- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Signet (July 6, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451211286
- ISBN-13: 978-0451211286
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Forever Love Mass Market Paperback – July 6, 2004
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Four years of bloodshed is enough for Ciaran Tamberlane. Even though he had pledged his life to serve God and the Knights Templar, he can't take the slaughter of innocents any longer, so he leaves the Holy Land and the Templars, disgraced, excommunicated, and branded a traitor. While in exile in England, Ciaran stumbles across a massacre of an innocent village in which only one woman is found alive. Ciaran brings her to his castle, where his seneschal, Marak, a gifted healer, manages to save her. But Amaranth de Langois would have preferred death, since her brutal husband, Odo de Langois, has sworn to find and severely punish his disobedient wife. Now to get to Amie, Odo must first cross Ciaran, who discovers that there are some people for whom it is still worth fighting. Canham's beautifully crafted historical features a brutal but fascinating medieval setting, a plot that deftly explores the idea of faith and honor, and superbly nuanced characters. John Charles
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Amaranth de Langois (Amie), has been married before to an old and abusive man, and upon being sold again to the highest marriage bidder, this time to the brutal Lord Odo, she has reached her limit of abuse and has decided to fight back by attempting to kill him. Amie, fleeing her vengeful husband, finds herself on Ciaran's land. Brutally attacked and wounded she is brought back to his castle and is cared for by Marak, a healer who nurtures her back to health.
As these two tormented characters come together (Ciaran and Amie), their attraction is almost tangible. Author Marsha Canham builds up this story through excellent character development, not just with the central hero and heroine, but also with the secondary characters. This adds a dimension not often seen in historical romances where usually the focal point is on the hero and heroine.
If you like intelligent historical romance that are filled with passion, action, and interesting characters then MY FOREVER LOVE is the book for you.
Knights burn down a nearby village slaughtering without regard. Ciaran and his squire kill the marauders. He takes an injured woman, who wants to die, to his castle. As Amaranth de Langois heals, she feels guilty that she caused the massacre by hiding in the village from her abusive spouse. Her husband demands that Tamberlane return his wife to him, but instead Ciaran vows to protect Amie even if the King is on the side of the spouse. As they wait for the confrontation, Ciaran and Amie fall in love, but defying duty may lead to the executioner's sword for him and his beloved.
This exciting medieval romance paints quite a different timely perspective of the Crusades, as atrocities in the name of God are part of the war. The action packed story line is character driven; readers will cherish the courageous Ciaran who refuses to go along even when God and King are invoked if he feels it is wrong. Sub-genre fans will appreciate this delightful historical tale starring two honorable individuals.
Consequently, Ciaran was excommunicated and expelled from the holy order. He quietly returned to England and took up residence at Taniere castle where endless nightmares and guilt robbed him of sleep.
While hunting, Ciaran and his knights happened upon a village under attack by unknown mercenaries. The mercenaries were well into their attack, murdering everyone in sight, when Ciaran and his group fought and chased them away. Only one survivor was found: a young woman teetering on the edge of death.
Ciaran's healer is able to save her and they quickly discover her identity. She is Amaranth de Langois, cousin to King Richard, and she is running away from her husband, whom she almost killed on their wedding night. Amaranth's life has been plagued by torture and cruelty at the hands of her first two husbands. When she almost killed her second husband on their wedding night, he was about to beat her for supposedly making a pass at his brother.
When Amaranth's husband arrives at Taniere Castle to look for his wife, Ciaran hides her away, but he knows he cannot keep her hidden for long. With only a few options at their disposal, Ciaran reluctantly agrees to Amaranth's plan: to escort her to a distant abbey where she can live in safety. But their travel plans change when a monk gives them the news that King Richard is on his way back to England and that Prince John has hired every known assassin to kill Richard before he reaches London.
In the end, Ciaran finds favor again in Richard's eyes when he helps thwart Prince John's plans and without hesitation, he asks and is granted permission to marry Amaranth.
I thought the storyline was pretty good. It had strong, solid characters; a well thought out plot, but the pacing was just off to me. There were times when the story dragged and times when the narration became, well, tedious. If I stacked this book up against some of my favorite romance books, it would pale in comparison. It's, well, easily forgettable.