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Honor's Splendour

Honor's Splendour

Escrito por Julie Garwood

Narrado por Anne Flosnik


Honor's Splendour

Escrito por Julie Garwood

Narrado por Anne Flosnik

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4.5/5 (44 valoraciones)
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6 horas
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Jul 30, 2010
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9781441893802
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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's domain. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he captured...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.
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Julie Garwood is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Fire and Ice, Shadow Music, Shadow Dance, Murder List, Killjoy, Mercy, Heartbreaker, Ransom, and Come the Spring. There are more than thirty-six million copies of her books in print.


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  • (5/5)
    Brilliant book.
  • (5/5)
    There's nothing I love better than a good fairy tale and this is one of the very best! By turns, poignant and funny. And Duncan made my heart beat a little faster. Good work, Ms. Garwood!!
  • (3/5)
    This took a long time to get through. I initially liked Madelyne, but in the bulk of the story her interaction with Duncan frustrated me; specifically because she jumped to negative conclusions. She did turn that around to became a strong female lead, but by that time I was pretty exhausted. I found the plot pace grueling. Thankfully, the last third of the story was more engaging, even if it was predictable. Not going on my favorite list, but the writing was good.
  • (4/5)
    Honor's Splendourby Julie Garwoodsetting: England, 1099 -William II was ruling monarch, followed by his brother, Henry I.Baron Duncan of Wexton and Lady Madelyne first meet after he is captured by her evil brother, Baron Louddon, and left outside to freeze to death. Madelyne finds a way to free him, not realizing that Duncan has his own men ready to scale the walls at his signal. It was Duncan's plan all along to kidnap Lady Madelyne as an act of revenge toward her brother, who had perpetrated a terrible crime against Duncan's own sister. His method of justice is simple: an eye for an eye. However, after an act of compassion on her part that floors him, he not only wants to capture her, but he knows right away that he won't ever let her go.There are some very funny moments throughout which showcase the MCs personalities and how they interact with each other. Madelyne has a magical way about her which draws everyone to her and causes everyone to want to do her bidding. She uses her charm to get around the dictates of her husband and to tame all forms of man or beast, inside and out of the the Wexton fortress. She has some kind of special connection with a wild wolf she first sees from a tower window. She even "ruins" Duncan's fearsome warhorse. She is known by everyone--except herself--to be clumsy and a "bossy bit of goods" which adds a lot of humor to the story. There is one scene in particular where she shouts, "I am a fair and gentle maiden. Damned if I'm not!" It is fun to watch the H/h's growing relationship, there is an interesting history between the h and her siblings, most especially with her evil brother and the abuses she has had to live with under his care, as well as some secrets about her past which are uncovered piece by piece as the story unfolds. This is one of Garwood's classics and is most likely one that is considered a keeper by many of her readers.
  • (5/5)
    Writing this review as a book I've read at least every other year since it was first released. As with all of her historical books, much of the enjoyment comes from chaos, often in the form of dialogue. Honor doesn't realize that Duncan, the Baron of Wexton, had purposely let himself be taken captive by her brother, whose plan it is to freeze his enemy to death and dump the body far away. Honor unties the barefoot prisoner not seeing that Duncan's men are crawling over the walls. Duncan's plan was to take Honor captive; an eye for an eye, as Loudden, Honor's brother, had raped and beaten Duncan's sister. His attitude towards her takes a different direction when she warms his feet. She's still kidnapped, but finds for the first time in her life, she finally feels safe.Honor is probably the most contradictory character the author has ever written, and that's part of the fun. She's a sweet gentle soul and will roar that fact loud enough for everyone to hear. Incredibly vulnerable due to the time she spent with her brother who taught her that she had no worth, she'll stand up for anyone who she doesn't feel is being treated right. She boasts that she's never told a lie in her life, and the truth sometimes gets her into trouble. Not only does she grow confident living with the Wextons, but she makes a huge impact on all their lives.Duncan is the lord and oldest brother and he feels it's necessary to keep those 2 things separate. Honor changes that opinion. Tough but incredibly patient with Honor from the get go, he's a guy I'd love to have as my significant other. Definitely worth a first, second...eigth read. I wish the author would go back and write more historicals.
  • (5/5)
    4/15/11 re-read: After a conversation at RT I decided to pick this up for another read. It had been a couple of years and I was afraid it wouldn't hold up. It did. I adore Madelyne and Duncan both. Their romances is so easy to fall into. Madelyne's temper tantrums and bloodthirsty nature are hilarious..as it Duncan's response to her. I thoroughly enjoyed myself while reading. I hope all of you will pick this up, too.

    12/09 re-read: I never get tired of reading this book. I simply adore it.

    While I like Madelyne, Duncan is the one that steals the show. I just love that he's the one who falls into Madelyne. I love that he must sleep with her every night, even though she has no idea. So sweet.

  • (3/5)
    This is one of my favorite books. I was looking forward to hearing it vs reading it. I was disappointed that is abridged. This version left out a lot of things. I like the book just wish this was an unabridged reading.
  • (5/5)
    Yes I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I have read it before. From the moment she warmed his feet. Her wolf saved her. What more can I say? Lovely story
  • (5/5)
    I loved it. I also have it in book form. I have read so many time that it look very old from my holding so much. Julie Garwood is one of my favorite authors. Her story telling seem or real like you are right there living every line of the story. You just can’t stop reading or listening until you have finished the whole thing. I have collected just about all of her books that just how much I enjoy reading them. Anyone who take time to read or listen to her books are very fortunate indeed.
  • (4/5)
    I love Julie Garwood's books, and usually, her stories are interesting and have great development though. I would have enjoyed it more though if the relationship between the two lovebirds hadn't developed so quickly and easily. They met under very unusual circumstances (she was his enemy's sister, and he was her captor) but this seemed to be of little importance in the development of their relationship. There wasn't a lot of build-up into their relationship. It also felt too easy for Madelyne to help his sister. (One good talking to and they are BFFs?) Overall, everything felt too EASY. But Mrs. Garwood is such a lovely writer, so it still a fun book.
  • (4/5)

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    I found this book to be a jewel. Funny, charming, romantic and a little sad at the same time.Madelyne is an English lady that had spent most of her life with her uncle, an old priest, protected from the rage and cruelty of her brother Louddon. However, Louddon is a very cruel man and mistreats Lady Adela, sister of Baron Duncan of Wexton, and all because he doesn't like the proximity that the King has with Wexton. Following the rule of an eye for an eye, Duncan kidnaps Lady Madelyne but things turns out to be a little different. Medelyne is nothing like her brother and soon Duncan finds himself in the wrong position: the captive one.I love the way that Julie Garwoods writes. Her stories are incredibly charming and full of humour as also romance and a sense of family. Even thought the historical background is sometimes not very accurate, it really doesn't matter because since we read the first word, we are captivated and completely tangled in the story.

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  • (5/5)
    Lady Madelaine through the past years has suffered greatly at the hands of her brother, and has finally planned her escape from him. But on the day that plans on leaving her brother captures Baron Duncan of Wexton. And through a small act of kindness, an act that could have gotten her killed, she rescues him from being frozen to death, and even though Duncan knew his men were scaling the walls, in effort to locate the one woman who has landed right in his lap for the taking as revenge for what her brother did to him. So he takes Madelyne, even though she is more than willing to go along with him, but she plans to run away to find her relative that lives in Scotland. But the more time Madelyne is in her captors hands, the stronger her feelings have become towards him. A man who needs her love and her heart.Honor's Splendor is a wonderful book by Julie Garwood. It takes place in 1099 and I just love this time period, such a romantic period in history, and I love Medieval romances, and this one just took my breath away. I think I was charmed after the first chapter, I just loved how Madelyne saves the one man that is determined to take her captive, even though she really doesn't mind it as long as he takes her away from her brutal brother. We see a story that will make you laugh yet still end up being a tender romance that will leave you aching for more by the last page. I have truly enjoyed reading Julie Garwood's historicals, and this one I definitely want to end up buying, a well worth it read!!! A Classic romance that will pull at your heartstrings, and make you wonder where your "Wolf" is, I know I do LOL A Fabulous read!!!My Favorite QuoteBefore she could even think about pulling away, he looped the belt around her wrist and bound her hands together. And then he spoke "I didn't come for Louddon, Madelyne. I came for you"
  • (1/5)
    My first book by Julia Garwood and I must say I wasn't too impressed. The author's writing was fluid and not in the least choppy. That I can say for sure but the characters, well, I wasn't too taken by them. There were a lot of inconsistencies with our main heroine. For instance, at the beginning of the story, Madelyne is portrayed as meek and gentle, only to be transformed into this fiery and annoying redhead who keeps trying to find fault with everything. We see her planning her escape route later, finding ways to be free of captivity but that plan was never put into action. What was the whole point of it then?The part where she keeps saying that she's gentle started to grate my nerves after awhile. So to say, if the characters in this novel were made more interesting, I might have liked this book better - or so I'd like to think.
  • (5/5)
    Julie Garwood definitely does not disappoint her readers. This historical romance has all the great elements... strong male character, sweet and innocent heroine who seems to champion everyone but herself, intrigue at court, etc. The opening scene has Madelyne "rescuing" Baron Wexton only to find out he hasn't come to battle her brother but to capture her instead. Madelyne meets the Wextons and quickly finds her place in their world. Not only is she falling in love with Duncan but she is able to bring his sister out of her depression and they become fast friends. The characters are strong, sweet and sometimes downright funny.
  • (3/5)
     When I think of historical romances, this is the type of book that comes to mind. It's sweet, romantic, and fun to read. The hero is very heroic; the heroine is a lady without being a pushover. All in all, a really good book.
  • (4/5)
    I mostly enjoyed this book. What bothers me is that the heroine is a bit of a Mary Sue. She's smart and beautiful, of course, and she ALWAYS TELLS THE TRUTH. Like, this is a major plot point. And that makes it a little hard for me to totally buy in to her character. Still, it's a fun read if you don't think too much about it.
  • (4/5)
    This is a book I'd classify as a guilty pleasure. Not in the sense that I'd hide it from anyone else, but in the sense that though I realize it's not very good, I enjoy it anyway. In this case, the heroine is just too naive to be believable, but it makes the book very funny anyway. As long as I ignore the little voice in my head that says she should be able to learn something eventually. Her naivete makes sense at first--she was raised by elderly priests--but it goes on too long, and she doesn't seem to learn anything. Still, as I said, it's very funny. There's adventure and romance, and a heck of a lot of humor, but it's one of those books that I have to turn off my internal critical reader to enjoy.
  • (4/5)
    I've been a long-time fan of Julie Garwood, but have been so distracted lately by exciting new books and authors that I have not picked up one of her books in nearly two years. Thanks to a new reading challenge in which I am participating, I was finally spurred to re-read Honor's Splendour, and was immediately reminded of all the things that made me start glomming Ms. Garwood's backlist in the first place. She has a talent for combining a good romance with a strong plot, action, humor and characters that I can truly care about, to create a really good story. The composition, to some degree, is done in the typical style of 1980's romance writing, which isn't too surprising since it was first published in 1987. Still, it is a romantic classic that consistently makes many reader's favorite lists over twenty years later. While I can't say that Honor's Splendour is my personal favorite Garwood book, it is a good read that I would certainly recommend. For me, Julie Garwood is just one of those comfort authors whose good (or even just OK) work still surpasses that of some other authors even on their best days.There are several things that kept Honor's Splendour from the very top of my favorites list. It is one of Ms. Garwood's earliest romance novels (her third), and in my opinion, it still shows a bit of the novice that she was at that time. There are some very long passages of prose and, while they do progress both the time-line and the plot without taking up a lot of space, it made me feel like the story was being told to me instead of the characters acting it out. There were also some parts where I was having a difficult time imagining the setting and felt that more environmental descriptions would have been helpful. I thought I had recalled Ms. Garwood's books being on the steamy side, but either my memory has deceived me or this one just wasn't quite as hot as some of her others. I found that the love scenes became progressively more sensuous with each one (I really enjoyed the late night “swim” in the lake), but still by more modern standards, they were fairly short and only moderately descriptive. While I didn't necessarily need more tawdriness, some of the scenes just seemed to lack that extra bit of spice that really shows the reader a deep emotional connection. In a couple of instances, I think this could have been rectified with a little more “whispered sweet nothings” dialog, and more sexual tension leading up to their initial consummation would have been nice too. Additionally, I am not a huge fan of the love/hate relationship. Thankfully there was enough tenderness to keep it from being overdone in this book, but Duncan and Madelyn still emotionally held back from each other a little too long for my taste, and their confusion over their feelings for one another seemed a bit forced to me. Finally, although Madelyne's fevered hallucinations and loss of inhibitions in that state made for some exceptionally funny and amusing moments, I would have preferred for her to relate the traumatic events of her past to Duncan when she was in a more coherent state. I think it would have packed a greater emotional punch and built even more trust in their relationship, which to me, is extremely romantic.Duncan and Madelyne are a classic Garwood hero and heroine. Duncan is what I like to refer to as the “tender alpha” or the “alpha with a heart.” He definitely has some dominating tendencies early in the story, but he is always patient and has a tender spot in his heart for Madelyne. Duncan's sweet side was solidified for me when he watched over Madelyne while she was ravaged with fever, and I loved how he snuck into bed with her every night without her knowing. He is also very much a man of few words and has very little dialog in the beginning of the story. In fact, Duncan often seemed to be overshadowed in this regard by his two brothers which is never a good thing. As the plot moves along though, he learns to lighten up a bit, talks more readily, and really comes into the fullness of his character. Madelyne is gentle, klutzy, and has just enough sass to stand up to her arrogant husband. I really liked her journey from the shy virgin to embracing her passionate nature, and found it to be very believable and well-crafted. There are so many romance novel heroines who make the unrealistic jump from timid virgin to instant sex-kitten, so this element of the story was greatly appreciated. I also thought it was sweet that Madelyne was able to charm everyone in Duncan's castle, man, woman, child and beast. The only problem I had with Madelyne is that for about the first 2/3 of the story, everything about her is just too extreme. She is extremely clumsy, extremely talkative, extremely bossy, extremely stubborn, extremely self-conscious, and extremely insecure. I'm used to a heroine embodying one or two of these characteristics, but having Madelyne imbued with all of them at once and in such an extravagant way, made her seem more like a caricature to me. At least she exhibited enough humor and sweetness to prevent her from becoming completely annoying, and for the final third of the book, she is much more even-tempered and finally comes into her own as well, finding her confidence. It was at this point that I really warmed up to both characters a lot more and ended up liking them both quite well.There are other things that I really enjoyed about Honor's Splendour, one of which is it's strong cast of supporting characters. If this book had been written in the current glut of series romances, I'm absolutely certain that Duncan's two very eligible and honorable brothers, Edmond and Gilard, as well as his loyal vassal, Anthony, all would have made great heroes for future books, but it was written so long ago, it is incredibly doubtful that would ever happen. I also enjoyed Duncan's sister, Adela, and her beau, Gerald. Because of what Adela had been through, I found both characters to be very sympathetic, and the humor of their relationship mirrored that of Duncan and Madelyn. Madelyne's uncle, Father Berton, though heard about a lot, doesn't actually appear until near the end of the book, but I liked him a lot too, and Madelyne's evil brother, Baron Louddon, makes a great villain. Julie Garwood has a great sense of humor, and I often found myself smiling or chuckling during my reading of this book. I especially got a kick out of the parts where Duncan teases Madelyne by purposely pushing her buttons. I also loved the creative sweetness of their first meeting and how Madelyne captured Duncan's heart through the simple but unselfish act of warming his feet. As I mentioned earlier though, the last third of the story was my favorite part. I felt that the romance built gradually and became even stronger the further it progressed. I also liked the bit of royal intrigue which lent a mild air of suspense to the ending. The denouement itself was perhaps a tad bit rushed as the comeuppance of the main villain doesn't occur until the final pages, but overall it was pretty good. All in all, Honor's Splendour was a good read which turned out to be a nice way to reintroduce myself to a favorite author.
  • (5/5)
    not as great as the secret or ransom...but good nonetheless. It dragged toward the end. But the highland characters are the best! will definitely re-read.
  • (3/5)
    Not my favorite Garwood, but none are bad. I've read every one, front to back, so I could recommend them all.