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  • Author: bertrice-small
  • ISBN: 1607511207
  • ISBN13: 978-1607511205
  • ePub: 1255 kb | FB2: 1146 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Historical
  • Publisher: New American Library (2008)
  • Pages: 403
  • Rating: 4.6/5
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Then he said, "The queen should be ready to receive us now. It is her custom to break her fast each morning in a small private chamber with her children. She worries about her lads

Then he said, "The queen should be ready to receive us now. She worries about her lads. Alexander is the wild son, and unfortunately David and John follow his lead rather than young James.

About The Captive Heart. Bertrice Small was the New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty novels. The year is 1461, and the winds of war rage across England, uprooting Alix Givet, the daughter of Queen Margaret?s physician, and the rest of Henry VI?s court. Alix?s plight becomes bleaker still when, out of duty to her queen, and to her ill, widowed father, she?s locked into a loveless marriage to a cruel Northumbrian. Among her numerous awards, she was the recipient of the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bertrice Small was the New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty novels. She lived on the North Fork of the eastern end of Long Island, New York, until her death in 2015. The story begins on March 29, 1461 with the Battle of Towton in which the Lancasters were soundly defeated in a bloody encounter with the Yorkists. The Lancaster king, Henry VI of England, flees to Scotland along with his queen, Margaret of Anjou.

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I have become a fan of Bertrice Small and have enjoyed all the Border Chronicles but this is certainly the weakest of the series to my mind, and I have read all that are out. Frankly, since they are not really connected (except possibly the first two), I would just skip this one.

Here's the Border Chronicles series in order:

-A Dangerous Love
-The Border Lord's Bride
-The Captive Heart
-The Border Lord and the Lady
-The Border Vixen
-Bond of Passion (Oct 2011)

But for those of considering The Captive Heart, I'll give you my review. The story begins on March 29, 1461 with the Battle of Towton in which the Lancasters were soundly defeated in a bloody encounter with the Yorkists. The Lancaster king, Henry VI of England, flees to Scotland along with his queen, Margaret of Anjou. Traveling with them was the queen's physician and his daughter, Alix Givet. In Northumbria, they lodge with a baron, Sir Udolf Watteson. When it appears that Alix' father is not well enough to continue traveling, an arranged marriage of the 16 year old Alix to the baron's son is hastily arranged by the queen and Alix's father. But the son has a mistress he loves and he resents the marriage and Alix, and treats her horribly. When her husband takes his own life and his father the baron wants to take Alix as his wife, Alix flees to Scotland. Much of the story concerns the baron's continual pursuit of Alix. Anyway, in Scotland and traveling on foot, Alix encounters an early snowstorm and takes refuge with some long haired cattle. Half frozen, she is saved from death by the men of a handsome border laird, Malcolm Scott. Malcolm was betrayed by his first wife who the story goes was found dead on the moors after Malcolm killed her lover. He has a young 6 year old daughter from that marriage who is charming and needs a mother. Alix offers to stay and teach the daughter to become a lady and Malcolm who has no intention of remarrying agrees. Soon Malcolm wants the beautiful Alix in his bed and takes her for his mistress. That's the basic set up for the story.

I liked the hero and heroine and the 6 year old daughter with whom you will fall in love. The negatives for me in this story were three twisted individuals, including the baron and his son, and some weird pacing in the story. It was a bit slow in the middle and then at the end too much happened too fast and Alix's forgiveness of Malcom's deception was too quick in coming. There was also some abusive sex by one of the twisted characters that I could have done without. All in all, I like Bertrice Small but I cannot recommend this one. I'm giving it 3 stars for the fact she still tells a story that will hold your interest.
you secret
This book falls far short of her early efforts that romance readers have come to love. The story set in the Borders of Scotland feels more like a story set in the Highlands: there were no clans (these were riding families, their culture wasn't Gael) nor were there family tartans in the Borders of the 15th century Scotland. She also has problems of consistency in her story: the hero telling his heroine his father and mother's marriage was one of anger and his mother being distant and cruel and then later telling her of his mother's love. What?

The real crime is the ending of the book, the final events were not needed to make this a better than average read. The actions of the once likable hero made this reader feel the author was deceptive and "the" event was so unnecessary made worse by the quick way the h/h recovered from the devastating sadness in just two pages. Then she expects the last paragraph of the book make up for it all, talk about short changing the reader. Shame on you MS Small for such an unnecessary ending. This was historical romance not historical fiction, and her loyal romance readers were cheated.

Also this offering is considered part of her Border series, yet it appears to be an earlier period than her last book that was part of this series, which was a disappointment to this reader. Additionally, I haven't really found the connection to her A DANGEROUS LOVE, which by the way is a far better book and should be read if you enjoy this period of Scottish/Anglo intrigues. Usually a series will have a connecting element and it appears in this book that element is location, which this reader feels her knowledge fell far short of the actual culture of the area. For those of us who read historical romance for the history we want more than just knowing the history of the events we want our characters to reflect the history/culture of the period/people. She fell short on this one, it read like so many other average books.

Disheartening to readers is this wasn't a mass market offering but a trade size book with the added cost. Ms Small has many fine offerings with her Skye O'Malley books as well as many books set in Scotland such SPITFIRE, which is a full bodied story of intrigue, angst and love. If you have to read this one wait for it to come out in mass market or buy it used.
Akelevar
What a disappointment is this book! I have read the works of Bertrice Small off and on for several years, but I believe this will be the last of her books I decide to tackle. I quite enjoyed the idea of tranferring one of my favorite books ("Jane Eyre") to the Scottish borders, but unfortunately Ms Small failed to deliver a coherent work that lived up the premise. We have a quiet heroine who becomes a governess to the only child of the laird, a man who has been really crossed in love by his wife, the mad woman in the attic (or in this case the mad woman on the heath). While he is no Rochchester, the border lord does have his little secret about the first wife which he doesn't share with his bride until it is too late. The fact that there is no impediment to a second marriage is dealt with in a few passages at the end. Unlike Bertha Rochester,who is merely insane, Malcolm's first wife is pure evil, a sexual sadist and murderess: pretty unsavory stuff. But the biggest problem with this book is the death of Fiona -- totally unnecessary and poorly handled. As another reviewer remarked, the father and stepmother reconcile over the dead body of a beloved child, her death of apparently minor importance. Yuck!
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