by Roberta Gellis


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Desiree by Roberta Gellis released on Feb 08, 2005 is available now for purchase.

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ISBN-13: 9781419966941
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing
Publication date: 10/18/2012
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.76(d)

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Desiree 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After leaving his loveless home in Normandy, Alex journeys to England to ask his uncle Sir Simon Lemagne for a position with him. After training, Alex is knighted and sent to prosperous Exceat whose ailing lord Sir Frewyn is probably dying. With Richard held for ransom, the coastal estates prepare for an invasion by the minion of Prince John.--- The Lady of the manor, Desiree appoints Alex as her castellan. They are very attracted to one another, but neither acts on these feelings out of respect to Sir Frewyn. Alex shores up the defenses at Exceat while keeping a close eye on his brother Vachel who is on a mission for Prince John. Vachel intends to kill his uncle, his uncle¿s wife, and his brother so that Nicolous of Lewes can have Desiree and her estates while John can have is vengeance on Simon and his wife. Though aware of his sibling¿s perfidy, Alex, lacking proof, will have to use skill and intelligence to keep his beloved family and lady safe.--- Readers rejoice! The latest Roselynde Chronicles is out and Roberta Gellis shows she remains one of the most brilliant historical romance writers of the past decade or two. This novel occurs between ROSELYNDE and ALINOR, which leads the audience to feel a homecoming with friends they have not seen in over a quarter of a century. The sexual tension between Desiree and Alex runs at high levels throughout the book as both ethically refuse to cuckold Frewyn. This spices up the story line that concentrates on readying the keep for invasion while surviving Vashel¿s machinations.--- Harriet Klausner
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mm. It's not bad, but not nearly as good as the first three. That may be because, as the author points out in an afterword, the only historical character in the book is Prince John. And possibly Warenne - I seem to recall a William of Warenne around that period. But he's only referred to, he doesn't actually appear. Although John's threat against England is the backdrop for the story, (it's set during Alinor and Simon's marriage - nice to see more of him!) and of course the setting - clothes, food, housing, attitudes - are proper for the period, it still feels more like a standard romance than the earlier Roselynde books. A good romance, but without that spark of something extra. Another possibility is that it's the heroine - Desiree is quite intelligent, but woefully ignorant (and aware of it). She holds her land in her own right, as Alinor and Joanna do, but she's only begun to learn how to carry that - she doesn't have the history and example behind her that the Lady of Roselynde does. Which, in this context, makes her look a bit of a milksop. Alex is convinced of his unworthiness, as usual in these stories, though her husband being still alive (barely) and a decent man is an interesting variation. Good story, not wonderful.
leesprunk More than 1 year ago
I looked forward to this newest book in the Roselynde Chronicles when it was first published and was not in the least disappointed. I read it many times and enjoyed something new each time.  Unfortunately it was lost in a move and of limited print at the time,  I am so excited to revisit the relationship between Desiree and Alexandre.
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*leans against the wall* hey...