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A Knight in Central Park [Kindle Edition]

Theresa Ragan
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 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.

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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,035 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 54 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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13 of 16 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It reads like a hollywood movie... March 8, 2012
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When I read this, it felt like I was watching a hollywood movie. I almost feel like I need the deep well modulated male voice on the preview trailer reels to say something like: "One girl travels through time to find an unlikely hero. They journey back to the past to save her sister, save a kingdom, and find the courage to love. Based on the novel by..." you get what I mean.

The bones of the story are good, but there are issues with the rest of it. If you removed the dialogue and just described the happenings in its basic form, you would have an excellent story. The problem comes with the execution, the actual way that the book was written. I don't mean the grammar or the spelling. Those are fine.

It isn't even the language thats the problem. Some people have issues with the way the medieval girl speaks. They say that this isn't how someone from this time is supposed to talk. I don't have a problem with it, because it would be really hard to understand anyone from that time. Language has changed so much that a real person's words from that era would only be understood by a modern person, like myself, if they came with annotations and a dictionary. As long as she has the feel of authenticity (which she did) it would be fine (which it was).

My problems come with the way the characters got from one point to another, as well as the characters themselves.

They are basically pushed from one situation to the next by the giant hand of destiny. For example: the character has to get from point a to point b, but getting from a to b isn't something that the character would normally do, so c happens and the character is thrown to point b kicking and screaming. This is a common trope in adventure books, in fact it's the base of a great many stories.
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5 of 6 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It was entertaining
It was a good read and very entertaining. I would recommend if you want a fun and quick read. Perfect for summer reading.
Published 2 days ago by Cathy Colbert
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poorly Written with no research at all -
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. Read more
Published 11 days ago by kay collins-schulz
4.0 out of 5 stars A Knight in Central Park
Can't wait to read another romance by Teresa Ragan! The story was easy to follow and believable, except for the fact it is a time travel romance! Read more
Published 17 days ago by Lauretta J Loupe
4.0 out of 5 stars time travel
I really liked this book. Even though i don't believe in time travel, it would be great if it could be done. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Louise Brumbaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story that kept me engaged
I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. The characters are believable and well-developed, fun, and full of the insecurities and foibles of regular people. Read more
Published 1 month ago by vtnonna
3.0 out of 5 stars S-L-O-W Until Chapter 20 onward
I almost stopped reading "A Knight in Central Park", but continued knowing there had to be some action ahead, as they were on their way to free the heroine, Alexandra's,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by LadyM
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful tale, difficult to put down.
Since childhood I have enjoyed historical fiction. This tome offered a different approach. There is battle to be done. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary Ann Black
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it would be
I was fooled by the summary of this book or would never have bought it. Also, I got confused and thought I was buying a book written by "T. R. Ragan". Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amarjay
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming read
I don't ever read anything like this, ever! But it was cheap so I tried it. I'm glad I did. It's kind of predictable as you read but keeps your attention. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pat battle
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs a content warning
Wasn't expecting the graphic sex scenes. This totally spoilt the book for me as they added nothing to the plot at all.
There needs to be a content warning.
Published 2 months ago by Tassiechas
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Theresa didn't know she wanted to be a writer until she read Jude Deveraux's A Knight in Shining Armor in 1992. She spent the next five years researching medieval times and writing Return of the Rose. She was also working full time and raising four children, but she knew she was a writer when nothing could stop her from getting the words to the page.

She has garnered six Golden Heart nominations in Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart Competition for her work. After writing for 20 years, Theresa decided to self-publish and she is so glad she did! Since 2011, Theresa has sold over 900,000 books and signed her first publishing contract with Thomas & Mercer. On April 10, 2013, Theresa Ragan became a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author.

Theresa writes medieval time travels, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and thrillers under the name T.R. Ragan.

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