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The Captive Heart (Border Chronicles Series #3)

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

    Not good

    I was intrigued by the cover art, and had heard of Ms. Small before, but never read her. This book is a wealth of English/Scottish history, during the 1400's and the idea of the heroine being the daughter of the physician to the Queen seemed like an interesting character..boy, was I disappointed. The main character, heroine - Alix is a sixteen year old, and is for most part sold into marriage to her husband by her father and the overthrown Queen and King of England. This arrangement is done in exchange for a place for her father - elderly and sick, to have a place to rest during his last days. The Queen takes her mad King and hightails it to Scotland, leaving Alix to this new life. She is cruelly abused by said husband, of which the readers are privy to the degrading things done to her. Her father-in law knows about the abuse and does nothing...OK...given the time how women were basically brood mares, I can see this may take place. Then, the husband dies, and the father-in-law wants her for himself...Eeew...on all counts. Alix flees to the neighboring border in Scotland and lands in Malcolm Scott's backyard...half dead. He takes her in, and she befriends and teaches his young daughter. Since he's a widower and in need of a mother figure for his child...OK, so here things are fairly normal. Then the two start to fall in love...etc. etc. As they try to make a life with one another, the crazy father-in-law keeps looking for Alix, hunts her..abducts her, etc. OK - Not bad for the antagonist character..except, there are so many plot changes, and dumps and repeats of information and purple prose...it's nauseating. The intimate moments border on the erotica, and when Malcolm's long thought dead crazy nymphomaniac wife reappears...things go from erotic to sadistic. The ending was rushed..and not believable at all...I forced myself to read all the 400 plus pages..to see if things might improve...I am tempted to ask for my money back. As an avid romance reader, I will not be purchasing any more of Ms. Small's works.

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