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Roselynde (Roselynde Chronicles, Book One)
     

Roselynde (Roselynde Chronicles, Book One)

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by Roberta Gellis
 

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Roselynde Chronicles, Book One
Blush: This is a suggestive romance (loves scenes are not graphic).

Alinor Devaux is beautiful and very rich. She is also an orphan, but her grandparents had not left her defenseless. She has been trained to manage her estates and to rule her vassals. But then the old king dies and Alinor becomes the ward of Richard Coeur de

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Roselynde Chronicles, Book One
Blush: This is a suggestive romance (loves scenes are not graphic).

Alinor Devaux is beautiful and very rich. She is also an orphan, but her grandparents had not left her defenseless. She has been trained to manage her estates and to rule her vassals. But then the old king dies and Alinor becomes the ward of Richard Coeur de Lion. Alinor knows that her safety and the well-being of her precious lands rest on her ability to make her warden, Sir Simon Lemagne, her willing slave.

Sir Simon has known many women, but never one like Alinor. He is an easy victim. But Alinor tumbles into love. Soon Sir Simon is the only man she will take as a husband. But Simon is no suitable match-he is poor and has no political power. The king would make no profit by permitting Simon to marry Alinor. In their struggle to be united despite the obstacles in their path, Lady Alinor and Sir Simon are swept from the Royal Court in England into King Richard's Crusade, through the king's conquest of Cyprus and into the Holy Land. They endure bloody battles and heartrending separations before Simon convinces King Richard to allow their love fruition in marriage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419931536
Publisher:
Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc
Publication date:
01/05/2011
Series:
Roselynde Chronicles
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
149,107
File size:
551 KB

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Roselynde 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is called a "Blush" romance but it is far from boring. I am a fan of Kathleen Woodiwiss and I love a good bodice ripper. This isn't quite one of those. There is romance and there is drama. I find the drama to be more tame than other books I read. I am a history buff and I do have to say that if you have an interest in that kind of thing you will love this book. I can see how some might think it dry, but I love it. I became so enamored with life during the time of King Richard that I went out and rented just about every movie that takes place during that time. This entire series is fantastic.
Grassrose More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it was first published in 1978. It's been a good friend over the years, and my paperback copy is ratty and torn, with a slight "dropped in the bathtub" aroma. I'm slowly migrating my books to electronic format, and was happy to locate this series. As I can afford it, I'll be buying the rest of the series (again).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book over a decade ago, and periodically re-read the entire series. This first book in the Roselynde chronicles is a non-stop page turner. The characters will are so real(Alinor is no saint!), they become like part of your family! If you like the medieval period, this book brings it to life! The characters are vivid, the story enthralling, and the historical setting is authentically represented. Hats off to Ms. Gellis for what must have been YEARS of in-dept research. If you are a fan of the period of King Richard the Lionheart and his evil brother, Prince John, this is the book for you. If readers don't like this one, there is no pleasing anyone. Read all of the books in this series, just be sure to read them in order. A guaranteed page turner!
AvidReader002 More than 1 year ago
If you want to be transported to another time and place, read Roberta Gellis. I own the entire Roselynde series and have re-read it many times. I completely agree with review by Anonymous September 8, 2006! Have many of Roberta's other books as well. Have started getting them as Nook, and audio CDs when available. If you like a bit of mystery, be sure to get her 'Magdalene la Batarde' 4 book series.
mtrn More than 1 year ago
Loved it and I'm reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book
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ifletty More than 1 year ago
I have gone through a bit of a reading slump lately. I have been anxiously awaiting the releases of several of my favorite author’s new books. So when this happens I go back to my comfort reads. Roselynde by Roberta Gellis was first published in 1978. The story begins in the summer of 1189, after Henry II dies and just before his son Richard’s coronation. In this story of a young woman, fictional Alinor joins the ranks of real heiresses that had been wards of King Henry II, he was in no hurry to marry these girls off not while he had the use of their money, and the power of the knights, and sworn liege men of these Countesses, to bolster his own army while he was at war with his son Richard and King Philip in France. Alinor's Grandfather has raised her to be Mistress of Roselynde’s vast holdings, not to be someone chattel. But Richard has to raise a great deal of money. He sends his mother to Roselynde Keep to assess this young and powerful Countess. The Queen upon meeting Alinor realizes she is in the presence of a kindred spirit, a young woman just like she had been at that age, intelligent, capable, and nobody’s fool. Alinor reluctantly accepts as her warden Simon who isn’t happy about this assignment, but ever loyal he accepts the task. Alinor looks very like the young Queen Eleanor, whom he has loved with an unrequited passion for 25 years. He being nearly 20 years older than the 16 year-old Alinor makes it almost more than he can stand. It is not honorable to have these feelings for a girl he is supposed to protect. It doesn’t help that Alinor has developed the same passion for him, and has decided that here is a man whom she can trust not to ride rough shot over her, and her duty as Mistress of Roselynde, and she will have him. As with all of Gellis’s works the research is impeccable with some forgivable errors considering the time they were written. There is enough history to make H/F people happy and enough romance to make most romance readers happy. Also for those who just don’t know if romance is for them they should give it a try. I am thrilled so many of Ms. Gellis’ books are now available on Nook!
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yuma70 More than 1 year ago
I liked the book but it was a long, long read. I got to where I was just scimming pages where it had too much and too many facts. Same with the other books that continue the story line....repeating same facts.....