This spectacular romantic novel unveils a tantalizing tale of a legendary knight, a headstrong lady, and a quest for an ancient crystal. To find the mystical Stone of Scarcliffe, Sir Hugh needs the assistance of Lady Alice of Lingwood, a flame-haired beauty with a dazzling intellect. Together, Hugh and Alice begin a dangerous adventure that brings them more than they expect: murder, deception, and the possibility of lasting love.
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This story is set in medieval times. Sir Hugh, a knight, and Lady Alice are warm, strong and some times funny characters and there are places in the story where you just want to laugh outloud. The hero and H are both clever, complicated and interesting individuals and have respect for each other and the story is intriguing. Sir Hugh is thought to be a bastard, but is he? His mother is thought to have poisoned both herself and his father but did she? Lady Alice is an educated female, extremely loyal and honorable and she wishes to be treated as an equal. Hard for any female during that time period. Barbara Rosenblat is wonderful at reading the story. This is not a story where there are those ubiquitous misunderstandings between the hero and the heroine they both say exactly how they feel.
(Spoiler Alert):There is some mystery concerning who is trying to find the green crystal. Lady Alice is using this as a bargaining chip to get Hugh to give her a dowery so she can go to a nunnery and her brother can be sent away to school. But lady Alice makes a deal and ends up in Hugh's keep, Scarcliffe. Alice becomes a legend at Scarcliffe (she is able to deal with Hugh's temper and live.) and the people believe her to be a sort of angel. This is just a light feel good book. This is not Outlander! If you want to read something you don't have to think about that will just make you just feel good when you finish it , I recommend this book to you. It is one of my favorite books. Worth the credit. Good Listening.
"Favorite book of all time"
The characters are so well developed and the narrator is excellent. I have listened to this book at least 30 times and i'm listening to it right now.
I just love the heroine and hero and the interaction between them. I love the way the hero respects his lady and stands up for her to all.
Everything! I don't think I'd like the book if I read it. It's her characters that make it excellent.
Mostly the dry humor of the dark knight and the way he reacts to the antics of those around him. It isn't a comedy but there are enough humerous responses to keep me coming back.
I think of myself as a fairly intelligent person but this book, named Mistique with characters like Hugh the Relentless, the bringer of storms, places like Rivenhall Manor and the fact it is a romance of the highest water has me in it's thrall. So wonderful!!
"Shades of "The Princess Bride"!"
I enjoyed this bit of entertaining fluff. Early Amanda Quick when still light and fun. Barbara Rosenblat's performance makes this completely enjoyable, sincere yet with a tiny touch of juicy camp.
"Enjoyable light romance."
Typical Amanda Quick book only its set in the medieval time vs her typical regency books. A mysterious dark hero and a head strong heroine makes for a fun romance. There is a slight mystery, but mostly this book is a romance. I enjoyed it as I tend to like all of Amanda Quick's older books. Very light on the sex, if that sort of thing bugs you. The narrator was pretty good in this book, even if I always think she sounds like an old smoker and not the young 23 year old she portrays. The story sucked me in and I didn't notice her after a while. I have heard her be really bad in the past so this was a vast improvement.
"Not my century"
I have most of Amanda Quick's books, but (for me) this one is not a keeper. I'll stick with her "modern thinking" Victorian women.
"For me this was like visiting an old friend!"
For me the narrator was excellent, she move the story along. She is a delight to listen to!
In my opinion Amanda Quik's classic stories are her best work; although I find her current works nice I love her classic stories.
Barbara is a good narrator but the performance isn't as good as some others.
"Story great, narration terrible."
The story is great, but the narration makes it hard to listen to at times.
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