The Beauty Bride Mass Market Paperback – 28 Jan 2005
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lady Madeline of Kinfairlie is furious with her brother, the Laird. Just because he has no coin and unmarried sisters, he has auctioned her off to the highest bidder. Read morePublished 4 months ago by petula winmill
What a thrilling story this was, kept me on the edge of my seat, it really was a Gem and I can't rate it highly enough. Want to read more from this author.Published 9 months ago by Kath (sunshine)
So easy to get carried along with this story, unable to put it down.
Action and romance that is guaranteed that you will want to get book ,2.
This book had me glued from beginning to end and I am intrigued and exited enough to want more of the sisters stories.Published 11 months ago by pauline M