Castles Hardcover – Large Print, Jun 2004
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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.
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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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Castle is a story of Colin, who is the younger brother of Caine (in The Guardian Angel) and a troubled Princess Alesandra, who is the ward of the Duke of Williamshire, Colin and Caine's father. Alesandra was searching for a good husband in three weeks time, to save her from marrying a ruthless General, who wanted to marry her only for the throne. I find the search very enjoyable. The list of every noble and available earls and Dukes names... and of course, the dipping of ink to cross each one off, as Colin finds each name in the list horrobly inappropriate. This is my favorite part. I find the herione funny yet unselfsih, charming and regal. Even in her frustrations and anger, mostly of Colin, she manage to remind herself "Dignity & Decorum". She is afterall a princess. Her obsession of LISTING everything in a notecard is also quite amusing. Colin is a proud yet somewhat a sensitive man. The best way to describe him is to compare him to a wild horse that needed to be tamed. Alesandra did just that with love and patience. Flannagan, the butler, is also one of my favorite character in this book. The Romance between the two is perfectly match. There are just so many interesting and funny scenes. I don't want to give it all away so you have to pick up the book to find out yourself. It is worth your time.Read more ›
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.
Some readers find Garwood's heroines too stupid to live, but I never have. I do, however, find each's quirks to be lovable, and when I interviewed the author back in 1997 and she revealed their flaws are based on her own, I marveled at how she could turn personal weaknesses into delightful quirks of character.
The heroine is not only wonderful in this book, though - the hero is to-die-for. As I wrote in my Desert Isle Keeper Review at All About Romance, "While he doesn't want to marry her himself, he finds something wrong with every single bachelor he, his father, his brother, and Alesandra discuss. One has bow-legs, another gambles, and still another has a case of 'bad humours'."
This is truly a delightful and charming romance and I encourage one and all to read it. If you are like me, you'll end up with two copies - one to keep and one to lend out to friends.
TTFN, Laurie Likes Books
Publisher, All About Romance
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" Castles " is from the same series as "The Gift " and " Guardian Angel " so you have a continuation many of the same characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rosewood
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.Published 20 months ago by Diane Sadler
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. Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by Christine
Princess Alesandra is exactly the gal to domesticate the work driven, suave confirmed bachelor, Colin. Read morePublished on May 16 2004 by Nancy Compton
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... Read morePublished on March 23 2004
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2004 by L Hayes
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! Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004