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Roselynde The end of her world and the beginning of her greatest adventureIn a time of lords and ladies Lady Alinor Devaux was an anomaly The mistress of Roselynde was young uncannily intelligent wealthy and

  • Title: Roselynde
  • Author: Roberta Gellis
  • ISBN: 9780373836550
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Paperback
  • The end of her world and the beginning of her greatest adventureIn a time of lords and ladies, Lady Alinor Devaux was an anomaly The mistress of Roselynde was young, uncannily intelligent, wealthy and had a reputation for being as fierce and protective as any feudal lord before her Alinor was unmarried and a rich prize for greedy men seeking power and wealth.When tThe end of her world and the beginning of her greatest adventureIn a time of lords and ladies, Lady Alinor Devaux was an anomaly The mistress of Roselynde was young, uncannily intelligent, wealthy and had a reputation for being as fierce and protective as any feudal lord before her Alinor was unmarried and a rich prize for greedy men seeking power and wealth.When the Queen makes Alinor a royal ward and assigns a warden to oversee the running of Roselynde, Alinor must deal with not only fighting off unwanted suitors, but with the warden as well Not willing to be any man or woman s pawn, she is determined to make Sir Simon Lemagne s life miserable But the seasoned knight isn t quite what Alinor expects.What belongs to Alinor remains with Alinor, and God help any woman, man or holy crusade that gets in her way .

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    1. Roselynde is the first book of the famous series The Roselynde Chronicles by Roberta Gellis. I’ve been reading excellent reviews about it for ages and one of my friends, Ana T. is always recommending me this series (she is such a patient and persistent friend!;-)). I finally followed her advice.One Saturday afternoon, I picked up the book and just couldn’t stop until the very last page. No need to say that I immediately read the second one, Alinor, even if I dreaded some aspects of the story [...]

    2. This was great fun. There was so much humour between Alinor and Simon at the beginning, along with their wonderful chemistry. A nice twist to have the heroine being not only intelligent and strong minded, but to have her fall in love with an "older man" instead of some young hunk. LOL, so many funny scenes but especially the one where Simon wanted to see her books and had a horrible misundertanding with the confused monk. No matter what the appearances of the book cover and the name of the publi [...]

    3. I had mixed feelings about this book. Some parts of it I loved, for some reason the descriptions of Simon's campaign in Wales and the section about the Crusades. I thought the historical personalities were really well drawn and to me Queen Alinor (why not Eleanor?) of Aquitaine and Richard I seemed very realistic and well drawn. I had more of an issue with Prince John though - he seemed to be a bit of a pantomime villain. I was less keen on the fictional characters. Alinor herself I found very i [...]

    4. 3.5 Stars This was my July Pick-It-For-Me book over in Western and Medieval Romance Lovers, and I was already feeling in the mood for a medieval set story, so it worked out good. When I first added this book to my TBR, I was thinking it was more of a bodice ripper than it ended up being, to be honest. I was expecting a lot more, well, romance of the steamy sort. This didn't have much of that at all. In fact, it kinda made me just a little disappointed there. It was a bit more of the courtly, pro [...]

    5. Roberta Gellis is by far the reigning talent of stories well told. With a mix of fiction and history, you will find yourself unable to put the books down! She is Superlative!

    6. I liked this book and very much liked the story between the main characters Alinor and Simon but sometimes it was a little too much history for me.Alinor Devaux is one of the wealthiest women in England. Unmarried at sixteen years old she has been well provided for and protected. She is capable of running her many estates with a strong but compassionate hand. Queen Alinor of Aquitaine, according to the wishes of her son, soon to be King Richard I, has placed young Alinor under the wardship of th [...]

    7. This adventure took us to Wales then off on the crusades via dangerous sea crossings, peralis snow capped mountain traversing, plagued by wrekers & bloody skirmishes. It certainly was action packed.I was drawn to the main characters. Their focus on protecting as well as managing the Lady's lands & the skill in which they are able to navigate to the tempest of court politics as well as self-serving royals. This type of descriptive writing appeals to me. I could feel the bite of the icy wi [...]

    8. There were some violent scenes I didn't really enjoy, and one really silly scene. My rating is probably 3.5, not 4.Overall, this is an atmospheric, not quite nostalgic, novel of the Middle Ages when Alinor of Aquitaine was Dowager Queen of England (Queen Mother?)The love story is mostly solid, except for some parts (see above). Lots of adventure and danger, what with John Lackland, the Crusades, and an eligible, wealthy heroine. Fans of Elizabeth Chadwick will most likely enjoy this.

    9. Well-researched and highly detailed depiction of the era of the Crusades at the end of the 12th century. But tough slogging for someone who is more accustomed to (and prefers) a pure romance. This story is a historical novel with a love story as its main plot driver, not a historical romance per se. The violence, lawlessness and politics of the time pretty much preclude a "happily ever after" ending for this story, not to mention the fact that the hero Simon is 30 years older than the heroine Al [...]

    10. I admit I was a bit embarrassed reading this one during my morning commutes. When I scored the cheap used copy, I was lucky to get the Alinor falling-out-of-dress-getting-all-hot-with-Simon cover. Oh boy - and I thought my Angelique covers were bad! Thankfully, the reviews weren't lying - this is definitely a "meatier" novel than the cover would suggest – much better classified as historical fiction.The story revolves around spunky Alinor's and stuffy Simon's spring-winter relationship, which [...]

    11. This book is not a straight historical romance (despite the ridiculous cover). There is probably equal parts history as there is romance. And unfortunately a lot of the history is wrapped up in the characters trying to navigate a very complicated political situation, that is often described in depth, as well as the description of a number of battles - neither of these things which are much interest to me. The author also includes some details about life in the middle ages, that while they may be [...]

    12. This is an historical novel set in the late 1100's when King Richard goes on his crusade. Other historical figures are included in the story, particularly his mother the queen and his brother John who intends to become king.This is the background for the love story between Alinor, young heiress, and Simon, a much older cortier. Alinor was brought up to rule her lands with love and an iron fist and is capable of doing so. However, being a woman, she is a prize for which ever man the king may choo [...]

    13. This was a very difficult story to get into. The reason being that the majority of the book concentrated on King Richard, his mother Queen Alinor, and the political clime of the time. There was a great deal of intrigue, discussions that said one thing but meant another, and it was years, it seemed, before Simon and the young Alinor could simply kiss with permission from the Queen.The history was written very well but I cannot call it the kind of historical romance that I've been reading in which [...]

    14. I liked and didn't like this book. I liked the storytelling, it kept me turning the pages, especially the first half of the book; I didn't like the author's philosophy that sex and love are two different things. She had both the hero and the heroine tell me about it. This philosophy is a godless one that fits very well our modern age, but is out of place in her book. How many of you girls would be just fine with your love sleeping around because you weren't around to satisfy his urges? A sevente [...]

    15. Here in the NE was are snuggled in experiencing our first big snowstorm of the year. Schools are closed and even work has closed for the day. I had the luxury of waking up and reading all morning . . . ah the joys!Roselynde is a long book. Overall I really enjoyed the story. It was nice to be back with King Richard and Queen Alinor and to meet fictitious characters Alinor and Simon. The way the 2 worked off of each other was fun and engaging. I understood why Alinor fell for Simon despite their [...]

    16. I thoroughly enjoyed Gellis's first in the Roselynde Chronicles series of seven books. This is historical fiction taking place in the medieval 12th century. Lady Elinor at the age of 16 is left her family lands upon the death of her father. She is assigned a ward, Simon, to be in charge of her lands by King Richard. She is loath to accept any husband assigned by him and bides her time waiting to ensnair the older ward. There are many humorous moments accomplishing this.This adventure has you fol [...]

    17. Tbh I enjoyed the historical detail and thought it read as more of a historical fiction than a romance novel but I didn't really like Simon or Alinor that much. I found Alinor very irritating at times they were constantly arguing about atupid things and then making up, there was a big age gap between the two which personally didn't work for me (but that's a personal quirk)In the end I just didn't really believe that they actually liked each other that much.I think you'd enjoy this if you like fi [...]

    18. A richly detailed and compelling read. Gellis creates delicious romantic tension and angst without recourse to superficiality or gratuitous lust. This is not a kisses-only romance as billed, which to me was a pleasant surprise but which might disappoint others. I loved the historical politics but skimmed through most of the many, many battle scenes. My only real complaint is that the ending isn't as satisfactorily lush as I would've liked (and I'll mention that the eleventh hour twist seemed ann [...]

    19. Being that these books are being re-released, I wanted to get this to see what was edited. But got so caught up in the story that I didn't notice. What amazes me it still stands up. The research is just stellar (pre-internet BTW). Alinor and Simon are just as steamy but suprizingly the lovemaking only takes place in the last chapters. Talk about sexual tention. Her grasp of medieval life and politics are truly remarkable, and her writing is a treat. An author deserving of Icon status!For my frie [...]

    20. Great read the first time and the next!I read this book, and the ones that followed, years ago. I have re-read them again and again over the years. They are by far the best mid-evil romance novels available. I was thrilled at them becoming available on my kindle and purchased the entire set. I was unaware that a seventh book was now available, so I am reading again the collection so I can remember all of the characters and their stories when I get to that last book. Roberta Gellis' books give su [...]

    21. I always enjoy well-researched historical fiction. I've learned more from fiction than I ever did in school. However, I'm not sure I liked the main characters very much. I prefer a heroine to be thoughtful of her servants because she has a kind heart, not because she knows that she gets better service from both a horse and a servant if she sees to their needs. (view spoiler)[ And it irritates me endlessly when a hero claims to love the heroine, yet has no problem having sex with other women.(hid [...]

    22. It is too late for me to learn your wisdom in this matter. From the time I knew aught, I have lived with a knight and his lady whose love lit and warmed the dark hall on winter's nights. Madam, my example comes not from any book of romance. My grandparents walked and breathed; they kissed and quarreled. This I must have, and I will seek it with the point of my knife in a bad husband's heart if I can find it no other way.

    23. This book really started out promising. I loved the characters and the story and I love the historical references and details. I felt after half way that the book got too detailed with the history and the characters got lost for me. I found myself skimming most of the rest of the book just to find out what would happy to the characters and then not being very excited when I found at. That is not a good sign. I was very disappointed since I started out enjoying it so much. Oh, well.

    24. Thanks to ! I was so excited to find another author who sets her stories in the Medieval Ages, my favorite era in historical fiction. Her characters are richly drawn. You know what they will feel, how they will act and what they will do without ever having met them. Her research is accurate and illuminates the story with tiny details that make the reader feel they are in London, Cyprus or other locations in the book. I look forward to reading more by this author.

    25. A good little story! I liked the heroine, Alinor. The author did a creditable job of depicting her youth and experience with romance. Alinor is a departure from the norm of the times. She reads, runs her own estates, and lives a most independent life. Her story interlinks with that of the queen, Alinor, and the king. Her beloved is a knight who serves both. From England to the Holy Land and back the story is told from a third person perspective.

    26. ROSELYNDE - OkayGellis, Roberta - 1st in seriesFrom Fantastic Fiction: Beautiful and strong-willed Alinor, the mistress of Roselynde, teams with Simon, a battle-scarred knight, to fight political obstacles, journey to Byzantium, and engage in a sizzling romance. Well written. Heavy history/no sex. Okay but very slow.

    27. Rereading the Rosalynde Chronicles by Roberta Gellis. First read Roselynde back in the late 70's, early 80's and this reread stands the test of time. I still love young Alinor the Intrepid and Simon the Honorable. Fantastic details, excellent characters and a plot that kept me engaged from beginning to end.

    28. I enjoyed this book. It was a historical book with a little romance. I did get a little tired of the battles and campaigns, but those can be skimmed. I've read historical fiction about Eleanor of Aquitaine, but as a young and middle aged queen, it was fun seeing her as a senior. The book moved fast enough to keep the pages turning. Overall an enjoyable read with several strong female characters.

    29. A little bit of a different view of William Marshal and his wife than presented in Elizabeth Chadwick's series, but the main characters in this case are fictional, while Elizabeth Chadwick dealt only with actual historical characters. I did like that instead of staying in England like most stories featuring Richard the Lionheart, the story followed him on his Crusade.

    30. This book is a historical novel that got very high reviews but I do not get it. I appreciated that the historical facts are true but the story and the characters are an absolute bore. The only reason this got three stars over two is because I might have learned something. I do not plan on continuing with the series.

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