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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No. The narrator did not do a great job with the herione. She came across very whiny. Also, the story attempted to make the herione out to be some sort of liberated woman, but it wasn't convincing.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Why did Nicolas forget everything when he returned but Douglas remembers? Why did Douglas come forward with her clothes but Nicolas came in his armor - I didn't think Nicolas was wearing armor in his jail cell.
Robert was just silly and completely unrealistic. Why would a liberated woman stay with him.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
I kept trying to imagine this as a movie but I don't think the story has enough depth for a movie.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I have waited for YEARS for an unabridged version of this book to be produced and had begun to give up hope. With all the mediocre books being recorded at a dizzying rate these days it seems many great earlier works by authors are not prioritized. Thank the romance gods that this classic has been given its due. The narration is magnificent and the story still breathtakingly beautiful. If you have read the story I can assure you that it is even more wonderful in audio, if not, please DO NOT MISS one of the best romance novels ever written!
35 of 40 people found this review helpful
My first impression after 50mins into this book is that Douglas is either very very stupid or likes being a doormat, cause apparently she not only lets her family mock her and walk all over her but also the man she deems perfect marriage material. She has medieval coins in her hand and can’t tell the difference between medieval coins and normal everyday coins. She’s supposed to be a school teacher!! How can you not tell? The first this about being a teacher is that you’re curious about everything! She just gives the coins for train fair without even giving them a second glance. I mean seriously, you’re in a new country wouldn’t you look at your coins carefully to see that you have exact fare. Even though you’re a teacher in the US you do learn about English currency and wouldn’t any teacher look at the coins to see if they are the same as the ones in the pictures from the time she taught. She is seriously being airheaded. I despise the author for creating such a character. A disgrace to the female kind. I love JD's other titles but this short of turning my stomach.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Well, I expected more. The ending is terrible. I actually had to check twice my player to understand that the book ended.... It felt like an abrupt paragraph... i find it very unbelievable, that a person ( male or female) that have just lost the love of their life would just as easily fall in love with a new slightly different version of it. All the crying of Douglas.... Bad and unrealistic at all. She is painted as such a weak character, that is half the time blind to all the crazy faults of other men, that in stead to liking her, I feel sorry for the poor stupid girl.... And if she is not stupid and blind, then she is such a "wedding chaser"... As if the most important thing in her life is to get married and never mind to what idiot. The love story is actually beautiful, but the ending leaves you with a bad taste and it's a pitty. The narration was fine, although I didn't like the female "voices" so much - too whinny for my taste. I've read several books by Jude Devaraux , and this is by far the worst. As I said - disappointing.....
Interesting story but just missed the mark. The lead character gets a bit annoying at times and the end was not a good fit.