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Product Details

  • Series: Avon Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062019139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062019134
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

When Lady Eadyth, the legendary Silver Jewel of Northumbria, strides into Ravenshire Castle to propose marriage, Eirik, Lord of Ravenshire, is appalled; but her reasons are compelling and Eirik is intrigued. This infuriatingly independent beekeeper heroine and handsome, but unpolished, tenth-century nobleman provide plenty of sparks and conflict in a passionate story that, despite cliches and a lack of trust on the part of both hero and heroine, will keep readers involved to the end. The novel won the Georgia Romance Writers' Maggie award for the best unpublished historical romance in 1993. Hill (The Reluctant Viking, Love Spell, 1994) is the recipient of Virginia Romance Writers' award for the best first book. [Hill lives in State College, Pa.]
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Known as the Silver Jewel of Northumbria because of the unique color of her hair, Lady Eadyth of Hawk's Lair is young, beautiful and headstrong. When she succumbs to the overwhelming charms of the handsome Steven of Gravely, and gives herself to him, it is not a pleasant experience for her, and she does not care to repeat it. Steven refuses to marry her and later she bears his illegitimate son. She is now known as the Tarnished Jewel. Several years go by and despite her shame and reputation, Eadyth prospers on her own as an industrious beekeeper. Now Steven needs his son to gain his inheritance. Eadyth absolutely hates Steven and she will not allow him custody of her son, John. Eadyth needs a husband to protect John, but more importantly, she needs a man with dark hair and light blue eyes like John's so he can claim paternity. She needs Eirik of Ravenshire. Disguising herself as a hag, Eadyth goes, uninvited, to see Eirik at Ravenshire to present a marriage proposition that will benefit him, and allow her to retain her freedom. Eirik is not looking for a wife, and certainly not a hag, but when Eadyth explains her situation to him and tells him that Steven of Gravely is John's father, they strike a deal because Steven is his most hated enemy. Eirik agrees and they marry, he will protect them from Steven, but he is not able to protect himself from Eadyth as their attraction for each other grows. He is surprised at his desire for this shrewish woman and then suddenly he uncovers her dishonest disguise. He distrusts her because of her deceit in hiding her true appearance and because she has a problem following his orders. There is a confrontation with Steven, and Eadyth takes matters into her own hands, with serious results.I thoroughly enjoyed The Tarnished Lady! It is witty, and the banter between Eadyth and Eirik is so funny I laughed out loud! The Tarnished Lady shines! Wonderful, humorous, dialogue! The characters are fabulous and it is a totally delightful reading experience! Sandra Hill has style and flare! She writes with witty, flowing humor -- so real I can just see and hear her delightful characters! The Tarnished Lady is an absolutely terrific tale! Sandra Hill's writing is outstanding and so refreshingly funny! The Tarnished Lady is an intriguing story with a wonderful romance between two strong, feisty characters. You won't want to miss this one!Gloria Miller -- Copyright © 1994-97 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than 10 years as a features writer and education editor for publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Writing about serious issues taught her the merits of seeking the lighter side of even the darkest stories. She is the wife of a stockbroker and the mother of four sons. SandraHill.net

Customer Reviews

They will have in tears of laughter with their antics.
J COFFMAN
She makes them secondary characters you grow to love and laugh with.
Tracy Talley
At the end of this one, I really didn't like either character.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Condit on May 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
Well I had missed this book but I'm sure glad I found it. This is the 3rd book in the series of Viking tales by Sandra Hill and I have loved all of them. Sandra puts humor, passion, excitment, conflicts and tenderness in all her books. This one made me feel happy at the end and excited about other books in the series.
This is Eirik's story. He is the Saxon-Viking son of Thork, from the 1st book. He has returned to Ravenshire to find himself propositioned by and ugly old hag. She wants to marry him in order to protect her young son from his true father. Who happens to be Eirik's enemy. The old hag is no hag though. She is the beautiful, young, Lady Eadyth. She hides her beauty for fear of men making advances on her and hurting her the way her son's father did. She decieves Eirik, who has bad eyesight, into thinking that she is not a pretty young woman, only a desperate old hag who needs his protection for her son.
These two go round and round. Both are strong willed and stubborn. They clash several times before the truth is found out. When it is the passions they both feel combine to make them both breathless. The love scenes are tender, exciting and passionate.
But trouble is brewing and soon their new found happiness will be shattered by their enemy, Steven. Together they must defeat him so that they can have a happy peaceful life.
The secondary characters of Tyrik, Eirik's brother and the children are wonderful. They bring to story a real sense of family.
I hope Sandra Hill continues to write more books in this series because its a wonderful world she has created and I enjoy escaping to it whenever I can.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sher Reads on May 4, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sandra Hill does it again. She delivers a passionate, enthralling novel laced with her usual dose of good humor. She also brings a fresh new twist to the marriage of convenience plot device. Lady Eadyth is a headstrong, independent lady we can all relate to. She runs her own business making candles and holds her head high despite condemnation from society about her child born out of wedlock.
Like all of Hill's heroes, Eirik of Ravenshire is virile and handsome, but he has a few flaws that make him very endearing to the reader. His nearsightedness, combined with Eadyth's ruse of being an ugly, old crone--so she can avoid the usual marital duties--creates a hilarious situation. Eadyths bees are good for even more laughs. The dialogue crackles with energy and wit as do Eadyth's inner thoughts.
This book is also very sensual, and the lovemaking seemed more real to me than any book I've ever read. It was as if I was there living it.
Sherri Neilson
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J COFFMAN on September 1, 2001
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I cannot think about Sandra's books without having a smile on my face. And when I read them, which I have done loads of times I am in stitches. Eirik and Eadyth are another of Sandra's perfectly matched couples. They will have in tears of laughter with their antics. Especially when you read about Eirik standing on his head.
Thank you Sandra for giving us another marvelous story in your Viking series. I love them all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
Lady Eadyth proposes marriage to Eirik of Ravenshire and the ride never ends. This book is the most. I could not wait to get back to find out what would happen next. Extremely funny in parts so much so that you laugh out loud and your husband will wonder what your reading. Edge of your seat page turner. The physical and emotional and sexual attraction once they recognize it is extremely powerful. She is a strong woman used to running her own life and hates having to depend on a man to protect her son from evil. Eirik plays an equally strong man who underestimates the power of love. Surprise ending too. Definitely a keeper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caroline on August 4, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just love Sandra Hill's series of Viking Romance novels. But this is my absolute favorite one. She is able to bring the characters to life and she is just an absolute master at creating and building up the suspense toward the passion. I have fallen in love with her work and can't wait for more to come out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Morgan on August 2, 2005
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Third in Sandra Hill's Viking Series, this novel was very well written with all of the elements of a romantic escape. Sandra Hill is such a prolific writer that at times I find some of her novels too quickly developed, but that is not the case with this book. With carefully constructed details about the romantic leads, revealed through each character's intimate thoughts, I felt as if these two people truly connected before pronouncing their undying love for each other. Both characters are flawed, Erik with his poor eyesight and Eadyth with her "tarnished" past, which makes them even more acessible and likeable.

In Sandra Hill's Viking Series I give two novels a five star rating, The Bewitched Viking and the Outlaw Viking. The Bewitched Viking deserves a top rating based on the clever repartee between Tykir and Alinor. Not to mention, Tyker was a very enticing male character. While, The Outlaw Viking, thus far, has proven to be the sexiest of the series thanks to the masculine appeal of Selik. I rated The Tarnished Lady four stars due to the strained sexual tension between Erik and Eadyth in the beginning of the story. Because of the circumstances of their marital arrangement not much sexual chemistry ensues for a large portion of the book, but I think you will find their eventual discovery of each other quite passionate.
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