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“A Beloved Bestseller...”

With its impassioned prose, this beloved bestseller is a time-travelling epic sure to please the Renaissance-lover in you.
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Jude Deveraux's beloved bestseller has captivated readers the world over; now in a special edition featuring new material, this timeless love story greets a new generation.

Once upon a time...as a fair maiden lay weeping upon a cold tombstone, her heartfelt desire was suddenly made real before her: tall, broad of shoulder, attired in gleaming silver and gold, her knight in shining armor had come to rescue his damsel in distress....

Abandoned by her lover, thoroughly modern Dougless Montgomery finds herself alone and brokenhearted in an old English church. She never dreamed that a love more powerful than time awaited her there...until Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck, a sixteenth-century knight, appeared. Drawn to him by a bond so sudden and compelling that it defied reason, Dougless knew that Nicholas was nothing less than a miracle: a man who would not seek to change her, who found her perfect just as she was. But she could not know how strong were the chains that tied them to the past—or the grand adventure that lay before them.

Topics: England, Knights, Tudor Period, Time Travel, Melodramatic, and Codependency

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ISBN: 9780743459440
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i've enjoyed reading it,, love itmore
Love this bookmore
this is my first book of jude deveraux..and i love it..more
This book is so breathtaking, I fell in love with the heroine, was in awe of how the story unfold, l can say that this is one of the best romance pocket book I have ever read, this book is simply amazing, ...a love that transcends in time, a love so beautiful it helps one to be the best that they could be, my only wish was that somehow Nicholas could have stayed with her on the 21st century, and that the book didnt end abruplty after dougless met the new guy, would have loved to read about them more, still as ive said, it is a beautiful book worth reading and remembering (smiles) God Bless to the author, may she be inspired to write more novels like this. - mgold84more
My very first romance novel and the most intriguing one by far! Love it!!more
I was torn about this book. I love the characters but at times Dougless seemed too weak and that bothered me. It was a great story and I loved the ending.more
time travel - awesome!!more
One of my absolute all time favorites. I have reread this one quite a few times and recommended it to people also.more
Looooooveee the book... Can't stop reading... I of my favorite books! Bought it 4 years ago but just finished reading it. Love Nicholas and love Dougless... Full of details and really touch me how the two of them connected. Love the faithfulness!!more
I really liked this one. Good characters and a good love story.more
lovely book about time travel and lasting love.Garwood showed that women too can be night in shining armors.the characters were both funny and entertaing.A must readmore
Even at the height of my love for Jude Deveraux's work, I hated this book. Dougless and Nicholas were both pretty unlikable, and the plot was filled with awkward moments between the two that actually made me uncomfortable to witness. It is a highly dramatic story, and I was compelled to finish it, but overall I was dissatisfied. Especially considering the overly tidy and convenient cop-out of an ending.more
First published in 1985, this is a much recommended book and author in the romance genre. In this time-travel tale the hero, Nicholas, is summoned to modern day England by the need of the American heroine, Dougless, for a "knight in shining armor"--that, she tells Nicholas, is what "all women want...a man to rescue her." Two-thirds through the book she will also time-travel--to his 16th Century. When I first tried this a year ago, Dougless came across to me as a whiny doormat. It didn't help that in the opening pages marriage is described as what she "wanted most in life," and she's only with her boyfriend because he's "good husband material." I decided to give this novel another chance though, and at first my initial impression was the same, but pushing through those first few chapters I found at a certain point I was enjoying myself. That's because the author really was convincing in the book's historical details--I remember being struck by things like how she depicted Elizabethian dentistry and print. At first Dougless thinks Nicholas is illiterate, because he can't understand modern print, then he shows her the print and spelling of his era, and she realizes she can't make it out any better. Besides which, Dougless does grow in this book, and not just because of "love" but in seeking to help Nicholas she grows in competence and confidence--coming to his rescue. Nicholas, too, becomes a better person because of her entering his life. At points this piece of fluff still struck me as silly, and I had style issues. (Whoa, few romance authors can hold point of view.) Nevertheless, overall I found this an entertaining read, often funny and ultimately heart-warming.more
This is one of the first true romance novels that I have read and it was very much what I was expecting....pure fluff. I really found it to be a bit over the top and unbelievable. I did enjoy the authors writing style which was rich in detail and very easy to read and found myself laughing out loud a few times. It was a good summer read but not the love story I was looking for.more
I loved this book. This was the first book I read by her. I cried so hard throughout the entire thing. I love Nicholas' character, especially when she made him the brownies xD. I liked the entire theme of time travel. I usually don't like modern romance, but this was an awesome balance of both. I love how Jude goes into awesome detail of the historical clothing and lifestyle.more
This one is a hoot! Dougless accidentally calls up the Earl of Thornwyck from his own medieval time. After several close calls and adventures in modern times, Nicolas (the Earl) goes back to his own time. Then Dougless finds herself back in his time, where she manages to change history enough to solve several problems. The characters are well-developed and funny. The medieval scenes are believable. The end is satisfying without being trivial.more
This time travel is uniquely sad, suspenseful and romantic. I generally am not a fan of romantic stories but when my previous brother-in-law read this one because his mother and sister kept raving about it I had to check it out. I like many others, have read this book more than once and have loaned it numerous times over the years. One of those I had to have my own copy!more
This is the very first romance book, which made me smile, laugh and cry. Read it three times and decided that I had to have it for myself. So now, it is sitting very nicely in my book cabinet, beckoning me to read it again for I-don't-know-how-many times. I must say, this is best book of all by Jude Deveraux. About time-travel romance, finding and recognizing true love even if its separated by decades of time. So, you will get to read about Nicholas realising his true love in Douglass's modern time and when he was returned to his medieval time (with no memory of their love), Douglass was 'transported' and determined to safe him from danger and once again, the strength of their love was proven. The scene nearing the end was heart wrenching when they were separated by time yet again, but their souls found each other, and they were 'reunited' and it ended with a happily-ever-after though not in a typical way. Best read with the 'dont disturb sign' outside your door.more
Best love story I ever read. It's also the first adult romance I ever read :) Beautiful beautiful tale about a woman named Dougless who is abandoned in England and down on her luck and is saved by a literal knight that has somehow timetraveled into the present. Some comedy ensues, as Dougless thinks the man is crazy by claiming he IS from the past and has a little trouble understanding the modern day world.... but eventually the two fall in love......the ending is so heartbreaking though, it's not exactly your typical "happily ever after" ending.more
If I were the kind of person who could quit reading a book once I've started, I'd have thrown A Knight in Shining Armor against the wall somewhere during the first chapter. I loathed the heroine. I didn't just dislike her or think she was a wimp, and I certainly didn't feel sympathetic for her.Dougless... and okay, let me get the name rant off my chest first. It's explained later on that she's named after a historical figure, and that fits with her father being a history scholar, but mostly it just seems like an excuse to indulge in the odd 1980s habit of giving romance heroines masculine names. And poorly spelled ones, at that--is she less of a Doug? lacking a Doug? Argh. I'm over it. I'll try again.Dougless Montgomery is on vacation in England with her live-in boyfriend and his 13-year-old daughter. I'm not going to bother describing them because they're not even as complex as 2-dimensional caricatures of The Most Obnoxious Boyfriend Ever and The Most Bratty Girl Ever. She's taken advantage of horribly, but there's no point in being angry with cardboard cut-outs. Instead, I think she's a complete idiot. Their actions are so over-the-top that only a fool would have put up with a fraction of it. At the end of the book, there's a half-assed apology and explanation, but I ignored it--it made no sense anyway.Once she's been abandoned at a church, things start to look up for the story. She's sobbing her heart out next to a knight's tomb, wishing for "a knight in shining armor," and poof! There's one standing next to her.He's Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck, and seconds earlier, he'd been in 1564, writing a letter to his mother while awaiting his execution.It takes Dougless a long time to believe him, but she feels responsible for the apparently confused man, and she helps him out. Eventually they decide the purpose of the time travel is to clear his name and prevent his execution. And while they're working on that, they fall in love.I'm not going to go into any further details, because the plot twists, and I don't want to spoil the surprises (surely, I can't be the only one who hasn't read this--though sometimes it's seemed like I was). Suffice it to say that the time travel aspect of this book is the most convincing I've read, and I've read quite a few time travel romances. Not the mechanics of how the time travel was accomplished, but the reactions of the characters.Dougless's inability to believe, and the things that surprised Nicholas, were absolutely real, as were their outlooks on life and love. I've read so many historical romance characters who are very untrue to their times--nearly all of them are against slavery, strangely addicted to bathing, and would never consider marrying for other than true love. Nicholas is not like that. He's a man of the 16th century, and he acts and thinks like it.Then add to that the emotional punch of the star-crossed lovers, and I was hooked. There are no easy answers for these two, and they know it.There are also some very funny moments that stick in my head--Dougless showing Nicholas modern conveniences--a calculator, the TV--to distract him, and Nicholas's reaction on reading Romeo and Juliet (they were disobedient children).The ending is very typical for time travel romances, but it's satisfying, and somehow more true to the spirit of the story than alternatives might have been. It's a hopeful, rather than a happy ending.So many, many people have cited this as their favorite romance novel ever. I can't say I agree, but I'd put it up there among my favorite time travel romances.more
Best Time Travel , Knight, Historical Romance Novel I've ever read to date !!!!! It will make you laugh and cry. When you think of "True Love"....this book is it ! I re-read this book at least once a year and I recommend it to all my friends:) This one book got me hooked on Jude Deveraux ! Now, if she would just go back to doing Historical Romances instead of the Contemporary Romances that she does now :(more
Possible SpoilersDouglass Montgomery is vacationing in England with her boyfriend/housemate Robert and his spoiled teenage daughter Gloria. The expected romantic vacation has been full of unexpected surprises including Gloria, the lack of an engagement ring, and the fact that Robert expected Douglass to pay half of all expenses. The three stop at an old cemetery and before Douglas realizes, Robert and Gloria have driven off with her, purse, money, and passport leaving Douglass to fend for herself. Inside the church, Douglas kneels at the base of an ancient tomb and cries for help. Suddenly a man dressed as a knight, armor included, introduces himself as Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck. Much to her dismay, he claims to be from the sixteenth century.Douglass and Nicolas lead each other on a merry chase. First, in modern day England where Douglass hopes to meet back up with Robert and later in the Elizabethan sixteenth century where Douglas attempts to prevent Nicolas from losing his head.I read the original shortly after its first publication in 1989, and since it’s been a while, I did not notice a difference in this 2002 version. Ms. Deveraux states in accompanying author’s notes that she has made several changes in the new edition. I enjoyed both editions. I like her historicals and the way she includes items about the everyday lives of her characters. I also know that if I need a good laugh Ms. Deveraux is more than able to provide me with one. This work has a something for everyone; romance, history, contemporary lifestyle, suspense, time-travel, and humor.more
This is one of my favorites......truly a love story. I recommend it whenever I can. The ending is great and made me cry like a baby!more
I was never interested in reading romance novels but this book was recommended to me by a good friend so I read it. I am so glad I did because it is one of my most favorite books.more
Escapist romance, this tale focuses on an unhappy 20th century woman with an enviable problem--what to do with a gorgeous man who has arrived mysteriously from another time, allegedly to help you? First he's a burden to her, then a return to his time brings heartache. The happily ever after ending doesn't follow the usual formula, but satisfies. Not the greatest book ever, but certainly lots of fun.more
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i've enjoyed reading it,, love itmore
Love this bookmore
this is my first book of jude deveraux..and i love it..more
This book is so breathtaking, I fell in love with the heroine, was in awe of how the story unfold, l can say that this is one of the best romance pocket book I have ever read, this book is simply amazing, ...a love that transcends in time, a love so beautiful it helps one to be the best that they could be, my only wish was that somehow Nicholas could have stayed with her on the 21st century, and that the book didnt end abruplty after dougless met the new guy, would have loved to read about them more, still as ive said, it is a beautiful book worth reading and remembering (smiles) God Bless to the author, may she be inspired to write more novels like this. - mgold84more
My very first romance novel and the most intriguing one by far! Love it!!more
I was torn about this book. I love the characters but at times Dougless seemed too weak and that bothered me. It was a great story and I loved the ending.more
time travel - awesome!!more
One of my absolute all time favorites. I have reread this one quite a few times and recommended it to people also.more
Looooooveee the book... Can't stop reading... I of my favorite books! Bought it 4 years ago but just finished reading it. Love Nicholas and love Dougless... Full of details and really touch me how the two of them connected. Love the faithfulness!!more
I really liked this one. Good characters and a good love story.more
lovely book about time travel and lasting love.Garwood showed that women too can be night in shining armors.the characters were both funny and entertaing.A must readmore
Even at the height of my love for Jude Deveraux's work, I hated this book. Dougless and Nicholas were both pretty unlikable, and the plot was filled with awkward moments between the two that actually made me uncomfortable to witness. It is a highly dramatic story, and I was compelled to finish it, but overall I was dissatisfied. Especially considering the overly tidy and convenient cop-out of an ending.more
First published in 1985, this is a much recommended book and author in the romance genre. In this time-travel tale the hero, Nicholas, is summoned to modern day England by the need of the American heroine, Dougless, for a "knight in shining armor"--that, she tells Nicholas, is what "all women want...a man to rescue her." Two-thirds through the book she will also time-travel--to his 16th Century. When I first tried this a year ago, Dougless came across to me as a whiny doormat. It didn't help that in the opening pages marriage is described as what she "wanted most in life," and she's only with her boyfriend because he's "good husband material." I decided to give this novel another chance though, and at first my initial impression was the same, but pushing through those first few chapters I found at a certain point I was enjoying myself. That's because the author really was convincing in the book's historical details--I remember being struck by things like how she depicted Elizabethian dentistry and print. At first Dougless thinks Nicholas is illiterate, because he can't understand modern print, then he shows her the print and spelling of his era, and she realizes she can't make it out any better. Besides which, Dougless does grow in this book, and not just because of "love" but in seeking to help Nicholas she grows in competence and confidence--coming to his rescue. Nicholas, too, becomes a better person because of her entering his life. At points this piece of fluff still struck me as silly, and I had style issues. (Whoa, few romance authors can hold point of view.) Nevertheless, overall I found this an entertaining read, often funny and ultimately heart-warming.more
This is one of the first true romance novels that I have read and it was very much what I was expecting....pure fluff. I really found it to be a bit over the top and unbelievable. I did enjoy the authors writing style which was rich in detail and very easy to read and found myself laughing out loud a few times. It was a good summer read but not the love story I was looking for.more
I loved this book. This was the first book I read by her. I cried so hard throughout the entire thing. I love Nicholas' character, especially when she made him the brownies xD. I liked the entire theme of time travel. I usually don't like modern romance, but this was an awesome balance of both. I love how Jude goes into awesome detail of the historical clothing and lifestyle.more
This one is a hoot! Dougless accidentally calls up the Earl of Thornwyck from his own medieval time. After several close calls and adventures in modern times, Nicolas (the Earl) goes back to his own time. Then Dougless finds herself back in his time, where she manages to change history enough to solve several problems. The characters are well-developed and funny. The medieval scenes are believable. The end is satisfying without being trivial.more
This time travel is uniquely sad, suspenseful and romantic. I generally am not a fan of romantic stories but when my previous brother-in-law read this one because his mother and sister kept raving about it I had to check it out. I like many others, have read this book more than once and have loaned it numerous times over the years. One of those I had to have my own copy!more
This is the very first romance book, which made me smile, laugh and cry. Read it three times and decided that I had to have it for myself. So now, it is sitting very nicely in my book cabinet, beckoning me to read it again for I-don't-know-how-many times. I must say, this is best book of all by Jude Deveraux. About time-travel romance, finding and recognizing true love even if its separated by decades of time. So, you will get to read about Nicholas realising his true love in Douglass's modern time and when he was returned to his medieval time (with no memory of their love), Douglass was 'transported' and determined to safe him from danger and once again, the strength of their love was proven. The scene nearing the end was heart wrenching when they were separated by time yet again, but their souls found each other, and they were 'reunited' and it ended with a happily-ever-after though not in a typical way. Best read with the 'dont disturb sign' outside your door.more
Best love story I ever read. It's also the first adult romance I ever read :) Beautiful beautiful tale about a woman named Dougless who is abandoned in England and down on her luck and is saved by a literal knight that has somehow timetraveled into the present. Some comedy ensues, as Dougless thinks the man is crazy by claiming he IS from the past and has a little trouble understanding the modern day world.... but eventually the two fall in love......the ending is so heartbreaking though, it's not exactly your typical "happily ever after" ending.more
If I were the kind of person who could quit reading a book once I've started, I'd have thrown A Knight in Shining Armor against the wall somewhere during the first chapter. I loathed the heroine. I didn't just dislike her or think she was a wimp, and I certainly didn't feel sympathetic for her.Dougless... and okay, let me get the name rant off my chest first. It's explained later on that she's named after a historical figure, and that fits with her father being a history scholar, but mostly it just seems like an excuse to indulge in the odd 1980s habit of giving romance heroines masculine names. And poorly spelled ones, at that--is she less of a Doug? lacking a Doug? Argh. I'm over it. I'll try again.Dougless Montgomery is on vacation in England with her live-in boyfriend and his 13-year-old daughter. I'm not going to bother describing them because they're not even as complex as 2-dimensional caricatures of The Most Obnoxious Boyfriend Ever and The Most Bratty Girl Ever. She's taken advantage of horribly, but there's no point in being angry with cardboard cut-outs. Instead, I think she's a complete idiot. Their actions are so over-the-top that only a fool would have put up with a fraction of it. At the end of the book, there's a half-assed apology and explanation, but I ignored it--it made no sense anyway.Once she's been abandoned at a church, things start to look up for the story. She's sobbing her heart out next to a knight's tomb, wishing for "a knight in shining armor," and poof! There's one standing next to her.He's Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck, and seconds earlier, he'd been in 1564, writing a letter to his mother while awaiting his execution.It takes Dougless a long time to believe him, but she feels responsible for the apparently confused man, and she helps him out. Eventually they decide the purpose of the time travel is to clear his name and prevent his execution. And while they're working on that, they fall in love.I'm not going to go into any further details, because the plot twists, and I don't want to spoil the surprises (surely, I can't be the only one who hasn't read this--though sometimes it's seemed like I was). Suffice it to say that the time travel aspect of this book is the most convincing I've read, and I've read quite a few time travel romances. Not the mechanics of how the time travel was accomplished, but the reactions of the characters.Dougless's inability to believe, and the things that surprised Nicholas, were absolutely real, as were their outlooks on life and love. I've read so many historical romance characters who are very untrue to their times--nearly all of them are against slavery, strangely addicted to bathing, and would never consider marrying for other than true love. Nicholas is not like that. He's a man of the 16th century, and he acts and thinks like it.Then add to that the emotional punch of the star-crossed lovers, and I was hooked. There are no easy answers for these two, and they know it.There are also some very funny moments that stick in my head--Dougless showing Nicholas modern conveniences--a calculator, the TV--to distract him, and Nicholas's reaction on reading Romeo and Juliet (they were disobedient children).The ending is very typical for time travel romances, but it's satisfying, and somehow more true to the spirit of the story than alternatives might have been. It's a hopeful, rather than a happy ending.So many, many people have cited this as their favorite romance novel ever. I can't say I agree, but I'd put it up there among my favorite time travel romances.more
Best Time Travel , Knight, Historical Romance Novel I've ever read to date !!!!! It will make you laugh and cry. When you think of "True Love"....this book is it ! I re-read this book at least once a year and I recommend it to all my friends:) This one book got me hooked on Jude Deveraux ! Now, if she would just go back to doing Historical Romances instead of the Contemporary Romances that she does now :(more
Possible SpoilersDouglass Montgomery is vacationing in England with her boyfriend/housemate Robert and his spoiled teenage daughter Gloria. The expected romantic vacation has been full of unexpected surprises including Gloria, the lack of an engagement ring, and the fact that Robert expected Douglass to pay half of all expenses. The three stop at an old cemetery and before Douglas realizes, Robert and Gloria have driven off with her, purse, money, and passport leaving Douglass to fend for herself. Inside the church, Douglas kneels at the base of an ancient tomb and cries for help. Suddenly a man dressed as a knight, armor included, introduces himself as Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck. Much to her dismay, he claims to be from the sixteenth century.Douglass and Nicolas lead each other on a merry chase. First, in modern day England where Douglass hopes to meet back up with Robert and later in the Elizabethan sixteenth century where Douglas attempts to prevent Nicolas from losing his head.I read the original shortly after its first publication in 1989, and since it’s been a while, I did not notice a difference in this 2002 version. Ms. Deveraux states in accompanying author’s notes that she has made several changes in the new edition. I enjoyed both editions. I like her historicals and the way she includes items about the everyday lives of her characters. I also know that if I need a good laugh Ms. Deveraux is more than able to provide me with one. This work has a something for everyone; romance, history, contemporary lifestyle, suspense, time-travel, and humor.more
This is one of my favorites......truly a love story. I recommend it whenever I can. The ending is great and made me cry like a baby!more
I was never interested in reading romance novels but this book was recommended to me by a good friend so I read it. I am so glad I did because it is one of my most favorite books.more
Escapist romance, this tale focuses on an unhappy 20th century woman with an enviable problem--what to do with a gorgeous man who has arrived mysteriously from another time, allegedly to help you? First he's a burden to her, then a return to his time brings heartache. The happily ever after ending doesn't follow the usual formula, but satisfies. Not the greatest book ever, but certainly lots of fun.more
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