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There are four series of medieval Scottish romances following the family at Claire Delacroix's fictional realm of Ravensmuir:
• The Rogues of Ravensmuir introduces the earlier generation, the brothers Merlyn and Gawain, and Gawain's son, the Hawk.
• The Jewels of Kinfairlie features the romances of the first three of eight siblings at Kinfairlie, all Merlyn and Ysabella's grandchildren.
• The True Love Brides tells of the next four siblings' romances in their search for true love.
• The Brides of Inverfyre takes the series to the Highlands, with the story of the eighth son (Ross) and the Hawk's children.
|The Beauty Bride||The Rose Red Bride||The Snow White Bride||The Ballad of Rosamunde||The Jewels of Kinfairlie Boxed Set||The Jewels of Kinfairlie Collectors' Edition|
|The series begins with Madeline's arranged marriage to the notorious outlaw, Rhys - the last warrior she expects to claim her heart.||When Vivienne hopes to find her true love, she's stolen instead by a Highlander bent on revenge. Will Erik lose his heart to his enchanting captive instead?||The sisters arrange the marriage of their matchmaking brother but Alexander's heart is stolen by his mysterious Christmas bride. Will Eleanor's secrets destroy their chance of a future?||In this short story and friends-to-lovers romance, Rosamunde is rescued from the realm of the Fae by Padraig and accepts the love that was within reach all the time.||Read the complete series in this digital boxed set!||Buy this hard cover collectors' edition of the entire series for your keeper shelf!|
Author Claire Delacroix
Be seduced by The Wolf & the Witch
Claire's newest medieval romance series, Blood Brothers, is set on the Scottish borders and is in progress. There will ultimately be four books in the series.
If you like history, suspense and intrigue along with the passion of your medieval romance, this series is for you!
The three sons of a notorious mercenary should never have met…but now that they are sworn allies, the Scottish Borders will never be the same…
- The Wolf & the Witch
- The Hunter & the Heiress
- The Dragon & the Damsel
- The Scot & the Sorceress
Enter the Marvelous Medieval Realm of Claire Delacroix!
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Claire Delacroix has been publishing medieval romances since 1993. Heralded as "the Queen of Medieval Romance" by Rendezvous in 1998, she continues to delight readers with her stories of chivalry, romance, and happily-ever-after. Join the adventure with her sweeping medieval sagas, and heroes who will steal your heart away!
Claire's Medieval Romance Series:
- The Rogues of Ravensmuir
- The Jewels of Kinfairlie
- The True Love Brides
- The Brides of Inverfyre
- The Bride Quest I & II
- The Champions of St. Euphemia
"The Beauty Bride is a gripping read--a passionate, compelling treasure of a book." --Julianne Maclean, USA Today bestselling author
"Claire Delacroix is always a winner for me with her tales of chivalry, passion and lush romance--I simply love her books. I found this one to be a great read, and recommend it highly to anyone liking a rousing, medieval-period romance.Five angels!" --Fallen Angel Reviews
"Ms. Delacroix creates an atmosphere so real that you'll feel the wind in your hair as you race across the land with the protagonists. This writer is a genius at stirring the emotions of her readers and letting them share the excitement of the characters." --Rendezvous
"Once again, Claire Delacroix comes through with an historical romance that does not disappoint...There are few medieval writers who can sweep me away as Claire Delacroix can. I cannot wait for the following books of this trilogy."
--Romance Reader at Heart
"Ms. Delacroix has painted a tale of love and romance fit to be framed...I quite literally devoured this book in a single day of reading. It was so entertaining and well written that I could not bring myself to put it down. I even forgot to eat because I was so wrapped up in this wonderful tale and, gasp, there was chocolate in the house!"
--Coffee Time Romance
"After reading this magnificent book, it's easy to see why Ms. Delacroix is considered one of the best medieval romance authors around. With careful attention to detail and a beautiful writing style, she whisks you to the Middle Ages for a grand romantic adventure...The Beauty Bride is a fabulous read!"
--The Romance Studio
"Ms. Delacroix has a wonderful way of pulling you into the story...you will not be able to put the book down until you are finished."
--The Romance Readers Connection
"The Beauty Bride is a book that captures you from the first page...a magical and inspiring story. Four hearts!"
--Pink Heart Reviews
"An exciting action tale fully packed with an assortment of well-defined forceful characters, both old and new...This is a prime example of the highly imaginative and entertaining novels Delacroix is celebrated for, in a stellar start to what looks to be a sensation new medieval series that is heading straight for my 'keeper shelf'!"
--Historical Romance Writers
About the Author
--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B00PE940A8
- Publisher : Deborah A. Cooke; 3rd edition (November 8, 2014)
- Publication date : November 8, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 4667 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 298 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #123,817 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I certainly didn't find it to be as awful as some claim, but then I'm mature and could figure out that the author was staying true to the time period while also letting the reader enjoy the intrigue that followed such astonishing life choices, only to discover the obvious outcome. I guess you need to be mature to enjoy this type of Romance... which it was, by the way. A true Romance novel that isn't filled with a lot of modern-minded nonsense.
These two started out bad but went on a journey of discovery, of themselves and each other, until it was joyously obvious they were meant to be together and that the wrongs could and should be righted. No kidding!
If you are that uptight after attending your Gender or Womens studies classes, it stands to reason that choosing to read Romance novels (esp Historicals) is a bad idea. Stick to what you've been indoctrinated to believe... all things modern female... and leave the Romance novels to those who know how to enjoy them for their true purpose.
Sexual situations may offend some readers.
Alexander is laird now of Madeline's family and he's in way over his head. Most of his actions showed him to be a proud cretin. He loved his family but he had me shaking my head more than once.
There was so much more to Rhys and I enjoyed the tales that he came up with. He was a fierce, dark warrior but he was also was often able to discern what Madeline needed. He could be a stone wall to her but he was also often so gentle to her.
Madeline was known to be beautiful but she was also clever and has a back bone of steel. No one is going to just roll over her with consequences. I liked her and the fact she wasn't a harsh woman just strong. All of these things become something that Rhys appreciates.
As you can guess everything isn't sunshine and roses. There is a huge clash between good and evil as the action ramps up towards the end. Enemies and their plots are exposed. Some of those plots that are exposed are ones that are many years old. I liked how there is a H.E.A. and how it is worked out.
The story centers around Madeline, who at 26 years old is yet unmarried with no intension of doing so anytime soon. The new Laird of Kinfarlie, her younger brother Alexander, is desperate to marry her off (and four other younger sisters) due to the estate's meager financial situation and disastrous harvest. Alexander and his uncle devise a scheme to auction off "The Jewel of Kinfarlie" to the highest bidder from among the Scottish noble without letting Madeline or her sisters know about it. At the auction, everyone is outbid by Rhys FitzHenry, a Welshman known for being a traitor of the king. Rather than be intimidated by Madeline's outspokenness, Rhys admires her feisty nature and indomitable spirit.
The rest of the story focuses on Rhys and Madeline's journey to their new home in Wales. They face many obstacles before arriving: a runaway bride who faces a would-be rapist, a greedy aunt who wants Madeline to join the abby, family hunting them down (Alexander regrets selling her and wants to give Rhys back the money), a former fiancé who wants to marry Madeline, and bandits who want to kill them and overtake Rhys's estate.
Saskia Maarleveld’s narration is magical. She gives each character their own distinct voice and has appropriate tones for differing emotions. My favorite was her characterization of Rhys, with his Welsh accent and rhythm for each of his enchanting stories. Outstanding!
Top reviews from other countries
Rhys is the illegitimate son of a Welsh Lord, & he’s also being hunted by the English king for being a traitor. However, he’s determined to risk capture if it means he will become the heir of Caerwyn, his home & lands. Looking for his cousin leads him to
Ravensmuir, where Lord Tynan & his nephew of neighbouring Kinfairlie are auctioning off some family treasures.
Alexander & his aunt Rosamunde & uncle decide to invite suitable bachelors to Ravensmuir to bid for the eldest of the Kinfairlie sisters, Madeline’s hand. Her heart has been broken as her betrothed, James went off to France to fight & has been missing, probably dead, for a year. Not suspecting anything, she & her siblings attend the auction, to find she’s up for auction!
Although Rhys was not invited to the auction, he ends up successfully bidding for her hand. Madeline of course is furious, but she pretends to be demure & resigned to her fate, while planning to leave during the night. Rhys suspects her motives & is ready when she escapes. When she’s attacked on a remote path, it is Rhys who comes to her rescue & takes her to visit his aunt, the Abbess of an Abbey, & his friend Thomas who is a monk there. It is Thomas who helps them escape when they are pursued, possibly by the English king’s men out to capture Rhys.
Having married at the Abbey before fleeing, the couple make their way to back to his home in Wales, where Rhys hopes he & his new bride will be safe from the English. They are attracted to each other, & he knows that although she will be the perfect wife for him, she can never love him: she’s already given her heart to James. She knows he’s only married her to strengthen his claim on Caerwyn & for “sons”, & won’t hesitate to take a mistress should she fail.
This is a fast paced story with some predictable scenes. I did find it hard to believe Madeline’s sisters would ride out across the country accompanied by their aunt. I didn’t really like Alexander & was dismayed to learn from the excerpt of book 2 that he hadn’t learned his mistake of marrying off Madeline without consulting her. Fair enough he doesn’t auction off his second sister, Vivienne, but he agrees to & arranges for a man to enter her room to seduce her. Hardly the behaviour of a loving & concerned brother, or a gentleman! Thankfully his sisters manage to turn the tables on him in book 3 (according to the blurbs).
A delightful story with a feisty, bright, humorous and of course beautiful heroine in Madeleine paired with a dark, handsome, brooding and, necessarily, secretive hero in Rhys. In a desperate bid for much needed clan funds she is unwillingly auctioned off in marriage by her brother the new, young and inexperienced, Laird. Madeleine ends up being bought by Rhys - an 'outlaw' with a price on his head. She is livid at the indignity and not prepared to take it lying down. After extracting a promise from her brother, that he will not put their younger sisters through the same ordeal, she flees her home and prospective husband.
The story follows her on her adventures, away from the castle walls of her home for the first time. Rhys, of course, figures largely in those adventures. I particularly like that Rhys is doubtful about his own appeal not believing he has the ability to woo a woman outside the use of his charming little tales. The end is pleasing with all strands of the tale satisfyingly dealt with plus Madeleine's brother redeems himself.
Admittedly, at the start of the book I did wonder what I was getting into as a great many characters including a mischievous fairy were introduced at a rapid rate. However, everything and everyone soon slotted into place for a very enjoyable read. So if you too want an enjoyable read. Read this!
The story is about Madeline, the eldest of several sisters. Her brother Alexander has become head of the household since their mother and father died at sea. The same ship they died on, Madeline's betrothed, James, is said to have died as well. She has been in mourning ever since and has no intention of marrying any time soon. Alexander knows his younger sisters won't marry until the eldest is wed, but with her refusing to marry he begins to despair. Money is running low and he fears he won't be able to afford to look after all of his siblings and the estate. In his desperation he decides unbeknown to Madeline, to auction her off as a bride.
Rhys Fitzhenry is the man that wins the auction. He is wanted for treason against the king, but all he cares about is getting home to Wales and staking his claim on his home and land that he has finally come into. The one person that could possibly stop his claim is a woman, a second cousin of his whom he wants to marry in order to make sure the lands remain his. He traces the woman to Kinfairlie and to his utter surprise he finds her being auctioned off for marriage. He has a pocket full of coin, and he wins the fair lady fairly and squarely.
That is how our couple meet, and you can just imagine how upset Madeline is. Not only has her brother betrayed her, but she is supposed to marry a man wanted by the King. She is so displeased that during the early hours of the morning she runs away.....
Of course Rhys follows her and what follows is the story of how Rhys catches up with Madeline, and how they try to make it to Wales where Rhys will be safe from the King's men who they believe are chasing after them. Will Madeline fall for Rhys' charms, she certainly finds herself lusting after his body, and despite some very passionate love making, will a marriage between them work. She is still in love with her late fiance isn't she? And how can she love a man who has bought her? A ma that is keeping secrets and won't open up to her. What will she do when she finds out why he wants to marry her, and if she is indeed his cousin surely that kind of kinship will prevent marriage being proper. Will they make it to his castle safely and will Rhys finally claim it has his own or will forces conspire to never let that happen.
This book was an absolute joy to read, there is so much going on throughout it and it made me run the gamut of emotions from anger at some characters, to absolute joy with others. There are even some very sweet scenes with one of Madeline's younger sisters, Elizabeth, who can see fairies and watches as one works it's magic on people around her. Not always good magic either. I think we are going to see more of that fairies magic in other books in this series which I am definitely going to read and which I am sure I will love just as much as this one.
I was out of my comfort zone a little as this was based earlier than my usual Georgian era.
There was also the surprising addition of a little fairy jiggery-pokery written in.
I found it to be very lyrically written, and even the inclusion of the fairy seemed to work. In fact, I would love to have heard more of the mischief she could unleash.
The characters were believable and worth investing in, and I look forward to adding the others in the series to my wish list, and would even be prepared to pay for them.
This is not a book that I would have felt cheated if I'd actually paid good money for it rather than gathering it into my reading fold as a freebie, and it earner it's 4 stars well.