Truelove Bride Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1999
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"Shana Abe breathes new life into ancient legends in this powerful, passionate and engaging tale."--Teresa Medeiros, author of Charming the Prince
"Shana Abe writes with intense, unforgettable emotion."--Jane Feather
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The curse will last one hundred full years....
A notoriously fierce soldier, Marcus Kincardine wears his clan's tartan as a symbol of his heritage--and a reminder of the curse that haunts his kin. To rid them of this evil, the legend says, Marcus must wed a fabled warrior maiden with hair like an angel's halo, eyes the color of the rarest heather, and an extraordinary gift that makes her more formidable than any army. But first he must win the most desperate battle of his life...the one for her mind, her body, and her heart.
Lady Avalon d'Farouche can't deny she bears the telltale marks of the Kincardine legend, nor can she disown the strange, mystical intuition that allows her to see things others cannot. Yet Avalon believes she alone holds the key to her destiny--a future in which no man will own her. So when Marcus Kincardine seizes her for his own purposes, she never expects him to ignite a fiery passion within her. Still, she refuses to sacrifice her soul and fulfill the legend by surrendering to desire. But how long can she deny him...and how long will he let her?
Top Customer Reviews
Avalon's life has been filled with violence and loneliness. After her parents' deaths her uncle raised Avalon to meet the conditions of the warrior maiden. She vows to marry no one as she plans to become a nun. However, to her chagrin and amazement, Avalon finds herself attracted to and eventually falling in love with Marcus. Though he initially saw her as a tool, he too is in love. However, he needs to marry the genuine maiden warrior and not some pale imitation. Is Avalon the manifestation of the legend or is she just an extremely cleverly trained person? She denies possessing any special powers unless love counts as one.
THE TRUELOVE BRIDE is an exciting Medieval romance that continues to prove that the promise previously shown by talented Shana Abe has blossomed into a full bouquet of roses. The story line revolves around the relationship between Marcus and Avalon. Their flaws interfere with their actions and their motives slowly change during the course of the tale, making them seem so real. The superstitions add much to the twelfth century landscape that feels so genuine as a backdrop. Though the climax is entertaining but forced, fans of historical romance will receive great pleasure from a wonderful novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This plot can best be described as a supernatural medieval romance. The legend of this story lends the plot great momentum since it suggests that the hero and heroine are destined to come together. The legend is so pervasive and integral to this story that it is almost a third character. The story is made even better by the presence of a strong-willed and intelligent heroine whose misgivings and self-doubt are the central conflicts of this story. Wonderfully poignant romance. You will love this book.
Other wonderful romances with similar themes are: Green Darkness by Anya Seton and Fallen Angel by Elizabeth Thornton