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Seize The Dawn (Graham Clan #3)

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Bold and beautiful, Lady Eleanor of Clarin--sole heir to her ancestral lands--chooses to marry an aging French noble rather than Edward I's choice of a brutal knight. To preserve Clarin and defeat the rebellious Scots who killed her father, she would gladly give her hand to the devil himself.

But when the fiery Highland outlaw Frendan Graham takes her hostage, he also inspi
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Mass Market Paperback, 478 pages
Published 2001 by Kensington
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Regan Walker
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 14th-century
A Well Told Story with a Scots Hero and a Strong Heroine

This is the third in the series Graham's Graham clan sagas based in Scotland. Set in the late 13th and early 14th century, this is the story of Lady Eleanor of Clarin who has inherited her family's English castle and estate. If she does not produce an heir, it will go to the next male relative who does and she has two brothers, one of whom is married to a shrew.

Eleanor is being told to marry but has rejected many suitors. Finally she is pe
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
This is book three in the 'Graham Clan"series and also this book is a re-release. This book has about 480 pages so it is worth the money...good story length.
Lady Eleanor of Clarin is the sole heir to families land. Eleanor has decided to go forward with marring French noble rather than Edward I's choice of a brutal knight. Eleanor was on her way to marry her fathers friend / French Noble but a Highland outlaw
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Zoe
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An extremely frustrating read, but it had an odd allure. I love a medieval story, even more when it is about Scotland. William Wallace, Robert Bruce, I read hard core history books about the Scottish quest for freedom. This book used Wallace's Scotland as the background, and brought Brendan and Eleanor together.

In the first 30% of the story I seriously considered abandoning ship. Eleanor was an indignant heiress who was rather blinded by her "loyalty". We often see such heroines in books: they
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Ezinwanyi
This book was difficult to truly savor the reading due to both missing letters, mainly “F” but also for formatting issues. There was no separation by paragraphs and it was just one big run-on. There was delineation by chapters but it was aesthetically jarring. So I had to take away a star.

Lady Eleanor of Clarin was forced to marry in order to solidify her claim to inherited family lands. She decided to marry an old friend, French Count Alain de Lacville. On her journey to her betrothed, Lady Ele
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Jennifer
Thank-you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for my e-galley reissue of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

This novel is set in the early fourteenth century during the Scottish Wars of Independence. It is based upon two fictional characters, Brendan and Eleanor, however the historical figure of William Wallace is also a central character of the novel.

Eleanor is an English countess, holding land in her own right (not likely) and Brendan is a Scottish rebel who fights alongside Wallace. Th
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Anali
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Este libro es una nueva edición del, ya antes publicado (2001), Seize the dawn de Shannon Drake. Esta novela romántica esta situada en Inglaterra del siglo 13 y relata las duras vivencias y desafíos de Lady Eleanor de Clarin. Su vida se complica aún más cuando se enamora de Brendan Graham, el hombre que considera su enemigo.

Trama: La historia es principalmente romántica y tienes varios momentos muy hermosos pero, en ciertos momentos, me ha parecido un poco lenta y tediosa. Al inicio, las intrig
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A Klue
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It really isn’t a surprise when you put this much time, meticulous effort, and talent into a successful historical romance series that it gets re-released. That appears to be the case for Seize the Dawn by Heather Graham, Book 3 of The Graham Clan, as February 2000 was the original publication date.

If you like detailed Scottish historical facts and conversations regarding current events during the era of William Wallace, you are sure to like this one. As for this reviewer, I’m mostly about the r
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Krissys
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: featured-books, star
Bold and beautiful, Lady Eleanor of Clarin--sole heir to her ancestral lands--chooses to marry an aging French noble rather than Edward I's choice of a brutal knight. To preserve Clarin and defeat the rebellious Scots who killed her father, she would gladly give her hand to the devil himself.

But when the fiery Highland outlaw Frendan Graham takes her hostage, he also inspires her deepest desires. Now, as Eleanor is swept away from her beloved land and into an arranged marriage, she will be surro
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Booknblues
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: medieval, scotland
Lady Eleanor of Clarin is traveling to France to marry her fathers friend in order to provide security for her people. On her way her ship is rudely border by pirates. During her captivity on board she encounters Brendan Graham of Scotland. Eleanor blames all Scots for her fathers death, but cannot deny the attraction. This is the start of Shannon Drake's Seize the Dawn, which is part of the chronicles of her own family history.
Requisite of all romances is the necessary heat and sizzle between h
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Stephanie
Oct 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish it. I hated it too much.
Debby
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Eleanor of Clarin, Yorkshire, is thought of as a saint by her people because of her actions during an attack by Scots. She's now on her way to France to marry an old friend to save her lands, when she's captured by a pirate and then by Brendan Graham - a Scot and cohort of William Wallace in their fight against the English. Brendan and Eleanor fall in love, but duty requires them to part - her to marry and him to return to the fight in Scotland. However, when Eleanor is accused falsely of poison ...more
Nightwitch
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-medieval
This book is so old school, I had to check the copyright date to see when it was published. It's very "Flame and the Flower," with slightly less rape. Our heroine is spunky and beloved, a sword-wielding vixen who fears nothing but fire, and really hates Scotsmen. She is captured by French pirates on her way to marry a French nobleman, rescued by a hated Scotsman, and threatened with rape by historical figures at various points. She swims to shore, somehow neither freezing to death nor drowning, ...more
Hannah
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC REVIEW

I love Heather Graham historicals, I appreciate all the research and time she puts into it to make it so much more than just a bodice ripper. Heather Graham historicals are more than just romance novels they are a journey to the past. With as much strife and bloodshed that happened at the turning of the 13th to 14th centuries it would be hard not to write an emotional, heart wrenching novel that takes place in that time. Mrs. Graham created a love story around the Scottish fight for f
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Annemarie Macken
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
A strangely and almost inexplicable allure is part of this novel, which, although not always well written amidst endless grammatical problems and some serious repetition of the same ideas, somehow retains a charm that is hard to resist, particularly as the novel moves towards its climax.
The characters hold some kind of fascination for the avid reader of historical fiction, particularly the building and soaring of their impossible romance, one that is seemingly frowned upon as they are arch enemi
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Lori Redman
Apr 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
"Seize the Dawn" tells the story of the 12th century Highlanders from Scotland who bitterly fight with their English enemies. Eleanor is on her way to marry her elderly count when Brendan the brave Scot saves her from pirates and plans to escort her; she decides, out of her hatred for Scots, to jump the ship. The rest of the plot revolves around the love/hate relationship between Brendan and Eleanor, even as she is accused of being a murderess and he risks life and limb to keep her safe.

This boo
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Aimie
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, arc
Seize the Dawn is the third book in the Graham Clan series.


Seize the Dawn is about Lady Eleanor of Clarin who is the sole heir to her ancestral lands. Eleanor has decided to marry the aging French noble rather than Edward I's choice of a brutal knight. As she was on her way to marry the French noble, also her father's friend, a Highland outlaw named Brendan Graham kidnaps her and takes her as his hostage. Swept away from her beloved land and into an arranged marriage, she must now rely on one m
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Carmella Siciliano
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an hones opinion.

Eleanor is the sole heir and must marry. She has rejected all men presented to her but she also fears the King finding her a husband. She decides to wed a french noble, a man she has known for many years, a good friend of her fathers

Brendan is a fighter for Scotland's freedom. It will always come first in his life, in his heart.

Eleanor and Brendan have now met and the sparks between them is fighting with the country of their birth. Eleanor is En
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Debbie Glenn Brown
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lady Eleanor of Clarin is the sole heir to families land. She has decided to go forward with marring French noble rather than Edward I's choice of a brutal knight. Eleanor was on her way to marry her father’s friend the French Noble when her ship is attacked not once but twice and Highland outlaw Brendan Graham kidnaps her and she becomes his hostage. Eleanor is an English countess, holding land in her own right and Brendan is a Scottish rebel who fights alongside Wallace. They have fiery intera ...more
MaryJane Rings
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read a lot of historical fiction. Have read many books related to the different periods in history where the Scots attempted to win their freedom from the English. I am familiar with this period of history having read about William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. I felt the book was well researched and accurate historically but was disappointed that it was re released with so many spelling and grammatical errors. I feel this is a disservice to Ms. Graham who is an excellent author and story tell ...more
Vero Stro
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have read this book many years ago in its paperback version and I wanted to reread it now.
Eleanor is the sole heir and she must marry. So far she has rejected all the candidates but afraid the King will chose for her,she decides to marry a french noble, an old friend of his father.

Brendan is a fighter for the Scotland's freedom. His life revolves about his passion and this goal.
Eleanor and Brendan meet but they are enemies. She is English, he is Scottish.

They feel a strong attraction but th
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Marisa
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley for this ARC for my honest review.

Lady Eleanor of Clarin meets Brendan Graham of Scotland. There is instant chemistry for them as in the love/hate kind. In the beginning both are passionately apposed to one another. The two meet on the battlefield and then later at sea. They travel to France and then back to England and eventually Scotland....I'm tired from their travels! A lot happened regarding their affection for one another as well as the supporting characters and how the
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Krista
Jan 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
I read a reissue of this provided by NetGalley.

The story on its face appears to be simple: William Wallace (yes, that one) has a brave Scot soldier. Said soldier meets a lady on the field of battle, and is suitably dazzled. They're separated. They meet again when he's rescuing her from pirates, and now the issue is that the lady is English and thinks all Scots are savages. She's heading to France, to a loveless but safe marriage with some old codger.

I was bored and hurried through the rest--you
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Aneso-Miki
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vo, 2016
*ARC provided by NEtgalley against an honest review*

I wasn't expecting this book to be so much about history. I didn't mind it but I usually much more interesting in the romance part of the Historical Romance. But it was interesting.
Howerver, I couldn't get attached to any character at all in the story. None of them touched me or made me feel anything.

All in all, this book wasn't bad but I think it just wasn't for my taste.
Tammy
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful historical adventure. Lady Eleanor must marry to save her lands, she if off to France to marry an old titled friend of her father’s when her adventure begins. Great historical read. So much drama and suspense. Feels like you are going back in time. Great characters and chemistry add to this wonderful story.
Debbie
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seize the Dawn by Heather Graham is a beautifully written romance.

I have read countless paranormal novels written by Heather Graham, but this is the first of her romances that I have read, and I am HOOKED!

I received a copy of Seize the Dawn by Heather Graham from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
L.W.
Dec 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was very interesting as far as the political intrigue that was happening at this time and how Ms. Drake was able to capitalize on it. I liked the characters, I liked the plot twists and the ultimate outcome. It was a worthwhile read, (in my opinion) and I'll probably read it again somewhere down the road.
Jenni Schell
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I love Heather Graham books. She is a master of historical romance. This book proves just that. As always the characters are great and the romance is outstanding.
Carolina Godinho
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Has been awhile since I read a historic romance, But I love Heather Grahams book so I could not let it pass this chance to read and review her book.
It didn't disappoint me, it was as good as I expected.
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Luna
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Moja prvotina od tejto autorky. Odvtedy už nejaký ten rok ubehol a ja od nej mám doma všetky knihy, ktoré u nás v preklade vyšli :) Milujem túto ženu, rovnako ako aj jej tvorbu. Táto kniha je trpko-sladká, no čo už, nemôže byť všetko krásne. I keď mohlo by... :o)))))))))))))))
Amy
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seize the Dawn is the third installment to the Graham series. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the others in the series.
5 stars.
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Heather Graham Pozzessere
aka Heather Graham, Shannon Drake

Heather Graham was born on March 15, 1953 and grew up in Dade County, Florida, and attended the University of South Florida at Tampa, majoring in theater arts and touring Europe and parts of Asia and Africa as part of her studies. After college, she acted in dinner theaters, modeled, waitressed, and tended bar. She married Hershey Dennis Po
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