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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars3.5 STARS - GOOD PARTS AND SOME LACKING
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2020
For the most part I enjoyed this story. The character of Rigg added a star rating - brought some lightness to the story and made me laugh many times.
If you are a stickler for time period pieces to be that, you may at times be disappointed. The language at times falls into American modern. It didn't bother me but wanted to bring it to the buyer's attention.
It was heart wrenching in the beginning when we meet the h. What her truly awful husband did to her is sad. But, at times the h came across as a "b". I realize she was just finding her voice so she did grow on me. The H is a different character and I liked him. His story line how he won so many battles was very unique (no spoiler's). That is where the secondary character of Rigg is hysterical.
I read the stories about the King's triplets and was nice seeing them in this story with their sister/cousin. This is a stand alone story. The author does a great job of filling in the back stories so you are not lost.
There is lovemaking outside of marriage, heat level 4-4.5 out of 5. Described only once in full detail, other times, only partial.
We have some nasty character's, rape off page (not the h) so be warned if trigger.
No cheating, no cliffhanger, HEA, romance and steam. (ljb)
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!
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.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 18, 2021
A wicked baron and abused wife, who is relieved when the Baron unexpectedly dies. Nice to hear more from the triplets and the family. Enter the hero the nephew of the Baron not quite what the wife wants in her household The romance of the two progress to a happy ending. Look forward to reading 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.