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Summer's Storm [Kindle Edition]

Denise Domning
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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Summer's Storm by Award-winning, best-selling Kindle author Denise Domning

Praise for Summer's Storm
Ms. Domning combines the well-thought out plot with the well developed characters of a true professional!   --- Diane Potwin -- Copyright © 1994-97 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved

Five out of Five Stars
"Domning has a winner with Summer's Storm" --a reader

"Strength and honor. Nothing better than that."--- a reader

In a world where folk are either common or noble, this knight is neither and both. When he finds the only woman who is his equal, he takes her from her abusive husband knowing they will pay the ultimate price for what he dares.  On that day can she find the courage to defy death and reach for the happiness that is her true legacy?

Five out of Five Stars
"I'll be looking for more from this author."---a reader

Five out of Five Stars
"This doesn't disappoint."---a reader

This book is only for readers who love their history accurate, their knights Medieval and their women strong.

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Ms. Domning combines the well-thought out plot with the well developed characters of a true professional!   --- Diane Potwin -- Copyright © 1994-97 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times

From the Author

While I was writing Winter's Heat I never really conceived I'd be writing a series. After all, my ex-father-in-law had previously informed me that I had a better chance of making a killing on Wall Street than I did of ever selling a book. But then that first book sold, and the publisher asked for more. Luckily for me I'd fallen hard for Temric, Rannulf's half-brother. I wanted to know why he was refusing to accept the name his father had offered him and he, being Temric, was refusing to tell me. Moreover, I knew Temric's mother lived in a prosperous Medieval city and since I'd already seen how a baron lived I needed to explore something different. But how and what sort of story was there in him?

Warning: Woo-Woo stuff follows. (Cue the Twilight Zone theme.)

Then one night I woke up and there was a ghostly figure standing in the doorway to my bedroom. This wasn't the first time this had happened to me. My mother's side of the family has a legacy of psychic ability that goes back some sixteen generations, and I seem to be the repository of it in this generation. Still, no matter how often it happens I'm always a little freaked. I mean, how do they find me?

Anyway, she was a girl of about twelve. Her story flashed through my mind. She'd lived in a Medieval keep of some kind as a servant or the child of a tradesman until she was killed by some high ranking soldier, possibly the lord of the place. She was in his way and he struck out while wearing a metal glove, and the impact killed her.

As I came into her awareness I knew instantly what I was going to do with her and her story. Her personality was the perfect wife for Temric. It all clicked together from there: the story of abuse, which was tolerated if not accepted in that time period, the idea of bastardy and inheritance, the strange concepts of relationships imposed by the Catholic Church at the time, and a ghost.

Product Details

  • File Size: 780 KB
  • Print Length: 437 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1493704419
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (February 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PYDO46
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall Rating: 4.85 February 14, 2011
Overall Rating: 4.85 // Action: 4 / Emotion: 5 / Romance: 4 / Sensuous: 2 / Intrigue: 4 / Medieval Flavor: 5 / Humor: 4 / Tears: 11

Reader's may want to read "Winter's Heat" before reading "Summer's Storm" because: {1} the premise for Temric and Philippa's story is introduced (which of Lady Edith of Benfield's daughters is the rightful heir to grandfather's inheritance); {2} Temric FitzHenry is introduced and engages the reader's interest; and {3} Philippa of Lindhurst, is revealed to be the spoiled, favored sister of Rowena.

Really liked "Summer's Storm," Denise Domning's second book of her five-book medieval series "The Graistan Chronicles". Could not wait to read Temric's story after reading book one. Domning immediately grabbed my attention with an opening that revealed that Philippa was not spoiled, but had been a virtual prisoner to Lindhurst keep for the past twelve years. Both Philippa's husband and mother-in-law abused her and would not let her out of their sight.

Temric and his cousin, Oswald (Bishop's administrator), rode up to Lindhurst to retrieve the wife of Roger of Lindhurst to appear before Bishop William of Hereford, who was to determine who had the rightful claim to the inheritance being contested. Temric fell in love with Philippa at first sight and rescued her from her jailers.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strength and Honor November 16, 2011
By Brenda
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Previously, I read Domning's "Winter's Heat" and felt it was a fairly good read. This second book in the series is by far the best book, although I was a little confused in the beginning about Temric's big love for Philippa.
Overlooking that part, I thought it was an excellent book. The author was true to her characters personalities, and didn't let them waver from who they really were. Strength and honor. Nothing better than that.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that great July 23, 2012
By Ronnie
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Termeric was far different in the first book. Philippa was portrayed as a spoiled child in book one. Now she's so happy for her sisters success. That doesn't fit with a spoiled child. Her mother sees her wed at 12 to a man who is handsome as the princes in fairytales. He turns out to be cruel. Her mother in law is even worse. This I guess is the excuse for Termeric and Philippa to run off and live in sin? I didn't care so much for this book but muddled through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good characters, long story December 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The characters are interesting and their backgrounds well-thought out. But the story itself is extremely long-winded and becomes very annoying. The story could have been told in half the time.

Shorten the extremely long dialog sequences and annoying back and forth, back and forth fickle minded musings of the main characters. Then I'd consider this best-selling-worthy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars was....ok.very sappy and melodramatic November 26, 2012
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The other books (spring/autumn) were very good. And while this was an easy read, I found the knight way way too emotional for my tastes. Phillipa, the protagonist, was engaging in her own way but fluctuated between strength and fear a bit much. Overall, it was ok and worth the dollar or worth borrowing. It does not, however,compare favorably with the other books in the series.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars weak plot September 4, 2012
By true
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I must say that even though I enjoyed reading this third part of the Four season series, I found the whole installment of the story very weak, too weak to be even remotely sound. Although I was aware that I was reading a romance with no pretense of having realistic plot, I couldn't find believable that a tough, seasoned knight as Richard falls in love with an imaginary woman, only because they share a common condition of illegitimate children. Moreover, he betrays everything he cherishes, like his honor, his vows, and his brother, to save her. Slightly more realistic sound the feelings on Philippa's side, being an abused woman, she clings to her savior and harbors affection for him. Just to add more weakness to an already weak plot, the author decides to introduce a paranormal element, a ghost, to justify some of the abrupt choices her characters make. In conclusion, although I liked Domning's style and the care in describing the historical contest, too many aspects of the narration didn't convince me and prevented me from being captured by the romance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read October 7, 2012
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I bought all the books in the series on my kindle (except for the free one), that alone should tell anyone that it (they) are all a good read and worth the cost.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great medieval historical romance March 18, 2012
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Denise Domning is a gifted storyteller who once again delivers an unforgettable medieval romance that will steal your heart and become a keeper.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I got hooked ! you have to read these in order to appreciate Denise's full story. Enjoy a group of unusual twists and turns
Published 5 days ago by Ginny Schmidt-Gedney
4.0 out of 5 stars This author is a wonderful story-teller
This book is my third to read in this series. Each book is so well-written with just the perfect amount of suspense and plot intrigue that I cannot put it down. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Carla B Siegesmund
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 20 days ago by S. Knapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
I fell for Temric when I read Winters Heat (which by the way I read twice in a row), and was hoping Denise had written his story. Then I saw she wrote Gilliam's as well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by B. Havard
4.0 out of 5 stars Second in the Season Series, but not second by any other measure.
Could not put this book down. Great pairing of these two bastards. (and I mean that in the exact meaning of bastard, not as a comment on their personalities. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sam Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
loved this book. my kind of man. ready to start on next in series to see what this family is up to now.
Published 3 months ago by Eyes-like-summer-rain
5.0 out of 5 stars series of books
Got my first book in this set for free.. found out that it was a also a boxed set for the series and got it.
Published 3 months ago by Heather Cobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I couldn't put this book down and was completely engrossed from start to finish. I didn't want it to end! I've read most of Denise's books and love them all.
Published 3 months ago by Anne Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Tookeylou
This book was one of the most enjoyable I have read in a long time. The hero had made a bad mistake in his youth and the girl wished she was a man. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TOOKEYLOU
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, well written.
Really enjoyed the story, it was unique, interesting, and fast paced. I will enjoyed reading another of Ms. Domning's stories.
Published 5 months ago by dh
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More About the Author

June 10, 2014

It's time to get serious about my writing again. That's been hard to do with my life framed by milking cows, making cheese and raising vegetables. But Faucon and Edmund, the sleuths from my new mystery series, are chattering away in my head, demanding that I at least start taking notes. Even more motivating is the fact that the temperatures here in Arizona have now climbed over the 100 degree mark. Air conditioning is a wonderful thing.

And now, back to your regular programming.

Denise Domning is the award-winning, best-selling author of one historical mystery novel--Season of the Raven--and eleven historical novels as well as the co-author with Monica Sarli of one gritty, hard-bitten memoir of addiction and recovery. Of the three genres she frankly prefers the rats, grime and fleas of the Twelfth Century over the ghettos and drug use of modern Kansas City. For Denise, writing means using words as her time machine and painting an accurate portrait of a past. Open any of her novels, whether Twelfth, Thirteenth, Sixteenth or Nineteenth Century, and step into a bygone era. As one reviewer put it " live the life and the language, smell the odors of unwashed humanity, and hear the sucking sounds as your flimsy shoes slog through mud and muck." Now doesn't that sound romantic?

Denise and her husband Ed live on a farm in Cornville (yes, Cornville), Arizona, where they plant veggies, milk cows and have an Easter egg hunt every day.

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