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A Year and a Day Hardcover – February 9, 1998

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (February 9, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385318170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385318174
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in Scotland during the time of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, A Year and Day features Englishman Lynx de Warenne and Celtic heroine Jane Leslie. Lynx is a powerful yet cynical knight who is delighted to lay claim to Scotland's Dumfries Castle as commanded by the king. In Dumfries, Lynx enjoys his steward, Jock Leslie, and Leslie's enormous family of 10 children and 31 grandchildren. Lynx, at age 30, is desperate for an heir and proposes that he marry the youngest Leslie daughter, despite that she is a commoner and has no interest in marriage. Lynx believes that the Leslies are so fertile that he is willing to marry beneath himself just for the sake of a child. Jane Leslie, a proud Celtic healer, is a sensitive creature who communes with wild animals and paints lodestones. Although Jane has strong wishes to the contrary, the two engage in a handfast: they will be together as husband and wife for a year and day; after that time, they will be able to choose whether to stay together. The love affair that ensues is tempestuous and passionate and pure Virginia Henley!

From Library Journal

An English nobleman who is desperate for a son and a free-spirited, clairvoyant healer who charms animals end up bound by the ancient Scottish handfast for "a year and a day." Despite their initial antipathy, they end up falling in love. The pageantry, politics, and violence of early-14th-century Britain provide the backdrop for this fast-paced story with a dash of mysticism. Historical characters such as Robert the Bruce and Edward Plantaganet add a touch of authenticity. Boldly drawn characters, graphic sex, occasionally unorthodox sexual fantasies, and an emphasis on action rather than character development will please Henley's many fans; but her less-than-polished writing style will not appeal to everyone. Henley (Dream Lover, LJ 10/15/96) lives in Florida and Ontario.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

I didn't respect, like or admire the main characters enough.
This is one of my favorite book by viginia henley. i read almost all her books and this is the one i highly recommend!
It was a really good book, it had a story line, some great factual history, and of course romance!

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Abbys on July 7, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is my "FIRST BOOK" in three ways... One, it's my first book of Virginia Henley (and certainly not the last). Two, it's my first book that the heroine is a very typical commoner who doesn't even know how to read. I actually thought I'd be turn off by this but as I read through, I learn to understand her situation and sigh for her. Then eventually, I wanted much, much more for Jane. Three, this is my first book that is perhaps about 70% filled with historical facts and events reigned during England's King Edward Plantagenet, The Longshanks, with Scotland's Robert Bruce and William Wallace, the famous BRAVEHEART epic. If you are the type of person who prefers more romance/love story and less historical facts on your books then this one is probably not for you. Because I saw and love the movie BRAVEHEART, I was and still AM particularly interested in Robert the Bruce & William Wallace's historical (con)quest for rights and freedom, that is why I wasn't bothered with the factual events that seems to overflowed more than the romance of the hero/heroine. I guess u can say that IF I was NOT already 'drawned' to such topic, I'd probably find this book very tedious.
Since the Editorial Reviews pretty much sum up the book synopsis, I'd just give my opinion without summarizing the content any longer...
Jane and Lynx love story was a bit ordinary for me. Aside for Lynx obsession to have an heir and Jane's adjustments to her new life, their love story didn't have any impact on me, however, it wasn't boring at all either. There are funny times and heart warming occurances as well but I find Jory's and Robert's love story much more heart wretching. Mind you, theirs wasn't even detailed bec.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I bought "A Year and A Day" I thought that it would be a mindless distraction for a few hours, but I really didn't want to stop reading for anything.After I finished reading this book I went out and bought all the others by Virgina Henley that I could find. Lynx de Warenne is a prized warrior to the English. The one thing he wants more than anything is an heir. Jane Leslie is half celtic, half morman, who lives in a Scottish castle of Dumfries that was invaded by Lynx. When Lynx finds out that his steward Jock Leslie has ten children he thinks that the chance of having children with one of Jocks daughters would be a good chance. He proposes to Jane a handfasting for a year and a day. Jane never wants to marry or be handfasted to anyone but he is her lord so she must surrender... I have read this book more than five times i just the year I've had it. I highly recomend this book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Lesley on November 27, 1999
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I thought this book was very charming. It is the tale of a young girl who unwillingly falls in love with a Fabio type warrior. The part that made me teary-eyed was when he was fatally injured, but this maiden suckled him back to life with her own breast milk. Come on folks that is love. This book is a good read for all us innocent and devoted to love.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
During the reign of Edward I, rebellion is a normal way of life, but some nobles like Lynx de Warenne remain loyal to English crown. Lynx is like most of his peers, living for the next battle. However, he knows that he must produce an heir, but believes that he is incapable of siring a child.
Following royal orders, Lynx secures Scotland's Dumfries Castle. The castellan, Jack Leslie, learning of Lynx's fears, proposes that the new lord of the castle handfast with his youngest daughter Jane. Lynx agrees to the arrangement that makes any child born during the year and a day of the handfast legitimate. If by some chance, the chit gets pregnant, Lynx plans to marry her anyway to make it legal under British law. True to her Celtic beliefs, Jane wants nothing to do with the Norman warrior. However, she reluctantly accepts for the sake of her family. The newlyweds engage in a battle of wills as the Scottish lass leads her English Lord on a merry chase, determined to make him earn her love.
Any fan of historical romance will want to read the best book ever written by one of the great writers of historical erotic romances, the incredible Virginia Henley. Similar to "Braveheart" (but less winded), the story brilliantly mixes erotic sex and history in a manner that will please the audience, most of whom will read the book twice in one sitting.
Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on June 20, 2000
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I can't say enough good things about this book. _A Year And A Day_ is the first book I read by Virginia Henley, and it won't be my last. There were so many good things in it. Let me just say that if you do not want a book that is dripping with history, you may want to stay away from _A Year And A Day_. The book is filled with historical events, and although some of the phrases may not be totally accurate (i. e. helluva woman), it is still a book that is full of research about Edward Plantengenet's reign over England and Robert Bruce's rise to the throne of Scotland. Some people may not like _A Year And A Day_ because a lot of the detail of what was happening in history consumes the story. Anyway, I degress...
_A Year And A Day_ is the story of an English warlord who storms Dumfries castle. Lusting for an heir he has yet to produce, Lynx's thoughts are consumed with babies. When the steward of Dumfries Castle, Jock Leslie, suggests a handfasting (a Scottish tradition where a man and a woman live together and act as man and wife for a year and a day. Any child that comes from the union is legitimate even if the two people do not end up married, which most do) to his youngest daughter Jane, it seems an answer to Lynx's prayers. The Leslie family seems to have amazing success with the child bearing buisness. Jane is a very timid girl, and is very wary of all men. She is furius with her father for selling her to this handsom lynx. But, as seeds are sewn, Jane becomes pregnant. And a love blossoms between this unlikely couple. But, trouble is brewing in Scotland. Will this newfound love outlast a year and a day?
Lynx was a hero you would feel compelled to take a bullet for. He is tall, handsom, and very concerned for the welfare of his lady.
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New York Times best-seller Virginia Henley is the author of 30 lush and lusty historical romances and 5 short stories. Her books are published in 16 languages around the world. She is the recipient of a dozen awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times, A Maggie Award for Excellence from the Georgia Romance Writers, and a Waldenbook Award for top-selling long historical for 1994.

The St. Petersburg Times calls Henley "The Queen of Steamy Romance."

Kathe Robin, RT Book Reviews says: "Henley's gift for bringing remarkable women to life in colorful, turbulent times is what turns her romances into keepers. Henley heats up the pages with her love scenes, and her skill at portraying actual historical personages with humanity while maintaining historical accuracy wins our minds. Henley knows what historical romance is all about and always gives the readers what they want."

Henley says: "My hero is always dark, dominant and dangerous. Then I create a woman who is a match for him...or more than a match!
Men come up to me at conferences and thank me for writing my books. One man said, "I don't read them, but I always know when my wife is reading a Henley!"

My last book The Dark Earl is now available in a mass market edition and is the third in my Peers Of The Realm series following The Decadent Duke, and The Irish Duke. The fourth and last book Lord Rakehell will go on sale in November.

I have just turned two of my backlist books into Kindle ebooks. Wild Hearts and Bold Conquest are historical romances. My novella Hot As Fire, also available on Kindle, is my only contemporary. I have a short story up on Kindle called Letter of Love that is always FREE. I also have a historical novella ebook called Love And Joy.

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