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Maiden Bride

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Exciting medieval romance

In 1351 England, Lady Eleanor Bayard learns she is a widow even though she never met her spouse, having married him by proxy. Eleanor thinks her husband died in Calais. Needing a place to live, Eleanor travels to the Faulkhurst Castle, former home of her late spouse. ...
In 1351 England, Lady Eleanor Bayard learns she is a widow even though she never met her spouse, having married him by proxy. Eleanor thinks her husband died in Calais. Needing a place to live, Eleanor travels to the Faulkhurst Castle, former home of her late spouse.

Lord Nicholas Bayard feels guilt over never meeting his wife, let alone sharing a wedding night with her. He believes died due to the plague. He is wandering all over his rundown castle when Eleanor arrives. She thinks he is an unemployed knight and offers the angst-laden Nicholas a job as her steward. He is shocked by her positive, uplifting attitude, but hides his identity from her because he feels he has no time for a wife in his present circumstances. However, as Nicholas and Eleanor fall in love, he wonders what will happen to his heart when she learns his deception.

Medieval romance readers will long relish Linda Needham¿s touching tale, THE MAIDEN BRIDE. The story line is fast-paced and filled with the nuances of mid fourteenth century English life. The lead couple is a delightful compassionate pair whose droll repartees will give much pleasure to sub-genre fans.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Does Consummation Define an Arranged Marriage?

This book satisfied three distinct "what if" curiosities of mine: 1) What if you married someone you never met before? 2) What if your husband, whom you barely knew, died overseas and left you alone? 3) What if you never consummated your marriage--is it still considered...
This book satisfied three distinct "what if" curiosities of mine: 1) What if you married someone you never met before? 2) What if your husband, whom you barely knew, died overseas and left you alone? 3) What if you never consummated your marriage--is it still considered legitimate and valid?

Main Storyline:
A woman has an arranged marriage to a notorious wartime commander, but he never comes to get her and bring her home with him. Years after he has been proclaimed dead, the woman takes her three travelmates and her notions of how anyone can change if given the opportunity, and journeys to her dead husband's abandoned run-down castle to start a sort of utopian society. The man who actually LIVES in said castle, however, far from agrees. The mysterious man turns out to be the woman's husband, whom she never met. Wanting desperately to get to know his unknown wife, who he finds himself helplessly possessive of, he decides to look after her as she pursues her crazy ideals--at least until he finishes his last important project and leaves the world forever. This is a story of redemption from a life of black sins, loose-ended promises and answered prayers, hypocrisy and the nature of ambition. You want both characters to win, but the one who needs to win is too broken to step forward, and in order for either one to win they must depend upon the other. The morality theme is one of undeserved second chances, and the underlying reasons why mistakes are made in the first place.

SLIGHT SPOILER:
To be honest, I was a bit disappointed when they finally DID consummate the marriage. Some of the phrases used just seemed...cheesy. And after waiting the entire book length to see what would change in their relationship after they finally had sex...I discovered that I wouldn't find out. I mean, it's implied that they'll live "happily ever after," but after a story about happy NEVER afters, it felt a bit...counterproductive.

posted by SeriahBlack on June 23, 2010

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  • Posted January 20, 2014

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     This writer really puts a refreshing spin on historical romance novels.  She really fills in the background of  the era she is writing about.  It gives you a better feel for the characters she  is writing about.   This is the second book I've read by LN.  My Wicked Earl being the other-- and have the same small criticism on both. The ending is a little rushed.  Plus since the last chapter in both  takes place while they are having sex the dialogue is choppy an sporadic.  Hard to have a meaningful conversation when your having the best orgasm of your life.   Could have used a good epilogue.  These were men and women that were movers and shakers.  Would have been nice to have a small glimpse at their future happily ever after.   But it is a small criticism.  Overall a great read.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Surprisingly interesting

    I got the gist of the "simple" story right away and thought I would be bored reading the rest but the depth of the history/story and pleasantness of how it made me feel kept me reading. It was about an interesting era/problem which I had never read many novels about but had wondered how it "worked" in reality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2005

    Great book

    I found it very difficult to put this book down. I am an avid reader of Historical Romance and I thought that this was a great book. The leading characters were lively and had a wonderful sense of humor, they felt like real people. I wasn¿t able to put the book down and read it through without stopping, and found only one flaw. What happened to the story toward the end? I was waiting and hoping for a spectacular ending, something that the characters were striving for, but was left a little disheartened. Regardless of the ending, I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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