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1.0 out of 5 stars‘Mommy’ which made it worse to read it and seem to forget that it ...
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2018
The storyline was unbelievable and I skipped most of it. The author used modern language e.g. ‘Mommy’ which made it worse to read it and seem to forget that it was set in a previous era and also a country which is not America. A waste of my money.
When she was fourteen, Lady Summer volunteered to marry Baron Mowbray to protect her family from him and to secure an alliance between the two families. The reason the Baron wanted a young healthy wife was to give him sons. In the four miserable years she was married to the cruel man, Summer was abused physically and emotionally and kept a virtual prisoner in her home. She was pregnant four times, but gave birth to only one living child. The next two pregnancies resulted in miscarriages. Her family gathered at Framlingham to celebrate the birth of her latest child. The Baron was furious when the child was stillborn. The next morning, Summer found him dead in his bed. Summer and her brothers, the Legendary Bastards of the King, travel to court to pay respects to the king at the death of Queen Philippa and to seek the Edward’s permission to find her own next husband. He grants her a month to find her own husband. He sends Sir Warren Mowbray, the Baron’s nephew, who has returned from fighting in France to protect and advise her. Neither Summer nor Warren is happy with this plan. The battle of wills that results from this partnership is frustrating for our hero and heroine, and quite entertaining for the reader. As they compete to best each other in running the castle, they fall in love. In addition to an extremely stubborn hero and heroine, this story contains a conniving aunt, a murder mystery, and a tent city of perspective suitors, a handmaid with a problem, a squire with a rather dry sense of humor, the Ross parents and sisters, and the Legendary Bastards. All does not go well; obstacles to their happiness abound. Will everything work out for them, or will Summer be caught in another unhappy loveless marriage?
This story began with a tragic event, but moves quickly to become a tale of life renewed. It definitely holds the reader’s attention from beginning to end. There’s a little bit of everything: intrigue, mystery, murder, new beginnings and romance. Familiar characters are joined by a few, good and bad, new to the saga. Warren’s squire, Riggs, was my favorite new kid on the block. He brought a laugh-out-loud practical view of the things going on around him. Elizabeth Rose does it again. Don’t miss this one.
The author, Elizabeth Rose, has done it again. She has written a wonderful story about Summer, the second sister of four. Summer sacrificed herself by marrying the Baron Mowbray so her brother could marry his sweetheart and to prevent a possible war. The Baron only wanted someone to bear him children and she knew it, but she never realized how very cruel and mean he was. She gave him one son but lost three other children. After the death of her still born son, the Baron was furious. He demanded she come to his room that night. When she arrived at his room she found him dead. After four long years, she was finally free. She knew the King would make her marry again since she was a rich, beautiful, widow and a Baroness. She managed to get the King to give her one month to find a husband but with the condition that the Baron's nephew go with her to be her protector and advisor. He wanted to go to find his Uncle's murderer. He had a long list of good suspects. Summer, her three brothers, her parents her hand maid, her healer and his Aunt. Have I got your interest? I hope so. I'm not going to tell you anymore of this fast paced, well written story. You'll just have to read it for yourself.
My oh my, how I loved reading this book! This is a lovely romance . It is also a mystery, yet not angsty. All the characters in this book indeed, in this series thus far, are absolutely wonderful ! This has one of the best endings for a book ever!
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother "Can't Put It Down Book", by Elizabeth Rose!
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2017
I started with The Legendary Bastards of the Crown Series then HAD to follow with Highland Spring. I so enjoyed all 5 of those books. After Highland Spring, I just didn't think the other sisters in the series would be as interesting as Spring's story but I was so wrong. Summer's story was another great book. I so enjoyed it. As usual Ms Rose keeps us posted on how all the prior characters are doing and what's happening in their lives. You will never get bored just want to read more.
I am so looking forward to Autumn's story, Autumn's Touch due out in Sept.
5.0 out of 5 starsElizabeth Rose does it again, even better!!
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2017
Summer was introduced when Reed, her brother wanted to marry the lady the Baron, was betrothed.
Summer volunteered to marry the Baron to release the lady to marry Reed. Here in Summer's Reign, we learn what has been happening to her in the 4 yrs since she married. Subjected to degradation and abuse, not only from the Baron, but his sister also. Follow her through the stillborn child the baron would abuse her for again, to the death of her husband and the trials the King and his Knight also put upon her. A must read!!
1.0 out of 5 starsAdd to that a villain who comes across like a crass pantomime character and I had to ask ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 11, 2017
I am rather bemused by the other 2 reviews which have given this book 5 stars. Allowing for differences in taste I still can't believe they were reading the same book as me. I gave up after 2 chapters which Is the first time I have been so irritated by a story that I couldn't summon the energy to keep going. I appreciate the series is written around 4 women named after the seasons but do we really need to be reminded of that fact every other sentence as I for one am capable of retaining that information for slightly longer than that. Add to that a villain who comes across like a crass pantomime character and I had to ask myself why I was wasting my time on this drivel. Certainly won't be bothering with any more of this author's books
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 15, 2019
As a previous reviewer said, the characters were introduced, re-introduced and their histories rammed down the throat every time they turned up again. The first few chapters were basically a retelling (I presume) of every previous book in the series. Fair enough, but there is no need to tell me again and again that Spring was trained as a warrior from her childhood, or that the bastard triplets were the Demon Thief etc etc; all the way through the book.
I almost gave up but persevered and it did improve slightly once Lord Warren turned up. Although his name is used as a first name, which is annoying - a) it is a surname and always would be. b) If he is Lord Warren, then his given name wouldn't be Warren, but something else, like Peter. c) It is from the wrong part of the country. But that is minor compared to things like them dining on woodchuck, which doesn't exist in the UK. I will, just about, accept women behaving in a manner completely different to what they would have done in the time period, but do some basic research at least.
I only persevered to discover the answer to the mystery, but even that had major plotholes - without spoiling anything, you wouldn't have had scratches in both places indicated.
Sadly, this was a poorly written book, full of anachronisms and tedious. I won't be reading any more from this author.
5.0 out of 5 starsNot enough hours in the day to read Elizabeth 🌹.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 2, 2017
What a book I could not put it down. I do enjoy Elizabeth Rose and never even disappointed by any of her books. I feel I live the part of the characters. Enjoying the series. Great work, please keep writing.