Honor's Splendour by Julie Garwood
Published by Pocket Books on April 30, 1991
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This classic medieval romance from New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood is a fan favorite—a beautiful lady needs rescue from a knight in shining armor, and gets an alpha warrior instead.In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—unleashed his warriors against Louddon. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he catured...but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life. In his rough-hewn castle, Duncan proved true to his honor. But when at last their noble passion conquered them both, she surrendered with all her soul. Now, for love, Madelyne would stand fast...as bravely as her Lord, the powerful Wolf who fought for...Honor’s Splendour.
This was a re-read of one of my favourite Julie Garwood historical romances. Whenever I think of this story I always remember it for the beautiful beginning when the heroine warms the feet of the hero. Julie Garwood’s stories make me want to step back in time to meet a gallant hero who will lift me on to his horse, tuck my head under his chin and protect me from all dangers.
This story is about a woman who has lived a life of fear from her abusive brother. She was sent away when she was younger to live with her elderly uncle who was a priest. In this time she was taught to read and enjoyed wonderful stories about characters including Oedipus. When she was forced to return to her brother she would remember the stories and retreat into her mind and imagine Oedipus would watch over her and protect her. I think she wished to have her own Oedipus.
When Duncan, the hero, has his feet warmed by a lady trying to save him, he was shocked to realise that she was the lady he planned to kidnap. After Duncan’s men break into the castle and kill all the baddies, he takes Madelyn home with him. I don’t want to give away the whole story, so I’ll say that this was the start of a connection that grew between them. There is passion, intrigue and excitement that kept me riveted from the beginning to the end.
This will always be one of my favourite historical romances and Julie Garwood will always be one of my favourite authors in this genre. I think I will have to start including a weekly re-read of some of my Favourites…maybe The Secret will be next.
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