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A Knight in Central Park [Kindle Edition]

Theresa Ragan
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The year is 1499. As Alexandra Dunn's farmhouse is set ablaze, her grandfather places precious stones in her palm, telling her she has until the next full moon to return with a hero...a brave, chivalrous knight to help save her family. Familiar objects become a blur as she is swallowed in darkness. Suddenly Alexandra is standing in the middle of Central Park, but she has no time to ponder on the wondrous powers of the stones or the amazing sights before her...she must find a hero before all is lost.

Joe McFarland would be the first to admit that he's far from hero material...definitely not the man she's looking for. A firm believer of quietude and non-violence, he avoids conflict at all costs. At thirty-four, he is one of the younger Professors at NYU where he lectures and teaches History: The High Middle Ages. Joe's main goal in life is to gain membership into the Medieval Academy, a highly distinguished group of archaeologists and historians. He believes membership will bring him respect and recognition...but what he really wants is to be reunited with his father; a man who has spent his entire life searching for the Black Knight, the last of the medieval knights.

Joe's organized, well-structured life begins to unravel the moment he meets Alexandra Dunn. He figures she majored in medieval history before going off the deep end...until days later when he is miraculously transported through time, to 1499 England. Dressed in Dockers and a button down shirt, Joe thought he was ready for anything...anything but this! An armored man with a very authentic looking broadsword is about to strike him down. With only nail clippers and a Bic to defend himself, Joe has no time to think about such an implausible phenomenon as traveling through time...not if he wants to live to see another day.

390 pages


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Theresa Ragan does it again! A KNIGHT IN CENTRAL PARK is a delightful roller coaster ride through medieval time, which kept me laughing while wondering how in the world it was going to end. Sir Joe is every woman's dream. He'll win your heart with his modern day antics, as well as overcoming every obstacle as he rescues the heroine's sister. If you enjoy being swept away by characters that will stay with you for days, I highly recommend this read.

--Caroline Fyffe, award winning author of WHERE THE WIND BLOWS and MONTANA DAWN

From the Author

I had so much fun writing A Knight in Central Park. I always loved the idea of throwing a strong modern heroine into a world where women didn't have much say, but in A Knight in Central Park, I decided to throw a moderm man into that world instead. The hero in AKICP is a lot like my husband, Joe. My husband is not a neatfreak, but he does enjoy the modern conveniences of today's world. Don't we all. I had fun throwing Joe into medieval times, a time without toothpaste and hot showers, and watching him struggle. As always, he managed just fine and figured out what was really important in the end.

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  • File Size: 425 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467926272
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SQQWAO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Average Joe sent back in time to be Hero! April 19, 2011
By KAH
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a funny and entertaining read. Joe (the Hero) is awesome, funny, quirky and cute. Even now I giggle remembering some of his (mis)adventures. The Heroine is Alexandra and I liked her (especially in the beginning of the book) but I felt that I would've liked to have gotten to know her better. I didn't find this book at all predictable (beside the basic expected HEA) and I really enjoyed the secondary characters, notably Garrett and Sebastiano. You have to give this book a chance, it's definitely worth it.

I purchased this book for .99 cents on my Kindle, great bargain, definitely worth more!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By Miley
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I saw this book title with a tagline next to it saying a must read for Outlander fans. First thing I must say is that the only thing that is comparable to this book and the Outlander series is that it involves a romance between two time travelers. But that is it. I read this book in a couple of days and it is an okay storyline. I wish it had had more depth when it came to dealing with the whole time travel aspect of it. This is why I had to write a review rebutting the comparison to Outlander. I read the Outlander series three times so far, that is how much I am a fan of Diana Gabaldon and that series. And I am pretty sure I can speak for a whole bunch of Outlander fans when I say that you simply cannot put this into the same category. That being said, this book, A Knight in Central Park, is not a bad read at all. I will admit I read it because I became fascinated with the whole aspect of a time travel romance because of the Outlander series. But I was left wanting so much more when it came to that aspect of this story. Other than that, as I said it is not a bad read and worth the small amount of money I spent reading it. I just would like to have seen more depth into the story.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Gem April 13, 2011
By deblanc
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I got this book because of the cheap price and the 2 other reviews. I have read many romance novels. This author is amazing. It was a beautiful story. .99 was a mega bargain for this story. Read it you won't regret it!
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting! March 22, 2011
By pgoodie
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A Knight in Central Park was my first experience with Time Travel. This book was enchanting. I was caught. I couldn't put it down. Loved the ending...brought tears to my eyes.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good... ***MINOR SPOILERS*** November 23, 2011
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I tried to like it, I really did. I got through about the first 1/3 of the book and just couldn't go any further. I have three main issues with this story, and a lot of smaller ones. First and foremost is that they travel in time *AND* in space. I am sure that there is a plausible background on why this is, but the author does not provide it. At least with Michael Crichton's "Timeline" there is an explanation of this possibility. Second, the venomous snake that drops from the tree to attack the travelers... No such possibility in Great Britain! Only one species of venomous snake in G.B., and it's shy and rarely fatal. I think the heroine would have known this. And (I stopped reading after this...) there are absolutely NO coyotes in G.B.. It had the beginnings of a diverting tale, but I cant stand poor research on an author's part.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment January 8, 2012
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It's good that the synopsis begins with 'It's 1499', because one would have no way to guess when this 'historical' novel takes place (aside from the mention of which king is ruling England). The history is vague; I could have been convinced it took place in almost any year of the Middle Ages. The main female character contentedly settles into modern times (watching racy movies on TV)and has a very modern sensibility when she goes back to the past. The hero is a bit of a whiner, compiling a long list of things he just can't tolerate about the past, including bugs and dirt. The author doesn't seem to understand what historians actually do, for she says that her hero had never thought about what life was like for people in the past (!) and he shows very little curiosity about life in the past once he's gotten there. Despite being assured that he will return to his own time with no time having passed, he plans to return at the earliest possible moment to save his career. Apparently he's not thought of the benefits of arriving home with first-hand knowledge of the medieval era, and how that might enhance his career (even if he can't tell where he got the information, it would surely make his writing more vivid). I was constantly doubting whether this or that item really existed in 1499. This could have been a splendidly entertaining read if it had been better executed and supported by historical research.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poorly Written with no research at all - April 8, 2014
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I bought this as an e-book (thankfully for cheap) because I read that the author spent 5 years after reading Deveraux's "A Knight In Shining Armor" researching the period. Well I have no idea what kind of research Ragan did because a quick couple of hours scan of online history websites would have provided her with a lot more authenticity than her having a 15th century character understand the phrase "what makes you tick" or a myriad of other extremely disappointing errors.
Just recently I have read a lot of these *time slip/historical romances* and I hate to read reviews that criticize a decent author because they got a medieval vegetable wrong or some other trivial thing out of place ( I have read a considerable amount of non-fiction history books on the medieval and renaissance eras which was the root of my interest in this genre) and to expect total accuracy would be a bit much and may even distract from the actual story (those eras were not very nice, black death and all considered) To top it off the story had such great prospects until is got a bit obvious with where it was going.
I think what makes me actually angry about this book at angry at the author is that I feel she blatantly lied about researching the book's period and I find that very insulting to the reader's intelligence. I don't often leave reviews but I felt compelled to do so in this case.
Looking for fun and better accuracy try *She Owns the Knight* or my new favorite *True to the Highlander* both play a bit loose with history but they're great and fun. Looking for something more accurate than bodice ripper fare? - Outlander but it's a hefty book with it's own set of inaccuracies although the gripping story and sheer expanse of it forgives it any trivial problems
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs to go back to the editor for revision
This was a good concept; but, unfortunately, these characters were extremely shallow, the story was not well-developed, and the writing was juvenile.
Published 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read!!!
Published 12 days ago by scrappytish
4.0 out of 5 stars I Had To Find Out How The Quest Ended
Alexandra and Sir Joe have the familiar dilemma of falling in love but being from different worlds. The tale is sweet and charming in parts and there is some mystery to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Thies
3.0 out of 5 stars A quick summer time read.
If you are looking for a uncomplicated time travel romance, then you may enjoy this one. You can keep your eyes on the kids in the water and still focus enough to follow the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by RobLynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Pretty good for a time traveling historical romance. Enjoyed the book a lot.
Published 2 months ago by Ruth L. Gorham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Better then most time travel romances
Published 2 months ago by Gumshoes
5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD READ!!!
IF YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO READ THE ENTIRE BOOK, DON'T START!!! IT'S A GREAT BOOK; FULL OF SUSPENSE, WITH A GOOD STORY LINE!!!! ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE READ FOR A LONG TIME!!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kitty Boots
5.0 out of 5 stars great fun book
loved this book so glad I got it. Fun plot, hope Theresa writes another as good soon. love time travel books.
Published 4 months ago by Grandma SusieSue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I really enjoyed this book! Loved all the little twists and turns! Theresa is an interesting writer and has a knack for telling a detailed story! Well done!
Published 4 months ago by Debi E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This was another fish out of water story. A woman from 1499 came to present day New York by using magic rocks. She almost gets hit by a history professor in his car. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Georgiemom
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Theresa Ragan grew up with four sisters in Lafayette, California.

She has garnered six Golden Heart nominations in Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart Competition for her work. After writing for twenty years, Theresa decided to self-publish in March, 2011, and has sold over one million ebooks since that time. In 2012, she signed with Thomas & Mercer and is having the time of her life.

Theresa writes medieval time travels, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and thrillers under the name T.R. Ragan. OBSESSED, the fourth book in her bestselling Lizzy Gardner series is available now. ALMOST DEAD, the fifth book in the series will be released early 2015. To learn more about Theresa you can visit her website at www.theresaragan.com.

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