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By Design
By Design
Author: Madeline Hunter
Bound by honor... — The moment Rhys saw the stunning young woman selling her exquisitely crafted pottery in the marketplace, he was captivated. But the wealthy freemason would never have guessed that just a few days later, a misunderstanding would land Joan in the town stocks and he would become her unlikely savior. After the grueling orde...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553582239
ISBN-10: 0553582232
Publication Date: 1/2/2001
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 132 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed By Design on
Helpful Score: 7
A beautiful medieval love story about a patient and kind London merchant and displaced noblewoman. It continues to haunt me years after reading it. Rhys is every woman's dream of a good man. Part of a series: By Posession (Addis and Moira's story), By Design and Stealing Heaven (Marcus's story).
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Helpful Score: 7
This was my first book by this author, and I must admit that it was much more than I thought it was going to be. Fairly complex and well-developed primary and secondary characters with a good bit of medeaval court intrigue and history thrown in. The author apparently really knows her period. Really enjoyed it, and would definitely recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 3
2nd in Madeline's trilogy- Rhy's story, Just loved him. I recomend anything by this author
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Helpful Score: 1
Interesting!! Not your usual historical romance of lords and ladies but life from the prspective of the "middle class". Good reading and well written!
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Helpful Score: 1
Another thoughtful, compelling romance from this author. I enjoy how she shows the stupidity of class as a way to gauge worth.
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The 3rd of Hunter's Medieval series(1st and 2nd are "By Arrangement" and "By Possession"). Like the others, it does not gloss over the harshness of life in those days especially for women. The heroine comes from a noble family, but has to learn to survive after losing everything. He rescues her, and they develop a great bond which is enhanced by their artistic creativity. Both are admirable characters who know what it is to make sacrifices for someone you love. I loved that this story took place among the middle/working classes instead of nobility. When Joan does get a chance to return to her former place in life, she finds she is no longer happy there. But of course they end up back together and there is an HEA!