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When Helena overhears her father's secret plans to invade Merclif Castle and murder her and Alaric on their wedding night, she knows she must tell Alaric. But can she trust him? And if he stops the plot, will he annul their forced marriage-her only chance to get away from her abusive father? As Helena struggles to overcome the fears and shame degradation, she wonders if any man could ever accept her scars and choose to love her just as she is.
Number of Pages: 316
Vendor: OakTara Publishers
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
God inspired RomanticAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Quite a shame . .this could have been a solid readJune 14, 2011God inspired RomanticAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1You know this could have been like a good Linda Windsor but it didn't quite get there. For me this book focused too much on fysical aspects of being married. Instead it should have focused more on the relationship developing between Alaric and Helena.
Poor character development: Alaric . .i couldn't quite figure out why Helena wanted Him and and the other way around. Helena's was deeply wounded by her father: i didn't quite get the feel from the character (in how she acted and spoke) that she was truly traumatised . .but
perhaps i'm being to critical. I could name a few other things.
If this book was truly inspired by the beauty and the beast, it missed the mark i believe. That story was all about relationships developing which made it possible for Belle to see trough the beast and see the man.
My advise: if you haven't read the Linda Windsor books this might be a nice read, but if you have read those books this might fall flat in comparison.
momissaGreensboro, NCAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5May 5, 2011momissaGreensboro, NCAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Loved it. Could not put it down. Read in one sitting.
Sherry KKansas5 Stars Out Of 5November 12, 2009Sherry KKansasThe feud between Merclif and Cardel has gone on for years. King Henry is tired of it and demands that Alaric, Baron Merclif, be wedded to Cardel's daughter Helena. Alaric doesn't see how he can bring an enemies daughter into his house but he really doesn't have a choice. Then Helena over hears her father discussing how they plan to overtake Merclif on their wedding night. Kill Alraric and herself. Force Alaric's mother (Margaret) to marry him and take over Merclif. Helena knows she must tell Alaric but doesn't know if she can trust him. If he is able to stop the plan will he dissolve the marriage and send her back to Cardel? Will Helena ever overcome her fear and shame that her father inflicted on her? How can any man see past her hideous scars and truly love her for her?This was a beautiful tale told with a great deal of depth. Alaric was a wonderfully flawed hero. One who was strong both in body and character. He served his people well and they loved him with their full devotion. His biggest flaw was that he relied on his own strength and not the Lords. He had a need to control everything around him. Helena was a wonderful heroine. She was of a quiet spirit but had a strong inner strength. She was abused by her father and brothers. In fact her father cut her face which left a terrible scar. She knew that if her heavenly father was like her earthly father then surely He didn't love her.I loved the tale of these two main characters although the secondary characters were wonderful too. Alaric's mother, Margaret, was a very wise woman. One of great spiritual strength. Lord Robert Wyham, emissary for the King is also a very wise man who knows the Lord. He is immediately drawn to Margaret. There is also Damien Langston who used to work for Cardel and because of his love for Helena has protected her when he could. The romantic tension is wonderful. There was a lot of spiritual truths wrapped up in a story that you cannot put down.
N Casady4 Stars Out Of 5May 18, 2009N CasadyA few steamy romantic scenes keep me from recommending this to anybody who is not married. I found myself a bit embarrassed by them, but they didn't take away from the overall story. A very entertaining read, almost like a fairy tale for grown ups.
Nancy Aleksey4 Stars Out Of 5March 27, 2009Nancy AlekseyI enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and the characters seemed realistic. Also it wasn't overly preachy which can be a problem with some christian authors.
Located in: Santa Clarita, CA
Submitted: January 27, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a librarian and live with my husband and two teenage children in Southern California. I've published a non-fiction work, C.S. Lewis: A Reference Guide 1972-1988 (New York: G.K. Hall, 1993). Alarics Song is my first novel.
What was your motivation behind this project? I wanted to write the kind of historical romance novel that I enjoy reading--a fast paced story with a powerful and exciting romance between the heroine and the hero.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope that readers will enjoy the story and that the romance between Helena and Alaric will touch their hearts.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I was able to explore the nature of God's love for us and what it means to surrender our will to Him.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Some of my favorite books (just in the order I happened to remember them): * Redeeming Love and the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers * Freefall and the Michelli Family Series by Kristen Heitzman * Bride Most Begrudging and Measure of a Lady by Deeanne Gist * Legends of the Guardian King series by Karen Hancock * The Gifted series by Lisa Tawn Bergren * Fountain Creek Chronicles series by Tamera Alexander * Refiners Fire series by Lynn Austin * Crossroads of Grace series by Alice Pittman
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: For a preview of the first two chapters of the novel, please visit my web site susanlowenberg.com/books