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Return of the Rose | [Theresa Ragan]

Return of the Rose

Morgan Hayes grows up in the 20th century with a mysterious attraction to a hollow suit of armor that stands in the window of her mother’s antique store. She is 24 years old when she becomes entangled within the armor’s metal plates and is whisked back in time where she is mistaken for a twin sister she knows nothing about. Morgan is forced to marry King Henry’s favored knight, Derek Vanguard, Lord of Braddock Hall. Abandoned by his mother, Derek’s heart is as cold as the stone walls of his castle....
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Publisher's Summary

Morgan Hayes grows up in the 20th century with a mysterious attraction to a hollow suit of armor that stands in the window of her mother’s antique store. She is 24 years old when she becomes entangled within the armor’s metal plates and is whisked back in time, where she is mistaken for a twin sister she knows nothing about. Morgan is forced to marry King Henry’s favored knight, Derek Vanguard, Lord of Braddock Hall.

Abandoned by his mother and having failed as a child to gain his father’s love, Derek’s heart is as cold as the stone walls of his castle. In the end, will Morgan discover the true power of love?

©2011 Theresa Ragan (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The ending was so well written it gave me chills, and I purposely read it slowly because I didn't want the story to end. I hope there's a sequel in the not too distant future." (Caroline Fyffe, award-winning author of Where the Wind Blows and Montana Dawn)

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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-16-12
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2010

    bookworm

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    "A FAIRYTALE STORY AND FUN"

    I really enjoyed this time travel romance about twins Morgana and Amanda born in Medieval Britain, Morgana was sent to the future as a sick babe to hopefully find a cure for her. Then, when she is 24, she's sent back in time and meets Lord Derek Vanguard and is mistakenly understood to be Amanda, her twin sister who is betrothed to Derek by the King but who had escaped.

    It was a funny enjoyable romantic tale about Knights and castles and dreams coming true, no it wasn't 'historically acurate' but I don't think it was supposed to be, so don't look too deeply into this book - it's pure escapism and it's an easy listening fun romp through time.

    I thought the narrator did a great job and didn't speak too fast for me but if you're concerned then sample her voice first..

    Worth my credit? Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    signe randers nv, Denmark 05-02-13
    signe randers nv, Denmark 05-02-13 Member Since 2011

    I love romantic historical novels.

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    "So fun and romantic"
    What did you love best about Return of the Rose?

    The storyline. That was what made me buy the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Return of the Rose?

    When she meets Robert or Robin Hood as she is calling him for the first time (Her twin sisters lover) and every time she is trying to explain how she is. And when she have to apologize for something her sister have done.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Morgan. She is funny.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. And i did just that.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is one of my favorites. I love the storyline with going back in time. Morgan is traying to tell everyone, that she is from the future, but no one belive her, because she look like her twin sister. (Won't tell more that will spoil the story) Also that love/hate relationship between Morgan and Derek. Derek won't marry. But because King Henry forced him to take a bride (Morgans twin sister) he don't have a choice. Morgan is fascinated by Derek even though, she is traying to fight the attraction she feels for him. This book is well written. Perhaps it is not historically accurate, but it does not matter. The book is fun and Katherine Kellgren does a great job. I bought the book because it was cheaper than using a cerdit. But worth every penny. Hope you will enjoy the book as much as I did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jane Pigeon Forge, Tn. 03-29-14
    jane Pigeon Forge, Tn. 03-29-14 Member Since 2009

    jdk

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    "OMG! Ten Stars! Just get the book!"

    I am so surprised at how good this book is and the narrator was exceptional. Time travel, magic, adventure, love, all the right characters in place. I loved the whole book. Believe me, you won't go wrong with this one. I have to say, Audible, give Katherine Kellgren a RAISE!! She is the best! Wonderful job. Now, stop reading this and get the book people!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maria OSCODA, MI, United States 07-14-12
    Maria OSCODA, MI, United States 07-14-12 Member Since 2007
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    "IDON'TKNOW!! CAN'TGETPAST THE FAST, CRAZYNARRATOR!"

    Good God -- this poor narrator blurted out the entire first chapter in literally one breath. SHE TALKS SO FAST AND WITH SO MUCH EMPHASIS THAT I COULDN'T ACTUALLYHEARANYOFTHESTORY!

    Sorry to make fun of it, but I'm kind of irritated that I wasted a credit. I guess I didn't really pick up on that with the listening sample, but by three chapters in, I was so distracted by her super, overcharged, excited mile-a-minute narration that I just could not keep up. I'm a big audiobook listener, so I'm pretty flexible with narrators. But I several times I found myself saying out loud, "SLOW DOWN. Take a breath! Please!" and then I'd get all distracted and have to replay what I had just heard. I finally gave up. It's a shame, because this book seems like it would be a fun, lighthearted time travel novel, which I love. I might borrow it from my library or something. But otherwise, I just can't finish it. Needless to say, I won't be listening to this narrator again. Credit down the drain...

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Josephine SAN ANSELMO, CA, United States 04-19-14
    Josephine SAN ANSELMO, CA, United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Terrible performance sound - screechy nasal twang"
    What did you like best about Return of the Rose? What did you like least?

    The performance


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    too mediocre to listen to the end


    How could the performance have been better?

    Yes! A softer voice.


    Do you think Return of the Rose needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    If the sound of the annoying voice wasn't so bad I might have been able to listen to it just for fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pat LORENA, TX, United States 03-29-14
    Pat LORENA, TX, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy many types of books and am always looking for new authors to read and listen too. I enjoy reading the reviews and adding my own from time to time.

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    "Unexpected journey leads to true home"

    This is the story of Derek Vanguard, Lord of Braddock Hall and Morgan (Morgana) Hayes. Morgan becomes entangled with a suit of armor in the antique store owned by her adopted mother. She has always loved this suit of armor and wondered who the knight was that had owned the suit originally. Little does she know that she is a woman out-of-time. She was born in Medieval England but sent to the future by a witch to save her life. She is transported back in time where she becomes entangled with the owner of said armor. She meets and falls in love with Derek who is that knight.

    Derek is a good man but his heart has been hardened because he thinks he was abandoned by his mother and failed as a child to ever gain the love of his father. He is the favored knight of King Henry and the king wants him to marry. He has chosen a bride for Derek and the bride is Amanda Forrester who is the twin sister that Morgan does not know she has. She remembers some history but there are many gaps which make it hard for her to adjust to some things. She doesn't even know how to wear her clothes correctly.

    She grows to care for Derek very quickly though she does not realize for some time that he is the knight who owned the armor. In the twentieth century she had learned that the owner of the armor had been ambushed on the way to recover his true love. She thinks she was sent back in time to save his life. She tries to tell him she is from the future but he does not believe her. There is a past fling for Derek that is not a good person and she of course causes problems. There are many things she does that he just accepts and does not question much. The bathing attire she and the ladies were on a outing really feels out of place here but it is short lived and passed off as a French fashion.

    It is a nice love story overall and I enjoyed it very much. I found it very entertaining. As for Katherine Kellergen's performance, I would like for her to have yelled a little less and slowed the pace down a little more when I first listened to it. I listened again however and think that the pacing and volume did pretty well fit the story. I do wish that her voice for Derek had been different. He did not come across as the strong character I would like to have heard from him. It was not bad but not what I really wanted to hear. I have other things she has done and they are good.

    This is a good book and worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kerry Leesburg, VA, United States 01-14-14
    Kerry Leesburg, VA, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "This one is worth the credit/$$$"
    Would you listen to Return of the Rose again? Why?

    Sure the narrator did a great job and the story was well written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Return of the Rose?

    There were a couple of times when I had to stop listening because I was so invested in the characters I could not make it through the cringe worthy moments. I think that is a sign of a great listen.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to her before that I know of but she was completely involved in the characters. She does like a good crescendo.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did. (with the exception of life/ cringe breaks.


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't pay attention to the naysayers. This was a really good listen and I would hate for you to miss out because someone else was in a bad mood when they heard the book. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sandy Lebanon, CT, United States 12-05-13
    sandy Lebanon, CT, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "WONDERFUL story"

    The narrator was overly dramatic and very theatrical but I got used to her. In spite of her antics I gave this book a big thumbs up. I couldn't put it down, this was a fast paced action packed time travel love story with a fairytale ending that brought tears to my eyes. Ok call me overly Sensitive but I loved it.

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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 10-31-13
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 10-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "OMG 10 STARS!!!! LOVED THIS BOOK!"

    I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book. I couldn't put it down. The H and H were fantastic the hot and steamy sex was fantastic, the story line, the witty dialogue, there was always so much happening. One of the most fun and best time travel books I have ever read!!

    I totally 100% recommend this book the narrator made the book even better. Love Love Loved the narration too!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 05-03-13
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2010

    Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.

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    "Not an "OUTLANDER" book"
    Would you try another book from Theresa Ragan and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    I probably would not try the author again. The story was just so deja vu, and so stereo typed, how head strong women are today and how they were not like that ages ago. The laird being macho bad guy, yet ..... you get the picture.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Katherine Kellgren did a good job for all characters


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    If it were more unpredictable and had more history and depth to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not waste a credit for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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