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"Johanna Lindsey creates fairy tales that come true"-- "Romantic Times

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Born a wealthy French heiress but betrayed into bon dage, Brigitte de Louroux swears she will never be any man's slave. Rugged and powerful Rowland of Montville sees only a beautiful enchantress in peasant's rags--a wench to serve his every need. Defenseless against his unbridled passions, Brigitte is forced to yield her innocence to the desires the warrior lord arouses in her heart. But her surrender will vanquish the handsome knight--awakening within him a love as mighty and relentless as his conquering sword.
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Product Details

  • Series: Avon Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (January 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380814714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380814718
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Austin on December 19, 2000
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Lady Brigette's brother Quinton has been killed in war. Her aunt Druoda is now plotting to take over Brigette's home and wants to be rid of her. In the meantime, she treats her as a servant and attempts to break her thru hard labor and abuse. But Brigette's brother is very much alive. Rowland of Montville suffered thru an abusive childhood and has grown into a hardened warrior. When Quinton is wounded saving his life, Rowland agrees to pay the debt by going to Quinton's home to inform his family that he is alive and soon will be coming home. But Druoda lies to him, convincing him that the lovely Brigette is a lowly servant and will be killed unless Rowland takes her as his own. At first, Rowland is angry for being put into such a position. When Brigette tries to tell him the truth, he refuses to believe her and takes her home with him to make her his servant. Soon doubt begins to creep into Rowland's mind. What if Brigette is speaking the truth? He would have to let her go and he can't for Brigette is the one person who could heal his pain.
This book is a serious story of pain, betrayal, and healing. As an earlier book of Lindsey's it doesn't have the humor that we have come to know her for. Instead we find a dark, brooding hero and a tormented heroine. Each carrying tremendous baggage, but eventually working beyond that to accept love from each other. One of my favorites!
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I've read several Johanna Lindsey books. I've only been able to finish a couple of them. Usually, I get tired of her books and stop. I finished this book (by skimming it) probably because I hated the "hero" so much and wanted to see what would happen when he found out the heroine- who he had been raping and abusing throughout the entire book because she was a servant and he felt that he could- was actually a Lady. Not surprisingly, I was disappointed. This was one of the few books where I did not want the heroine to end up with the "hero". So if you want to read a book where the hero has no respect for the heroine and treats her like dirt then read this one.
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"So Speaks the Heart" is satisfying as a romance, though it's not one of Lindsey's best efforts. Set in medieval France, "So Speaks the Heart" is the story of Brigette, a lady who is left in the scheming hands of her greedy aunt after Brigette's brother dies. The aunt conveniently gets rid of Brigitte by duping Rowland, a knight returning to Normandy to protect his father's lands, into taking her. From that point on, the lady is mistakenly treated as a serf and wench, but she and the knight eventually find true love despite it all.
Some people might take offense to Rowland's initial roughness with Brigette, but I didn't think it a big deal. If anything, this story mirrors Lindsey's later novel, "Prisoner of My Desire," which was also set in the medieval times, had blond lovers, had a pregnancy, and had a lady treated as a serf by the knight who owns her because of a problem involving her brother. Considering that Rowena and Warrick of "Prisoner of My Desire" actually do rape each other repeatedly and fight like cats and dogs, the problems between Brigette and Rowland of "So Speaks the Heart" pale in comparison. And since I read "Prisoner of My Desire" first and rather enjoyed it, I thought "So Speaks the Heart" was a lot less engaging.
Still, the plot of "So Speaks the Heart" was steady and the twist with Rowland's family pretty good. I also enjoyed Brigette's dog Wolff, who was a particularly worthy canine hero. Don't get me wrong: "So Speaks the Heart" has a good story with likable characters, and I'd highly recommend reading it, though it's not favorite material.
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I love controversial plots, it makes my reading more intriguing. The more unconventional it appears, the more I am drawn to it. It is indeed a challenge reading this one!
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This is one of those books that won't agree with everyone because of the hero's callousness and his fierce treatment towards the heroine. Ugh. I actually got teary-eyed many times while reading this book. I am at lost from time to time that I had to paused and breathe to digest the situations. I mean, sure... Our hero did reformed and there was proof of that changes in the end but what Brigitte went through in his hands was not an easy read for me. I would like to emphasize that I also didn't think Rowland's treatment to Brigitte can be described as brutal because it wasn't that extreme but I still ache for her. Rowland's more of an overbearing, insensitive and a VERY demanding lout. I understand Brigitte's frustration to prove her identity. In truth though, she was actually in better hand with Rowland compared to her previous faith in her stepaunt hands. However, I still can't help but feel she deserves better than a lowly servant. I can also see her confusions when it comes to Rowland. How can you understand and love someone who treats you so lowly? How can you love someone who doesn't believe nor trust you? I feel so sorry and sad for her, my heart was in spastic mode all through out this book. Meanwhile, Rowlands grew up without love, without emotions but hate. He fend and fight for himself all throughout his life. I believe his frigid upbringing contributed to this compressed emotions towards Brigitte. I know a lot of reader would not or could not comprehend this idea.
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