Book Honor s Splendour Yay another great book by Julie Garwood The story opens with Baron Duncan of Wexton stripped of his clothing tied to a post and left to freeze to death by Baron Louddon s
Book Honor's Splendour Yay, another great book by Julie Garwood! :)The story opens with Baron Duncan of Wexton stripped of his clothing, tied to a post, and left to freeze to death by Baron Louddon's men. But as soon as he's alone, Louddon's sister, Lady Madelyne, comes to his rescue and frees him. Ducan can't believe his luck - not that he's in any real danger and in need of her help because his "capture" was all part of a bigger plan -, but fate is just giving him what he came for. Duncan's sister, Adela, was raped by Louddon about a month ago, so he decided to kidnap Madelyn and force a confrontation with her brother, seeking revenge for what he's done. Having Madelyne unselfishly help him is beyond anything Duncan expected, and he falls hard and fast for her. Obviously, it takes some time until he realizes that.As soon as Duncan is freed, he and his men attack Louddon's men and destroy his fortress. When the battle is over, Duncan is disappointed to find that Louddon is absent, since the coward Baron escaped to London soon after Duncan was "captured", thinking of establishing an alibi for Duncan's death. Knowing that Louddon will go after them, Duncan takes Madelyne as his "captive" to his home. And so it begins a most romantic story...This book hooked me from the start, with one of the most beautiful opening scenes I've ever read. Oh, I've heard about the whole "feet warming" and such beforehand, as it's often mentioned as a memorable scene by many readers, but it didn't lessen the impact of it. It was exciting to actually read the whole scene and not only a snippet of it, and I was smiling and sighing like a ninny the whole time. Like Duncan, I fell in love with Madelyn there and then.As I'm beginning to expect from Garwood's heroines, Madelyne was a bit ditzy and clumsy, but her kindness and courage won me over. Her inability to tell a lie was charming, sometimes funny and, in the end, saved the day. See, it pays to always tell the truth, especially if you tell it in a way that gets people a little confused. :)Duncan was also what I've come to expect from a Garwood's hero: an arrogant but honorable warrior, protective, patient and completely devoted to Madelyne. He did force her to marry him, but it was for her protection - among other reasons, like his yet-unprofessed love for her and his desire do bed her ;) - and he never meant to hurt or harm her in any way.Honor's Splendour was all about Duncan and Madelyne realizing they were made for each other and, as a bonus, making Louddon pay for his sins. I loved the way Ducan explained to himself why he felt compelled to sneak into Madelyne's bedroom to sleep with her when she was still his "captive", I smiled with his listing the reasons for marrying her, I sighed every time he sighed - just for show, of course - with one of her antics, I laughed with her attempts at learning self-defense... To sum things up, I adored Duncan and Madelyne.The only thing that bothered me a bit in this book was, I felt it dragged a little after Duncan and Madelyne said ILY to each other. Things got too calm and quiet after that, and I couldn't wait to see how Duncan was going to "finish" Louddon for good. I trusted Duncan but I didn't trust King William, and his "special friendship" with Louddon could be a problem. In the end, everything worked out, and Duncan and Madelyne got their true HEA - after all, this is Romancelandia. :)This was only my fourth book by Garwood and, based on what I've read so far, I can't wait to read more of her. Working my way through her backlist will keep me entertained for a long time, and I couldn't be happier.. Honor's Splendour am Book This classic medieval romance from New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood is a fan favorite a beautiful lady needs rescue from a knight in shining armor, and gets an alpha warrior instead.In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton This classic medieval romance from New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood is a fan favorite a beautiful lady needs rescue from a knight in shining armor, and gets an alpha warrior instead.In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton the Wolf unleashed his warriors against Louddon Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he caturedbut when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life In his rough hewn castle, Duncan proved true to his honor But when at last their noble passion conquered them both, she surrendered with all her soul Now, for love, Madelyne would stand fast bravely as her Lord, the powerful Wolf who fought forHonor s Splendour.. With than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America s favorite fiction writers.Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven children Early in life, I learned that self expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick, says Ms Garwood She began her writing career when the youngest of her three children entered school After the publications of two young adult books, she turned her talents to historical fiction Her first novel, GENTLE WARRIOR, was published by Pocket Books in 1985 Since then, she has branched into other genres including contemporary romantic suspense Today, her name appears regularly on the bestseller lists of every major publication in the country, and her books are translated into dozens of languages around the world Her bestselling novel FOR THE ROSES was adapted for the HALLMARK HALL OF FAME television movie ROSE HILL.Ms Garwood lives in Leawood, KS and is currently working on her next novel.. Bestseller Kindle Honor's Splendour I have to say, I have yet to read a Julie Garwood novel that I don't love, but there was something special about Honor's Splendour that makes it stand out in my mind and has made it one of my favorite reads.Garwood's books feature women who, though they might not know it at the time, are strong, honorable, compassionate and very wise. Watching them come into their own is such an enjoyable experience.The same can be said for the men of her novels. They are usually gruff, arrogant and very set in their ways, but at all times honorable. Now to Honor's Splendour.Seeking revenge, Baron Duncan of Wexton sets out to kidnap Madelyne, the sister of Baron Louddon, the man responsible for the brutal attack on Duncan's sister, Adela. What happens though, he could never have anticipated. Madelyne became the captor, holding Duncan's heart as no other woman ever has.Madelyne spent years being abused by her brother,Baron Louddon, and has finally had enough. Packing her few belongings, she waits for the right moment to leave her brother's fortress, hoping to find safety in Scotland at the home of her cousin. As she awaits the moment she can escape, she spots Baron Duncan, stripped of clothing and tied to a post in the courtyard, left to die in the freezing night. Unaware of Duncan's purpose for being there--to kidnap her, she risks all to set him free, to protect him from her brother. What she didn't realize was that Duncan didn't need rescuing. Allowing himself to be captured was part of the plan for he and his men to gain access to the fortress, and Madelyne, herself.Freeing Duncan from his bindings and gathering his clothes, Madelyne takes him into the visting priests quarters behind the chapel where one simple act of compassion will change her life--and his, forever.Which leads me to my favorite quote from the book, found on page 28 and gave me one of those *sigh* moments that I love so much: "Lady Madelyne had sealed her own fate. She'd warmed his feet."Julie Garwood has become one of my favorite authors and Honor's Splendour one of my favorite books.