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FROM THE SHADOWS OF THE PAST
Prim and beautiful professor Roseleen White clutches and her new prized profession—a thousand-year-old Scandinavian sword. And suddenly, a dream stands before her—a magnificent Viking warrior sworn to satisfy Roseleen's every desire.

UNTIL FOREVER

Accursed for untold centuries, might Thorn is now enslaved to a woman. Yet it is Roseleen who is the true prisoner, held willing captive...

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Overview

FROM THE SHADOWS OF THE PAST
Prim and beautiful professor Roseleen White clutches and her new prized profession—a thousand-year-old Scandinavian sword. And suddenly, a dream stands before her—a magnificent Viking warrior sworn to satisfy Roseleen's every desire.

UNTIL FOREVER

Accursed for untold centuries, might Thorn is now enslaved to a woman. Yet it is Roseleen who is the true prisoner, held willing captive by a handsome barbarian who sweeps her back to the ancient past on a journey of sensual discovery. But only by banishing him from her life forever can Roseleen free Thorn from immortality's chains—forcing her to make a devastating choice that will either imperil their future or preserve a love more powerful than time.

Rosaleen White clutches the old Scandinavian sword, and suddenly a dream stands before her--a Viking warrior sworn to satisfy her every desire. Accursed for centuries, Thorn is now enslaved to this woman. Yet it is Rosaleen who is the prisoner, held captive willingly by a barbarian who sweeps her back to the ancient past on a journey of sensual discovery. Original.

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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times
Johanna Lindsey creates fairy tales that come true.
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“If you’re looking for sensuality, you won’t be disappointed in Johanna Lindsey.”
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“Johanna Lindsey creates fairy tales that come true”
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“Johanna Lindsey creates fairy tales that come true”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780552165945
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011

Meet the Author

One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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Chapter One

It was driving her crazy, to let that box sit there on the small credenza beside her desk and not open it. Roseleen White could have sworn she had more wilIpower than that, but apparently not when it came to her one and only passion. She still. tried to ignore it, and the fact that she was glancing over at it every few minutes.

Tune was getting away from her. She had to finish grading her students' papers tonight. Ordinarily, she would have taken the papers home with her, but she wasn't going home tonight. She was driving straight from the campus to her friend Gail's house, where she was spending -the weekend. And she wasn't coming in on Monday either. A long-delayed dentist appointment had seen to that, so she had to leave the papers in her desk for the substitute to hand out on Monday.

The next three days had been perfectly scheduled, which was the way she liked her life to be. She hadn't counted on the delivery notice in her mailbox when she'd arrived home yesterday that said the long-awaited box had finally arrived from England, or the emergency last night when she'd had to take her neighbor Carol to the hospital, which had kept her from grading the papers.

She'd stopped by the post office to collect the box on the way to the campus that morning and had even stuck scissors in her purse so she could open it immediately. But again, she hadn't counted on the long line at the post office that ended up giving her only enough time to get to her first class without being late. And she hadn't found a free moment since when she could have satisfied her curiosity.

Fridays were always her busiest days, with three classes in a rowand the inevitable questions after each session from those students who didn't have to rush to their nextclass. She'd also had meetings today when she'd had to inform two of her students that they were failing the semester Then, just when she thought she'd have enough time to grab a quick dinner and to open the box before she tackled the grading, the dean had sent for her.

She was still simmering over that meeting. Dean Johnson had said he wanted to break the news to her gently, before she heard it elsewhere, that Barry Horton was being offered tenure. Barry was the biggest disaster of her life, proof positive that a woman could be naive and gullible at any age. He was going to be her equal now.

The dean had been very diplomatic about it, but the gist of his summons was to tell her he hoped she wouldn't cause any trouble about it, that she wouldn't renew her old allegations against Barry. As if she would bring all that humiliation back to suffer through it again.

Now she was hungry, angry about Barry's undeserved good fortune, and unable to concentrate on the papers in front of her because that box was sitting there tempting her to open it. It had come down to a test of strength. She wasn't going to open it until the last exam paper was graded and ... and to hell with that.

Antique weapons were her passion, the only thing that interested her besides medieval history, which was her field of expertise. Her father had collected them, an unusual hobby for a small-town reverend, and she'd inherited his collection when he died, and was slowly adding to it as she could afford to do so. Each time she visited England, she spent about as much time in antique shops as she did researching the book she was writing on the Norman conquest.

She'd brought the long box into her classroom only because she hadn't wanted to leave it in her car — or out of her sight, actually. She'd waited too long for its arrival. Three years of tracking down the owner after she'd first heard of the existence of Blooddrinker's Curse, the elation in finding out the ancient sword was for sale and that it wouldn't be sold at auction, where she knew the price would soar out of her reach. Then the frustration in trying to deal with Sir Isaac Dearborn, the eccentric owner Another four months had passed in haggling over the price and the particulars, all of which she hadn't been personally involved in, because Dearborn simply wouldn't sell to her.

"No woman may own Blooddrinker's Curse," she'd been told at her initial inquiry, and without an explanation. Dearborn wouldn't even answer her subsequent calls and letters. But David, her dearest David, the brother of her heart if not her blood, who had been orphaned as a child and taken in by her family, had taken up the gauntlet for her And after four months and finally agreeing to Dearborn's unusual demands, David had managed the purchase.

She had been ecstatic when he'd called her from England to tell her he would be shipping the sword home to her, then amazed when he'd added, "You cant reimburse me, Rosie. I had to sign a sworn affidavit that I would never sell the sword, or even bequeath it, to a woman. Nothing was said, however, about simply giving it away, so consider this your birthday present — for the next fifty years.

Considering what the sword had cost, which would have taken every bit of her savings, plus a loan for another twenty thousand, she was definitely in David's debt, even if he had been joking about it being a birthday present. The cost of the sword was nothing to him, for he had married an heiress who adored him and lavished her wealth on him. His wife, Lydia, collected houses — mansions, actually — the way Roseleen collected weapons.

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Until Forever

Chapter One

It was driving her crazy, to let that box sit there on the small credenza beside her desk and not open it. Roseleen White could have sworn she had more wilIpower than that, but apparently not when it came to her one and only passion. She still. tried to ignore it, and the fact that she was glancing over at it every few minutes.

Tune was getting away from her. She had to finish grading her students' papers tonight. Ordinarily, she would have taken the papers home with her, but she wasn't going home tonight. She was driving straight from the campus to her friend Gail's house, where she was spending -the weekend. And she wasn't coming in on Monday either. A long-delayed dentist appointment had seen to that, so she had to leave the papers in her desk for the substitute to hand out on Monday.

The next three days had been perfectly scheduled, which was the way she liked her life to be. She hadn't counted on the delivery notice in her mailbox when she'd arrived home yesterday that said the long-awaited box had finally arrived from England, or the emergency last night when she'd had to take her neighbor Carol to the hospital, which had kept her from grading the papers.

She'd stopped by the post office to collect the box on the way to the campus that morning and had even stuck scissors in her purse so she could open it immediately. But again, she hadn't counted on the long line at the post office that ended up giving her only enough time to get to her first class without being late. And she hadn't found a free moment since when she could have satisfied her curiosity.

Fridays were always her busiest days, with three classes in a row and the inevitable questions after each session from those students who didn't have to rush to their nextclass. She'd also had meetings today when she'd had to inform two of her students that they were failing the semester Then, just when she thought she'd have enough time to grab a quick dinner and to open the box before she tackled the grading, the dean had sent for her.

She was still simmering over that meeting. Dean Johnson had said he wanted to break the news to her gently, before she heard it elsewhere, that Barry Horton was being offered tenure. Barry was the biggest disaster of her life, proof positive that a woman could be naive and gullible at any age. He was going to be her equal now.

The dean had been very diplomatic about it, but the gist of his summons was to tell her he hoped she wouldn't cause any trouble about it, that she wouldn't renew her old allegations against Barry. As if she would bring all that humiliation back to suffer through it again.

Now she was hungry, angry about Barry's undeserved good fortune, and unable to concentrate on the papers in front of her because that box was sitting there tempting her to open it. It had come down to a test of strength. She wasn't going to open it until the last exam paper was graded and ... and to hell with that.

Antique weapons were her passion, the only thing that interested her besides medieval history, which was her field of expertise. Her father had collected them, an unusual hobby for a small-town reverend, and she'd inherited his collection when he died, and was slowly adding to it as she could afford to do so. Each time she visited England, she spent about as much time in antique shops as she did researching the book she was writing on the Norman conquest.

She'd brought the long box into her classroom only because she hadn't wanted to leave it in her car -- or out of her sight, actually. She'd waited too long for its arrival. Three years of tracking down the owner after she'd first heard of the existence of Blooddrinker's Curse, the elation in finding out the ancient sword was for sale and that it wouldn't be sold at auction, where she knew the price would soar out of her reach. Then the frustration in trying to deal with Sir Isaac Dearborn, the eccentric owner Another four months had passed in haggling over the price and the particulars, all of which she hadn't been personally involved in, because Dearborn simply wouldn't sell to her.

"No woman may own Blooddrinker's Curse," she'd been told at her initial inquiry, and without an explanation. Dearborn wouldn't even answer her subsequent calls and letters. But David, her dearest David, the brother of her heart if not her blood, who had been orphaned as a child and taken in by her family, had taken up the gauntlet for her And after four months and finally agreeing to Dearborn's unusual demands, David had managed the purchase.

She had been ecstatic when he'd called her from England to tell her he would be shipping the sword home to her, then amazed when he'd added, "You cant reimburse me, Rosie. I had to sign a sworn affidavit that I would never sell the sword, or even bequeath it, to a woman. Nothing was said, however, about simply giving it away, so consider this your birthday present -- for the next fifty years.

Considering what the sword had cost, which would have taken every bit of her savings, plus a loan for another twenty thousand, she was definitely in David's debt, even if he had been joking about it being a birthday present. The cost of the sword was nothing to him, for he had married an heiress who adored him and lavished her wealth on him. His wife, Lydia, collected houses -- mansions, actually -- the way Roseleen collected weapons.

Until Forever. Copyright © by Johanna Lindsey. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2009

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    A little boring!!

    I love JL, but I nearly didnt finish this book.I loved the ending, but the entire book was so boring!!I didnt like the characters at all.I especially didnt like the fact that whenever he goes to the future he is like a child, not used to anything...thats no hero for me ;0(

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

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    Different Hero and Heroine would have been better

    Really disappointing in my opinion. I was actually expecting a lot of people to rate this particular book badly but was vastly surprised to know just the opposite.
    First off, the characters did not come alive for me. They were not like those characters that make you feel as though they are real. These two are just two dimensional plain characters.
    First off, Rosaleen is supposed to be smart? In what sense? I could not even finish the book due to her stupidity, simple and narrow mindedness, recklessness, annoying and empty headed female characteristic. Seriously, why did the author give us the impression that she is smart while she's not?! Her character is not even realistic!
    When she first time-travels with Thorn, they go to a gory battle. At first she was dubious whether it was real or not but she soon finds out that it is the latter. So, witnessing her first battle-she was totally fine with it. She was fine with all the blood spilling on her. She was totally fine with seeing men get stabbed from left to right, or see men breath their last breathe or see men in the brink of life and death. She was totally fine when Thorn beheads a man in front of her as well. Oh but please don't think that she was such a b*tch to not feel anything at all. There was a time when she was distressed! She remembered that they might be altering the future with Thorn's killing spree at the moment. She starts to get worried that what if one of her ancestor dies here and she would cease to exist!!! She gets annoyed at the thought but was greatly relieved when Thorn informs her that those men were meant to perish anyway. But again, she gets annoyed with Thorn for not telling her first thing so she could have sit-backed, relaxed and enjoyed the show while he was murdering everyone unfortunate enough.

    Why I don't think this is realistic? And I do not mean all the time-travel stuff. First off, a 21st century woman fine with seeing all these for the first time?!? I think not! She also charges at the battle twice to yell at Thor; ignoring all the peril that might happen. Ex. He might get distracted and get killed(not that he could with such circumstances but COME ON.. any person with common sense would not put herself in the middle of the battle considering she's endangering herself and Thorn with her wrong time of out-spokeness. Seriously?!

    Secondly, she tells Thorn that it weren't for her knowledge of the past, she would have died when she was attacked by those soldiers. If she were smart, she would have known better than to go off by herself and look for Thorn while he specified for her to stay in the tent. But of course not, she has to prove to Guy and Thorn that she's an independent 29 year old female. So she runs out from the tent and goes off looking for him while Guy has told her that there is 6000 soldiers looming about. She says that she's probably the smartest person alive in William the Conqueror's time but wow.. what major stupidity. It might sound mean but she should have at least suffered more when she was saved by the knight. One little kiss on the lips? A little more would have thought her a lesson !! She really was annoying especially when Thorn was reprimanding her due to her stupidity! She gets angry at him then at the knight because of the payment he might demand and then angry back again at Thorn because he said he'd kill him before he let's that happen. She might be 29 years old but her recklessness is that of a 15 year old female!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2014

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    This is one of the Best books Ms. Lindsey has ever writen. Her c

    This is one of the Best books Ms. Lindsey has ever writen. Her characters are deep and heart felt. Rose has
    A wonderful since of who she is. And the end is wonderful when he comes back to her though time. It makes me wonder because she has lost loved ones. And that
    Experiance comes through in this book. Just my thoughts .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Good

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Interesting read

    I enjoyed this book and found it to be well written, fast paced and interesting. I would have liked the ending to be different though. It was a slight let down at the end but overall a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    one of my least favorites - really shallow leads

    one of my least favorites - really shallow leads

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Great historical read

    I could not put this book down

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    Every Rose needs a Thorn

    Imagine finding an ancient sword that when handled summons a gorgeous Viking who must obey your every whim and fancy. Sounds like a nice problem to have! But Rose is in no way prepared for the adventure Thorn takes her on. It is a great fantasy escape book. Lindsey is very good at the craft of romance novels. I was excited to find a paranormal romance by her! The story takes you from modern day to history and back again. You can't help but adore Thorn and his very "old world" ideals. And Rose is not the usual damsel in distress too often found in romance fiction. I highly recommend this book for fans of both romance and paranormal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    New fan!!!

    I am a new fan of Johanna Lindsey, and this is the second book of hers I have read. I LOVED it!! I thought it was fantastic! I am a huge fan of time travel books and this one is a keeper. I loved both Roseleen and Thorn and I just loved the ending! It took me by surprise and made me feel good. I will certainly be reading many many more of Johanna's books and getting her entire back list!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2006

    not a favorite of mine

    Ok I love Johanna Lindsey but this is not one of my favorites. I guess I'm not into THAT kind of fantasy. Going back and forth into the future is not really my type of romance novel. It's a good thing she's only written one of these kind of books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2006

    Really, really a great book...

    This book was simply wonderful - I couldn't put it down. In fact, I finished it in a matter of only a day and a half. There were places when I felt the urge to laugh, to cry, and sometimes - to do both at the same time. Definitely a recommended read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2003

    A must read

    I couldn't put this book down. Very good story. This is my second favorite book and recommand it to everyone. Love, action and mystery all in one. Even my husband enjoyed this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2003

    Timeless love...

    I have enjoyed Ms. Lindsey's books so far, and loved the character interactions. Although, some of the storylines seem to be reflections of her other books, it is best that a different plot should be chosen everytime so as not to have the stories 'blend' into each other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2002

    until forever

    I think that johanna lindsey writes every good books and her books seem so real and how real love should be in real life. i think that with her character she makes them how she wants them not how she thinks that everuone esle would like them to be. i also think that with her books that she makes them seem how she would really want love to be for everyone in her eyes. Also with her books she makes them all seem that they all go tgether. i really enjoy reading her books they make me want to stay there and read more bout what is going to happen next in the bookor to the characters in the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2001

    love across the ages

    this is an amazing story.i felt as if i was part of this story and i simply could not put this book down.to seek for love through a 1000years and then find it ,only to be torn apart because of the time difference, is truely gut wrenching stuff.the way in which JL brings thorn and roseleen together is brilliant.i never wanted this book to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    Love Across Time

    I thought this was one of the cutest Johanna Lindsey books ever. The idea of a gorgeous Viking bound to his sword by a curse is enough to make me want to start collecting ancient weapons. This is a wonderful story, full of humor and excitement.

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