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Product Details

  • Series: Harper Monogram
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061081531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061081538
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,792,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All the characters felt flat and one-dimensional.
Zeph
I was hooked in the first few pages and found it difficult to put the book down.
"klpepsi"
The play of characters, humor, and history were so beautifully interwoven.
Laurie Kellogg

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Trisha A. Howell on August 24, 2003
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Christina Dodd has a talent for creating delightful characters and fascinating plots. And she perfectly captures the merriness and the danger of colorful life in late Elizabethan England in her excellent novel, The Greatest Lover In All England.
Since her narrow escape from danger as a small child, orphaned Rosie has been raised by her beloved father figure, the notorious actor Daniel Plympton. Danny, Rosie and their jolly acting troupe flee London when Danny's life is endangered by his discovering a powerful plot against Queen Elizabeth.

They arrive at Odyssey Manor, the estate of the dashing Sir Anthony Rycliffe, the master of the Queen's Guard. Rosie, now twenty-one, has always acted with the troupe, disguised as a boy who plays women's roles. As sparks fly between Rosie and Tony and they narrowly escape an assassin, Tony discovers that their love is threatened by puzzling memories from Rosie's past and that seemingly everyone has a motive to kill at least one of them. Revelations from Rosie's past pit her against Tony, and their witty sparring and romantic tension is one of the pleasures of the book.
This fast-paced romantic suspense novel keeps us constantly entertained and guessing as we root for the sympathetic and charming Rosie and Tony. Supporting characters such as Danny, Lady Honora and Uncle Will (William Shakespeare) are well developed and equally delightful. Dodd has created an especially lively portrait of Queen Elizabeth. Humor and pathos pull us through a wide range of emotions as we race through the novel's many surprises. This thoroughly engaging story pleasantly transports us to a wild and creative moment in history, which we experience through fun and likable characters.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "klpepsi" on March 17, 2004
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Orphaned as a young child, the only life Rosie can remember is traveling, and appearing on stage with a ragtag band of actors. Disguised as a boy, Rosie is Sir Danny�s daughter and part-time son, who barely live above the law. But Sir Danny has plans for Rosie. Plans which involve an arranged marriage to Sir Anthony Rycliffe, master of the Queen�s guard, and the first to see the woman beneath Rosie�s disguise. The Queen awarded Sir Anthony an unclaimed estate for his loyal service. But there�s talk of an heir who could return and stake a rightful claim. And if Sir Anthony doesn�t have enough to worry about, he must also protect Rosie from someone who would rather have her out of the picture permanently.
This story is full of Ms. Dodd�s delightful humor. I was hooked in the first few pages and found it difficult to put the book down. A sexy, compelling love story with great main and secondary characters � Sir Danny and Lady Honora come to mind. And even William Shakespeare himself plays a supporting role. Definitely a must read, especially for Dodd fans such as myself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1999
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I have to admit I'm leary of "Shakespeare" - era books. All the "Thee's" and "Thou's" can really get to me, but I thought I'd try it because the review on the cover mentioned "Witty" and I was in the mood for some humor. Boy were they right! This book surprised me in a super way. The characters really brought a smile to my face and a few chuckles to my heart. I guess I'm a "stupid trout" for ever doubting you Ms Dodd. This one's a keeper.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2002
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This somewhat confusing, but fairly enjoyable book is not Dodd's best. I have loved so many of Christina Dodd's books and this one seemed to lack the punch of her other works. The beginning is very slow and if I hadn't been *positive* the story would improve, I simply wouldn't have continued reading. That said, it did get better as it went along, and I was very glad that I 'stuck with it' and didn't give up.
Quite honestly, this seemed to be a mix of an amnesia story and "Shakespeare in Love". If you enjoyed the premise behind the movie of "Shakespeare in Love", you will most likely enjoy this book. The characters, however, were not as fully developed as most Christina Dodd's characters generally are. However, with a lot of imagination, you can make this story one worth reading.
I would recommend this book to others, but with the caveat that they should read other Christina Dodd books first. If this is the first Christina Dodd book you've read, please don't judge her style, her character development or her themes by this one book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. L. Mills on December 5, 2006
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Rosie-Rosencrantz to all who know her as the young man her adopted father has disguised her as-has come to the country with him in order to flee London. "Sir" Danny Plympton, Rosie's surrogate father, is an actor in love with his own dramatic flair, who has overheard a plot against the queen-and by no less than the noble patron of his rival and friend, William Shakespeare.

Sir Danny has chosen to take the troupe to the estate of Sir Anthony Rycliffe-the self-proclaimed (and unchallenged) Greatest Lover in England. But Rosie is troubled by her stay at the estate-not only does Sir Anthony immediately see through her disguise, but he has settled on her to be his wife-largely to escape the unwanted pursuit of another lady who has announced her intent to wed him-but also because it is obvious to society by the members of the guest list at his current gathering that he is in the market to wed. (Besides, he wants her.) *G*

And then there are the dreams. Rosie has always had disturbing dreams, but they have grown far darker and more frequent during her time at Rycliffe's estate. And why does so much of it seem so familiar?

Christina Dodd has fashioned an oddly quirky tale, set in the days of the Bard of bards. The originality of the characters requires a bit of adjustment as the reader settles down into the realization that this differs somewhat from the usual fare of the genre, and perhaps even a bit from the author's own customary style. But, once done, the tale is enjoyable and entertaining-to a great extent because of the story's characters, which manage to remain true to the times while not treading the path of cliche.
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-- THE LISTENER: A Virtue Falls Short Story
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Readers become writers, and Christina Dodd has always been a reader. She reads everything, but because she loves humor, she likes romance best. A woman wants things like world peace, a clean house, and a deep and meaningful relationship based on mutual understanding and love. A man wants things like a Craftsman router with attachments, undisputed control of the TV remote, and a red Corvette which will miraculously make his bald spot disappear. When Christina's first daughter was born, she told her husband she was going to quit work and write a book. It was a good time to start a new career, because how much trouble could one little infant be?

Ha! It took ten years, two children and three completed manuscripts before her first novel, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW, was published to great acclaim. In the years since, she has enjoyed writing witty, emotional novels for every reader: suspense, historical romances, paranormal romances, romantic suspense. Her stories have been translated into 25 languages, won the prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Christina Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle (11/18/05, # 13 Down: Romance Novelist named Christina.) Publishers Weekly praises her style that 'showcases Dodd's easy, addictive charm and steamy storytelling.' With more than fifteen million of her books in print, her legions of fans always know that when they pick up a Christina Dodd book, they've found, "an absolute thrill ride of a book!"

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