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The Captive Heart (Kathleen Kirkwood HEART Series) (Volume 3) Paperback – July 11, 2013
About the Author
Kathleen Kirkwood is the pseudonym for award-winning, best-selling author Anita Gordon. Having an abiding love for history, she enjoys setting her stories in distant times and places long past. To date they include Medieval adventures and Late Victorian paranormal romances. After forty years of travels and raising children in various locations, Kirkwood and her husband have returned to the Southwest where they first met. Currently, she is dusting off and revising her backlist for release in digital and print format. She is also working on a new novel, a haunting tale set on the Chesapeake Bay and the shores of historic Southern Maryland. Look for Pirates’ Moon in late 2013. Visit her at: http://www.KathleenKirkwoodHistoricals.com http://KathleenKirkwood.blogspot.com
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Sadly the H takes the h's innocence fairly early on and I just didn't feel the same sense of honour that permeated through the first 2 books. Of course the H comes through for the h in the end but it isn't quite the same.
If you've read the first two books, you'll want to read this one as it occurs 20 years after the second book. However be warned that it isn't the same calibre as the first two.
Lady Ailenor is a beautiful maiden living in Normandy. She meets Englishman Gareth while trying to rescue a kitten and they strike up an immediate friendship.
Gareth is in Rouen on the king's business, this is pre William the Conqueror. He is there to only do a little fact finding about the state of political affairs. The rightful King of France is back in England while the Duke of Normandy rules the land.
Ailenor is unaware of all this political intrigue. She just admires and wants to be with Gareth and she gets her wish. She is abducted by men on orders from a vicious Irish woman named Rhiannon. Gareth is on the same boat as Ailenor just by coincidence and he rescues her and takes her overland to Winchester, believing she will be safe there from the men trying to kidnap her.
These two henchmen of Rhiannon are hot on the trail but they actually have the wrong woman in their sights. Rhiannon is searching for Ailenor's mother. Both ladies have red hair and slim builds.
At Winchester, Ailenor becomes involved in political machinations of an exiled French Queen, kingly ministers and the King's cousins. Ailenor desperately wants to go back and warn her mother of Rhiannon but now she is a virtual prisoner in Winchester. The King has ordered her to stay in England which suits the purposes of the exiled Queen quite nicely, hence the title Captive Heart. Ailenor is furious about this and she turns her wrath on Gareth because of his loyalty to the king. Ailenor readily believes every negative connotation about Gareth, no matter the source. I kept wondering why she never trusted the man who risked his life for her several times.
This novel is well written and surprisingly it was easy to follow all the characters hidden agendas and political maneuvering. Even the wicked Rhiannon was well written and the reader can feel her pain and intense anger. It took a long time though to truly discover why she despised Ailenor's mother so very much.
The story line between the lovers seemed to drag and that was because they spend some time apart and Ailenor had problems trusting Gareth, a man she professed to love. Ailenor also lacks some common sense; she rushes off in a foolish plan not taking into account the consequences of her actions on others. The final showdown with Rhiannon was well done and the epilogue almost unneeded.
A swashbuckling hunky dreamboat falling for a sweet but strong woman. Who is saving whom????
Their story has many twists and turns. All set in mystical foreign lands.
Wonderful! You will love it!!