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372 page novel by Robyn Carr published in 1980 historic romance complete with nobility and horses. it touches every subject you could want to read about....

Title : Chelynne
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ISBN : 9780316129718
Format Type : Unknown Binding
Number of Pages : 402 Pages
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Chelynne Reviews

  • KatieV
    2019-02-28 22:17

    This was something I vaguely remembered reading as a teenager and tracked down through the forums here. It was apparently Robyn Carr's first published novel, which is funny because I would have sworn I'd never read anything by her. The only thing I remembered was a portion where the heroine almost dies of basically a broken heart and is nursed through by the hero.I didn't particularly like it in an enjoyable way, but I thought it had some lovely quotes and showed the potential that has made Robyn Carr a popular writer. Overall it is a rather dark novel until the last few chapters. I do plan to look into some of her more popular novels.The story takes place in England during the latter half of the 17th century (Restoration period) during the reign of King Charles II. He's the king who took over after the monarchy was restored and power taken back from Cromwell and his supporters.Chelynne was married off to the hero at the age of 16. This may make some uncomfortable, but it was realistic. He was in his early to mid thirties.The hero, Chad (that seems an odd name for that time period, but perhaps I'm mistaken), did not want to marry Chelynne. He did not want to marry anyone. Some spoilery background: (view spoiler)[Chad had married a servant girl he fell in love with and she died giving birth to his son. His father, an Earl was all bent out of shape about the marriage and disinherited Chad, refusing to even acknowledge the marriage. Chad had to become a working man (merchanr ships) to support himself and his wife. After her death, he swore never to love again. He also keeps his young son a secret for his protection from various intrigues. Then Daddy pops up with an offer to take him back into the fold if he'll take a suitable wife and produce heirs. Of course, Chad just wants to be successor again so he can make his secret son his eventual heir. Chelynne is most definitely not what he wants in a wife. She's beautiful and desirable and he's determined not to sully his first wife's memory by moving on. He's doubly pissed about the situation since she is so tempting. Basically, he's either an ass or pretends indifference to her.Chelynne is young and very idealistic/naive. Some may hate her for being a doormat. But at 16, I was a complete and utter idiot about love too. The first time around, many of us aren't smart enough to have any defenses and when that love fails we really do think we'll die (although perhaps not quite as dramatically as Chelynne does it). She was also raised in a time when obedience, meakness etc. was a virtue in a woman.She falls hopelessly in love with Chad and does everything she can to make him love her back. He refuses to even bed her due to his misguided allegiance to his wife's memory and because he doesn't want a child who would compromise his son's claim to the title. He kept this child and his first marriage secret from Chelynne, leading to her confusion and making her vulnerable to schemers at court. He's also a complete ass to her at times simply because he unfairly blames her for his father's machinations and she tempts him with her big tatas.Anyway, Daddy doesn't live long after the marriage and Chad comes into the title. But there is still lots of intrigue he's dealing with and he's still stuck on his first wife, so he continues to mistreat and/or ignore Chelynne.(hide spoiler)]The sex is fade to black and doesn't come until VERY far into the novel (which is 400+ pages). So, if you're looking for a sexy read this isn't the one for you. There is also adultery on the part of the Earl. It's not a particularly romantic romance until very, very far in. Many would lose patience, no doubt.

  • Edwina
    2019-03-21 20:12

    This story left me totally depressed. It is not even worth $1.99. Chelynne is married off at the age of 16 to the son of an Earl, Chad is 17 years older than Chelynne and he is mean and cruel to this beautiful kind and gentle soul. Chad was forced to marry her by his father and poor Chelynne marries him because her beloved uncle has asked her to. She is obedient, because she want to honor her uncles wishes. Chad married the maid (wash women) years before and his father did not honor or acknowledge the marriage, his wife Anne died after giving birth to his son. They were very poor because Chad father disinherited him. So he seeks his revenge daily on poor unsuspecting Chelynne. She has no idea why Chad hates her rejects her and refuses to consummate their marriage. This is a long miserable story. Chad realizes about 20 pages before the end of the book that Chelynne would be a good choice as mother to raise his son Kevin and now heir, to the earldom. Even in the end of the story he only wants to use this kind and gentle soul and she was physically beautiful too. Chad never loved her and Chelynne's HEA is to only be the mother of Chad's beloved dead wife Ann's son. If that is all I could get in the way of happiness I wouldn't want it. I just wanted Chelynne to leave this B Don't waist your $1.99 or time on this book.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-03 20:08

    For a first book, Ms. Carr displayed talent - which may help explain why she's gone on to become a bestselling author. I liked but did not love this historical romance set in Restoration England. As other reviews have noted, the book is well plotted with a simple clear writing style. I appreciated that the two characters did not fall into bed together almost immediately, as happens with many of the more recently written historicals. Both characters matured and their love built slowly throughout the book. Let me emphasize slowly, the book built way too slowly. What drove me crazy is that heroine, Cheylnne, and the hero, CHad were kept apart for most of the book because Chad was acting like a dumb*i*t. He was a complex, well-drawn hero with an important secret, he was a widow with a small child but didn't disclose this fact to his wife. He knows how gossip flows through the court and in fact warns his wife on that aspect, but he does not worry this will get back to her?? Dumb*ss. And did I mention he cheated on her after the marriage? A**hat. That especially troubled me. The only reason I did not reject the book on that basis is that in many ways it was true to the time period and made more sense in the story arc than would a story in which Chad remained celibate the entire time. At the beginning of the book I also found it hard to like the heroine, Chelynne. Taking an unnecessary risk once is believable, but after awhile you just shake your head and begin to think she deserves any harm that might come to her. She did mature, but was a tad insufferable throughout the book. Despite these nits, I still enjoyed it - perhaps it was because of the supporting characters such as King Charles or John Bollering. Rated on my 5 star romance novel scale.

  • Chy
    2019-03-09 02:14

    Oh. Shut up. I didn't mean to. I needed some mindless romance for taking to my mother's, and I ended up starting and finishing it the day before we left. Guess I needed it more than I thought I did.And I used to hate people who said, "I needed something 'mindless.'"Well, it's not 'mindless,' is it? If it were mindless, I'd hate it. They have to spark something. This one sparked my ire, because of the Scottish servant in it, whose presence kept making me think, "No way, man!" And you can credit Gabaldon for that.But that was cool, in a weird way.Mostly, tough, I spent my time being embarrassed for the author, if that makes sense. Not in a bad, condescending way. But you know what I mean, right? There were all these almost-cool things about it, then they'd get flubbed for the sake of the romance. I understand that, but it could have appealed to so many more people if Carr hadn't done that. But I can't really blame her, can I? You gotta play to your audience, right? And thus do we have one of the reasons I hate the idea of an "audience" and yet, at the same time, can't deny that it's something to think about.And yes. I totally picked this book up because when I saw it in the used-book store, my brain read my own name before it read the correct title.

  • Kathie (katmom)
    2019-02-25 19:23

    This was the first book that Ms. Carr very many years ago. Amazon is offering it for 1.99 and I thought I'd give it a try.About a third of the way through Chadwick CHEATED on Chelynne...even though he did not think that his wife mattered much at that point...of course he was in major denial, but I wasn't as enthralled with the story afterwards. Cheating is a hard limit for me...and even though this was "way back when and even King Charles thinks that the people are following his very BAD example, I'm not fond of "heroes" that cheat.Chadwick was very mean to this wife. He had been forced into a marriage by his father, for reasons that weren't even true...and when he found out, he took it out on this innocent. He leaves her to the masses in Whitehall, then is annoyed when she's accosted. He's annoyed with her quite often...when it really was HIS duty to see her safe and cared for. He tells her to find a lover...NO DON'T...good grief...WHIPLASH much? Chelynne was only sixteen when this book starts out and seventeen near the end. He really needed to guide her a bit more.There is a lot of miscommunication here...which, of course, made the book way longer that it really should have been.I found myself continuing to read because I kept thinking: Surely they are going to get a CLUE!After several plot devices they do get a clue...but by then I couldn't really celebrate their reunion with them.Ms. Carr has an entire series of books that have won acclaim...and I'm going to give the first one in the series (The Virgin River Series) a try because this book had PROMISE...and I'm looking forward to seeing her improvement.

  • Donna Hatridge
    2019-03-21 20:17

    Since this was the first novel for Robyn Carr I thought it was well written and thought out for a first novel. I agree with some that it was hard to like Chad at times. But the story is a good romance that I downloaded at the sale price of $1.99. IN THE DECADENT COURT OF CHARLES II, SHE WANTED A MOST UNSUITABLE MAN—HER HUSBAND.Orphaned and raised by her uncle, the feisty sixteen-year-old Chelynne resolves to show her gratitude by marrying the man of her uncle's choice. Bracing herself for a graying, sickly noble, the last man she expects for a husband is the dashing future Earl of Bryant, Chadwick Hawthorne—suddenly, being a loving wife doesn't seem too hard a task. But he spurns her affection and remains her husband only in name, never in deed. Tormented by unfinished business from his past and an uprising threatening his land, Chad resolves to keep his distance from everyone, including his young wife.Chelynne will go to any lengths to ignite her husband’s passion and save their marriage. But when she finally goes too far, the Earl must share his dark secret before Chelynne loses her reputation—or worse, her life.

  • Cheryl
    2019-03-19 01:07

    I learn so much history when reading or listening to these regency romances. My goodness, was the royal court really that loose with their morals and every party and get together a major partner swapping orgy??? Kind of makes you question the respect directed to the Crown and the shallowness of the royal hanger-oners. This story was really interesting, though the position of the woman in a marriage and the behaviour she would put up with, or ‘appeared ‘ to accept, had me rolling my eyes and wanting to grab the heroine and shake some modern self-respect and courage into her!Parts of the story I found very frustrating in that the women accepted infidelity in their marriages so quietly, as though it was a natural thing to happen. Bollocks!! The guys just needed to keep it in their pants and respect their wives a tad more. All the secrets throughout the story between Chad and Chelynne and then the simplistic forgiveness of them all afterwards just wouldn’t happen in today’s world. Whilst I love a good romance, I couldn’t have lived in that era if this book is a true reflection of the times and what a woman had to endure. I’ve never considered myself a women’s libber before but in his instance I’m kind of reevaluating!!

  • Elisa Vangelisti
    2019-03-25 19:31

    Mi piacciono le storie d’amore, mea culpa. E quando a queste, per renderle più interessanti, si intrecciano tribolazioni, vicissitudini, intrighi e misteri io demordo… non c’è niente da fare. L’incipt era molto interessante, con un matrimonio imposto che pareva meglio di quanto si fosse sperato, poi si divaga verso altri lidi e io divago verso altri… libri.

  • Jacque Green
    2019-02-28 00:14

    Great historical novel!!This really was a great novel amazing for early effort and such @ compelling storyline kept my attention the whole way Becoming back kept me awake at night

  • Joanne
    2019-03-22 22:27

    Clean historical romance. Gave it 3 stars as it was quite a bit longer than necessary. But I still enjoyed parts of it quite a bit, so really would give it 3.5 if possible. Plan on reading more of the author's books in this genre.

  • April Hedges
    2019-03-19 19:04

    This hits all the notes that historical romance is supposed to. I don't think it does anything stunning or really unique for the genre, but it is an enjoyable story. It's a little frustrating in the middle because both Chelynne and Chad make some truly stupid decisions, and even for a time period when women were expected to be subservient there are a few scenes that are way to heavy on blaming Chelynne for problems in the marriage. Some of the scenes with King Charles seemed to lengthen the book for no particular reason as well.No spoiler intended here, but if you are reading this book you probably already know there is an HEA in store. This one didn't feel too forced or rushed.Spoiler here: I didn't like Chelynne's sickness. It seemed out of character, and plot-wise it was spreading it on a little too thick for me. I hate the idea that a woman would actually die from a broken heart. I also hate the idea that Chad (or any man, because you see this plot in a lot of romance novels) has to practically kill her before he realizes she matters, and her sickness and depression becomes beautiful.But overall, I liked the book.

  • RJ
    2019-03-05 23:28

    My friends told me to beware the $1.99 nook books, but did I listen? No. I thought this would be a quick campy read to take my mind off of some things but I learned a valuable lesson. Even my crap reads need to have something productive about them! By the end of this book I didn't know what I wanted to do more, kick Chad in balls or slap Chelynne in her pouty face or punch myself for continuing to read! (Kind of like an accident on the side of the road, I couldn't look away) Despite being predictable, because really who picks up a romance novel expecting it not to take a defined route, it was ridiculous. I really was hoping that Chelynne would have just died there at the end and saved me 50 pages of pure cave in wrap up. The only two characters worth anything in the whole story were John Bollering and King Charles, at least they knew how to have a good time.

  • Emma
    2019-03-20 02:13

    I should have known better than pick up a romance book which is supposedly set in the 17th century and where the heroine's name is Chelynne (it is even proudly displayed in the title, FFS). Books such as this must have started the awful trend among careless romance writers of slapping any name that takes their fancy on their heroines (or heroes), without any regard for the historical nature of names. If you want to give your heroine the name of a Californian teenager in the late 20th c., then set your book in California in the late 20th c. Unsuprisingly, I found the writing puerile and the constant bickering (which passes for feisty in Romancia)bored me to tears. Abandoned after 60 pages.

  • Patricia Solla
    2019-02-23 22:32

    This is the first book published written by the author. The author shows a real knack for historical romance. The storyline of an arranged marriage is quite common for the time period but the author's take on how the marriage comes about and how it affects the two main characters is quite interesting. The author shows a definite flair for getting into a person's mind set of how a marriage should work in that time period. There's plenty of confusion in the lives of the two main characters as they get to know each other and there's lots of interesting tidbits about their lives brought throughout the story. Once again the author's picture appears on the back jacket of the book!

  • Mum
    2019-03-25 23:16

    For a first novel, I thought it was well-done. Was the heroine a bit spoiled? Yes. Was the hero a bit self-absorbed? Yes. The writing was good, the historical details felt genuine, the vocabulary was extensive, and the plot although predictable, was well-done. I think the lack of parental figures in a society that demanded that sort of training and education was the justification for the wildness in the two main characters. Having read the Virgin River series, I was impressed that Robyn's writing was this solid for a very long time! A good thing in an author.

  • Stacy
    2019-03-08 23:28

    A little different from your usual romance, though that may be because it was originally published in the 70's. The premise isn't bad, but the artificial separation of the the romantic leads dragged on a bit too long and too repetitively to be satisfying. Also, the attitudes of both leads were a bit hard to take--he too authoritarian and she too accommodating--so they fall a bit short of being truly likeable. But the portrayal of Charles II was highly entertaining, and overall it was a decent enough read.

  • Mia
    2019-03-04 22:06

    Since I started reading books on the Kindle I forget to update here. This was Robyn Carr's first novel she sold. Amazon was offering it for a price I could not pass up. Yes, it is not the same style nor as smooth as her current works. But it has a charm of its own. The genre is historical romance not contemporary. But I am liking it quite a bit. I am about a third of the way through it already. Actually ended up not finishing this book.

  • Dawn ♥ romance
    2019-03-03 00:08

    I switched from hating to loving this book. I didn't understand estrangement and was troubled by hero's treatment of heroine but as the plot changed these things made the rest of the story all that more powerful. During the reign of King Charles II, a marriage is arranged between beautiful Chelynne unwilling groom Chadwick.

  • Angel M.
    2019-02-28 20:32

    This book isn't bad, it's just far too long, with repetitive mishaps/situations. I can see Chelynn getting into the same near death situations twice, but more than that is just filler. The story is basically the same thing over and over again. If the repetition was trimmed out, it would be a very good story.

  • Eileen
    2019-03-04 22:09

    It was a well written story for her first novel. Understood the times, and that there were arranged marriages, but it was hard to get past Chad's narrowminded focus to all aspects of his life except his new wife Chelynne. the 17 year difference didn't help. It was going good but the ending was too neatly tied up.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-22 21:31

    I thought this a little different then the average recency romance, and while some parts of it are, it still sort of stuck to the same storyline. It was pretty good overall and well I liked the cover (this edition)

  • phoebess
    2019-03-25 19:16

    This was a very intense story. I was so frustrated by Chelynne and Chad's relationship development (maybe even more than Chelynne) but I was also very entertained by those political plays, intrigues and, of course, by amazing characters with superb backgrounds.

  • Krista
    2019-03-17 21:28

    I loved this book. It sent me through a roller coaster of emotions. I was totally frustrated with Chad and Chel through many parts but I really thought there was a complexity to the story that gave it depth.

  • Kperkins
    2019-03-05 21:26

    Enjoyed this historical romance. First book by Robyn Carr that I read.

  • Deniselk
    2019-03-13 03:10

    During a time of arranged marriages, a time when having other lovers within the ton, when the king can command you to his bed Chelynne finds herself in love with her husband. Good read

  • Cecile
    2019-03-12 02:05

    First Robyn Carr book I ever read. Really enjoyed.

  • Jeana Lucas
    2019-02-27 21:32

    One of my favorite historical romances.

  • Leisa Prater
    2019-03-16 00:09

    I was on the edge of my seat waiting for those two to get it all together...good read

  • Lady of the Lake
    2019-02-23 22:30

    Review coming soon...

  • Meaghan
    2019-03-25 22:09

    good grief - could the book be any more unhappy for everyone until the very end? i liked the story but come on!