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A Knight in Shining Armor [Mass Market Paperback]

Jude Deveraux
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Book Description

Dec 1 2002
New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux will capture your heart with this reissue of her signature classic novel, a time-travel romance featuring a present-day heroine and a dashing hero from the sixteenth century!

Abandoned by a cruel fate, lovely Dougless Montgomery lies weeping upon a cold tombstone in an English church. Suddenly, the most extraordinary man appears. It is Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck…and according to his tombstone he died in 1564.

Drawn to his side by a bond so sudden and compelling it overshadows reason, Dougless knows that Nicholas is nothing less than a miracle: a man who does not seek to change her, who finds her perfect, fascinating, just as she is. What Dougless never imagined was how strong the chains are that tie them to the past…or the grand adventure that lay before them.

Hailed worldwide as one of the most romantic novels of all time, A Knight in Shining Armor is “a glorious love story that spans centuries, worlds, and souls. It is the epitome of every woman’s fantasy” (Chicago Daily Herald).

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In her hardcover debut, Deveraux ( The Taming ) offers an imaginative romantic historical fantasy, whose virtue of unpredictabiity is undermined by plodding, graceless prose. Vacationing in England with her lover, Robert, and his spoiled teenage daughter, heroine Dougless Montgomery is abandoned by them in a remote country churchyard near the tomb of Nicholas Stafford, an earl who died in 1564. Almost immediately, an armor-clad swashbuckler materializes--Nicholas himself, reincarnated in the 20th century to clear his reputation, having been unjustly convicted of treason. Intrigued by his plight, Dougless agrees to help Nicholas learn his accuser's identity and restore his good name. They become lovers, and their adventures briefly lead Dougless back to the 1560s, allowing Deveraux to portray that period from a contemporary woman's perspective, as well as 1988 through the eyes of a confounded Elizabethan nobleman. Well-detailed historical highlights and a heartwarming conclusion will enhance the novel's commercial appeal to those Deveraux fans willing to lay out the extra cash for froth bound in hardcover. Doubleday Book Club main selection; Literary Guild alternate.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Chicago Daily Herald A glorious love story that spans centuries, worlds, and souls...."A Knight In Shining Armor will capture your heart -- and hold it. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner. July 8 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The beginning of this story is terrific. Of course, every woman's fantasy is to have a knight in shining armor, so the story's idea is beautiful. The setup read is quick, heavenly, humorous, and fun! Then the author makes a fumble.
Dougless Montgomery is a modern day woman, but a weak individual. She allows people to walk all over her. She is trying to hold onto a wretched man - a wretched man with a wretched daughter. In a rare moment of strength Dougless disagrees with the obnoxious daughter. The result - Dougless is left behind -- stranded in the English countryside. Heartbroken Dougless breaks down in tears and cries out for a knight in shining armor - presto, Nicholas Stafford, a knight from the sixteenth century appears.
Now Deveraux has great fun with her reader. We explore the twentieth century with Nicholas. Dougless may be a reluctant guide but she is hooked -- hooked on this adorable, handsome man. Of course, Nicholas and Dougless fall deeply in love - a love that has dire consequences. These consequences force our lovers back to the sixteenth century.
Now the reader explores Tudor England with the twosome; however, this exploration is not nearly as amusing. Nicholas Stafford does not remember their initial attraction and the couple is forced to begin anew. The results? The reading becomes long. Nicholas' denial grows tiresome. When our duo again finds love, Deveraux also takes control. The author now writes some of most romantic words I have ever read -- sigh! Yet this is not a happily-ever-after story. Dougless and Nicholas do not remain together. Deveraux chooses another romance path? Nicholas dies in the sixteenth century and Dougless returns to her time. Still Deveraux does manage to convince her reader -- every woman needs a knight in shining armor!
This review is based on the rewrite of the original book published in 1989.
Rewrite Publish date: December 2002.
Grace Atkinson, Ontario - Canada.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best. June 8 2004
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A few years ago my friend started describing "the best romance novel she'd ever read" to me. About the time she got to the girl bathing in a fountain, I tuned out. However, a few weeks after that I was at a used bookstore and lo and behold, it was sitting there right at eye-level, beckoning me. I reluctantly bought it and stayed up the entire night finishing it. I love this book and now own the original paperback as well as the revised hardback. I re-read it at least once a year and it never turns sappy on me, like most in the romance genre do. The characters are lovable and have a certain depth about them. The fact that the ending isn't predictable is a big selling point and anyone thinking of delving into a little romance this summer (or winter, depending on where you are) this is a wonderful starting point. It got me hooked and I display it proudly on my bookshelf. Be warned that there are some rather intense sex scenes so if that makes you uncomfortable, you might want to avoid this for something a bit milder. This isn't a trashy book and there is an actual STORY. I love this book and you will too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GReat read..... hate the ending......lolxx......... March 15 2004
By silver
Format:Mass Market Paperback
u have to say that this is a very fantastic book... it all began when nic came to the 21st century when he heard doug's calling.... they fall in love and he went back but to see him once again doug went to the 16th century.... after that she came back and was sad and met a man liek nic....... i suppose i must be those who liek happy....well really really happy ending and her meeting another guy instead with no further development just seem to incomplete to me.... but overall this is a great book... definately one to keep and spend the afternoon with
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I just finished reading this book and have read many romance novels but this has to be one of the best I've ever read!! Jude Deveraux did an excellent job in making this a believable and highly romantic story. I didn't think I'd like the time travel aspect but I loved it. Douglass (the female charachter) was very likeable, quirky, and not always perfection (which I liked about her) while Nicholas, the Knight in Shining Armor,was very sexy, charming, real and had the charachteristics of a normal man, not just the hero. I also highly enjoyed the other charachters. I loved despising Gloria and Robert. I loved Honoria and even Lady Margaret. I loved them all and watching them come to life and to see the irony between the charachters in the 16th century to those in the 20th.
I found the book to be adventurous and suspenseful as well. I had a hard time putting the book down, that's when I know I'm hooked! I liked the ending I just wish it were a little more involved with the "passenger", maybe if we could have seen a little more twist of fate. Other than that I loved, loved, loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone who wants a great summer read, or an anytime read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The end made it worth it June 28 2003
By Alena
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I saw the great reviews on the site for this book and got it! I hated the first half. In fact, I actually stopped reading it several times. I absolutely HATED the boyfriend she went to England with and it just made me not like Dougless from the begining. I am a very strong woman and don't have much tollerance for women who let men walk all over them!! I couldn't get over the whole, extensive scenes where they try to convince each other that they really are from another time. I get that that would be my reaction if someone came foreward in time, but I didn't want to read about it over and over and over! I forced myself to continue and I am not sorry I did.
The historical part of this book was WONDERFUL! I liked how the author went into the daily lives of 16th century commoners and aristocrats...I can tell she did research and that as all well done. I knew the ending was coming and I was prepared to be unconvinced, but it was GREAT...how she brought everything together almost made me cry!!! I couldn't give the book 5 stars since I had to make myself keep reading it twice, but i really liked it in the end and I will definitely re-read the second half of the book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book will change you.
What can I say about Knight in shining armor, other than the fact that why did all that change in the modern world? Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dossa
5.0 out of 5 stars a knight in shinning armor
i love all her books,,,been searching for this title for many years and after reading it all in 1 night,,,it was worth the wait... Read more
Published 22 months ago by miclem
4.0 out of 5 stars Time travel
I enjoyed the book overall. Her going back in time and him not remembering her was a little long. The ending was so corny but satisfying at the same time.
Published on April 9 2012 by A1
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning - Bad Book Alert
Knight in Shining Armor was my first Jude Deveraux novel. After completing it, I find myself hesitant to ever pick up another novel of hers. Read more
Published on March 5 2011 by Chantal C
5.0 out of 5 stars a romance novel you'll want to read over and over!
The best book of Jude Deveraux...so far, this and the Velvet Promise are the only two books that made me feel satisfied in the end. Read more
Published on April 25 2009 by gladz27
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
I read this book years ago and again recently. The concept is so romantic.
If you like books about romance and time travel also check out
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Published on June 14 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
I was able to read it straight through.
I used my bookmark once, ONCE. It was
strange to me while reading that I was
so into it -- I don't usually like time... Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by nitpick
4.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable story
This was a thoroughly enchanting read. I normally don't read romance novels but discovered this book through a cousin of mine when it first came out. Read more
Published on May 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Book
A Knight in Shining Armor is a classic time-travel romance. It's one of the best. It is a book I've purchased and read a handful of different times. Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars read this book if you believe in love!
Wow!! I usually don't read time travel books because the idea is just too hard to believe for me, but this book changed my mind. Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by juliereadsalot
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