Two hours and a sunburn later, the two of them were fighting over who was going to take the book home that night. It was my first triumphant conversion to the wonderful world of romance. Okay, so why does everyone love this book so much? It has something to do with change, and how love can enact that change. It has something to do with the thought of actually being able to change the past.
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Two hours and a sunburn later, the two of them were fighting over who was going to take the book home that night. It was my first triumphant conversion to the wonderful world of romance. Okay, so why does everyone love this book so much? It has something to do with change, and how love can enact that change.
It has something to do with the thought of actually being able to change the past. And it has something to do with the thought of a love so powerful, so pure, so timeless that it will literally span the ages. When we meet Dougless Montgomery, she comes across as a total lamebrained pushover. Charm brings his equally obnoxious daughter along for the ride.
Dougless finally stands up for herself, only to be left alone in an English churchyard with no money, no passport, no man, no nothing. You have conjured me. What do you ask of me? Dougless called him forth somehow, yet she has no idea how to send him back. For a 16th century man in modern England, he does a marvelously good job of adapting, mostly because he thinks of the trip as a holiday. He belittles the quality of the clothes, loves tea, becomes completely fascinated by anything remotely electronic and, because he is a learned man, looks with awe on bookstores.
In the meantime, she does her best to convince Nicholas that the two of them meant something to each other, going so far as to bake him brownies and fried chicken in an attempt to trigger his memories.
She eventually spends so much time in the past that she gets used to wearing layers upon layers of clothing and eating fifteen course meals. They become friends in need and build a relationship that grows stronger and stronger with each passing day. The mousy, put-upon schoolteacher has no choice but to accept the responsibility of what has been forced upon her. She begins to deal with her circumstances intelligently, yet she never sacrifices her basic innocence.
For that is what Dougless is — an innocent who has trouble coping with the harsher aspects of life. Believing herself lacking in inner strength, she calls Nicholas forth. And it is not until after she is separated from him that she discovers a hidden depth of fortitude.
It entertains me. It teaches me. It moves me. It makes me wish I could conjure up something half as magical. But most of all, it makes me believe that there is a knight in shining armour out there for everyone. I read over a hundred books every year easily and this one has stuck with since the first time I read it. The relationship between Douglass and Nicholas is wonderful.
Anyway, Ann reviewed much better than I can, all I can say is that it has that extra special something that makes a book totally and completely wonderful. Here are her thoughts…including some spoilers that we felt had to be included. If I could only have ten books to read for the rest of my life, I would want this to be one of them. I knew this book was something special when I read it for the first time while I was in college. I spent the night sobbing over the ending because I had become that involved with the characters.
Now, about that ending. However, over the years the ending has come to bother me more and more. Dougless returns to her own time and Nicholas remains in s England. Nicholas achieves greatness but dies alone. This ending has caused a lot of readers trouble, since Dougless and Nicholas do not get a happy ending with each other. Does Deveraux change this ending? No, she does not. I would still want to re-read this book and take it with me, but upon reflection and the passing of years, the ending is not wholly satisfactory.
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It is fair to say I enjoyed it despite the fact that it was riddled with flaws. It was a fairly fun time travel romance that was just light enough in tone to be fun. The story was fun. Dougless Montgomery is abandoned by her wastrel boyfriend in a church in rural England after their holiday went bad and prays for a knight in shining armor to save her. She gets that knight in the form of 15th century earl, Lord Nicholas Stafford.
A Knight in Shining Armor