February 24, 2012

Book Review: A Knight in Shining Armor


Title: A Knight In Shining Armor
Author: Jude Deveraux

Synopsis:
     Dougless Montgomery couldn't believe it. She had tried to be the very essence of the modern American woman -- competent yet sexy, financially independent yet ready to love and be loved. She had planned this holiday tour with special care, wanting everything to be perfect for Robert, the man she hoped one day to marry. Yet here she was, after a stupid quarrel, abandoned in a church in the midst of rural England. Abandoned, with no luggage, no money, no credit cards, while Robert drove off without so much as a backward glance. As Dougless lay upon a cold tombstone, crying in fury and frustration, she longed for a knight in shining armor to save her from this abysmal mess. Suddenly, as if in answer to her prayers, the most extraordinary man stood before her.... He was Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck, who accodring to his tombstone had died in 1564. Tall, broad-shouldered, attired in gleaming silver and gold, he was magnificent. He stood in the dim light of the church, thunderstruck, drinking her in: her strange costume, the uncased hair that flowed to her shoulders, her long, lovely, BARE legs. He could scarce keep his wits about him, but of one thing he was certain -- she was the most beautiful creature he had ever seen. Drawn to his side by a bond so sudden and compelling it overshadowed reason, Dougless knew that Nicholas was nothing less than a miracle: a man who would not seek to change her, who found her perfect, fascinating, just as she was. Yet she could not imagine how strong were the chains that tied them to the past... or the grand adventure that lay before them....

Thoughts on the Book:
     I always have a fun time reading historical romance novels. I find it informative and I'm quite fascinated by the traditions back then that I feel like I'm time travelling to their time.
     A Knight in Shining Armor is so far, the best historical romance novel I've read. Jude Deveraux made a wonderful job incorporating the modern world with the Elizabethan era. I love the time travelling twist.
     The plot is very detailed. It was described thoroughly. All in all, it was well-researched. From the buildings, to how they regard their children, the equality of men and women, how even the most common diseases can cause death, how men and women marry who their parents choose, the fashion of their age, and how men and women wear their clothes.
     The time travelling pare was really good. I love how Deveraux shifts the time. I especially love it when Dougless went to the Elizabethan era.
     I find Nicholas funny. I can't help but laugh when he questioned how things work, especially the clothes which he wasn't accustomed wearing. (who would wear their pants without boxers or brief right?)
     Dougless is an adorable character. I find her cute, charming, and intelligent. I like how knowledgeable she is with the history. Knowing that she wasn't perfect and that she accepts her flaws just added spice to her character.
     Somehow, I knew how the story might end. And I guessed it right. Dougless met another man in an airplane and I think he's the reincarnation of Nicholas Stafford.
     I super love this books and I'm adding all the other Montgomery series to my to-read list

Rating: 5/5

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