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The Willing Wife (English Warriors Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Claudia Dain
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Book Description

Book 4 in a series of six.

Autumn 1155, England.

She was a willing wife. Nicolaa had been married four times before; she knew how to welcome a stranger into her bed, to give him her lands, her house, and her body. But she had also learned how to keep herself separate, to keep her heart intact. All she had to do was wait. This latest husband of hers, this Rowland the Dark, would leave her as each of her husbands had before him.

He did not want a wife. Rowland had married once, and still loved that long ago wife; he had no wish to marry again because no one could replace the wife of his heart. Yet when a king orders a man to wed, he weds when and to whom he is told. So it was that Rowland and Nicolaa found themselves married.

Nicolaa was a wife most willing and Rowland had no wish to hurt her by rejecting her. He would deal gently with her, showing her tenderness where her other husbands had shown only selfish self-interest.

What Nicolaa is unprepared for is a husband who intends to stay, who plans to insert himself into her life and try to find a way into her heart. Her heart will remain untouched; it must. A woman who has had five husbands knows one thing about men: they do not stay and they do not care.

Product Details

  • File Size: 561 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Claudia Dain (April 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W4MICI
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winning Characters and An Interesting Plot October 23, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Dain has again created two very interesting and troubled characters in this story. Nicolaa has been married four times only to be left when her husbands found heiresses who had larger estates and more money. King Henry has now "awarded" her number five. She has become resentful of the husbands, but she has also learned to deal with men by being willing to do their bidding until they leave. Nicolaa assumes number five, Rowland, will be the same. Rowland comes to the marriage as unwilling as Nicholaa. He is carrying, in his heart, a deep love for his first wife who was killed helping him during an attack. Nicolaa does not believe a man can ever love anyone but himself, and Rowland will never love anyone but his lost wife.
The story is a simple telling of their lives together, trying to survive what neither wanted but must endure.
I loved this book, the story, the characters, and the writing. Ms. Dain shows a thorough knowledge of the Medieval times. Her descrptions of life in the tower and "goings-on" makes it easy to visualize what's happening.
You may want to read Ms. Dain's "The Holding" and "The Marriage Bed" before reading this book, though it certainly is not necessary to read either to enjoy this one. I recommend all three books very highly.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe more like four stars, BUT December 3, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I feel the need to give this book five stars in order to offset earlier, harsher reviews. I do not "love" this book, but I LIKE it very much. Both hero and heroine are wounded, three dimensional characters. I strongly disagree with an earlier review that said they did not solve their own problems - on the contrary - that's exactly what they did. For believable reasons, both characters begin to trust one another. True, there is not a lot of action, per se. And I do agree that there is more internal dialogue than is sometimes necessary. However, I could actually picture everything that was happening. I felt as if I were seeing it all play out in my mind- like a movie, if that makes any sense. The descriptions and imagery are more vivid to me than most other romances I've read. Claudia Dain is a different kind of romance writer - she's unique. And that's a GOOD thing. I also recommend THE MARRAIGE BED - the second book in her medieval 'trilogy.' I haven't read THE HOLDING yet, but each book stands alone so don't worry about reading them out of order.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Willing Wife? Not Really. May 12, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Willing Wife is a medieval romance with very interesting hero/heroine. Nicolaa is a woman 4 times married, and each time, her husbands leave her for a wealthier wife. So she has grown accustomed to men and their ways. And knows that all men will eventually leave. So, her home has become something of a refuge, a convent, for young women. Unlike her, though, these women are not so eager to avoid being shackled to a man.
In comes Rowland d'Albret, a romantic man from Aquitaine who has also been married but his wife was killed. So now, he has been sequestered by th king to marry this young woman who has now had four husbands. He is qccepting of her situation and sees himself as more or less her savior.
As far as hero's go, Rowland is one of the best. He is honest and sweet, and goodness, he knows just what to say.
However, he is just a man (fictional though he is). And like a man, he is far from perfect. He wants Nicolaa to give him her love, her trust, and her body, perhaps even her soul, and in exchange, he will give her his name and his protection. (Fair exchange?) You see, he is still mourning his one true love, and feels that the whole marriage with Nicolaa is a betrayal of his love for Lubias.
The Willing Wife, is anything but. Nicolaa sees Rowland as weak in the way that men are weak, that honor is ranked above love, above women, above most things that a woman needs. She could not trust Rowland considering the four men that had come before him. And he did not want simply part of her, he wanted all.
The author touched on the psychology of the matter, for both Rowland and Nicholaa, and one could easily understand both their reactions considering what they had gone through in the past. However, the protagonists were not completely resolved to this reader's mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ending of Trilogy September 7, 2008
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The Willing Wife, is the darkest and most complex of the installments.

It is difficult to find much to criticize about this book. The characters are smartly written, engaging, and learn from their experiences, evolving in different ways. Good twists and turns.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars engaging Medieval romance October 3, 2002
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In 1155 England, King Henry II provides a gift of land accompanied by a wife to Rowland the Dark of Aquitaine though the recipient wants neither an estate nor a spouse. The bride, Nicolaa of Cheneteberie accepts her fate as she has been widowed four times before and realizes that she might as well cooperate because she has no rights or even a nay say to these arranged marriages.

Though he preferred to remain single, Rowland knows no one lives to reject a regal present so he wants to make the marriage work. He goes out of his way to earn Nicolaa's trust. He begins his campaign to gain her love when he first concludes that she sees him as a passing nuisance because he plans to stay by her side if he can overcome the nightmares of his past.

Medieval romance fans will enjoy THE WILLING WIFE due to the interesting lead characters whose basic understanding of survival makes it possible for the reader to absorb quite a sense of the era. The story line engages the audience because of the attitudes of Nicolaa and Rowland, but also on the other hand makes for insignificant disputes between them. With this novel and books like THE MARRIAGE BED, readers will deign this author as one of the sub-genre's aristocracy.

Harriet Klausner
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Different ........................................................
The King has ordered Rowland and Nicola to marry. Nicola doesn't want to marry. She has already been married 4 times.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kate476
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Storytelling
I am so glad to see this book available for the Kindle! Claudia Dain wrote wonderful medievals before she wrote wonderful Regencies and this is definitely one of them. Read more
Published on April 15, 2011 by Caren C. Helms
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, I love this!
I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am to see Claudia Dain's older work getting new life! I love this story, love the history, love the hero and heroine and I LOVE CLAUDIA... Read more
Published on April 14, 2011 by Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Anyone can learn to love again....
This is a book for those of us who have been down the path of love before. Called to once again dance the dance, having already given up, we simply go through the motions.... Read more
Published on October 5, 2004 by M. Welch
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
Set in England, the year of 1155. King Henry II was on the throne. Lady Nicolaa of Cheneteberie had already been given four husbands from the king. Read more
Published on March 5, 2004 by Detra Fitch
1.0 out of 5 stars
Wow - I have read lots of bad romances, but this really was bad. Right on to the reviewer to pointed out that Nic's incredible coldness was too played up. Read more
Published on February 1, 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars hated it.
... This book was just awful. The plot has already been summed up. Having to wade through over 250 pages for some action was boring. I fail to understand Nicolaa. ... Read more
Published on January 16, 2003 by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Another satisfying read
from Ms. Dain. I enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed her previous books. Highly recommend.
Published on November 13, 2002 by Bobbiesioux
1.0 out of 5 stars The Willing Wife
Normally, Claudia writes a very good book, but this one somehow fell through the cracks. She starts out with a wonderful idea of a heroine that is ordered to marry husband number 5... Read more
Published on October 28, 2002 by Elizabeth Dorn
1.0 out of 5 stars The plot sounded promising, but the story did not deliver
When I read what this story was about, I thought wow this will be an interesting read. The author had created an unique and refreshing premise--too bad she failed to deliver an... Read more
Published on October 25, 2002 by D. Shaffer
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Claudia Dain has been published in historical romance since 2000. She is a two-time Rita finalist, the award for excellence in romance fiction bestowed by the Romance Writers of America. She is a native Californian, lived for a decade in Connecticut, and now calls North Carolina home. She writes Women's Fiction as Claudia Welch.

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