By Arrangement MOBI Þ Paperback

By Arrangement MOBI Þ Paperback


  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • By Arrangement
  • Madeline Hunter
  • Portuguese
  • 02 April 2015
  • 9789892307169

10 thoughts on “By Arrangement

  1. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

    I read this book because everyone raved about Madeline Hunter's historicals and this one in particular I wasn't sure what to expect but I really enjoyed this book I thought David was a great hero He was the kind of man who did what he set his mind to and didn't worry too much about what other people thought He was an 'actions speak louder than words' kind of man Even though his bride Christiana's reputation has been ruined by a fairly innocent dalliance with a knightly courtier that she thought hung the moon he is determined to wed her He even gets a few chances to get out of the arranged marriage but doesn't take them I liked his patience in wooing his bride who stubbornly thinks she's in love with another man because she allowed him to take certain liberties which nowadays would be considered pretty mild but I can see how back in this time it was thought of as being compromised I liked how you could see that although David was a merchant and looked down upon he had much honor than the so called chivalrous knight who or less seduced an innocent girl who thought she was in love with him and he with her As you can see David made this book for me He was so romantic and passionate and committed The kind of husband a girl can only wish for He's also ruthless and calculating but that's not necessarily bad under the right circumstances This definitely was a good introduction to Madeline Hunter for me


  2. Zoe Zoe says:

    Finally got this book out of my way I love a good medieval story Since Madeline Hunter is famous for her medievals I started this book with much enthusiasm The premise is interesting enough David a low born but stinking rich merchant saw Christiana a ward of the English King at court and was driven by lust to have her Being close to the English King in spite of his lowly birth David offered for Christiana and was granted his lustful wish The match was frowned upon because Christiana was a of noble birth first tier too Her marrying a merchant was an outrageous thought Christiana loved another A cad named Stephen She resented the fact that she had to marry David and sent for Stephen to come marry her before everything was too late But of course Stephen did not come Everyone except Christiana could see that Stephen did not love her and that Christiana was an idiot to believe that she had a noble knight in Stephen So the marriage was on rocky grounds The book follows Christiana and David's difficult union A bride who resented her groom A groom who desired his bride Isn't that uaint? David knew nothing about Christiana But she was so beautiful David had to marry her So no relationship building whatsoever Christiana was in love with someone else and hated David because she thought him beneath her and she was forced to have sex with him But after great sex she changed her mind Now she loved David Who was Stephen? That idiot who did not know great sex is the way to a woman's heart?It turns out that David was not a lowly merchant at all Suffice it to say that Christiana felt like an idiot when David's true parentage came under the light Some political intrigue superficial I love you after great sex the end I had a lot of problems with the book It is not about the writing It was the story itself I detest Christiana from the beginning A stupid girl who knew nothing about love who mistook infatuation for affections who expected a jerk to be her prince on the white horse who despised a man who actually wanted her for his lowly birth and never gave him a chance I wonder what is to like about Christiana other than the fact that she was beautiful? Christiana's immaturity permeates the story She did grow out of her infatuation for Stephen and realized that she loved David I thought the change strange since nothing has changed for Christiana and David other than the fact that they had great sex So after they had fantastic sex Christiana came to realize that now she loved David? I mean come on give women a little credit than that The attitude change and falling in love seemed fake I honestly do not know what changed Christiana changed Just like that And all because David was such a great lover And this was supposed to be romantic? Christiana's fault does not stop at being naive and stupid about love She was uick to anger Whenever things didn't go her way she either shut herself in the room or got mad at someone usually David accusing them of lying using misleading and misunderstanding her The beautiful Christiana was never at fault And she was entitled to her anger because you know Christiana was not happy Someone must be responsible for that And no no Christiana was always right I would have given the book 3 stars for the writing But Christiana made this book such an awful reading experience I wanted to slap her but I was forced to read about how David loved her for reasons that are beyond my comprehension Oh but how could I forget they had great sex It must be true love


  3. Dwayne Dwayne says:

    Reviewed Girls Without a BookshelfAs much as I love historical romances there is only so much of the history I can take Which explains why perhaps I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I wouldIf I'm not mistaken By Arrangement is my first Madeline Hunter read and I chose this not lightly because when I checked her website I loved almost all the blurbs of her books They were exactly what I would want to read about Surprisingly though I seemed to find than I bargained for because this book at least just doesn't fit the blurb I mean it does in a sense because fact of the matter is it has what it says in the tin But it isn't uite all that it has and the heavier important element that is the political intrigue and mystery has not been mentioned in the blurb As I was expecting something entirely it was uite a bore reading all those parts I'm open to a bit content in any book but when it overwhelms the plot it's not very nice I think that sums what I did not like in it entirely the political intriguemystery overshadowed the romance a lot and I was tempted to flick through the pages and just read through the parts where the romance play an integral partHaving said that I think the author did an excellent job with the characters More than anything the book shows a path to romance that is beyond the 'love or lust at first sight' Christina and David learn to grow accustomed to each other then trust each other and finally love each other Like any couple they go through misunderstandings but their coming together is handled very excellently A little humour misconceptions and tears made the book interesting too The incomplete ending aside this is an entertaining read particularly if you like romantic mysteries


  4. Missy Missy says:

    This book gets right into the swing of things Our heroine Christiana meets with her future betrothed to ask him to call off the betrothal before it is official When I read the other reviews I thought the first few chapters would provide some background on Christinana how her parents died how she became the king's ward and especially how she was seduced and compromised by Stephen Percy the knight Christiana fancies herself in love with but nope Since this book is actually the fourth in the series I wonder if her background and seduction took place in one of the previous books Because the facts I did learn about Christiana's parents and seduction were revealed briefly in this book as if it was a recap for readers who had read the books in order I read the synopsis for the other books and couldn't really find a connection to those characters and Christiana nor were any of the previous books' MCs present in this book shrugs I'll just have to read the previous books to see if I should have read in order lolI enjoyed the first half of the book It was a little weird that they called each other by their first names instead of Miss or Mr They even referred to the king by his first name Edward I don't read too many medieval books so maybe this is normal? Warning view spoilerAttempted rape due to jealousy and rage caused by a misunderstanding and not enough groveling on the hero's part I thought David was a pretty good hero though a bit manipulative and calculating at times until this happened I felt it was a little out of character for him to behave in such a way hide spoiler


  5. Mara Mara says:

    Not the book for me I didn't connect that much with an 18 year old that seemed too much a nun for the reality of life But above all I had to resist to DNF it both at the beginning at along the story every time there was a smexy time I can't stomach this idea of sex and desire as an alien thing inside women So it controls us and makes us do its bidding I may be way too rational but science is not our enemy Desire is linked to our brain it doesn't happen by chance If you don't want to do something you either don't do it or you are forced to I absolutely believe in seduction but again seduction is in the brain your body doesn't get seduced Otherwise having sex with a body wouldn't be rapeAnd it's a beautiful game so all the irking seeing it treated this wayIt would have been a good book without this premise Unfortunately as it was I found it galling when not irritating and loathsome at times Just for such a stupid detail Such a wrong one though


  6. Zoe Zoe says:

    By Arrangement Medieval Series Chronological order #4 Finally got this book out of my way I love a good medieval story Since Madeline Hunter is famous for her medievals I started this book with much enthusiasm The premise is interesting enough David a low born but stinking rich merchant saw Christiana a ward of the English King at court Being close to the English King David offered for Christiana The match was frowned upon because Christiana was a of noble birth first tier too Her marrying a merchant was an outrageous thought Christiana loved another A cad named Stephen She resented the fact that she had to marry David and sent for Stephen to come marry her before everything was too late But of course Stephen did not come Everyone except Christiana could see that Stephen did not love her and that Christiana was an idiot to believe that she had a noble knight in Stephen So the marriage was on rocky grounds The book follows Christiana and David's difficult union A bride who resented her groom A groom who desired his bride Isn't that uaint? It turns out that David was not a lowly merchant at all Suffice it to say that Christiana felt like an idiot when David's true parentage came under the light Some political intrigue superficial I love you after great sex the end I had a lot of problems with the book It is not about the writing It was the story itself I detest Christiana from the beginning A stupid girl who knew nothing about love who mistook infatuation for affections who expected a jerk to be her prince on the white horse who despised a man who actually wanted her for his lowly birth and never gave him a chance I wonder what is to like about Christiana other than the fact that she was beautiful? Christiana's immaturity permeates the story She did grow out of her infatuation for Stephen and realized that she loved David I thought the change strange since nothing has changed for Christiana and David other than the fact that they had great sex So after they had fantastic sex Christiana came to realize that now she loved David? I mean come on give women a little credit than that The attitude change and falling in love seemed fake I honestly do not know what changed Christiana changed Just like that And all because David was such a great lover And this was supposed to be romantic? Christiana's fault does not stop at being naive and stupid about love She was uick to anger Whenever things didn't go her way she either shut herself in the room or got mad at someone usually David accusing them of lying using misleading and misunderstanding her The beautiful Christiana was never at fault And she was entitled to her anger because you know Christiana was not happy Someone must be responsible for that And no no Christiana was always right I would have given the book 3 stars for the writing But Christiana made this book such an awful reading experience I wanted to slap her but I was forced to read about how David loved her for reasons that are beyond my comprehension Oh but how could I forget they had great sex It must be true love


  7. Gracec Gracec says:

    An innocent and an almost villainA love story set in medieval time told unflinchingly and in keeping with the time The pageantry the barbaric way people act in war the coldly calculating reasons for marriage I liked Christiana She starts off as an innocent 18 year old who has lived a sheltered life; but she's intelligent honorable and brave Her love for David changes him in ways he never thought possibleDavid though he is a lot harder to like He's 11 years older than Christiana uite common in those days to have such a wide age gap between husband and wife and he's a complicated character He's calculating shrewd willing to bend the rules to suit himself ruthless and he comes very close to being the villain in this story Only his love for Christiana stops him from becoming one I have to stay although the Author did a great job in keeping the characters and story as true to the medieval time as possible my modern upbringing kept me from enjoying this book fully I especially couldn't shake my uneasy feeling throughout the book about the vast imbalance of dynamic between David and Christiana He holds all the cards his maturity and experience his wealth his connection with the King he holds ALL the power over Christiana and he wields it ruthlessly I was glad that they both love each other and their love is strong enough to change them for the better It's a well written book though one I still cherish after all these years


  8. Carmen Carmen says:

    This was a little challenging at first because the female protagonist was truly a child at the beginning having been sheltered for so long without any exposure to the outside world She was frustrating to read about But I could see where the story was ideally supposed to go and had some indications that it would indeed go there and the writing was very good so I continued readingI was not disappointed but not entirely satisfied either This is to some extent a coming of age story on the female protagonist's side She grows into a woman But she never exactly has a shining moment illustrating her true independence Given the time period circa mid 1300s the odds were stacked against her being able to have any sort of independence but still I was waiting for something and never uite got it She did take some decisive action at a key moment but it didn't reuire much effort or sacrifice from her she just decided what was needed and then acted on it In the end as can be expected she did end up in a harmonious relationship with her husband whose story this really was That's probably the best she could hope for in reality But it's not reality it's fiction Give me something to cheer for So I wouldn't uite call her a heroine in the Heroheroine sense of the genreI still really enjoyed this and will probably read it again I'll also seek out other books by this author


  9. Agnes Agnes says:

    I love the way Ms Hunter details and fleshes out the background and characters both historical as well as fictional of 14th century England Her sensitivity to the nuances of facial expressions and range of emotions she stirs with her story telling is what got me hooked on her writingIn this her debut novel she has created two compelling characters whom I’ve come to love a lot Lady Christiana Fitzwaryn was promised in marriage to wealthy London merchant David de Abyndon through a special arrangement the latter had with the King In a bid to persuade David to call off the wedding she visited him one night to inform him that she was no longer pure as a result of a romantic indiscretionHowever when she met him she couldn’t help but be drawn to this common merchant with the lordly manners and poise David had agreed to the King’s arrangement to hide his deal with the monarch – an exclusive license to mine saltpeter in the Fitzwaryn ancestral home – and as a cover up he was rumoured to have bought Christiana sight unseen Only when he met her did he understand why the King was so confident the rumour would be taken as truth for David fear that he may have lost than his heart in the bargainRead here and


  10. Jadas Jadas says:

    Wow Not sure how I even stumbled upon this oldie but so glad I did I don't rread HR much But WOW this story flows seamlessly from one moment to the next with enough but not too much description and history scattered through it's pages NEVER have I read a story that was so unpredictable and exciting David is the ultimate schemer everything is so carefully and thoughtfully planned out The heroine was a little irritating but very little she uickly became just as interesting as her husband One reviewer's comments called David's actions Machiavellian and I think it is a most apt descriptionI I often find myself depressingly bored during HR's as well as uninterested I tend to skip over long drawn out scheming explanations and scenarios However this book lacked any of the typical cliched pitfalls The wording is so intelligent out together without seeming to try too hard I genuinely got so lost in this story I forgot everything thing else I am glad to have read it and would also highly recommend it wholeheartedly Of course the chemistry between H and h is amazing Also I must not forget that I didn't find it even a little corny which is saying something considering its and HR


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By Arrangement[PDF] ✅ By Arrangement By Madeline Hunter – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Lady Christiana Fitzwaryn está apaixonadaInfelizmente o seu futuro marido não é o homem dos seus sonhos mas sim um perfeito desconhecido com uem o próprio rei Eduardo negociou o enlace Sobre este Lady Christiana Fitzwaryn está apaixonadaInfelizmente o seu futuro marido não é o homem dos seus sonhos mas sim um perfeito desconhecido com uem o próprio rei Eduardo negociou o enlace Sobre este homem Christiana apenas sabe tratar se de um mero mercador plebeu Não estava pois preparada para o primeiro encontro David de Abyndon revela ter um carisma extraordinário e nutre uma indiferença desconcertante em relação ao estatuto social dela Para sua grande surpresa é a aristocrata uem se sente perturbada na presença dauele homem de enigmáticos olhos azuis.


About the Author: Madeline Hunter

Madeline Hunter is a nationally bestselling author of historical romances who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons Her books have won two RITA awards and seven nominations and have had three starred reviews in Publishers Weekly In a parallel existence to the one she enjoys as a novelist Madeline has a PhD in art history and teaches at an East Coast university.


10 thoughts on “By Arrangement

  1. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

    I read this book because everyone raved about Madeline Hunter's historicals and this one in particular I wasn't sure what to expect but I really enjoyed this book I thought David was a great hero He was the kind of man who did what he set his mind to and didn't worry too much about what other people thought He was an 'actions speak louder than words' kind of man Even though his bride Christiana's reputation has been ruined by a fairly innocent dalliance with a knightly courtier that she thought hung the moon he is determined to wed her He even gets a few chances to get out of the arranged marriage but doesn't take them I liked his patience in wooing his bride who stubbornly thinks she's in love with another man because she allowed him to take certain liberties which nowadays would be considered pretty mild but I can see how back in this time it was thought of as being compromised I liked how you could see that although David was a merchant and looked down upon he had much honor than the so called chivalrous knight who or less seduced an innocent girl who thought she was in love with him and he with her As you can see David made this book for me He was so romantic and passionate and committed The kind of husband a girl can only wish for He's also ruthless and calculating but that's not necessarily bad under the right circumstances This definitely was a good introduction to Madeline Hunter for me

  2. Zoe Zoe says:

    Finally got this book out of my way I love a good medieval story Since Madeline Hunter is famous for her medievals I started this book with much enthusiasm The premise is interesting enough David a low born but stinking rich merchant saw Christiana a ward of the English King at court and was driven by lust to have her Being close to the English King in spite of his lowly birth David offered for Christiana and was granted his lustful wish The match was frowned upon because Christiana was a of noble birth first tier too Her marrying a merchant was an outrageous thought Christiana loved another A cad named Stephen She resented the fact that she had to marry David and sent for Stephen to come marry her before everything was too late But of course Stephen did not come Everyone except Christiana could see that Stephen did not love her and that Christiana was an idiot to believe that she had a noble knight in Stephen So the marriage was on rocky grounds The book follows Christiana and David's difficult union A bride who resented her groom A groom who desired his bride Isn't that uaint? David knew nothing about Christiana But she was so beautiful David had to marry her So no relationship building whatsoever Christiana was in love with someone else and hated David because she thought him beneath her and she was forced to have sex with him But after great sex she changed her mind Now she loved David Who was Stephen? That idiot who did not know great sex is the way to a woman's heart?It turns out that David was not a lowly merchant at all Suffice it to say that Christiana felt like an idiot when David's true parentage came under the light Some political intrigue superficial I love you after great sex the end I had a lot of problems with the book It is not about the writing It was the story itself I detest Christiana from the beginning A stupid girl who knew nothing about love who mistook infatuation for affections who expected a jerk to be her prince on the white horse who despised a man who actually wanted her for his lowly birth and never gave him a chance I wonder what is to like about Christiana other than the fact that she was beautiful? Christiana's immaturity permeates the story She did grow out of her infatuation for Stephen and realized that she loved David I thought the change strange since nothing has changed for Christiana and David other than the fact that they had great sex So after they had fantastic sex Christiana came to realize that now she loved David? I mean come on give women a little credit than that The attitude change and falling in love seemed fake I honestly do not know what changed Christiana changed Just like that And all because David was such a great lover And this was supposed to be romantic? Christiana's fault does not stop at being naive and stupid about love She was uick to anger Whenever things didn't go her way she either shut herself in the room or got mad at someone usually David accusing them of lying using misleading and misunderstanding her The beautiful Christiana was never at fault And she was entitled to her anger because you know Christiana was not happy Someone must be responsible for that And no no Christiana was always right I would have given the book 3 stars for the writing But Christiana made this book such an awful reading experience I wanted to slap her but I was forced to read about how David loved her for reasons that are beyond my comprehension Oh but how could I forget they had great sex It must be true love

  3. Dwayne Dwayne says:

    Reviewed Girls Without a BookshelfAs much as I love historical romances there is only so much of the history I can take Which explains why perhaps I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I wouldIf I'm not mistaken By Arrangement is my first Madeline Hunter read and I chose this not lightly because when I checked her website I loved almost all the blurbs of her books They were exactly what I would want to read about Surprisingly though I seemed to find than I bargained for because this book at least just doesn't fit the blurb I mean it does in a sense because fact of the matter is it has what it says in the tin But it isn't uite all that it has and the heavier important element that is the political intrigue and mystery has not been mentioned in the blurb As I was expecting something entirely it was uite a bore reading all those parts I'm open to a bit content in any book but when it overwhelms the plot it's not very nice I think that sums what I did not like in it entirely the political intriguemystery overshadowed the romance a lot and I was tempted to flick through the pages and just read through the parts where the romance play an integral partHaving said that I think the author did an excellent job with the characters More than anything the book shows a path to romance that is beyond the 'love or lust at first sight' Christina and David learn to grow accustomed to each other then trust each other and finally love each other Like any couple they go through misunderstandings but their coming together is handled very excellently A little humour misconceptions and tears made the book interesting too The incomplete ending aside this is an entertaining read particularly if you like romantic mysteries

  4. Missy Missy says:

    This book gets right into the swing of things Our heroine Christiana meets with her future betrothed to ask him to call off the betrothal before it is official When I read the other reviews I thought the first few chapters would provide some background on Christinana how her parents died how she became the king's ward and especially how she was seduced and compromised by Stephen Percy the knight Christiana fancies herself in love with but nope Since this book is actually the fourth in the series I wonder if her background and seduction took place in one of the previous books Because the facts I did learn about Christiana's parents and seduction were revealed briefly in this book as if it was a recap for readers who had read the books in order I read the synopsis for the other books and couldn't really find a connection to those characters and Christiana nor were any of the previous books' MCs present in this book shrugs I'll just have to read the previous books to see if I should have read in order lolI enjoyed the first half of the book It was a little weird that they called each other by their first names instead of Miss or Mr They even referred to the king by his first name Edward I don't read too many medieval books so maybe this is normal? Warning view spoilerAttempted rape due to jealousy and rage caused by a misunderstanding and not enough groveling on the hero's part I thought David was a pretty good hero though a bit manipulative and calculating at times until this happened I felt it was a little out of character for him to behave in such a way hide spoiler

  5. Mara Mara says:

    Not the book for me I didn't connect that much with an 18 year old that seemed too much a nun for the reality of life But above all I had to resist to DNF it both at the beginning at along the story every time there was a smexy time I can't stomach this idea of sex and desire as an alien thing inside women So it controls us and makes us do its bidding I may be way too rational but science is not our enemy Desire is linked to our brain it doesn't happen by chance If you don't want to do something you either don't do it or you are forced to I absolutely believe in seduction but again seduction is in the brain your body doesn't get seduced Otherwise having sex with a body wouldn't be rapeAnd it's a beautiful game so all the irking seeing it treated this wayIt would have been a good book without this premise Unfortunately as it was I found it galling when not irritating and loathsome at times Just for such a stupid detail Such a wrong one though

  6. Zoe Zoe says:

    By Arrangement Medieval Series Chronological order #4 Finally got this book out of my way I love a good medieval story Since Madeline Hunter is famous for her medievals I started this book with much enthusiasm The premise is interesting enough David a low born but stinking rich merchant saw Christiana a ward of the English King at court Being close to the English King David offered for Christiana The match was frowned upon because Christiana was a of noble birth first tier too Her marrying a merchant was an outrageous thought Christiana loved another A cad named Stephen She resented the fact that she had to marry David and sent for Stephen to come marry her before everything was too late But of course Stephen did not come Everyone except Christiana could see that Stephen did not love her and that Christiana was an idiot to believe that she had a noble knight in Stephen So the marriage was on rocky grounds The book follows Christiana and David's difficult union A bride who resented her groom A groom who desired his bride Isn't that uaint? It turns out that David was not a lowly merchant at all Suffice it to say that Christiana felt like an idiot when David's true parentage came under the light Some political intrigue superficial I love you after great sex the end I had a lot of problems with the book It is not about the writing It was the story itself I detest Christiana from the beginning A stupid girl who knew nothing about love who mistook infatuation for affections who expected a jerk to be her prince on the white horse who despised a man who actually wanted her for his lowly birth and never gave him a chance I wonder what is to like about Christiana other than the fact that she was beautiful? Christiana's immaturity permeates the story She did grow out of her infatuation for Stephen and realized that she loved David I thought the change strange since nothing has changed for Christiana and David other than the fact that they had great sex So after they had fantastic sex Christiana came to realize that now she loved David? I mean come on give women a little credit than that The attitude change and falling in love seemed fake I honestly do not know what changed Christiana changed Just like that And all because David was such a great lover And this was supposed to be romantic? Christiana's fault does not stop at being naive and stupid about love She was uick to anger Whenever things didn't go her way she either shut herself in the room or got mad at someone usually David accusing them of lying using misleading and misunderstanding her The beautiful Christiana was never at fault And she was entitled to her anger because you know Christiana was not happy Someone must be responsible for that And no no Christiana was always right I would have given the book 3 stars for the writing But Christiana made this book such an awful reading experience I wanted to slap her but I was forced to read about how David loved her for reasons that are beyond my comprehension Oh but how could I forget they had great sex It must be true love

  7. Gracec Gracec says:

    An innocent and an almost villainA love story set in medieval time told unflinchingly and in keeping with the time The pageantry the barbaric way people act in war the coldly calculating reasons for marriage I liked Christiana She starts off as an innocent 18 year old who has lived a sheltered life; but she's intelligent honorable and brave Her love for David changes him in ways he never thought possibleDavid though he is a lot harder to like He's 11 years older than Christiana uite common in those days to have such a wide age gap between husband and wife and he's a complicated character He's calculating shrewd willing to bend the rules to suit himself ruthless and he comes very close to being the villain in this story Only his love for Christiana stops him from becoming one I have to stay although the Author did a great job in keeping the characters and story as true to the medieval time as possible my modern upbringing kept me from enjoying this book fully I especially couldn't shake my uneasy feeling throughout the book about the vast imbalance of dynamic between David and Christiana He holds all the cards his maturity and experience his wealth his connection with the King he holds ALL the power over Christiana and he wields it ruthlessly I was glad that they both love each other and their love is strong enough to change them for the better It's a well written book though one I still cherish after all these years

  8. Carmen Carmen says:

    This was a little challenging at first because the female protagonist was truly a child at the beginning having been sheltered for so long without any exposure to the outside world She was frustrating to read about But I could see where the story was ideally supposed to go and had some indications that it would indeed go there and the writing was very good so I continued readingI was not disappointed but not entirely satisfied either This is to some extent a coming of age story on the female protagonist's side She grows into a woman But she never exactly has a shining moment illustrating her true independence Given the time period circa mid 1300s the odds were stacked against her being able to have any sort of independence but still I was waiting for something and never uite got it She did take some decisive action at a key moment but it didn't reuire much effort or sacrifice from her she just decided what was needed and then acted on it In the end as can be expected she did end up in a harmonious relationship with her husband whose story this really was That's probably the best she could hope for in reality But it's not reality it's fiction Give me something to cheer for So I wouldn't uite call her a heroine in the Heroheroine sense of the genreI still really enjoyed this and will probably read it again I'll also seek out other books by this author

  9. Agnes Agnes says:

    I love the way Ms Hunter details and fleshes out the background and characters both historical as well as fictional of 14th century England Her sensitivity to the nuances of facial expressions and range of emotions she stirs with her story telling is what got me hooked on her writingIn this her debut novel she has created two compelling characters whom I’ve come to love a lot Lady Christiana Fitzwaryn was promised in marriage to wealthy London merchant David de Abyndon through a special arrangement the latter had with the King In a bid to persuade David to call off the wedding she visited him one night to inform him that she was no longer pure as a result of a romantic indiscretionHowever when she met him she couldn’t help but be drawn to this common merchant with the lordly manners and poise David had agreed to the King’s arrangement to hide his deal with the monarch – an exclusive license to mine saltpeter in the Fitzwaryn ancestral home – and as a cover up he was rumoured to have bought Christiana sight unseen Only when he met her did he understand why the King was so confident the rumour would be taken as truth for David fear that he may have lost than his heart in the bargainRead here and

  10. Jadas Jadas says:

    Wow Not sure how I even stumbled upon this oldie but so glad I did I don't rread HR much But WOW this story flows seamlessly from one moment to the next with enough but not too much description and history scattered through it's pages NEVER have I read a story that was so unpredictable and exciting David is the ultimate schemer everything is so carefully and thoughtfully planned out The heroine was a little irritating but very little she uickly became just as interesting as her husband One reviewer's comments called David's actions Machiavellian and I think it is a most apt descriptionI I often find myself depressingly bored during HR's as well as uninterested I tend to skip over long drawn out scheming explanations and scenarios However this book lacked any of the typical cliched pitfalls The wording is so intelligent out together without seeming to try too hard I genuinely got so lost in this story I forgot everything thing else I am glad to have read it and would also highly recommend it wholeheartedly Of course the chemistry between H and h is amazing Also I must not forget that I didn't find it even a little corny which is saying something considering its and HR

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