Quite possibly my favorite Julie Garwood book of all, this is a story about a woman who was raised from childhood with the 'savage' American Indians, then returns to 'civilized' England upon becoming a woman. Sweet, engrossing, and quite hilarious at times, this is one to read over and over again.
Now that I've read her later novels - I can see the beginnings of really fabulous reading, such as The Wedding, but I'll be honest, while this is a very good concept (bride raised as an American Indian, she "divorces" him by putting his shoes outside and drags her aggravating mother in law to the woods to die when she won't stop grieving for a many-years-gone child, and hey, haven't we all wanted to do that at one time or another?), the delivery lacks the polish Garwood develops in later novels.
I just finished reading this book last night for at least the 20th time. While my favorite of Garwood's books will always be The Bride, this one comes in a close second. I adore the mystery and suspense that is tied in with the romance in this book. And Christina's not-so-innocent comments always have me laughing out loud, even when I am expecting it. The hero was perfect in his imperfections. I really do become tired of the dashing, charming, absolutely perfect handsome hero. That Lyon was scarred, nightmare-ridden, arrogant and completely clueless when it came to Christina was refreshing. The other books in this little group are just as wonderful in that sense, but for some reason The Lion's Lady always comes out on top.
Another great story by Julie Garwood. Light, quick, easy read. This book had me laughing out loud. Christina and Lyon's love is filled with misunderstandings due to their backgrounds but that is what makes their love all the worth while and the book a great read.
I am a big fan of historical romances based in England and usually shy away from those that involve the American Colonies. This one has the main character being raised by the Dakota Indian tribe and returning to her own people and family in England.
Christina's mother dies and leaves her in the care of a Dakota woman who promises to raise her strong and to care for her. She returns to England and tries her best to fit into society there but Garwood humorously sets up incidents that are funny to the reader and mysterious and confusing to the main hero Lyon (the Marquis of Lyonwood).
Julie Garwood's historical romances are some of my favorite books. This one is one of the best. I am on my fourth copy. I wore 3 out. (Granted I purchased used so they had a head start.)
Lion's Lady is funny (with those laugh out loud moments that get you stared at) and still has adventure, romance, and a few sad points. The dark moments are not too dark in this one. It is a lighter book than Ransom and way lighter than all her contemporary novels (They are a bit too dark for my taste.)
Christina (female lead) is a capable woman and Lyon thinks she needs protecting based on her looks. She lets him believe that she needs protection since she does need his help for some things - like marriage.
To set up the connection with the others - Lyon is Caine's friend and Caine's book is Guardian Angel. The lead female in Caine's story is the sister of Nathan the lead male in The Gift. I cannot tie in the 4th Castles without spoiling plot lines in the others. You can read these in any order, but the surprises and plots are more fun in order:
Lion's Lady, Guardian Angel, The Gift, Castles.
I have read so many Garwood books, I liked this a lot, but not enough for 5 stars. Love at first sight, although Lyon didn't want it to be. But it's DESTINY the love that grows between the two. It's a great love story, a little mystery, and very well written book.
She has taken London society by storm. Christina Bennett, the ravishing beauty with the mysterious past. Rumor whispers she is a prencess from a far-off kingdom on the continent. But only she holds the secret until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, steals a searching, sensuous kiss. A proud, arrogant nobeman with a pirate's passions, he tastes the wild fire smoldering beneath Christina's cool charm and swears to possess her before his is done.
But Lyon soon discovers that his dream of conquest will not be easily satisfied. The feisty and defiant Christina has no fear of him, or aof any other man. She alone is master of ther heart, mistress of her fortune. And though Lyon's hungry caresses dizzy her senses she will not surrender to his love. For is she does, she must also forsake at last her precious secret and her promised destiny.
That was the back cover. Does not work for me. Very intersting story. A really nasty Aunt, who of course abuses her and treats her like dirt. She is a mean jealous one. Lyon's good. Christina is a neat, different add to the mix as is their friends. I like the underlying threat that is always there. And then comes the espionage. Pretty good.
While I generally enjoy Garwood's Highland-based stories, this one, set in England, was pretty good. Christina has been raised by indians, but is now back in England to claim her heritage. Lyon is the man she marries, to keep her devilish father from getting his hands on the money. This is one of the cases, where the couple is already in love before they marry, but she fears she will lose him, if he knows that she was raised with an indian family. The story and character development wasn't as strong in this book, as they are in other Garwood books. However, the journal entries that begin each chapter, are very interesting, and I found myself looking forward to reading those, more than the actual story.
This is one of my most favorite books I've read in a long time.
At first I was a little confused with the Dakota family, then when I read more, this beginning made the story essential. I loved Lyon and Christina. She was so strong and he admired that strength in her. He never tried to stiffle her.
I truly loved the book - couldn't wait for it to end to see what happened but then wished it had gone on longer.
This is a most unlikely story and the first chapter lets the reader know just how wild the story is going to be. OK, I suspended disbelief so that I could get into the story. Christina Bennett's meeting with Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood (when Christina immediately recognizes Lyon as a warrior) and their subsequent instant attraction was made believable by Chapter One.
However, the constant misunderstanding between the two leads, which could have been straightened out by an honest conversation or two, dragged on way too long. The story got tedious after a while; the plot dragged. Then, in the end, all the loose strings were tied up in a quick fashion.
I didn't think this was any more than an average novel. I have no interest in reading the other stories in this series.
**1. The Lion's Lady (1988)
2. Guardian Angel (1990)
3. The Gift (1991)
4. Castles (1993)