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A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

1235942Title:A Knight in Shining Armor(Montgomery/Taggert #15)
Author: Jude Deveraux
Source: Secondhand
Edition: Paperback
Publication:June 1st 1990 by Pocket Books (first published 1989)
Pages: 359 pages
Category: Fiction, Historical Romance, Time Travel

SYNOPSIS:
Abandoned by a cruel fate, lovely, thoroughly modern Dougless Montgomery lay weeping upon a cold tombstone in an English church. Suddenly, as if in answer to her prayers, the most extraordinary man appeared. He was Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck…and according to his tombstone he had died in1564. Tall, broad of shoulder, attired in gleaming silver and gold, he was magnificent. Drawn to his side by a bond so sudden and compelling it overshadowed reason, Dougless knew that Nicholas was nothing less than a miracle: a man who would not seek to change her, who found her perfect, fascinating, just as she was.

Yet she could not imagine how strong were the chains that tied them to the past…or the grand adventure that lay before them….

LIKENESS SCALE:❤❤❤❤ (4.5 hearts)

MY THOUGHTS:
On the cover:  My copy is the first paper back edition by pocketbooks. It is very old that the spine has a lot of marks and the pages are tanning. Despite this, I was able to read the story with enjoyment. The cover of the book had an armoured hand holding a rose. Its has a silver oval frame around it too. The whole book is coloured red while the font colour is white. This book design was definitely the trend for books published in the nineties.

On the story plot: The story is about the relationship of Dougless Montgomery and Nicholas Stafford. Miss Dougless is from the year 1988 while Nicholas was from the year 1564. They were able to meet due to some magic which both can’t explain (time-travel type). It was maybe just meant to be. Nicholas who was an earl was first the first to time travel. Since, he did not know what are the customs of people in the future he hired Dougless. Dougless who was left by her boyfriend in England decided to help the earl even if she thought he was crazy. The earl devised a plan so that he would be able to go back to his time. He would know who betrayed him so that he would not be executed. Also, his reputation would not be humiliating. He would need to know who betrayed him. Dougless agreed to help him but slowly, they fall in love with each other. However, Nicholas was sent back to his own time before they were able to find the traitor.

After this, Dougless learned about the people who conspired against Nicholas. This made her want to go to his time and yes she unknowingly was able to go back in time. She was able to meet a younger Nicholas. At first, Nicholas did not believe her but everything she said was slowly coming true but was prevented because of her knowledge. In the end, young Nicholas fell in love with her again. Now, Dougless was the one transported back to her time and history has been changed because of her intervention. Nicholas was able to live a long life and has accomplished a lot. In the present time, Dougless was able to meet a descendant of Nicholas on the plane going back to America. As this happens she remembers Nicholas’ promise to her, “My soul will find yours”.

On the characters: Dougless Montgomery is a character which I would not usually like. She is very insecure, craves for men to need her and she complains a lot. However, I like her character, her strength is very different. She has courage to love and to fight for love, to complain and to know that she is not perfect. I think that anyone can relate to her because we all love and complain too. Nicholas Stafford is a character who does not love easily but when he will love, he will give everything. I also like his character, he is very cunning at first but as the story progressed he really does have a heart.

All in all:  A friend had told me to read it and I just read it. I love this story. It has the elements of romance, history and time travel rolled into one. It was refreshing to read this book.I really appreciate it. This read was also timely because its the romance month. Anyways, I love the interaction between Dougless and Nicholas. The sexy scenes were sexy. I love how the story did not centre much on their physical attraction but on a deeper level of attraction. Its rated as 4.5 hearts because the ending seemed off. I am just craving for more right now. I would definitely try to read more books by Jude Deveraux now because this book did not disappoint despite its ending.

QUOTES:

“My soul will find yours.”
― Jude Deveraux, A Knight in Shining Armor

“Beauty knows no time’, he said softly, rising, and kissing her hand.”
― Jude Deveraux, A Knight in Shining Armor

“Were I to die tomorrow, my soul would remember you. ”
― Jude Deveraux, A Knight in Shining Armor

“He was amazed at how little faith this woman had in the mystery and magic of the world”
― Jude Deveraux, A Knight in Shining Armor

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