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Princess (Bride quest) [Mass Market Paperback]

Claire Delacroix
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Book Description

1 Nov 1998 Bride quest (Book 1)
"I will wed only my one true love!" declared Princess Brianna despite King Henry's decree that she marry one of the sons of the man who had conquered her family's castle.  So Brianna issued a seemingly impossible challenge: He who returned with a gift that made her laugh would win her hand.  And thus began the bride quest of the three brothers Fitzgavin. . . .

Burke and Rowan, knights both, set out at her command.  Only Luc remained, refusing to indulge the whims of the glorious Irish princess.  Even Brianna's legendary beauty could not tempt him--until she invaded his senses .  .  .  and his soul.  But Luc thought a princess had no place in the life of a battle-weary warrior who vowed to lay down his sword forever--until he was forced to take up arms to protect the fair maiden who had seized his heart by divine right.

Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; Reissue edition (1 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440226031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440226031
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 12.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,870,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bestselling author Claire Delacroix sold her first romance, a medieval called THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE, in 1992. Since then, she has published more than forty-five romance novels and numerous novellas in a wide variety of sub-genres. She also has written under the names Claire Cross and continues to write as Deborah Cooke. THE BEAUTY, part of her successful Bride Quest series, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.

She has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies, and is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels. She makes her home in Canada with her husband and family. When she isn't writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns.

Her website is:
http://www.delacroix.net

She blogs most weekdays at Alive & Knitting:
http://www.delacroix.net/blog

You can find Claire on Facebook, right here:
http://www.facebook.com/AuthorClaireDelacroix

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Brianna has no intention of marrying for anything other than love - when the king decrees that she must wed one of the sons of the man who conquered her father's holding, Brianna has other ideas. She devises a quest fitting of a bard's tale and declares that she will wed the brother who brings her a gift that makes her laugh loudest and longest.

She never imagines that the eldest brother, Luc, won't even go.

"A marvelously beautiful tale of love! Six Bells!" Bell, Book & Candle

"An exciting medieval that's not to be missed!" Old Book Barn Gazette

"Reading the Princess is like sipping vintage wine - delectable!" Rendezvous

Claire Delacroix also writes fantasy romance as Claire Cross!


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LUC FITZGAVIN CAME TO TULLYMULLAGH UNDER protest, his displeasure with that fact rising with every mile of the road that passed beneath him. Read the first page
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, refreshing and amusing. 8 May 2002
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This book is not a bodice ripper. The love scenes are not lurid or pornographic. There is no standard storyline re-hashed with the same old personalities bearing just different coloured hair and eyes to the last bodice ripper that you read. This is a well written (if slightly seasonally misguided) yarn, with wit and warmth and the gradual building of a love based on trust and intelligence (and great kissing). Something you can really believe in. Characters were passionate and amusing. Mystery story was a tad predictable but what isn't these days. I loved this book because it was just a little different and appreciated that real attraction starts in the mind and not in a swarthy complexion. Highly recommend it to intelligent readers looking for romance but bored with the usual offal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A jewel of a book. 30 Aug 1998
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Princess Brianna finds her life turned upside-down when her home, Castle Tullymullagh, is captured & she is ordered by King Henry to marry one of the sons of the man who now holds her castle. Determined to wed only for love, Brianna stalls a wedding by sending the sons on a quest. She says that she will wed the man who brings her a gift which makes her laugh louder & longer than any other gift. Two of the brothers leave in search of such a gift, but Luc refuses what he feels is a request from a spoiled princess. Brianna, outraged by his refusal to leave on the quest, chases Luc down prepared to convince him to leave. However, she finds herself intrigued by him & seeks to know him better. The two become close when murder & intrigue soon invade the castle. As they fall in love, both Brianna & Luc worry what will happen when the remaining brothers return and a decision must be made. This book has a strong plot, interesting secondary characters & a gentle love story. I look forward to the next book in The Bride Quest trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great plot and a keep you wondering mystery 3 July 1999
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This was such a great a book. Despite the mistake of the season thing, i thought it was nice to see a change in the usual stories that i read. You keep guessing who the bad guy is and wondering who she'll have to pick to marry. A great book that should be read by everyone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Totally illogical, I'm afraid 7 April 1999
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There's a good story in it somewhere I'm sure, but really! I think the editor must be asleep to miss the big gaping holes in the plot:
(a) The hero spends time tending the orchard. In winter.
(b) The castle is raided by knights obviously out for bloodlust and to pillage and plunder. Our dear heroine charges into the room in all her finery to confront these men. Alone. And shudder because eyes were on her beautiful swoonsome body.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Totally illogical, I'm afraid 7 April 1999
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There's a good story in it somewhere I'm sure, but really! I think the editor must be asleep to miss the big gaping holes in the plot:
(a) The hero spends time tending the orchard. In winter.
(b) The castle is raided by knights obviously out for bloodlust and to pillage and plunder. Our dear heroine charges into the room in all her finery to confront these men. Alone. And shudder because eyes were on her beautiful swoonsome body.
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