her father, Theodore Charles Merkle was contralador of the Project Pluto and her brother Ralph C. Merkle is technological professor in a Co ...more
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