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Title:
Joining
Author:
Lindsey, Johanna.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Avon Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
377 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780380975358
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The remarkable Lindsey magic is stronger than ever! The spectacular #1 bestselling author returns with a glorious tale of passion and duty set in medieval England. A betrothal has been announced that will join together Britain's two most powerful families -- a union of wealth and influence to rival even the King's himself. But not only does the dangerously ambitious King John oppose this wedding, but Milisant and Wulfric -- the intended bride and groom -- are equally unhappy with the arrangement. Two passionate, headstrong people, they resent being thrown together for purely dynastic reasons. But fate's many twists and turns -- and the unpredictable predilections of two unconquerable hearts -- will turn an unwanted marriage of convenience into a true and eternal joining of desire and love.


Author Notes

Johanna Lindsey is one of the world's most successful romance authors. She has written over 30 books, of which 54 million copies are in print and have been translated into 12 languages. Lindsey was born with the name Johanna Helen Howard on March 10, 1952.

As a young wife and mother, Lindsey became a great fan of romance novels and wrote her first book, Captive Bride in 1977, on a whim when she was 25. To the young author's great surprise, it made The New York Times Bestsellers list.

Lindsey had found a romance formula that worked. Take any setting past or present, introduce a rascally rakish male and a romantic heroine, let their hearts ignite with passion, lust, and love. Lindsey has something of a cult following, following such titles as "Heart of Thunder", "Hearts Aflame", "A Heart So Wild", and ''Keeper of the Heart". She has loyal fans reading "Glorious Angel" and "Gentle Rogue" and legions of devotees buying her Malory family series. In 2014 her title, Stormy Persuasion, made The New York Times Best Seller List

Because her father was in the U.S. Army, Lindsey traveled to many places as a child. She was born in Germany and grew up in Fort Knox, Kentucky. The family settled in Hawaii and Lindsey was married right after high school.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Joining Chapter One England, 1214 Walter de Roghton sat in the antechamber outside the king's chamber, where he had been left to wait. He was still hopeful that he was to have the audience that he had been promised, but as minutes turned to hours and still he was not summoned, it was doubtful that it would be tonight. Other lords had gathered, other hopefuls like himself who wanted something of King John. Walter was the only one among them who didn't appear nervous. He was; he just managed to conceal it much better than the others. And there was much to be nervous about. John Plantagenet was one of the most hated kings in all of Christendom, one of the most treacherous and deceitful. A king who thought nothing of hanging innocent children who'd been held as hostages when he needed to set an example for his enemies. As an example, it had failed. As a heinous act, it had served to turn John's barons even more against him, in fear and disgust. This was a king who twice tried to wrest the crown from his own brother, Richard Lionheart, and had twice been forgiven that treason due to their mother's intervention. And once the crown was his upon Richard's death, he'd had the only other claimant to it, his young nephew Arthur, killed, and Arthur's sister Eleanor imprisoned for more than half her life. Some had pitied John as the youngest of King Henry's four sons. There had been nothing left of Henry's kingdom to give to John after it had been divided among his older brothers. Thus the name that had long followed him of John Lackland. But there was little to pity about the man who had become king. There was nothing to pity about the man who had put his country under excommunication for many years because of his war with the church, a ban that had only just been lifted. No, there was much to hate about this king, and much to fear. Walter was making himself more nervous thinking about John's many misdeeds, though he still managed to appear calm to any who might glance his way. For the thousandth time he wondered, was it worth it? And what if his proposed plan went awry? Walter could, in truth, live out the rest of his days without ever coming under the king's notice. He was a minor baron, after all, one who had no need. to frequent the king's court. But there was the rub. He was of little import . . . yet he would have it otherwise. It should have been otherwise years ago, when he had discovered the perfect heiress and diligently courted her, only to have her stolen from him by a lord with a greater title. The woman who should have been his wife, Lady Anne of Lydshire, would have brought him great wealth and power with her dower lands. Instead she had been given to Guy de Thorpe, the Earl of Shefford, more than doubling de Thorpe's holdings, thereby making his one of the more powerful families in England. The wife Walter did finally end up with had been a bad choice all around, as it turned out, which only added salt to the wound of his resentment. The property she had brought him had been acceptable at the time, but was unfortunately located in La Marche, and so lost when John lost most of his French holdings. Walter could have retained the land if he'd been willing to swear allegiance to the French king, but then he would have lost his keep in England. And his property in England was the larger. Additionally, his wife had given him no sons, and only one daughter. Useless, that woman was. His daughter, Claire, however, he finally had a use for, now she'd reached the marriageable age of ten and two. Thus Walter's visit to King John was twofold, revenge for that long-ago slight, when he had been overlooked as a suitor for Anne, and to finally wrest her property and more from Shefford by marrying Claire to Shefford's only son and heir. It was a brilliant plan and the timing for it was ideal. Rumours were flying that John was soon going to make another attempt to seize the Angevin lands he had lost so long ago. And Walter had a carrot to dangle in front of John - if only he could lay the plan before him. Finally the door to John's chamber opened and Chester, one of the few earls whom John still trusted completely, ushered Walter in. He made haste to kneel before the king, was impatiently waved to his feet. The chamber was not empty as Walter had hoped. John's wife Isabelle was there, with one of her ladies-in-waiting. Walter had never seen the queen this close before, and spent several bemused moments in awe when he did glance at her. Verily, the rumours of her were indeed true. If she was not the most beautiful woman In the world, she was surely the most beautiful in England. John was more than twice her age—he had married Isabelle when she was just ten and two. And although that was an age to marry, most nobles who took brides that young chose to wait a few years before they actually consummated the marriages. Not so John, for Isabelle had been ripe for her age, and too beautiful to resist for a man whose wenching had been notorious prior to this marriage. Not as tall as his brother Richard, but still handsome at two score and six, John was the dark one of the family, with black hair now liberally laced with grey, and his father's green eyes and somewhat stocky build. John smiled indulgently when he noted the direction of Walter's gaze and his incredulity, a reaction he was . . . Joining . Copyright ¬© by Johanna Lindsey. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from Joining by Johanna Lindsey All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. 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