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The Beauty Bride Mass Market Paperback – 28 Jan 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Warner US (28 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446614416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446614412
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,522,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Claire Delacroix returns to the delicious storytelling that made her a bestseller with the first book in an exciting new medieval romance trilogy.

About the Author

Claire Delacroix makes her home in Toronto, Canada, with her husband.

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I got drawn into Claire Delacroix's saga's through reading The Rogue, The Scoundrel and The Warrior which all had me completely hooked. Fantastic story lines and completely entertaining. I struggled to put the books down as I was desperate to see what would happen next so wound up reading into early morning hours! The Beauty Bride was a natural continuation of characters from the previous books mentioned which was again fantastic! These are humurous and the characters have you completely drawn in. I finished Beauty Bride feeling desperate to get my hands on The Red Rose Bride which was again so entertaining and if you are one that likes a intrigue and spell bound mysteries re. fairies etc then this is definitely for you. The characters naturally flow onward from book to book and I am now desperately waiting for my copy of the Snow White Bride. You will not be sorry. All romance readers should read these books - prepare yourselves for many a late night!
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So says hero Rhys in admiration of his spirited wife and her sisters at the climax to this terrific tale.

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!
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The Beauty Bride is the first book in the 'Jewels of Kinfairlie' series by Clair Delacroix.

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.
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Well, this was yet another freebie Kindle Download that worked really rather well.

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.
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I'd greatly enjoyed the Coxwells by the same author, where there was a really distinctive "voice" and a deftly plotted novel. This is flabby by comparison. Characters float from sympathetic to stupid, from loving to malevolent, for no convincing reason. The sense of period is completely missing - at a time when life expectancy was short, an unmarried beautiful well-born woman of 23 simply didn't exist. For a much more satisfactory version of effectively the same story, try Red Adam's Lady. And I'll stick to this author in C21st books.
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