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The Novice Bride (Mills & Boon Historical) (Wessex Weddings - Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Carol Townend
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...sweet, tantalizing, frustrating, seductively all-consuming, deliciously provocative...I can't go on enough about this story's virtues. Read this book, you'll fall in love a hundred times over. -- Romance Junkies, December 2007

Reading The Novice Bride is like taking a trip back in time....Culture clash, merciless invaders, innocence lost and freedom captured - all wonderfully highlighted in this mesmerizing novel. -- Romance Reader at Heart, November 2007

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INNOCENT BRIDE, CONQUERING HUSBAND!
As a novice, Lady Cecily of Fulford's knowledge of men is nonexistent. But when tragic news bids her home immediately, her only means of escape from the convent is to brazenly offer herself to the enemy...as a bride!
With her fate now in the hands of her husband, Sir Adam Wymark, she battles to protect her family. Suspicions and betrayal are rife, yet their convenient marriage offers Cecily much more than comfort in her knight's arms....
Wessex Weddings
Normans and Saxons, conflict and desire!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon Historical (14 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VAHNZ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,947 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Carol Townend writes medieval historical romances (and sagas) set in England and Europe. Born in Yorkshire, she went to a convent school in Whitby and studied history at Royal Holloway College, London.
Her first novel, Sapphire in the Snow, won the RNA New Writers' Award. In 2013, Betrothed to the Barbarian was shortlisted for the RoNA Rose Award.
Carol's non-fiction writing includes dozens of articles for Writing Magazine and Writers' News, and a portrait of the Romanovs which introduces family portraits from the Imperial albums. Carol lives in London with her husband and daughter.
For more information, please visit Carol's blogsite: http://caroltownend.co.uk

Photograph copyright Mills & Boon

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Set during the turbulent times of the Norman Invasion of the Anglo-Saxon world shortly after the Battle of Hastings, Carol Townend's THE NOVICE BRIDE brings to life a period of history that is less readily available in Medieval literature. The fast-paced, humorous beginning draws the reader immediately into the heroine's lovable character. On her knees in prayer, the novice Lady Cecily of Fulford is interrupted by the entry of her sister Emma. Normans have invaded Fulford Hall, their family home. Emma has been made a ward of Duke William to be given over to marry one of his knights, Sir Adam Wymark. Emma, disdainful of marriage to this Breton, has no choice but to marry or escape. Anxious to leave the convent, Cecily strikes up a bargain to take her place even if it means marrying this man. Adam is drawn to Cecily from the first glance but can a lady, inexperienced in the ways of men, find true love in this marriage of convenience with the conquering enemy? Will Adam ever be able to trust his new bride when political land divisions, war and secrets threaten loyalties? Will Cecily be able to find true love of the heart with this foreign knight when even her own father ruled like a tyrant?

Readers are likely to include Cecily and Adam in their list of favorite hero and heroine matchs. Their kind hearts, torn by political loyalties and inner battles, yet truly noble in even the smaller gestures make them unforgettable. The impossible Prioress is a fantastic secondary character, infusing humor into the story while also allowing the reader to catch a glimpse of the Medieval religious view on women.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening Story 13 May 2008
By J. Alm
Format:Paperback
1066 era wonderfully written without too much reflection on that war.

Sir Adam Wymark and Lady Cecily are beautifully matched characters.

The story grips you and keeps you interested.

worth the read
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars: Kind Hearts and Romance in a War-Torn Anglo-Saxon and Norman World 6 Nov 2007
By D. Merrimon Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
Set during the turbulent times of the Norman Invasion of the Anglo-Saxon world shortly after the Battle of Hastings, Carol Townend's THE NOVICE BRIDE brings to life a period of history that is less readily available in Medieval literature. The fast-paced, humorous beginning draws the reader immediately into the heroine's lovable character. On her knees in prayer, the novice Lady Cecily of Fulford is interrupted by the entry of her sister Emma. Normans have invaded Fulford Hall, their family home. Emma has been made a ward of Duke William to be given over to marry one of his knights, Sir Adam Wymark. Emma, disdainful of marriage to this Breton, has no choice but to marry or escape. Anxious to leave the convent, Cecily strikes up a bargain to take her place even if it means marrying this man. Adam is drawn to Cecily from the first glance but can a lady, inexperienced in the ways of men, find true love in this marriage of convenience with the conquering enemy? Will Adam ever be able to trust his new bride when political land divisions, war and secrets threaten loyalties? Will Cecily be able to find true love of the heart with this foreign knight when even her own father ruled like a tyrant?

Readers are likely to include Cecily and Adam in their list of favorite hero and heroine matchs. Their kind hearts, torn by political loyalties and inner battles, yet truly noble in even the smaller gestures make them unforgettable. The impossible Prioress is a fantastic secondary character, infusing humor into the story while also allowing the reader to catch a glimpse of the Medieval religious view on women. Mother Aethelflaeda draws the reader in from the beginning, both with a sense of admiration for her independence and moxie but also with a twist of delightful humor as Carol Townend shows some of her less admirable and infuriating qualities as well. Each detail creates a fine painting, bringing alive emotions, inner thoughts and mixed loyalties as well as the terrain and history. After the convent scene, the narrative unfolds while the hero and heroine travel on horseback, giving THE NOVICE BRIDE a different and delightfully new feel to the Medieval world as seen in romance. The fast paced beginning slows slightly in the middle to allow the reader a glimpse into the political loyalties and histories of the characters. Although less focused specifically on the hero and heroine, this background lays an important foundation for the next romance (AN HONORABLE ROGUE) in the WESSEX WEDDINGS series. One word describes the ending --- beautiful!

THE NOVICE BRIDE is a historical romance that will find a special place in the heart of medieval enthusiasts. The author writes the historical language conflict into the plot and dialogue, with the Anglo-Saxons and Normans not understanding each other's language. Carol Townend makes history and the history of language come alive in a real and human way as it might have been lived by the actual people rather the laborious translations needed to access stories told during this difficult English language period. Exquisitely done! A fine romance for two inwardly noble and kind hearts!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrills and swoon! 13 Feb 2008
By M. G. Floyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This exceptionally well crafted novel really delivers on all counts. Vivid, believable characters, lots of twists and turns in the fast moving plot, plenty of conflict, and high-octane love scenes. Both hero and heroine are complex and the shifts of viewpoint from one to the other work exceptionally well, so that you care and fear for both of them even while they have opposing aims. The historical detail is punctilious but conveyed with a light touch, and the drama is leavened by the deft use of humour. This book really transcends its genre. Definitely an author to watch.
3.0 out of 5 stars Just sort of average 16 April 2014
By A. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The writing was pretty good, and the concept was unique, but I swear to god if I had to read one more sentence about how the heroine's "life in the convent made her unused to men", I might just scream. She was a novice, in a convent full of women, for several years; we get it, thanks. You belabored that point about a hundred times too many.

I just feel that the author had an infinite field of possibility, and she didn't really take advantage of it. The climax was pretty blah (really, the "bad guy" gave in WAY too easily and quickly) and there was very little plot development. But, for a light, mindless distraction from everyday life, this wasn't so bad. I don't know that I'd highly recommend it, but I didn't hate it, either.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great romance novel 27 Mar 2014
By butterfly "glow" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Lots to enjoy. My second book with this author and it won't be the last. I recommend this one also.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice - solid historical romance 15 Oct 2007
By SusieQ - Published on Amazon.com
THE NOVICE BRIDE is solidly, even creatively written -- I especially liked that the author allowed the hero to be as doubtful, wary, and finally as emotionally involved with the heroine, as the heroine was with him, almost from their first meeting. I think on a whole, the author's research into the time period (Saxon England, post-Battle of Hastings) was right on target, which added to the story.

(Although I don't think people said to each other: "Get a grip" as the heroine says to a servant. Just a little historical accuracy quibble there!)

But the emotional tone of the story was excellent - the main characters were well written, and the story was blessedly free of a by-the-numbers, 'reluctant to wed heroine being overtaken and forced into marriage by an alpha-male hero', storyline. Adam, the hero, is genuinely a nice person, a gentleman, but no pushover; he is just very good to Cecily when all is said and done. The heroine, Cecily, just wants to be married and get out of the convent her father stuck her in -- good for her! The nicest thing is, although they both have doubts about each other inwardly, they never deny to themselves their attraction to each other. They act on it, and the author ties in the physical relationship with the growth of their emotional one. And it's Adam, the hero, who takes the final leap of faith to prove his feelings to Cecily, without knowing if she'll respond the way he hopes she will.

Nice touches like that which are outside the romance novel "box" make this historical romance a pleasure to read. The drawbacks are that THE NOVICE BRIDE is a little too slow moving, although it gains speed by the end (and it ends beautifully). Also, the heroine does make a TSTL (too stupid to live) gesture toward the end, but, the author does make it work, and it does resolve the story. Despite the rough patches, I would probably read another romance by this author since the majority of the plot and character development are much better than average.
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