Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Sanctuary of Roses Paperback – March 15, 2011
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
Colleen Gleason an award-winning, international best-selling author. She has written more than fifteen books for New American Library, MIRA Books, and HarperCollins (as Joss Ware). Her books have been translated into more than seven different languages. Colleen lives in the midwest United States and writes full-time.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
done well anymore, and with more than just a window-dressing setting, but
Colleen Gleason, with her flair for historical detail and setting, really puts
the reader in the time period.
The characters are realistic for their time, and the love story between Maddie
and Gavin is sensitive and emotional.
She wants to be left alone to live in an abbey, away from her dangerous and
abusive father, and until Gavin finds her, that's what her life is like. But
when Gavin finds her and brings her to the king, Madelyn is ordered to marry.
The relationship between Madelyn and Gavin grows realistically, and he is a
wonderful hero--just the kind I like, and when he falls for her, the scene in
the woods when they first kiss--it's amazing.
Highly recommended! This book seems to be related to two others, and I'm going
to read them too.
The author's writing style has good flow and is easy to follow and enjoy. In addition, Gavin and Madeline have the kind of sensual attraction for each other portrayed on the cover.
This story bogged down in the middle with repetitious scenes and actions and with the H and h thinking the same thoughts, several times too many. A scenario would happen, and the characters would react and think exactly as they had before, so that the story felt like a series of replays.
There wasn't enough of Gavin's point of view or his angst for me. I learned the reasons for his behavior through the conversations of others, but it was some 60% into the story before I really read about his emotions from his own thoughts.
I can't say the book was not interesting. I wanted to finish it in order to see how Gavin and Madeline got along when they were, at last, no longer resisting each other. The sex scene is detailed, yet there are no words used that should offend, and the book is experienced mostly from Madeline's point of view. When the story came out of that lag, there was an interesting twist that moved it forward to the end.
I had to wonder how much better it would've been (for women of this era) to choose a cloistered life - - away from the harshness of the "outside world". Yeah, that would have it's advantages.
This story is about Lord Gavin Mal Verne..who's described as not a handsome man but rather a man filled with hardness, pain and determination..and Lady Madelyne de Belgrume...who is of course, beautiful (and aspiring to be a nun).
I loved the Court intrigue, "whisperings" and romantic Court innuendo. The correlation and parallels between Lady Madelynes' maid (Tricky) & Lady Madelynes' love interests as well as the romantic gossip that is passed back and forth was fabulous. In the meantime, while all this Court intrigue occurs, Madelynes psychobutt Dad has found out she's alive & continues to make her life miserable...the guy is madder than a Hatter!!
This story was succinct and sweet...at times the dialogue sappy...ie; "Desire sprang to life sending heat through the core of his abdomen and.....lower!" Cripes...can it be any cheesier??!!?? I mean..."lower"??? Just SAY IT Ms. Gleason! All in all...a good story and worth the time & effort.
an attention to detail. This one especially worked for me.
Gavin is a damaged, lonely man who is determined to kill Fantin de Belgrume, his
arch enemy. When he finds Fantin's long lost daughter, Maddie, hiding in an
abbey, he forces her to leave and rejoin the king's court.
Madelyne is a great foil for Gavin: she's serene and peaceful and calm to his
vengeful, dark personality. Coming from an abbey, she also has a spiritual
side, which is evident throughout the book. She helps Gavin to see that
violence isn't always the way to go, and I enjoyed the way he clearly began to
care for her.
Their romance is sweet and filled with tension. The villain, her father, is also
an interesting foil for Maddie--while she is quietly spiritual, he is an
extremist, listening to the voices in his head, believing he is called to be
violent in the name of God.
This is a wonderful romance in a great historical setting and I loved it.