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  • Posted March 7, 2011

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    Fantastic Detail & Characters That will NOT Let You Down!

    Very rarely, in the romance genre set in Medieval England, does a book come along that offers a story not only filled with interesting characters from various backgrounds that readers will love, but also amazing locations that are written with such detail and beauty.

    In this book readers meet three sisters. They are the last of the Foxe family whose parents have gone to Heaven and have left behind a huge plantation to run - a plantation/castle that King Edward wants to get his hands on. The oldest sister who does all the work is named Sybilla. Smarter then most men, Sybilla lives a life that is full of responsibilities - one being that she is trying desperately to marry off her younger sister, Lady Alys. She wants with all her heart to join forces with a family of wealth and nobility to help her family stay on "top of the food chain" and to make sure that the King can not take their birthright away from them. Strong and unyielding, Sybilla decides to throw a winter party at Fallstowe Castle and try to "hook up" her youngest sister with a young man who has title to lands.

    Alys doesn't want to get married to anyone her sister has thrown at her. So she strikes a bargain the night of the party that she has one month to find her own beau that Sybilla will accept. To do this, Alys walks through the large Foxe property to the Ancient Foxe Ring. This location is a legend - that whatever woman stands in the center of the ring, a man will appear in the moonlight and that's the man who is her soul mate.the man she will marry. Sybilla doesn't believe in this ancient tradition, but Alys does - seeing as that their own parents met and fell in love inside the Ring.

    Off into the woods she goes with a monkey (yes, a monkey) who becomes her friend and ally throughout the story. Out of the blue, Alys is woken up by the sound of a monkey attack and sees a man - beaten, bruised and swollen - beside her in the Ring. The man's name is Piers Mallory, and is on his way to London to unveil his family secret to the King.

    Piers is the son of a landowner who fell in love and impregnated a commoner - Piers was the result. Unfortunately, his father married a horrific woman named Judith Angwedd and they had a son named Bevan. Judith wants nothing more than to track down Piers and wipe him from the face of the earth before he reaches the King and tries to take her son's supposed birthright away.

    The adventure that Piers and Alys go on is one of extreme fun. The people that they meet along the way - including the "wood people" who live far up in the trees away from man's world - are just one part of the riddle that was left behind by Piers' father on his deathbed, when he tried to convince his son that HE is the rightful heir of his property.

    Heartbreak laughter, romance, and an intriguing mystery is offered by this fantastic writer who stepped away from the run-o-the-mill English romance, and added fire to her remarkable story that will keep you interested to the very end.

    Until Next Time,
    Amy Lignor, Reviewer

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

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    This charming whimsical historical romance hooks the audience

    The three Foxe sisters rule Fallstowe Castle. However, being the oldest and most ruthless, Lady Sibylla rules over her two sisters Lady Cecily and Lady Alys. Thus she arranges for her flighty out of control youngest sibling Alys to wed uncomplicated Clement Cobb.

    On a wintry full moon night, Alys sneaks out to the nearby Foxe Ring stones hoping the legend will send her the right man for her to marry. On his way to London, Piers Mallory takes a shortcut crossing through the ring of stones. Alys believes he is her mate and tells the flabbergasted man that they are married IAW the legend. She insists she accompany him on his trek and be at his side when he pleads with the king to accept the proof of his birthright; though bewildered he agrees to her coming with him thinking a woman would help masquerade him from his murderous enemies.

    This charming whimsical historical romance hooks the audience from the moment that the believer in the legendary enchantment and the skeptical pragmatist meet inside the stones. Alys assumes they are fated while Piers sees an opportunity to disguise himself. On the trek as they argue, fuss, and kiss, he realizes he had no choice with his spunky companion. The first tale of the Foxe females is a fabulous fable.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Not a lot of romance, but a lot of monkey

    This is the story of a rather tenacious 14 year old girl whom, after a tantrum that results in her taking away a pet monkey from her potential mother-in-law, runs away from her sisters' rule. Her sister is arranging a marriage that she doesn't like and so she runs to some sort of mythical "ring" where she coincidentally meets a man that she considers herself married to. There the story starts. The man (Piers) has his own problems, and doesn't want to be saddled with this 14 year old. Alys (the 14 year old) doesn't really care and latches on to Piers for his journey to London. The story is about the relationship developing between Piers and Alys and about their adventures both along the way to London and prior to getting to their meeting point.

    The story started out fast, then slowed tremendously, almost to the point of being boring, and then got rather exciting at a point where the couple came across "tree people" that helped them and then their climactic London arrival was exciting and satisfying as well. But, I found the ending to be rushed and the entire build up of the romance between Piers and Alys was a huge let down once they got down to the deed. There was no romance in this book except that so that was a let down for me as well.

    The story will continue with what I understand is to be a trilogy, I assume the story of the three sisters. I'm not sure if I will read the second installment. I don't know if I care enough.

    What I liked: I truly enjoyed the banter and dialogue in the book. It brought the characters to life for me in a way that not many authors are very good at. The writing itself was excellent and I would definitely read more from this author, perhaps outside of this series.

    What I disliked: The monkey. I wasn't really crazy for Alys either. She was an annoying 14 year old that was very much like your average 14 years old. When I thought of that, imagining her with Piers made it difficult for me. I think she needed to be older and wiser and then I might have been more apt to pull for her in the story.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

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    Extremely disappointed

    I cant even begin to say how disappointed I was in this book. I did not relate to the characters at all. The lead female was a spoiled, childish, unlikable brat and the lead male was spineless. I took me about 90 minutes to read this book because I skipped through most of it to the end. I believe this is a trilogy and I will not be reading the others. At this point, I dont even know if I will try another book by this author. I have been reading romance books for over 30 years and can easily say I have probably read over 1000 books. I keep the best of the books that I read. Most I have recycled and very few, around 4 have I literally thrown away because they were that bad. This is going in my throw away pile.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    A Great story, I look forward to the second part of this particular storyline.

    I found the characters to be well rounded and an overall sense that a lot of quality research was done in making me as a reader feel as if I was there in a sense and I was able to follow the story path very well. I found the development of the main characters to be palatable and very detailed. Overall this particular novel was well thought out well researched and thusly well written.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    AN EXCITING HISTORICAL ROMANCE FULL OF ADVENTURE AND MAGIC!!! NEVER KISS A STRANGER BY HEATHER GROTHAUS

    NEVER KISS A STRANGER by Heather Grothaus is an exciting historical romance set in 1276 England. It is fast paced,full of adventure,danger,and witty banter between the hero and heroine.This is the story of a commoner, Piers, who is actually a nobleman.He has been betrayed,his betters(his stepmother & stepbrother) after his father's death attempt to kill him,try to discredit him and hunt him down when they find out they did not kill him.For he is headed to see King Edward to claim his rightful place as the Lord of Gillwick.In route he meets young,beautiful, innocent Lady Alys,the youngest sister of the Fallstowe Castle sisters.She is determined to undermine her eldest sister who is the Queen of the Fallstowe Castle,since their mother's death.For Sybilla, has betrothed Alys to someone Alys hates. So Alys knows the legend of Foxe Ring ruins:If a unmarried man and woman meet at midnight within the ancient ruins,they are married. Rather by fate,legend or destiny Piers comes upon Alys sleeping within the ruins,yes with none other than an excited Monkey,who Alys rescued from her soon to be betroths mother.Who by the is rather hateful.Although,Alys and Piers have an usual adventure through the woods of England,being pursued by not only Alys,sister,who fears Alys is in danger,but also by the very people who tried to kill Piers.Together they find love,happiness and a great adventure.Piers,not only finds a family member he didn't know he had,his destiny,his rightful place as the Lord of Gillwick but he also finds his true love.Alys finds not only her true love,her place in the world,at her husband's side, but also that her sister,Sibilla,has only been looking out for her best interest.If you enjoy reading a story with witty banter between the hero and heroine from the beginning to the end and where the characters not only grow but also find themselves right in front of your eyes than this is definitely the story for you. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be find at Kensington Publishing Corp and My Book Addiction and More.

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