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 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.
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 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!
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.
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.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
A very different kind of audio book for me, but really enjoyable . . .time travel . . . kings and jousting matches . . . the story is well written, and I quickly got very attached to the characters . . .The modern day/centuries old fairy tale was a sweet story of much human value ... children growing up yearning for the love and nurture of their parents . . . and the way it all unfolds is unexpected and wonderful.
Entertaining, Upbeat and Addictive
I rarely read nonfiction and bought this book in error. What a nice surprise and journey back in time. As a teenager of 16, one of the memorable books I read was "Below the Salt" by Thomas Costain. The book introduced me to the wonder and magic of historical novels. As an Army Brat, I checked the book out from the Fort Sill, Oklahoma military library on the recommendation of a beau - and was hooked on historical novels. Thankfully the military library was well stocked with Thomas Costain books and I returned to check out and read many of Costain's novels. What an unexpected joy to get that same old feeling of my youth with Return of the Rose. I bought the kindle and audible books and enjoyed whisper sync on my new Kindle Fire. Now, my challenge is to find similar novels. I also want kindle and audible versions of Thomas Costain's books. At 64, it is time for me to re-read the books with the advantage of enlarged text and sound to enhance the pleasure.
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!!
Unbelievably good. I did not want it to end!!! NOT a teen book as I thought earlier.
I could not compare this book to anything I have listened to. It was suspence, mystery, time travel and a NOT SO SAPPY love story all in one.
It is the way she reads it. You are so engrossed with the characters that you can imagine them in your mind's eye. It is hard to believe it is just one person.
I would not call it the same title of the book. Maybe "The Amber Stone" or "The Velvet Blanket", just enough to entice, create interest without giving too much away.
Why did she not write another in the same vein? Maybe something to do with their "children" and time travel or the ASHLYN little girl of the 1985 accident?
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.
"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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