The Beauty

The Beauty

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by Claire Delacroix
     
 

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"I was born a woman. There are but two courses for my life - marriage or the convent. I have chosen."

Certain she will never wed for love, sworn to let no man possess her for her beauty alone, Jacqueline de Crevy has vowed to become a bride of God. But en route to the convent of Inveresbeinn, her party is ambushed by a knight, who snatches

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"I was born a woman. There are but two courses for my life - marriage or the convent. I have chosen."

Certain she will never wed for love, sworn to let no man possess her for her beauty alone, Jacqueline de Crevy has vowed to become a bride of God. But en route to the convent of Inveresbeinn, her party is ambushed by a knight, who snatches Jacqueline from her saddle and spirits her away with him. He is Angus MacGillivray - not the black-hearted ravisher she fears but a valiant man of honor who has returned to Scotland seeking justice...and revenge.

Angus has come home from the Crusades to find his family murdered and his birthright seized. Sworn to reclaim his rightful lands, he has kidnapped the stepdaughter of Duncan, chieftain of Clan MacQuarrie - Angus's avowed enemy.

But his lovely captive refuses to be the chattel - or ransom - of any man...until Jacqueline senses the yearning heart beneath Angus's embittered facade. In spite of himself, Angus has let this defiant beauty touch his very soul. And as desire flames between them, a lady fair and her battle-scarred knight will fight for a love that could banish all the sorrows of the past...

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"Four stars! A tale to warm a winter's night."
-Romantic Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780987954800
Publisher:
Deborah A. Cooke
Publication date:
03/30/2012
Series:
The Bride Quest II, #2
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Bestselling author Claire Delacroix sold her first romance, a medieval called THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE, in 1992. Since then, she has published more than forty-five romance novels and numerous novellas. She has also written under the names Claire Cross and Deborah Cooke. THE BEAUTY, part of her successful Bride Quest series, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.

She has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies, and is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels. She makes her home in Canada with her husband and family. When she isn't writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns.

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The Beauty 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1183 Ceinn-beithe, Jacqueline decides to take the vows of a nun, disappointing her mother who does not feel the calling is right for her beautiful daughter. Along the so-called safe road, four men, none soldiers, accompany Jacqueline. However, neither her nor her parents reckoned with Angus wanting vengeance on her father for betraying his family. Angus abducts Jacqueline as a pawn in the long-term clan feud.

As Jacqueline becomes acquainted with her kidnapper, she realizes that his obsession comes from the real murder of his kin. However, she believes her stepfather is innocent of any wrongdoing, but will do whatever she can to help Angus regain his birthright as she now loves him. THE BEAUTY is a typical medieval romance except for the depth Claire Delacroix imbues in her lead characters. The duel of words between Jacqueline and Angus seems real and is THE BEAUTY of the tale. The secondary cast and the feel for the twelfth century augments the tension between the prime duo. In her fifth ¿BrideQuest¿ novel (see PRINCESS, DAMSEL, HEIRESS, AND COUNTESS), Clair Delacroix keeps her story fresh as if this was the opening gambit in the series.

Harriet Klausner

NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
THE BEST!!! I am an avid fan of Ms. Delacroix and this is one of my favorites by her. The first book of the Brides II set, started out slow and repeated a lot, until the middle, but not this book. It is so suspenseful, many twists, and one I certainly didn't see coming. This book is fast paced, and has a believable ending too. I loved Jacqueline in book one, and you will not be disappointed in her in this book. My heart ached for Angus and the trials he endured!! These books can be read separate, but the bundle is a great deal so you don't miss anything in the 3 stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful love story. I so enjoyed the falling in love and the adventure. This is one of the best I have read!
Chastel More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend
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