Enchanted Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1 1994
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Simon the Loyal must marry Ariane the Betrayed in order to bring peace to the Disputed Lands. The catch? A brutal rape and her people's betrayal (hence the name) have left her unable to love and with a unreasonable fear of the marriage bed. This conflict drives the plot, but it is unnecessarily belabored during the first quarter of the book when it could have been cleared up by Ariane's simply explaining the situation to the seemingly understanding and compassionate Simon. This is not the only cause for confusion in this romance of 11th century England: Characters are hard to distinguish, having such similar names as Ariane and Amber, Dominic and Duncan and equally similar mystical powers--whether they be Learned, truth seers or witches. Lowell hones her writing skills in the second half of the book, finally displaying the talent behind the eight million copies of her titles in print. Her characters come into their own once freed from the mantle of a wearying plot device. The love scenes sizzle, motivations are plausible and the story becomes engrossing. Out of confusion comes a love story which will no doubt leave Lowell's loyal readers satisfied.
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"Forbidden" and "Enchanted." She and her husband are both of Scots descent. On one of their visits to Scotland they had extra time to explore off the beaten path and, by chance, discovered the ancient ruins of a castle constructed in the 12th century. The castle had once belonged to her husband's clan, the Maxwells. Ms. Lowell and her husband then traveled to a town that had a museum devoted to the Maxwells and discovered that her family clan, the Charteris and her husband's, the Maxwell's, were linked through marriage for over nine hundred years. When Ms. Lowell found this out she decided to write a series based on medieval warriors and the women they loved.
Simon the Loyal and Ariane the Betrayed wed in order to bring peace to the Disputed Land, the border land between England and Scotland. Simon is attracted to Ariane, but does not believe in love. Ariane has suffered a brutal rape, a family betrayal and is deeply scarred. She cannot bear to be touched. The plot is driven by the conflict in the marriage, Simon's gentle wooing of Ariane and her refusal to tell him the truth about her past.
The novel brings back characters from Ms. Lowell's previous books: Duncan the warrior and his beloved Amber the Learned, Lord Dominic le Sabre, called the Glendruid Wolf, and Lady Margaret, Lord Erik, etc., but it is not necessary to read the other books in the series to appreciate this one. All the characters, their pasts and interactions are fully explained. There is mystery here, and magic, betrayal and deception, and tremendous chemistry between Simon and Ariane.Read more ›
If you haven't read this triology, please do it. I have read almost all the New York Times Best Selling romatic authors and this triology is definately at the top of my list. I think it doesn't really matter which sequence you read it in, just do it, and I can guarantee you for 95% that the storied would completely seize your heart and won't let go.
I have to agree with a lot of other readers though that "Enchanted" was the best of her three medieval romances. Simon and Arianne were in a class of their own. I have read and re-read their story at least 20x and I'm sure will do so at least 20 more times. It is a book that I can recommend wholeheartedly.
Message to author: By the way, I have just read that Ms Lowell has finally written Erik's story. I would just like to tell her that I, like countless others of your fans, have been looking forward to reading his story for years and I'm glad and thankful that you were finally able to "put him together". I can hardly wait. Thank you Ms Lowell for all the hours of pleasure you have given me through you books. You're a great and imaginative writer/storyteller. Good luck, always.
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Enchanted is the first book i've read from lowell. At first I was reluctant because I don't know the author yet. Read morePublished on July 4 2005 by Nida
I loved this book very, very much. The characters are vividly painted, and emotions abound! You can't help but feel sorry for the heroine Ariane, with her tumultous past and her... Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Toni
...I know I'm in the minority here but I didn't enjoy this book at all. Half way through it I was angry. My husband asked me what was wrong. Read morePublished on July 25 2002 by S. Quevedo
This book was wonderful just like the others before it, Untamed and Forbidden. Like the reviewer before me I want to read a book with Erik.Published on June 26 2002
I have read and reread this trilogy at least twenty times and it remains one of my favorites. Only one complaint... it seems that Ms. Read morePublished on April 28 2002 by Michelle
(...) While it presents many ideas with great potential, the character development suffers mightily and the dialogue is typical inelegantly-presented medieval romance. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2001 by RushinBlu
I've lost count of how many times I have read this great book. I Of all the books in this trilogy, I like this one the best because there is so much electricity between Simon and... Read morePublished on July 8 2001 by Agnes Wu
Of the three books written in this trilogy, this is my favorite. Simon and Arianne are both very strong characters with issues from their past. Read morePublished on June 28 2001 by L. Durham