The Captive Heart (Border Chronicles Series #3)

The Captive Heart (Border Chronicles Series #3)

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by Bertrice Small
     
 

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In 1461, Alix Givet, the daughter of Queen Margaret's physician, is forced into a loveless marriage with a Northumbrian baron's cruel son. When he unexpectedly dies, she flees over the border into Scotland, and into the mercy of a brooding laird. If she can warm his cold heart, it might provide the everlasting love of her dreams?

Overview

In 1461, Alix Givet, the daughter of Queen Margaret's physician, is forced into a loveless marriage with a Northumbrian baron's cruel son. When he unexpectedly dies, she flees over the border into Scotland, and into the mercy of a brooding laird. If she can warm his cold heart, it might provide the everlasting love of her dreams?

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Publishers Weekly

Predictability, contrivance and flat dialogue abound in this historical romance by acclaimed author Small. In 1461 war-torn England, Alix Givet is forced to marry a baron's cruel son in order to find refuge for her dying father. When her husband commits suicide, Alix's relief soon turns to horror as her father-in-law announces that he intends to marry her. On foot, Alix runs across the border to Scotland, where she's rescued from a wintry storm by Malcolm Scott, a gruff laird who vowed never to marry again after his first wife betrayed him. A few graphic sex scenes later, the two have fallen in love and married; the rest of the novel they spend dealing with the English baron-cum-raving madman who is convinced that Alix is rightfully his. Two-dimensional characters-either without flaw or completely unredeemable-and hastily dispatched political/historical background sink the story, but Small's included enough steamy scenes that fans should find what they're looking for. (Oct.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101079034
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/07/2008
Series:
Border Chronicles Series , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
66,466
File size:
522 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Bertrice Small has written thirty novels of historical romance and two erotic novellas. She is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of numerous awards. In keeping with her profession, Bertrice Small lives in the oldest English-speaking town in the state of New York, founded in 1640. Her light-filled studio includes the paintings of her favorite cover artist, Elaine Duillo, and a large library—but no computer as she works on an IBM Quietwriter 7. Her longtime assistant, Judy Walker, types the final draft. Because she believes in happy endings, Bertrice Small has been married to the same man, her hero, George, for thirty-eight years. They have a son, Thomas, a daughter-in-law, Megan, and two adorable grandchildren, Chandler David and Cora Alexandra. Longtime readers will be happy to know that Nicki the Cockatiel flourishes along with his fellow housemates, Pookie, the long-haired greige and white, Honeybun, the petite orange lady cat with the cream-colored paws, and Finnegan, the black long-haired baby of the family, who is almost two.

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Captive Heart 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Florry More than 1 year ago
*Spoiler alert* I was not pleased with this book at all. From the cover and the back of the book you think you you will be reading a charming book of love between a Scottish laird and English lady. What you get is a little romance, an annoying story line that seems never-ending with Alix's annoying ex father-in-law and then within the last 20 pages a whole new story line which is supposed to be a "surprise" and "twist", but only ends up being poorly developed and then within the last 5 pages one of the most charming characters of the book, Fiona, is killed. I would never have considered this book to be a romance, and I was incredibly disappointed in this purchase!
GBfanND More than 1 year ago
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.
JulesN_Kev More than 1 year ago
I usually really enjoy books by Bertrice Small. I read romance novels to relax and enjoy a happy ending. I won't describe the whole book, because everybody has already done that, but the resolution to the first wife problem was rushed and anti-climactic...so she dies instantly, big deal...that does not really give the reader any sense of justice being served to this woman who is beyond evil...but killing the little daughter in the process, WELL! That was just unecessary and ruined the whole book! Having another daughter a few years later and giving her the name of the dead daughter is NOT A HAPPY ENDING!!! And it's kind of creepy. I don't read these novels to end up crying at the end, especially for the wrong reasons. It is one thing to have some tear jerker moments within the novel that furthers the story or helps develop the character, but the death of Fiona did not do that at all and was so totally unneeded. I really hope you read these reviews, Ms. Small, because you have thoroughly disappointed a dedicated reader. I wish I knew what you were thinking when you chose to end this novel the way you did...maybe you should have bounced the idea off a few people first...Wow...I just can't get over, or stop saying how disappointed I was in the last third of this book.
butterfly626 More than 1 year ago
I don't usually write many reviews on books, I just rate them. However, I felt this book need a review from me. This is the first Beatrice Small book I have ever read and I HATED it. I am an avid book reader. I have read many authors over many different genres and have never came across a book I disliked as much as this one. I seriously contemplated throwing it in the trash. And that is a huge no no for me. The plot kept going in different directions, it was hard to figure out what was going on. The characters seemed forced and the ending was horrible. Even the intimate scenes between the couple were just...corny (for lack of a better work) I will never read another book from Beatrice Small.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wasn't impressed with this book, it had a strange twist three quarters of the way through the book. The ending was terrible, I feel like it was rushed to be finished. I will never read this book again, and if I ever read another book from this author, I'll be sure to borrow it from the library instead of buying it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am truly enjoying the entire series.
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Bevy20234 More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this whole series! Bertrice Small does not disappoint! I think this series is one of her best !! Enjoy !
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Amethystthunder More than 1 year ago
I've read every Bertrice Small book, and this is the worst one yet! i usually love her books, but i was bored silly! could barely finish this one. I can read her books over and over again, but NOT this one. YUCK!!
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