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A Knight's Captive (Zebra Books) Kindle Edition

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Length: 353 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Zebra Books

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`Townsend brilliantly transports readers to the turbulent years of the Norman invasion with a tale of a battle-weary knight and a young woman on a perilous pilgrimage. Medieval fans will enjoy the colorful backdrop, historical events and realistic characters.' -- Romantic Times

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`Lindsay Townsend and her wonderful characters didn't let me down. The love that Marc and Sunniva had for each other finally culminated in a relationship that was almost blessed. A KNIGHT'S CAPTIVE by Lindsay Townsend is a keeper in my book. I can't wait to read it again.'

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  • File Size: 1337 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; Original edition (March 30, 2009)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002361NPK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,051 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lindsay Townsend's books are mostly historical romance and set in medieval England, ancient Rome or ancient Egypt, but she also writes romantic suspense and historical mystery.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on April 10, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A Knight's Captive is a rather misleading title, there was no fair maiden held captive by a Knight (unless it is her heart, which I questioned throughout the novel). There is also a lack of authenticity with most of the characters, the major players being too, too accommodating, or too villainous.

What does work well in this novel is the setting, right before William conquers England and on the road to a pilgrimage site. Breton Knight Marc de Sens is with his three young nieces on a pilgrimage to Northern England. It is uncertain as to why he needs to visit this site and quite frankly it is not revealed until much later in the novel, so late that I had forgotten there were reasons he was searching for the holy site. Marc is his niece's guardian and he is the perfect uncle, kind, caring, thoughtful, playful and loving.

Sunniva is traveling with her three hard headed brothers and mean father. She is an early Cinderella, taking care of her brothers, and receiving no thanks for her care but plenty of abusive comments and vicious shoves and an occasional smack for her efforts. She puts on her happy face to her family never complaining. Sunniva is very beautiful and a pawn for her father who is on the constant lookout for a rich husband for her.

Marc is quite taken with the beauty and notices the lack of regard she receives from her ungrateful family. He rescues her from would be slavers and tries to help her out as much as possible without getting too involved. This changes when he rescues her from an almost rape by her half brothers. Now he feels he must be her protector and for some reason Sunniva pushes him away believing her brother's words that Marc is a woman killer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sally Pink Reviews on January 2, 2010
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Townsend pens an intriguing historical romance with "A Knight's Captive." Set in England, 1066, as William the Conqueror takes the throne, "A Knight's Captive" gives a gritty account of the times. Deception, greed, and lust run rampart in the Middle ages, yet the power of love shines in Townsend's tale.

The novel starts with Sunniva accompanying her father, Cena, and her brothers on a pilgrimage to St. Cuthbert's grave. Her father and brothers treat her poorly and she's practically no better than a slave to them.

Also going on the pilgrimage to St. Cuthbert's grave is Marc de Sens. Marc is a Norman who is traveling with his three nieces. Marc is their guardian. As the pilgrimage progresses, Marc saves Sunniva from a near rape. The attraction between the couple simmers with longing glances as they continue to interact on the pilgrimage. Marc, however, maintains a respectful distance as he observes how disrespectful Sunniva's father and brother are to her.

As news of William the Conqueror spreads through England, Sunniva's father and brother reluctantly join Ethered's army and leave the pilgrimage putting Sunniva in Marc's care. Marc soon discovers Cena and his sons have died in battle, leaving Sunniva as his heir. Sunniva must now travel to her newly inherited lands, but can she trust Marc, or are his motives for helping her more darker than she suspects?

Marc and Sunniva are interesting characters. Marc's concern and care of his nieces are admirable, yet he seems to be followed by gossip that accuses him of being a woman killer. This gives his character a bit of an edge. Beneath the gossip, Marc is honest and loyal, traits any woman would admire in a man.

Sunniva is a more complicated character.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Natalie S VINE VOICE on May 11, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Marc de Sens is traveling on a pilgrimage to St. Cuthbert in Northern England with his three nieces. He has been given their guardianship and takes his responsibilities serious. He wants all three of the girls to be able to be safe and laugh and have joy in their lives. On the way to the shrine, Marc can't help but notice the beautiful girl accompanying her rude father and disrespectful brothers to the same place. His heart is instantly transfixed on the beauty of this woman and when he finds out she is betrothed, his sadness if real. However, her engagement is not. Sunniva made up an engagement after learning about Marc from her brothers.

Sunniva can't help but notice the knight that is so gentle and soft spoken with his three charges. Her experience with men has not left her thinking very highly of them. When her brothers and father leave her to go off to war and in turn get killed, Sunniva is now alone in the world. Marc promises her he will help her continue her journey and he does. He just wishes she didn't believe the worst in him.

Sunniva and Marc fall in love but the path to their happiness is paved with big huge boulders. Every single step forward almost certainty guarantees a step backwards. The biggest hurdle is Sunniva's belief that Marc is an abuser of women. I watched this loyal and trustworthy knight and my heart went out to him because I knew he was good and kind. However, Lindsay Townsend and her wonderful characters didn't let me down. The love that Marc and Sunniva had for each other finally culminated in a relationship that was almost blessed. A KNIGHT'S VOW by Lindsay Townsend is a keeper in my book. I can't wait to read it again.

Natalie S.
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