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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 32 minutes
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- Publisher: Cynthia Challed
- Audible.com Release Date: October 17, 2018
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- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B07JG6NS5Y
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Abducted at the Altar: A St. Briac Family Novel: Brides of Skye, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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ABDUCTED AT THE ALTAR gives us a chance to get to know Christophe de St. Briac, brother of Thomas from YOU AND NO OTHER. Driven and focused on his goals, Christophe doesn’t have time for romantic entanglements. Although he has already built a fulfilling career as an architect and master builder, Christophe dreams of a chance to redesign portions of King Francois I’s palace, The Louvre, considering that to be the pinnacle of success. Much to his surprise, the king is offering him a chance to achieve that life-long dream, but only after he grants His Majesty one request---accompany his god-daughter, the new bride of Scotland’s King James V, to Falkland Castle and watch over her under the guise of assisting in the redesign of Falkland Palace.
The last thing Thomas wants to do is travel to the wilds of Scotland, but since when is a royal request considered optional?
Meanwhile, Magnus MacLeod is reluctantly making that same journey to the Scottish court to fulfill his wife’s dying wish that their only daughter Fiona get a chance to see the world outside of their home on the Isle of Skye. Growing up on the remote island’s forbidding cliffs, Fiona had always longed to travel and see the world that she had only read about in her mother’s book. Although still mourning the loss of her dear mother, Fiona is looking forward to the trip, thinking it could be her only chance for adventure before returning to her home to most likely live there taking care of her father and married to some odious man of his choosing, for the rest of her life. Dreams of traveling, adventure, and finding true love will always only be that for Fiona—just dreams.
But Fiona’s faithful gyrfalcon has other plans for his mistress, as he and Fiona roamed the grounds of Falkland Palace early one morning, flying away to land on the arm of a handsome stranger. Sparks fly from the very first moment they meet, but both resist the pull with all their might.
As with all of this author’s books, the setting is described in such detail that you feel like you are watching a movie in Technicolor instead of looking at a black and white e-reader screen. Every detail from the design of the castles to the personalities and habits of the real-life characters is carefully researched and carefully incorporated in a way that it enhances the story without feeling like a history lesson. I loved the glimpses into the life of King James V and his Queen Mary and the beautiful description of life on the Isle of Skye. I dare you to try to read this book without feeling the urge to Google some of the places and people as you go along.
The story itself is well written and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. There are quirky characters to add a touch of humor, wonderful pets (who can resist a hero with a trusty canine?) that add color, heart pounding danger, mystery and intrigue that will keep you turning pages, and a beautiful romance that will leave you sighing. Without giving away any details that might spoil the story, I will say there was a love scene that both took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes at the same time because of how much raw emotion spilled from the pages. Cynthia Wright pens some of the most beautiful love scenes you will ever experience. They never feel forced or gratuitous, but instead further develop the story and the relationship between the characters. I can’t wait for this story to come out as an audiobook, but I will make sure to not listen to certain scenes while driving for fear of fainting behind the wheel!
I highly recommend this book, as well as all of the other wonderful stories by Cynthia Wright. Even though they are all connected in one way or another, you can start with any series and work your way through any way you like. Each new tale is just as mesmerizing as the last and I can’t wait for the next!
This is the story of a man's broken soul brought on by a childhood terror that rendered him unable to give himself to love. Christophe, Chevalier de St. Brian (couldn't you just melt) studied architecture with the likes of Michelangelo. The French king promises him the project of a lifetime-redesign the Louve...but first...Christophe must accompany the king's God-daughter, Marie de Guise, as she travels to Scotland to wed James Stewart V, King of Scotland. And he is to oversee the refurbish Falkland Castle to a more French style, ensuring Queen Mary's happiness.
He is surprised by his feelings for the feisty, intelligent, Faulkner girl from Skye that thwarts protocols for this, her one chance at freedom from the drudgery of Duntulm Castle in Skye. Together they conquer the things that hold them back from living and loving. Fiona learns her inner strength, that she need not be the doting caretaker to her recently widowed father and her two lazy brothers and Christophe quits hiding from life (in his work as an architect). They both lead one another to love.
NOTE**** Not to worry, Tim Campbell's (French Fox) smoldering narration is coming!!!!
I have been a fan of Cynthia Wright ever since I read all of her Rakes and Rebel’s series. I highly recommend this book.