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Afton of Margate Castle (The Knights' Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Angela Hunt , Angela Elwell Hunt
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Book Description

Beautiful, headstrong Afton is taken from her parents at an early age and raised in the castle, a companion to the earl’s daughter. Schooled in the ways of kings and surrounded by splendor, Afton falls in love with the earl’s son, brave, Calhoun, her childhood protector.

But Calhoun’s mother, the Lady Endeline, has much different plans for him than marriage to a villein’s daughter. Suddenly Afton’s world is torn viciously apart. She is cast out of the castle, given to a man she fears and despises as a reward for his loyalty—an all too clear reminder that, for all her dreams, she is nothing but a villein.

Now all she has left is a burning desire for vengeance . . .

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"I recommend this book to you!" -- Eugenia Price, author

About the Author

Award-winning author Angela Elwell Hunt writes for both children and adults. Her books number over seventy titles and include The Keepers of the Ring Series, When Your Parents Pull Apart, The Cassie Perkins Series, and the best-selling Tale of Three Trees. Angela and her husband, Gary, an ordained minister, live in Florida.

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  • File Size: 840 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: HuntHaven Press (January 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001C6Q4D8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,034 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!! January 11, 2012
By L. Clay
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I had to laugh at the person who gave this book only one star and said it was depressing! Obviously they did not grasp the spiritual aspects of this tale such as forgiveness and honor and integrity, etc. Nor did they grasp the historical implications and the essence of what life would have been like in the 12th century. This book was so rich in every aspect that I have to say it is one of the best I have ever read--and I have read bins and bins full of historical romance. I found myself actually feeling a whole gamut full of emotions: joy, pity, anger, despair, courage, and love (familial, Agape,friendship, and love between a man and a woman). This is only to name a few. It has been such a long time since a book has gripped me as this one did. Fantastic author who weaves the threads together like a master. If you want a compelling read that you will not want to put down and that will provoke you to look inside and examine your own faith and your own motivations in life, I highly suggest this one! I will be reading more of Ms. Hunts books.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, Good Reading November 13, 2000
I see that "Afton of Margate" has been published again. No wonder, it is a fabulous read. This book has started me on reading just about everything she has written. I am now up to about 20 of her books. I love her hint of romance. You are drawn into her characters and into the period of time that she writes about. She writes about strong women. If you want a "never put it down book" this is the one!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Intense Emotional Rollercoaster for Me November 18, 2012
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The thing about books is that for most of us it's impossible to separate our "inner" selves from what we read. We bring our experiences and feelings to every book.

Some people can't bear to read any book that might have adultery or cheating in it or some can't bear to read the old style bodice ripper romances where the hero is abusive to the heroine. I so get that but for me, I can hardly bear to read books with settings in history where the women had absolutely no more power than any beast in the field. Where they are nothing more than pawns and possessions. For that reason, if I'm going to read a book set in medieval times, it can't be serious. It has to be a more light hearted sort of book and even then, sometimes it's hard for me to keep reading.

This book is not light hearted. It's stark and haunting. I found it enthralling and it evoked much anxiety for me. My husband and I have a "chair and a half" - I call it the cuddle chair and I was sitting there with my husband, my back resting against his chest and my legs thrown over one of the arms and he actually asked me "What is wrong with you???" because I was tensing up and I would let a breath out and hold it because the book affected me so much. I moved to the sofa and I would read a paragraph and put down my kindle then in a minute or two pick it back up and try reading again. I wanted very much to know what was going to happen but it's PAINFUL to me at the same time.

A part of me is so into the story but a part of me just wants so badly for it to be over. For me it's one of those books that when you're done you want to wipe your brow and go "Whew! I made it!".

I felt for Afton.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My absolute favorite novel ever! August 26, 1998
This book was written so beautifully and I loved the 2 books that followed. It's set in my favorite time period and was so well researched. I actually cried over a book! Afton's brave journey (with the always loved happy ending) is a book to be treasured for always.
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55 of 69 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Afton of "Disappointed" Castle February 4, 2011
This has got to be one of the worst books I have ever read. If you are seeking a painful, most depressing book then I guess you would have found your gem.

If I had the main characters life I think I would have ended it in the beginning.

I don't know how it can be claimed a romance. Afton and Calhoun barely have any time together to even fall in love. They have several chances to be together after their 15 years of being apart from each other and they still don't take it.

Save yourself and read something much better.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING November 16, 2012
By eieio
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Get ready to be depressed! I don't pick up a romance novel with the intent to feel sorry for the lead character throughout the ENTIRE book. This book just made me sad. Not even the ending could make up for the awful plot.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A love story December 31, 2004
This is a love story about Afton, a serf brought into the castle to be raised, and Calhoun, a son of the lord of the castle in training to be a knight. The story spans about 30 years, and goes through the various trials and tribulations that each face separately. I found that I could not put the book down, and that there was plenty of action. The book was extremely detailed, and included many historial aspects that I found interesting--the fight between Stephen and Matilda, for example. I would recommend this book.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flat and unsatisfying March 9, 2013
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First of all, I really dislike "he was born evil because his father was evil" premise and this had a fair chunk of that in it. So it gets a poor rating for that. It also was a meandering tale of woe and hardship, but I quickly lost sympathy for both main characters. While the book started with two likable, pityable characters, by the end I thought both had been users and villains in their own rights... although I knew I was still supposed to be seeing them as victims of great injustice and suffering. Then, for them to still be "in love" (having wildly different lives and not seen each other for decades) and marry upon first sighting was not romantic, it was bizarre. I kept reading the book because I respect Hunt's writing, but I found this to be a very unsatisfying read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 day ago by Teresa May
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Read
Romance. Adventure. Chivalry. As a guy, I found this book an exciting read. As one reads this book, the moral struggles of Acton may be seen in our own lives. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Contemplator
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel
I wish there were more historical novels like this one. If you're in to the Harlequin style novels, this one is not for you. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Dedlebug
5.0 out of 5 stars This a a good book.
It has suspense, a love story, mystery, and history. I enjoyed reading to see what would happen next. If you enjoy reading about knights and battles this is one for you.
Published 17 days ago by Sue Geraghty
5.0 out of 5 stars good historical book
I enjoyed this book very much. The plot kept my interest to the last page and I did no t feel it was predictable as so many books are. Read more
Published 20 days ago by lovestoread
5.0 out of 5 stars Acton of Margate Castle
I got chills when I finished this book. It rates very highly as one of the best stories I have ever read! Keep a box of Kleenex close.
Published 21 days ago by gmadby
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible writer!
I fell in love with Angela Hunt's writing when I first read The Canopy and this one was definitely no let down. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Becky Herrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time
Knights and medieval times are not usually my forte, but this book made me want to read the next book in the series.
A great read
Published 29 days ago by R. Corbett
4.0 out of 5 stars Love how Angela Hunt weaves the story
Well written! Love how Angela Hunt weaves the story!
Published 1 month ago by sherry birkey
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this story it was well told and interesting
I liked this story it was well told and interesting. I like historical romance that does not have a lustful theme. Read more
Published 1 month ago by christina stuart
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More About the Author

Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With over four million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 100 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.

Now that her two children have reached their twenties, Angie and her youth-pastor husband live in Florida with Very Big Dogs (a direct result of watching Sandlot too many times). This affinity for mastiffs has not been without its rewards--one of their dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest canine in America. Their dog received this dubious honor after an all-expenses-paid trip to Manhattan for the dog and the Hunts, complete with VIP air travel and a stretch limo in which they toured New York City. Afterward, the dog gave out paw-tographs at the airport.

When she's not home writing, Angie often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers' conferences. And to talk about her dogs, of course.

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