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The Damsel (Bride quest) Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 1999

3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (1 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440225884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440225881
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,084,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Romance and chivalry are alive and well--Claire Delacroix brings them alive with her stunning talent for storytelling!"
--The Literary Times
"When you open a book by Claire Delacroix, you open a treasure chest of words, rare and exquisite!"
--Rendezvous
"Claire Delacroix makes the Middle Ages glow with adventure, love and beauty!"
--Bell, Book and Candle
"Ms. Delacroix is a master storyteller of medieval romance."
--Old Book Barn Gazette

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A proud maiden, she vowed never to love again... until he rode back into her life.
"I come in search of a bride."
Once upon a time, the legendary knight, Burke Fitzgavin, galloped into Kiltorren Castle and fell in love with Alys, the lord's orphaned niece. But her uncle was determined that Burke marry one of his homely daughters instead. Through tricks and lies, Burke was sent away, believing that Alys wanted nothing of his heart.
Pledged to a Bride Quest, Burke has vowed not to return home until he finds his long-lost love. He returns to Kiltorren to discover that the fiery young innocent has become a woman, a servant on her uncle's estate. Paying penance for Burke's long-ago embrace, she wants nothing to do with him. Burke knows he must earn her trust again. Even as he slowly rekindles her desire, Alys's family attempts to thwart their romance--determined that Alys should not marry before her cousins do. But Burke is a warrior and this battle to win the hand and the heart of his one true love will be his greatest challenge ever. . . .
Watch for The Heiress, the crowning novel in the sumptuous Bride Quest trilogy of the three brothers Fitzgavin, which began with The Princess.

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By A Customer on 25 April 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I honestly tried to finish this book. The writing was wonderful, and it felt decidedly medieval, but I couldn't get the fact that the heroine, who had only been spurned by her love ONCE, made it seem like she'd tried to love many times without avail. I mean, I'd understand a certain hesitancy for her to trust the man she thought had left her, but she goes too far!! She (the heroine) is totally irrational in her refusal of the hero. The side characters were interesting to say the least; I didn't get into the book as well as I could have (in other words, could not finish it) but they seemed to be good. Perhaps the story was good, but the heroine in the first half (which is where I stopped) just was too resistant: our hero was trying to win her back, admits to being mistaken, says he loves her (how many times do you hear that in the beginning of the book), wants desperately to get her away from her scheming aunt and uncle, and she says no! *sigh* Didn't like the book, and wouldn't recommend it. I would, however, be willing to try other books by her because I liked her writing STYLE. :-)
Sarah Pearson
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By A Customer on 3 May 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I disagree with both prior reviews of this book, because I think they miss the point. Maybe this book isn't historically accurate, but it has the ingredients that make it utterly charming. A take on a Cindrella story, it draws you back to your childhood, and fulfils the longing for the Knight in Shining Armour. And yet Claire Delacroix brings in a couple of nineties touches - the hero doesn't have any money, and the heroine saves the day! (I'll say no more...) I like that Alys didn't immediately throw herself into Rourkes arms - I can understand the hesitency in believing that it wasn't all too good to be true. The characters are engaging, and the side plots too are intriguing. Not the most deep profound book perhaps, but sweet, charming, and great to curl up in bed with. I grinned and sighed my way through it...
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By A Customer on 16 Jun. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Delacroix is a very talented writer, however, it felt as though she was attempting to make certain the required number of pages were filled. I skipped about 50 pages and was still aware of the plotline. Burke was toooo wishy washy for a knighht, Alys' character didn't come alive for me at all. There were some feelings of life in the middle ages, however, the plot could have been in 1999 and played out virtually the same way. I'm all for happy endings, but this was a bit too contrived. THE PRINCESS, also written by DeLacroix is fabulous!!! Strong characters, great plot. Be sure to read that one. And, I will of course read the third part of the trilogy, and hope, with fingers crossed, the charcters jump out at me!
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This is definitely a fairy tale. A medieval castle with no guards, and there is not even a hint of medieval life at all. Even the Cook is as literate and eloquent as the lord of the Castle.
I just imagine this is all in a parallel universe and continue reading.
Things get worse when the hero does a lot of stupid things that compromises the heroine's reputation, and she recipocrates in kind by grumbling and whining but never actually doing anything to rise above her miserable lot.
The writing style is never interesting or engaging. Hence, I'm bored flat by Chapter 14.
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