Another steamy Scottish historical romance by Amy Jarecki set in 1493: After five years of marriage, Lady Helen has failed to produce an heir. Giving birth to a lass, Helen's husband rejects her and openly takes a lover while she endures in silence.
But war is brewing. The MacDonald feud with the crown comes to a head and with it arrives Helen's childhood friend, Sir Eoin MacGregor. Eoin and his men join with the MacIain Clan to quell the rebellion. But when he witnesses Helen suffer undue humiliation, his troubles escalate tenfold.
If Eoin helps the lady escape, he will break the sanctity of marriage. Worse, the king has commanded Eoin to fight beside her barbarous husband. To rescue Helen from tragedy worse than death, will the gallant knight find the strength to mask his deepest desires to save the woman he's always loved?
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I loved how Lady Helen became stronger as the story went on though I had to keep reminding myself when I questioned why she did the things she did - that I'm from a different time and women didn't have the rights and freedoms like we do. Sir Eoin didn't give up on her though.
Dave Gillie's is a wonderful narrator and he certainly doesn't let the listener down in Highland Knight of Rapture.
I don't know if it would be considered moving, but I did have to laugh when Mary gave birth to a girl!!
This is a great story. I love Amy Jarecki's books. This particular story is hard with the verbal and physical abuse but the listener has to keep in mind that this was a way of life back then. I loved Sir Eoin. He stood his ground knowing the consequences.
"Amazing, Well-Researched Scottish Romance!"
This tale is captivating and teeming with history, betrayal, conflicts, action, passion and love. I highly recommend HIGHLAND KNIGHT OF RAPTURE to anyone who enjoys historical Scottish romances! Actually, you cannot go wrong with any of Amy's books!
I would have to say that the pairing of Amy's writing with Dave's narration make this book ROCK for me. Amy does a great job of drawing the reader into her stories. I'd like to share the following snippet from this book. It's one of my favorite scenes when Eoin asks Helen to read to him. Still my beating heart!
He kissed her temple. "Would you read to me?"
"You wouldn't grow bored?"
"Not if you were reading, my love."
Helen slipped off the bed, tiptoed into the main chamber and retrieved the book from the table. When she returned, Eoin had situated the candelabra to provide good light, and arranged the pillows for comfort.
How wonderful it was to be with a man who actually cared enough to do simple things like fluffing the pillows.
He opened his arms and beckoned her to him. "Come and tell me what this story's about."
"It would be my pleasure, sir knight." Helen climbed up and snuggled into his arms. She opened the cover and read the title. "'The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle'." She looked at Eoin and grinned. "The story begins when the mystical knight, Sir Gromer Somer Joure, challenges King Arthur to discover what women desire most, or face dire consequences."
He rested his chin on her shoulder and peered at the pages. "You have me entranced already."
Dave Gillies is the phenomenal narrator for this book. I can't get enough of listening to his clear, sexy voice. He seamlessly differentiates between the characters voicing both the male and the female voices realistically. His dramatization is the perfect pairing with Amy's Scottish tales and his delivery is nothing short of polished perfection.
I laughed, cried, swooned, cringed and listened with baited breath. I would share that some of the physical and verbal abuse that Lady Helen was subjected to was difficult to listen to at points. Helen was small of stature, feisty, strong-willed and loyal to her family and duties, but I was glad when she finally came to the unpleasant realization that enough was enough and allowed Eoin to help her. I'm glad that Eoin and Helen found each other again even though it was, at times, a painfully onerous path. Sir Eoin is not only Helen's hero, but mine also.
HIGHLAND KNIGHT OF RAPTURE by Amy Jarecki is the fourth engrossing installment in her extraordinary Highland Dynasty series. Amy is one of my favorite authors. She writes amazing, addictive, well-researched historical Scottish romances.
In the previous book, A HIGHLAND KNIGHT TO REMEMBER, Duncan, Lady Helen's brother betrothed Helen to Chieftain Aleck Maclain to solidify an alliance with Aleck's clan. I feared for Helen then.; Those concerns were validated in this book. I'm grateful that Amy did not make readers wait long for Helen's story. This is the story of Lady Helen and Sir Eoin MacGregor.
"Does honor lead the heart or the heart lead honor?"
Good knights of past times valued their honor above all.
Question: What is more honorable? To help a married woman in a marital abusive situation or to honor the sanctity of marriage and what convention society demands? Eoin, childhood friend of Helen, found it difficult to decide how to proceed and with that Amy Jarecki weaves a delicious love story you won’t want to miss!
I read this book about seven months ago and have just finished listening to its narration by Dave Gillies. I enjoyed the listen and appreciated the story even more the second time around. Mr. Gillies is in touch with its characters' emotions, so much so, the reader is drawn into the emotional grip the characters find themselves. I highly recommend this series and Ms. Jarecki's writing.
Never having birthed a child, author Ms. Jerecki sure made me feel I had in the opening scene of this simply exhilarating highland read. And with all the pain and near death I experienced, I also got to float on the cloud of bringing into the world a charming little lassie bairn. It’s wonderful when a talented author propels the reader into the past with her descriptive scenes, have you experience birthing a child during a time in history where many die from childbirth. To bring a child into the world, may very well be your end.
Quickly you are put into the picture. Lady Helen has a despicable husband, Sir Aleck – with uncouth words-- a pathetic example of a knight, even though in a position of importance--Chieftain of Mingary.
Lady Helen, on the other hand, was long-suffering, soft-spoken and always tried to do her best by her husband. If any would speak ill of him (and they certainly had cause), she would quietly admonish such talk. But patience and turning the other cheek can only go so far in an abusive relationship whether physical or mental. When her husband demonstrated in front of all, his affection (and more) for his leman, Mary, Lady Helen wished to retire to an abbey. Her husband didn’t even want to see his bairn because she was a lass not a lad. Life deteriorates most abominately for Lady Helen until those of compassionate heart and bravery step forward to help her out of this quagmire.
We’ve met Eoin before in the series, however, this story is his and Helen’s. He became my hero, too, as well as Lady Helen’s. He had choices to make and he had me cheering him on all the way. I love these kinds of heroes--enough to make my heart pitter patter. Lady Helen presented quandaries to him; the knight side of him, the man part of him, the moral and right part of him speaking at once.
Sir Eoin had loved Lady Helen long before her marriage to Sir Aleck; even when she was a wee lassie. Could he stand back and watch her mistreated, violently hit by her husband? Sir Aleck was so unlikeable even when not considering how he treated his wife, that Sir Eoin felt like running him through with his sword just to rid the world of filth. But unfortunately, they were fighting for the same king and he had to tolerate the man.
Family is an important part of this story. How will they react to Lady Helen’s decision to leave her husband? Will they ridicule her, return her to him, disown her? Place her in an abbey? Will Sir Eoin be judged poorly?
I’ve enjoyed the earlier books of this series and this one is as enchanting as the others. Amy Jarecki writes stories leaving the reader/listener happy and wholly satisfied that good CAN edge out evil if the hero and heroine’s love is pure, deep and enduring.
"A Little Tedious at Times"
The opportunity for an engaging tale was present. The behavior of many of the characters eft a lot to be desired.
Lady Helen suffered great humiliation and mental anguish from a cruel husband. Sir Eoin MacGregor had been in love with her and trained at her family keep since he was very young. Eoin had been sent by the King to join with her husband to fight the MacDonalds. He witnessed firsthand what she had to endure. Another great historical romance written by Amy and voiced by Dave. Loved it!
I loved Eoin and Helen. I was amazed at how no matter what Alec threw at her she kept her head held high. Were I in her situation I totally would have poisoned that dirtbag but that's just me ;). I thought the ending was kinda anticlimactic and blah. Alec got off EASY. Helen's brother (not the bishop) made me wanna punch him in the freaking mouth. The way he spoke to Helen was unacceptable. Knowing her personality the way he did he should have taken her side from the door and sorted shit out when she was safe. But overall i'm happy with this story and look forward to more from this author.
narrator 3 Dave Gillies does a great job.
I enjoyed this book very much, the narrator kept you enthralled. the story was easy to follow . I enjoy books that are easy to listen to and don't take a page to describe forest. thee could have been a few more passionate scenes in this book bot overall I would recommend it as a good read.
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