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.
"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)
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.
I love romantic historical novels.
The storyline. That was what made me buy the book.
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.
Morgan. She is funny.
Yes. And i did just that.
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.
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...
Sure the narrator did a great job and the story was well written.
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.
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.
I did. (with the exception of life/ cringe breaks.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
Katherine Kellgren did a good job for all characters
If it were more unpredictable and had more history and depth to it.
I would not waste a credit for this book.
I loved listening to books during my commute to work. Maybe I shouldn't have retired!
I would listen to this book again because I find English history from this period quite interesting. There is a sufficient amount of detail about the lives of people of this era to make the story worth reading from that point of view.
Morgan Hayes (the protagonist) is my favorite character. She seems to be the most believable - at least for those of us reading the story in the 21st century.
I also read A Knight in Central Park. Both books are very similar in that they are clearly written by and told from a woman's point of view. That is, the characters are in the middle of what could be a very action-packed scenario and the author goes on at great length about the various emotions Morgan Hayes, and other characters are feeling before continuing with the fighting, escape or whatever. This is okay, it's interestingly done, but as someone reading a review of this book, you may want to know this ahead of time.
This is an interesting story with many exciting moments, not one stands out above the others, particularly.
I liked both of the author's books that I have read so far. I have seen that she has written a third, similar book, and I will probably read that as well.
No.. I thought they were both equal. I read this book in 2011 and couldn't forget it then bought the audio the other day and listened to it again as I read along. Simple awesome.
Derek.. He had a lot of demons to overcome.
Morgan.. She was happy, sad, excited, etc, and the narrator did a perfect job.
This is probably the best time travel book I've ever read or listened to. I loved all the characters, with the exception of Otgar and Leonie, of course. If all the books I listen to could be done by Katherine Kellgren I'd be happy. She puts so much emotion in her readings instead of just reading the book. She's wonderful.
"Return of the Rose" is captivating--an enjoyable diversion from every-day life, as we travel back in time to England 1444.
Earlier in 1420 twin girls are born to Richard Forester, Lord of Silverwood, one hale and hearty, the other sickly and not expected to live, but Lord Silverwood will not accept the death of his infant daughter. He takes his ailing babe to the Witch of Devonshire who can use her powers to transport her to the future where she can get the medical attention she needs to survive.
Morgan Hayes (AKA: Morgana Forester) came into the modern world of 1986 as a day-old infant left on the doorstep of a widow who owns an antique shop with an authentic hollow suit of armor that stands in her shop window. Morgan has always been fascinated with the armor, feeling an unexplainable familiarity with it...and on her 24th birthday she becomes entangled with the armor and is transported back to England,1444 where she is mistaken for Amanda Forrester, a twin sister she knows nothing about. Amanda has been ordered by King Henry to wed Lord Derek Vanguard, of Braddock Hall, but runs away. Neither want the marriage, but Lord Derek will comply with his King's demands. Derek mistakes Morgan for her twin sister Amanda.
If you are looking for historical accuracy, this is not the book for you. Several bits were rather implausible--the women of Braddock Hall willing to wear 'bikinis' when they played in the lake, Morgan saving a Village child's life by applying CPR without being cast out (or burned at the stake) as a witch, and her designing a backless/sleeveless dress to meet the King...but it is a funny, sweet, well written novel. I would not have guessed it to be Ms Ragan's debut novel.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to "Return of the Rose" and Katherine Kellgren's performance. In my opinion, regardless of the story, the narrator makes the difference between enjoyment and dissatisfaction.
I highly recommend Return of the Rose.
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