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Frustrated by his own failures at matrimony, King Henry VIII punishes an insolent nobleman by commanding him to marry the vagabond woman caught stealing his horse. Stephen de Lacey is a cold and bitter widower, long accustomed to the sovereign's capricious and malicious whims. He regards his new bride as utterly inconvenient...though undeniably fetching. 

But Juliana Romanov is no ordinary thief - she is a Russian princess forced into hiding by the traitorous cabal who slaughtered her family. One day she hopes to return to Muscovy to seek vengeance. 

What begins as a mockery of a marriage ultimately blossoms into deepest love.

©1994 Susan Wiggs (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Outstanding and sweet

Both story and narration outstanding, loved the gypsies and what they bought to the storyline.
I was very moved several times by the solidarity and coming together of cultures for one lovely and charismatic person.
So, so sad in places and yet funny in others absolutely loved this book if I could give more stars I would.

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  • D. Fields
  • 11-12-20

Needing Your Alex Wyndham Fix?...

Alex Wyndham is my favorite narrator. His voice has such a lyrical, and even magical, quality to it that he (along with a few other narrators such as Nicholas Boulton and Richard Armitage) is an auto buy for me. I hardly care about the story if I can just listen to his voice.

As a result, I bought “At the King’s Command” without knowing much about it other than the plot description. A Russian princess and all the rest sounded promising, plus Alex...what’s not to like?

Unfortunately, what’s not to like is the hero, who is supposed to be tortured, but is really just a jerk. The princess is endlessly self sacrificing to the point where she became too good be to true. A hero who treats the heroine terribly, but she is still always throwing herself at him, is a let down for me. Charm and wit and nuanced period details such as you find in truly 5 star books are missing here. Content wise, the story is disappointing.

If you need your Alex Wyndham fix, this book is acceptable. He does a lovely job as always. “At the King’s Command” is better written than many historical romances, but sadly, not nearly as good as one would hope.

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  • 10-01-21

A 10 star read.

What a wonderful author this is. If you're not looking for your generic, predictable boy meets girl story, then this is amazing. I fell in love with the characters who really came alive with the deep, beautiful rich ALEX WYNDHAM narrator . Check out LUCINDA BRANT'S ROXTON BOOKS TOO. Also read by Alex Wyndham. Her stories are also topnotch 5 star reads. Both these author's stories have everything you could want in them. Very original storylines, beautifully written, ahhh. books with wonderfully woven tapestries of words and descriptions. I felt like I was living in the story and listened all night with earphones. However I plodded about the next day mindlessly like the walking dead, even putting the teabags in the fridge.

Definitely a keeper. A good few giggles too, with the gypsies and the dog!

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