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Castles [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Julie Garwood
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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June 2004 Thorndike Famous Authors
Orphaned and besieged, Princess Alesandra knew that only hasty marriage to an Englishman could protect her from the turmoil in her own land. To the amusement of her makeshift guardian, Colin, younger brother of the Marquess of Cainewood, the bold raven-haired beauty instantly captivated London society. But when Alesandra was nearly abducted by her unscrupulous countrymen, the fighting instincts that won Colin a knighthood for valor were kindled. Deceiving himself that he wanted only to protect her, Colin swept her into a union meant to be a marriage in name alone...yet Alesandra's tender first kiss and hesitant caress ignited a wildfire in his soul. As the lovely princess dashed headlong into unforeseen dangers, Colin would follow, knowing he must claim her as his own forever. Now he would risk life itself before he would lose this sweet, tempestuous angel...
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Princess Alesandra (of some unspecified country) has been happily tucked away in a convent, but in 1820 the wicked General Ivan indicates that he has designs on the princess: if he marries her, he can take over the kingdom. Alesandra's guardian, the Duke of Williamshire, brings her to England to assure her safety. Unfortunately, the duke and his wife become afflicted with a "mysterious ailment"; the only solution is for the princess to live with Colin, the duke's eligible bachelor son, in his London townhouse. The duke and duchess think Colin should marry Alesandra. Colin, however, wants no part of marriage; and Alesandra, who alternates between moments of intelligence and sheer vacancy, will marry anyone who won't hand her over to that awful Ivan fellow. When Alesandra is almost abducted by men from her homeland, Colin's protective instincts shift into high gear. Can love be far behind? Also lurking in the background is a serial killer, who threatens Alesandra but serves no immediate purpose in furthering the silly plot. Garwood ( The Secret ) has done better work than this.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.


Romantic Times A charming, sweet, funny romance, brimming with sparkling dialogue, delightful characters, and a story that flies.

Rendevous The story is splendid, the characters are wonderful, and the dialogue excellent....The secondary characters are marvelous and there are many from which to choose, including some of our friends from Ms. Garwood's earlier books....A keeper. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Mother Superior Mary Felicity had always believed in miracles, but in all of her sixty-seven years on this sweet earth, she had never actually witnessed one until the frigid day in February of 1820 when the letter arrived from England. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Castles June 9 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love Julie Garwood's historical books and listening on audiobooks is wonderful, the stories come to life. I have all of her books and am slowly picking up the audiobooks too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Garwood at her best May 30 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this story two years ago and I can still remember snatches of dialouges between characters. Colin has to be my favourite hero and Alessandra and heroine. I loved their bulter Flannaghan too as he was so very funny when he first saw Alessandra at the door. To those who haven't read this book yet, do read it. I'll wager you won't be dissapointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Castles is first rate Garwood! May 16 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Princess Alesandra is exactly the gal to domesticate the work driven, suave confirmed bachelor, Colin. The suspenseful anticipation of their sensual saga is just why romance novels are loved.
Be sure to read the entire series: 1. The Lion's Lady 2. The Guardian 3. The Gift 4. Castles
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Characters March 23 2004
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I really liked this book and can say it is one of my Garwood favorites. It seemed to have a lot more plot to it than some of her other novels and it was refreshing to have a female heroine who was a bit different from Garwood's other females. Alessandra was so intelligent, very detailed and organized, and wasn't quite as naive as the usual Garwood female (who goes tumbling about not thinking about what she's doing). I liked how Alessandra was the one with the money and she was very good with finances. She and Colin made a perfect match. It was so cute how she kept all those lists!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed reading the book! Feb. 22 2004
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The witty, playful dialogue was a joy to read and I found myself laughing out loud several times. The characters were a joy also, the two leads were sweet and adorably flawed and the secondary characters were also surprisingly well rounded. The family members as well as Colin's servant enriched the story with thier little nuances. The plot didn't get tired or boring as some often do. I really recomend this book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My TOP Julie Garwood favorites! Jan. 23 2004
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Castles is the very first Julie Garwood book that I read and I must say it is the reason why I got hooked with this author! It amazes me how well she describes the details on what's happening, where the characters are. It makes you feel transported to the date and time when the story happened. Her writing is simply amazing -- vivid descriptions, one can feel the emotions of the characters.
Although the story's genre is historical romance, it is still very unique in its own way. The twists and highlights of the story are something that I have never encountered in any book that I have read. Definitely a good buy and a keeper!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an excellent sequel! Jan. 2 2004
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I loved this book. I mean I loved, loved, LOVED this book! It was so great to get the update on Nathan and Sara and Jade and Caine and Colin, well all I can say is--WHAT A MAN! I loved him and Alesandra and the chemistry between them fizzled up the pages! The only thing missing from this series is possibly a love interest for Catherine!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars As always, Garwood delivers. Dec 22 2003
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I thought this books was a pleasure to read. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Alesandra and Colin before they got married. I wished Mrs. Garwood would have created a few more exciting incidents before the wedding. I laughed my head off over the part when Colin found something wrong with every one of the men mentioned to marry the princess. Too cute!! I think there were, however a few things that could have been explored to make this book better. The relationship between the General and Princess as well as her position as the only living heir to her country's thrown. I guess that dynasty goes by the wayside then? Maybe it will be resurrected through one of her children in a future book (I hope, that would present all sorts of possiblities for Mrs. Garwood).
As always, I enjoyed this Garwood book. I just wish she would have made it a bit more exciting and suspenseful. She has yet to disappoint me, but this wasn't my top pick of her books. I would suggest Honor's Splendor (my all time favorite), the Wedding, the Gift, or the Prize.
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