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My Champion (1) (Knights of de Ware) Paperback – September 4, 2020
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Romance Writers of America RITA Double Finalist for Best First Book and Best Historical Romance!
Sir Duncan de Ware is a sworn champion of the common man and a master of disguise. So when he finds plucky maiden-in-distress Linet de Montfort facing off against a notorious pirate, noble Duncan goes undercover to come to her rescue, despite her insistence that she can take care of herself. When the pirate abducts her, Duncan and Linet are caught up in a breathless adventure of danger and romance on the high seas. And soon Linet realizes her only hope is to trust her mysterious hero—with her life and her heart.
Book 1 of The Knights of de Ware
From a long line of legendary warriors come three brothers to carry on the rich and powerful de Ware legacy: Duncan the Champion...Holden the Warrior...Garth the Hero...
Length: 116,000 words = 404 pages
Rating: R-rated for passionate passages
Romance Writers of America RITA Finalist for Best First Book
Romance Writers of America RITA Finalist for Best Historical Romance
In This Series
The Knights of de Ware
1199 – THE HANDFASTING (a novella)
1333 – MY CHAMPION
1333 – MY WARRIOR
1338 – MY HERO
Key Themes: Historical romance, adventure stories, strong women, knight in shining armor, medieval castles, brothers, hero in disguise, sword fighting, women warriors, female merchant, Spanish pirates, mistaken identity, stories with humor
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THE HANDFASTING (a novella)
THE REIVER (a novella)
THE OUTCAST (a novella)
About the Author
- Publisher : Glynnis Campbell (September 4, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 402 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1634800761
- ISBN-13 : 978-1634800761
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.37 x 1 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,346,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's a good thing I did. You can tell right from the start that the characters really connect with you. There are three brothers, each with his own personality. The eldest, Duncan, is the knightly, responsible one. The middle brother is more of a hot-headed fighter, and the youngest is a God-fearing lad. All three can wield their swords with great skill, of course! Even the interactions between their parents are great.
This is Duncan's story. He loves to protect the weak and the helpless, and dislikes his father's more proper noble opinion of the "unwashed masses". It's therefore perhaps quite fitting that he instantly falls for the blond angel, Linet, a woman of the merchant class. She takes on a famous pirate captain and while she momentarily gets an advantage, in short order she is captive and Duncan is after her.
Not that she knows it, of course. Duncan has chosen to disguise himself as a gypsy - so throughout the story you have Linet putting Duncan down as a common peasant, claiming she is far above him. In reality, her mother was a commoner who abandoned her noble father as soon as his family disowned him. It's a long, long time before she finally starts to think of peasants as OK to talk to (or touch!) and reconcile herself with loving a common gypsy.
I love the writing style, the laugh out loud humor, and the great details inserted into the story. Linet is a woman who deals in fabrics, so much of her observations of the world are couched in the language of dyes, fabric types, weaving techniques and more. It makes for an interesting, multi-layered story.
I also loved the way the character interactions are described. They are very vibrant and real.
That all being said, both of these characters grated on me a bit. Sure, I like it that people have flaws and are not perfect. However, Duncan the knight apparently has 19 or 20 bastard kids wandering around the castle - but he can't really identify them. He just gathers them up randomly and tells stories to them. Where did the mothers go? All the kids were taken from their moms because a castle life is better than their pitiful commoner life? Or were the moms all in the castle too - just unmentioned - and having to move on to new men?
Then he runs into Linet who - while we can complain from a modern, PC point of view that she's very snooty - is simply behaving in the class system that time period had. So she holds herself above the common folk. This is 100% opposite his daily way of life. So he supports her ... why? Because she's buxom and beautiful? He obviously had at least 20 other women who cared for him. I suppose it might be less than 20 if some women didn't learn their lesson after the first time ;) But anyway, all these women were ones he liked enough to sleep with and spend time with. Now he wants to hang around this blonde who is diametrically opposed to his viewpoints, just because she needs help. I'm sure hundreds of other women in his neighborhood also needed help and were more akin to his outlook in life. It was just her blonde hair and porcelain skin that hooked him. That's a bit depressing for a man who claims to be a see-the-true-value type.
As far as Linet goes, as I mentioned, her attitudes are non-PC but are timeline correct so you can't fault her for that. However, what I *do* fault her for is her incessant inanity. She is portrayed as very intelligent, sharp, a shrewd negotiator who can always see the profit angle in a situation. However, from the moment she meets Gypsy-Boy, he constantly tries to save her - and explains clearly what he is doing and why - and she just says "no no no" even when it will very obviously put her into more serious danger. That doesn't make any sense. She would use him to her advantage even if it was to discard him later on. For her to risk her own life - repeatedly - just to be able to say no to him just didn't ring true for me.
There was one minor point that stood out to me - he put the ring on her middle finger, as that was the finger that led to the heart. However, all the research I've done on this period said it was the finger next to the pinkie (i.e. the one we use in modern times) that was the ring finger / heart finger. I wonder if the confusion is that they sometimes say the "third finger" - because they didn't count the thumb as a finger. If someone in modern times heard third finger and did count the thumb, they'd end up in the middle. In any case, if anybody knows otherwise please let me know, because I write books on romantic traditions and this is something I'm asked about often.
So to sum up - great read! Great details about fabrics! Great humor! But the two main characters are a bit too flawed for me to 100% connect with.
The de Ware family is known for being great warriors. Duncan de Ware and his two younger brothers Holden and Garth are no exception. Besides his prowess on the battlefield, noble and fair Duncan is also known as a champion of the oppressed, the weak, and the common man, often bringing home waifs and orphans rather than allow them to starve on the streets. He believes everyone is worthy of compassion, be they of noble birth or not. Above all, the one thing he absolutely cannot resist is a damsel in distress.
He and his brothers get word that a "foolhardy wench" managed to win letters of marque from the English king to take back goods equal to what had been stolen from her father's merchant ships by the infamous Spanish sea reiver known as El Gallo. Once he sees her on the docks facing down the menacing villain alone, Duncan is intrigued by the beautiful woman that looks like an angel. As his father's heir, the wealthy Duncan is used to being bombarded from all directions by unwanted female attention. There is something intriguing about the crazy wool merchant, though, and now that she has raised the ire of someone so evil as El Gallo, Duncan knows she needs his protection. To keep an eye on her at the marketplace without being hounded by the ever-present crowd of marriage-hungry ladies, he dons a beggar's disguise.
Linet de Montfort was amazed at how easy it was to get retribution from El Gallo. After the reiver had raided her father's ship and stolen his precious cloth, her father had been so affected that he fell ill with a wasting sickness. She blamed El Gallo for his death and felt that taking something back from him was the least she could do to avenge her father. What she didn't know was that the only reason it had been so easy to part the Spaniard with his shipment of wine was because of the presence of the de Ware knights on the dock. She was confident the matter was settled and was proud of the way she had taken care of things herself.
When a grimy beggar with a glued-on beard swears he will protect her, she refuses his help. Who does the filthy commoner think he is, strutting around like a knight and deeming her unable to protect herself? She wants to turn him away, but he doesn't make it easy to do so. There is something about the man. But she can't possibly be drawn to a commoner. Above all, Linet is revolted by commoners. They are beneath her station, and she swore to her father to never have anything to do with one. Her mother, a commoner her noble father denounced his birthright for, abandoned her at birth. Commoners were untrustworthy, unworthy, and above all unloveable--at least that's what her father had said her entire life..
But as she and the beggar embark on one harrowing adventure after another and he continues to be her champion, saving her life time after time, she begins to see him through new eyes.
Duncan would reveal his true identity to Linet, but he wants to prove to her that a man is more than his birth. If only she could see past her prejudice. He swore to protect her and protect her he will. He could love her if only...
This book is absolutely wonderful. I enjoyed every minute and immediately downloaded Book 2, "My Warrior." In fact, I didn't even stop reading that one long enough to write this review until the next day!
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I read this during “lockdown” and loved every minute of the escapism it brought. Really funny in parts, this book is a joy to read and I now very much look forward to reading about Duncan’s brothers to see if they are half as much fun.
I for one hope that Ms Campbell carries on writing her wonderful books for ever.