Review: A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

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Review: A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
A Knight in Shining Armor
Book Info

Released: January 1, 1989
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
Pages: 464

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“Take note authors, Nicholas is what we all want to read when we envision a romance story to get lost in. ” ~ Under the Covers

Sometimes there’s nothing better than to read a classic.  You know that feeling of comfort that I rarely find in new books, not sure why.  Maybe it’s the style, or the way that back then authors had to make you feel with simple words, instead of trying to shock you into it.  I picked up A KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR on a whim, after I saw a top ten list somewhere on a blog. Had I heard of the book before?  Yes.  Did I feel the immediate need to read it?  No, not really.  Did it help that it has a new sexy cover?  Absolutely.  So I dived in.  And immediately fell in love.

“Once upon a time…
…as a fair maiden lay weeping upon a cold tombstone, her heartfelt desire was suddenly made real before her: tall, broad of shoulder, attired in gleaming silver and gold, her knight in shining armor had come to rescue his damsel in distress….”

Oh what a beautiful story this is.  Entertaining and sweet.  With a hero that will make you swoon because he’s like the best of two worlds, and a heroine that you want to reach out and feel for her predicament.    Dougless thought she would get engaged to her asshole boyfriend, and instead he leaves her stranded in England.  While drowning in self pity and tears, Nicholas comes to her as her knight in shining armor.  All the way from the past.  What follows is the most adorable tale of Nicholas discovering love, learning about the new world and how far things have come from his times, and trying to solve a conspiracy that could save his life (in his times).

This book has several instances of time travel, some gushy romantic times, a great heroine and an absolutely drool-worthy hero.  Take note authors, Nicholas is what we all want to read when we envision a romance story to get lost in.  I lived in this story.  I was worried for the characters, I couldn’t wait to see them be happy.  And that brings me to end, and where my tears were shed.

The ending may not be everyone’s favorite.  I guess it depends on readers preference if you like how the author made it work for them.  I for one, loved it.  My heart ached, but I still loved it.  This book moved me to tears, of sadness and of joy.  And it left me with a very content smile on my face.  I will definitely be re-reading this one!

Favorite Quotes:

“Were I to die tomorrow, my soul would remember you.”

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About Jude Deveraux

Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

She began writing in 1976, and published her first book, The Enchanted Land (1977) under the name Jude Deveraux. Following the publication of her first novel, she resigned her teaching position. Now, she is the author of 31 New York Times bestsellers.

Jude won readers' hearts with the epic Velvet series, which revolves around the lives of the Montgomery family's irresistible men. Jude's early books are set largely in 15th- and 16th-century England; in them her fierce, impassioned protagonists find themselves in the midst of blood feuds and wars. Her heroines are equally scrappy -- medieval Scarlett O'Haras who often have a low regard for the men who eventually win them over. They're fighters, certainly, but they're also beauties who are preoccupied with survival and family preservation.

Jude has also stepped outside her milieu, with mixed results. Her James River trilogy (River Lady, Lost Lady, and Counterfeit Lady) is set mostly in post-Revolution America; the popular, softer-edged Twin of Fire/Twin of Ice moves to 19th-century Colorado and introduces another hunky-man clan, the Taggerts.

Deveraux manages to evoke a strong and convincing atmosphere for each of her books, but her dialogue and characters are as familiar as a modern-day soap opera's. "Historicals seem to be all I'm capable of," Jude once said in an interview, referring to a now out-of-print attempt at contemporary fiction, 1982's Casa Grande. "I don't want to write family sagas or occult books, and I have no intention of again trying to ruin the contemporary market." Still, Jude did later attempt modern-day romances, such as the lighthearted High Tide (her first murder caper), the contemporary female friendship story The Summerhouse, and the time-traveling Knight in Shining Armor. In fact, with 2002's The Mulberry Tree, Deveraux seems to be getting more comfortable setting stories in the present, which is a good thing, since the fans she won with her historical books are eager to follow her into the future.

Jude married Claude Montassir, with whom she had a son, Sam Alexander Montassir, in 1997. They eventually divorced. On Oct. 6th, 2005, Sam died at the age of eight in a motorcycle accident.

Jude has lived in several countries and all over the United States. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and has an additional home in the medieval city of Badolato, Italy.


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