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Summary

Normandy, 1067. England has been brought to its knees by the invasion of William the Conqueror and his Norman troops.

Lady Catheryn, an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman, is taken against her will to Normandy after the invasion. She arrives, a prisoner, at the castle of Lord Geffrei, a ruthless invader who hopes to gain a ransom for her. Her husband Selwyn is dead, slain in the Conquest, and her daughter Annis has been left behind in England at the mercy of the invaders. Catheryn is treated like an animal, and left in a cell, until she begins to despair.

When Queen Matilda, William the Conqueror's wife, sees her plight, she takes pity on her. Catheryn is sent to the castle of the noble FitzOsberns - but will her new captivity be any better than the cruelty she faced at Geffrei's hands?

She finds her hostess cold and embittered, but when her husband William FitzOsbern returns from the Conquest, Catheryn's heart is torn by unwanted emotions. She becomes entangled in the quarrels and heartbreaks of her jailers, even as she tries to remember her place among them.

Is she falling in love with the man who helped to destroy her homeland? Can Catheryn betray her Anglo-Saxon roots, and her late husband? Or will she break free, and find her way back to Annis?

Captives is a moving historical story of love and loss, and the strength of one woman, even in the most dangerous of times. It is the sequel to Conquests.

Emily Murdoch is a medieval historian and novelist. She lives in York. She is also the author of Conquests and Love Letters in the same series.

©2014 Emily Murdoch (P)2017 Emily Murdoch

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  • Nessa1816
  • 23-10-21

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The narrator’s monotone and odd speed in which she spoke made this a very hard book to enjoy. I liked the story but had a hard time listening for enjoyment. I did listen to the preview and purchased the book despite the narrators voice thinking it would get better as the story progressed. I enjoy the author’s work and wish that there were different options for narrators for the same titles.

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  • DeniseH
  • 29-03-18

Was this supposed to be romance? Very depressing!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this unless they were looking for depressing historical fiction.

Would you be willing to try another book from Emily Murdoch? Why or why not?

I have tried other books and liked them.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Fitz woke up from his illness.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Possibly - since I now know what it was about and I love historical movies.

Any additional comments?

Maybe I missed something as I thought Emily was a romance author because this only had a little romance that was completely destroyed later in the book. It was absolutely horrible and I ended up hating Fitz (he really turned out to be ridiculous). This book was well written as historical fiction and really presented a lot of the history that seemed to be fairly accurate in its grimness for the time period. Maybe I made a mistake thinking there would be some romance which is the only reason I gave it 3 stars. A horrible story in my mind, but well written.

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  • Danielle Carpenter
  • 16-03-18

Captivating

I really liked this story, but I wouldn’t call it a romance but more of a saga written around William the Conqueror. The story is well written but their are some deep disappointing moments, probably more than I cared for. I think William is captured wonderfully and Katherine is s woman caught in a war torn land with a dead husband. This story will captivate you and send you reeling back to the 11th century.

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  • darlene loop
  • 09-03-18

l like it

I liked it wasn't the type of story I usually like but it was good

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  • Rather be reading
  • 09-03-18

Fabulous story

Emily Murdoch wrote a powerful story, I could picture the people and places from her descriptions.
Katie Bunn has a sweet voice but it could portray the strong male characters as well as the lead female characters.
I had not read the story before listening to it. I had no difficulty understanding what was happening, even when u could not listen to for 2 days.
The ending was a surprise for me, but a good one.

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  • Erin
  • 09-03-18

Wonderful and full of ❤

Beautiful story well worth your time. With occasional awkward word from narrator. I can't wait to see what else this author has in her catalogue.

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  • Nicole Posey
  • 29-12-17

Outstanding

Outstanding and refreshing book to listen to!!!! So relaxing for me it unbelievable!!!!! I absolutely LOVE it!!!!!

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  • E. Lee
  • 18-11-17

My first ever audible and loved it!

This was my first ever audible story. I never thought I would like listening to a book but this one clinched it for me. I was able to get a lot of tasks accomplished while I was listening. I also was able to sync my Bluetooth headphones to my kindle so I didn't have to be attached to anything. Another plus was not wearing out my eyeballs as I read. Also, it was a pleasure listening to this wonderful story. I had read the book before but was able to appreciate the story much more by listening to the trials and hardships of Lady Catherine as if I were there with her. I would highly recommend this audible.

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  • Christine Woinich as Iron Canuck Reviews & More
  • 30-10-17

Full of history

This is more of an historical fiction book. There is a little romance but no HEA for the heroine. It is a very dark story with a lot of history built around Catheryn's tale. There is a happy ending as mother is reunited with her daughter but a lot of ups and downs throughout. I did listen to this as an audiobook and enjoyed the different vocals done by the narrator.

I received the audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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  • Zena
  • 24-10-17

Lady Catheryn's story

This part of the story is from the mother, Lady Catheryn's perspective and it tells of her capture, imprisonment and hunt for her daughter, Avis.
This story, as with the others in this series, is a well written adventure telling of the hardships of that era and how people managed to survive it. It also tells of love and caring and the attempts of some of the people to better their lots in life as well as that of others around them.
The audiobook is narrated by Katie Bunn and makes for an easy listen.
The above is my honest and unbiased review of a free audiobook version of the story from the author.