In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a. Honor’s Splendour (#76 on AAR’s Top Romances). Julie Garwood. Buy This Book. An AAR Top Romance. originally published on August 23, In true Garwood fashion, Madelyne wins over everyone with her kindness and her ineptness. She’s so loveable even Duncan’s fierce stallion.

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This book is very special to me because garwooe was written by my favorite author Julie Garwood. She does it marvelously. After her sister is injured in a senseless accident, she decides to make Baines pay for what he did He plans to kidnap the sister of his enemy, you know, an eye for an eye. I laughed and rolled my eyes a few times!

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Honor’s Splendour and The Prize are my favorites. I think it’s fair to say that no one does it better than Julie Garwood.

Finally, although Madelyne’s fevered hallucinations and loss of inhibitions in that state made for some exceptionally funny and garwooc 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. Definite adults only material, not for the faint of heart. Maybe later, I’ll write more about the book but now OMG wohooo my mind is spinning!!!

Still, it is a romantic classic that consistently makes many reader’s favorite lists over twenty years later. I liked both characters and how they interated together. He is also very much a man of few words and has very little dialog in the beginning of the story.


Then, the grating tone overspills into female voices and non-dialogue. Where there’s a sweet,shy and unusual but fierce and brave heroine.

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The narrators voice for our dear heroine Madelyne was undoubtedly perfect for a young garwood. Duncan was also what I’ve come to expect from a Garwood’s hero: Once they’re together they never separate they do separate physically but not in the relationship sense.

Keep in mind that our ‘ever-compassionate’ soon-to-be-paragone-of-a-heroine saves a servant from death during the battle by standing in front of him and proclaiming that she will die before the servants. She’d warmed his feet. Jan 04, Sana rated it really liked it Shelves: They are usually gruff, arrogant and very set in I have to say, I have yet to read a Julie Garwood novel that I don’t love, but there was something special about Honor’s Splendour that makes it stand out in my mind and splsndor made it one of my favorite reads.

They meet when Madelyne chances her brother’s fury when she saves Duncan from being held captive. I especially got a kick out of the parts jjlie Duncan teases Madelyne by purposely pushing her buttons. Some previous people have criticized the narrator, Anne Flosnik. The book is very, very tell, not show. Are you beginning to understand why I was so spellbound by this story?

The denouement itself was julue a tad bit rushed as the comeuppance of the main villain doesn’t occur until the final pages, but overall it was pretty good.


Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood

Thanks to a new reading challenge in which I am participating, I was finally spurred to re-read Honor’s Splendourand was immediately reminded of all the things that made me start glomming Ms. This review makes me want to rectify this immediately. From the opening line, Julie Garwood had me hooked.

Yet when King John demanded that she remarry – and selected a bridegroom for her – it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain.

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There was a warm glint in his eye now. And what of this captive business?

Overall Pace of Story: If you like chest-beating hunks and wilting, fainting women this is probably a book for you. I must have read this favorite at least five 50 times.

OK, no one actually pulled out a cell phone, but it was a little difficult to suspend disbelief some times. Her intelligence was refreshing!

The Duke and I By: Now, for love, Madelyne would stand fast No sooner do Duncan and Madelyne give up their stubborn denial and admit their love for one another, than Louddon sets into action a cunning plan involving the king. I thought I had recalled Ms.