The Ward's Bride (Border Series Prequel Novella) Kindle Edition
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"This story made me smile and cry, my favourite type of story. If you like Lynsay Sands historicals or Amanda Quick this author is one to keep an eye on." -Tracy via Goodreadss
"Wow, what can I say? This book was amazing from the very first page. I felt like I was transported back in time. Cecelia's writing is so descriptive and accurate and kept my interest the entire time. I'm eager for more!" -Czdziebkowski106
"I couldn't put this book down. I literally read it in one sitting. The book surprised me in a good way, I cried and I fell in love with the characters and I can not wait for the next book by this author. This book transported me to another place and time and I can't wait to go back there!" -Amazon Customer
"Wow! This was an amazing book. I only wish it were longer, as I didn't want it to end. You just can't beat a good historical romance and this more than fit the bill." -Rebecca
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- Publication Date : February 3, 2017
- File Size : 4279 KB
- Print Length : 120 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Altiora Press (February 3, 2017)
- ASIN : B01N6YGCBZ
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #95,921 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Cora is not a fan of the English. She has no intention of living in England and longs to return to Scotland. Hoping to discourage Adam's affections, she finds the opposite happens.
This was a fun, easy read over the weekend. It follows a well-worn path and fans of the genre won't be disappointed.
There were parts of it, however, that I squinted. It seemed to have incredibly romantic notions about that time period and English-Scot relations, but if you're looking for a short escape, I'm sure you'll enjoy this.
Lady Cora Maxwell harbors nothing but resentment for the English. She comes up with a plan almost immediately, hoping to convince her new husband to send her back to Scotland by acting in increasingly infuriating ways. But Adam is determined not to disappoint his foster father, so he issues Cora a challenge of his own, forcing her to open herself up to the unwitting attraction she’s come to feel for Adam.
This was a fun novella, but I must say I was not a fan of Cora. She was extremely judgmental and wouldn’t give Adam even the slightest chance despite his impeccable behavior towards her. Poor Adam had the patience of a saint and I loved his relationship with Richard. I’m eager to continue my attempt at listening to the Border series in order. This was a new-to-me narrator, but I enjoyed his voice and will look for more of his work.
By Cecelia Mecca
Series: Border Series Novella Prequel
Reviewed by Barb Massabrook (of)
1)Tartan Book Reviews
2)Purple Tulip Book Reviews
3)Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog
Heat Rating: 🔥
Coldstream, Scotland , 1245
Due to tension during peace talks among the borders there was an attack. To make amends it is decided English Knight, Sir Adam Dayne, will wed Scottish Cora Maxwell. She is the daughter of the Scot’s Marcher Warden.
Neither Adam or Cora finds this forced marriage appealing. Cora hates everything English and plans to dissuade his decision. Cora wants to return home to Scotland to see her family again. She doesn't want to be abandoned in some forlorn keep in Southern England!
Even though it was a forced marriage Adam is an honorable man and very protective for those he cares for. He knows he is going to have to court his wife to keep her. Yet will it be enough?
A beautifully written novella that I absolutely loved from start to finish. This is my first book by author Cecelia Mecca but definitely won't be the last. I look forward to reading more books from this author.
I received a complimentary reader’s copy that I voluntarily agreed to do a fair review and blog. All thoughts, ideas and words are my own.
The Ward's Bride (Border Series Prequel Novella) - Amazon.com
What a slow, steamy, simmering love story!! The entire book is centered around the Hero and Heroine. He is bound by honor and has devoted himself to his new wife. Cora, on the other hand, has only one thing in mind: to end this marriage and return to her family in Scotland. The last thing she desires is a loveless marriage like her parents had and especially to an Englishman. She cuts a deal with her new husband to hold off consummating their vows in exchange for getting to know one another for a fortnight, but she's only wishing for time to figure out her exit strategy.
This entire book will have you in knots hoping for the best because you'll instantly love the characters. I recommend this read highly. I'd give it 10 stars if they were available.
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My other concern is that I never really engaged with the H&h. I didn't really care if they had a HEA or not. I also did not feel a romantic attraction developing between them. Other characters were very much on the sidelines, lacking depth.
Sir Adam Dayne is an English Knight, and at that start of our story he and his fellow soldiers are meeting with Scottish soldiers in an attempt to bring peace between the two sides. A contretemps between Adam's foster brother, Richard, and one of the Scots brings shame upon the latter. Richard is heir to an Earldom, and is married. Their father (Adam's adopted father) makes Adam a Lord and gives him Langford Castle which makes him eligible for a good marriage. The Scottish Warden in charge of the Scottish side of the peace treaty offers his daughter's hand in marriage to Adam as a way of showing good faith and in order to keep the treaty sound. It's not particularly what Adam wanted, especially as he hadn't even met the woman, but he agreed to the betrothal.
Lady Cora Maxwell hates the English and everything to do with them. She is furious when she learns she is to be married to Adam. She can't refuse her father though, and agrees to go through with it. She secretly plans to make Adam refuse to marry her by being as unreasonable as possible during the weeks they will spend together before the wedding. Plans which falter from the start when he foresees her possible plans and they marry the day after she and her family arrive at his castle.
Despite their marriage, Cora is determined to still make Adam give up on her, and although they are married, she wants him to let her live back in Scotland. She will do anything to make him want rid of her, but the longer she stays with him, and the calmer he seems to be over her antics, the more she starts to think he's not such a bad person after all. Can she trust him, an Englishman, not to hurt her, can she spend her days never seeing her real home again? And what of poor Adam, he didn't ask for the marriage either, but despite Cora's behaviour, he not only finds her intriguing, and loves her spirit, but he also is very very attracted to her. An attraction that isn't coming to anything when she manages to persuade him to give her time to get to know him before consummating their marriage.
This was an absolutely wonderful short read, with fabulous wit and sass from our heroine being met with charm and patience from Adam. Their marriage wasn't from choice, and they certainly have some obstacles to overcome, but reading about them, and if they can get past those obstacles was a real delight. There were some very funny moments that kept the book light despite some of the more serious moments. Considering this was only a novella, I think the characters had depth, and the storyline was exciting and made me want to read straight through to find out how it ends.
I very much enjoyed this book and definitely want to read the rest in the series as they become available.