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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,275 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Chadwick Narrator: Patience Tomlinson Publisher: Soundings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The privileged daughter of one of the most powerful men in England, Mahelt Marshal's life changes dramatically when her father is suspected of treachery by King John. Her brothers become hostages, and Mahelt is married to Hugh Bigod, heir to the earldom of Norfolk.

Adapting to her new life is hard, but Mahelt comes to love Hugh deeply; however, defying her father-in-law brings disgrace and heartbreak. When King John sets out to subdue the Bigods, Mahelt faces a heart-breaking battle, fearing neither she, nor her marriage, is likely to survive the outcome .

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jemidar | 2/20/2014

    " Buddy read with Anna :-). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rusty | 2/20/2014

    " Traveling the English and French countrysides with King John is perilous at best yet somehow Mahelt's brothers and father, her husband, Hugh, and the king manage to coexist in this dangerous world. When Mahelt went to the Bigood household to become Hugh's wife, she found she was no longer the cherished firstborn whose every wish seemed to be her father's command. Spirited, lovely, and determined she eventually establishes peace between her husband's father and herself, growing to love her husband deeply. Meanwhile, the king murders those who oppose him, takes hostages from families he distrusts including Mahelt's brothers, and covets the wives of his subjects. Public support gradually erodes until one nobleman after another become disenchanted with his broken promises and philandering. What will happen to Mahelt and her loved ones in this tempestuous era? Upon finishing this read, I found the author's comments entertaining and I believe that Chadwick will continue with another novel with Mahelt as the heroine. A fine novel written by a most talented and creative author. Read it and see for yourself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alice Jacobson | 2/11/2014

    " Outstanding book. The two main characters, Hugh and Mahelt, are so well written you do not realize how young they are. She tells their story beautifully as you watch them grow into adulthood and raise a family of their own. Chadwick so subtlly writes about King Johns evil deeds you do not realize how awful he was as a king. Highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Annaleemb | 2/1/2014

    " This was a really good historical read. It was great to see a strong woman despite the fact that she was living in a time that women's opinions were not heard by men. At some points it does drag and can be a bit predictable, but I enjoyed it overall. "

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