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The Beauty
     

The Beauty

4.7 14
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:
Bride Quest II , #2
Pages:
326
Sales rank:
1,271,636
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. 14 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.
Hfowler 14 days ago
Book two follows Jacqueline, who we met in book one. She is the one that is almost raped in book one by her intended husband. She has decided that she would rather join a convent then risk marriage to a man. On her way there she is kidnapped by Angus who thinks she is Mairi, Cormac's son. (We found out in book one that she died instead of marrying a man she didn't want). The two start off on an adventure of vengeance and discovery. Angus wants nothing to do with her, all he wants is to reclaim his ancestral home after being in the Crusades for the last 15 years. His home has been claimed by someone else and he thinks that "Mairi" is the way to get it back. He will ransom her in order to get his home back. Sparks fly and they, of course, fight it because they both want different things in their lives, but when they give in their passion and the moment is sweet and sensual. Angus takes into account her past with her intended when they finally come together. They end up imprisoned in Angus' home by the man claiming ownership (which is not Jacqueline's family), and while in the dungeon Angus' demons from his days in the Crusades comes to the forefront and Jacqueline comes to his aid to deal with his demons. In the end, Angus turns her away and she finds herself in the convent. It isn't what she thought it would be but Angus does not want her so she was going to make the best of it. The conclusion was so sweet when he finally shows up for her. Their story was entertaining and passionate. Both had demons they had to deal with and in the end, they realize they are stronger together. A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.
MartyPT 5 months ago
The second book in the Bride Quest II series, it is not necessary to have read the first book. It is six years later and Jacqueline has decided to become a nun rather than marry, much to her mother's dismay. She is kidnapped on her journey to make her vows, and through the knight who takes her hostage she begins to really understand why she has made this decision, and to question it. The knight of course is honorable and we quickly understand why he has done what he has done. Is it a historical romance? Yes, but it is also an adventure, a mystery, and learning experience for most of the characters in the story. I had a great time reading it, and felt like I was there in the story.
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was a well-written, interesting romantic story. It can be read as a stand alone, though it is the second in a series with related characters. Set in Scotland in 1183, Jacqueline de Crevy has decided to join the convent rather than marry someone who only wants her for her surface beauty. Angus MacGillivray has returned from the Crusades after 15 years to find his family dead and their family holding stolen. He wants revenge and plans to kidnap the daughter of the man responsible, the chieftain of Clan MacQuarrie, not realizing that leadership has changed while he's been gone. The interactions between them were riveting, and I had a hard time putting this book down. I can't wait to read the next book in the series! Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
mjs44 More than 1 year ago
The Beauty is the second book in the Bride Quest II trilogy. It is the story of Jacqueline who is the daughter of Eglantine, from book one, and one of the reasons for the flight/fright of the first book. Jacqueline has sworn to only wed for love--to date no man has looked past her beauty and in disgust Jacqueline decides to pledge to the convent. On the way mayhem ensues by way of displaced knight Angus MacGillivray. Angus has come home from the Crusades to find his family murdered and his birth right seized. After much confusion, uncertain identities and good guys gone bad, love prevails, although it takes them long enough, and all is right with the world. The Beauty does quite will as a stand alone. The main characters from book one are the support cast in this book and are so well explained one need not read the first to understand the second. Great beach weekend book. Copy gifted by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sodapop74 More than 1 year ago
I loved this second book in the Bride Quest II series. Jacqueline and Angus are great characters and you are immediately immersed into their story. Jacqueline is afraid of men and she is in route to a convent to become a child of God, when she is captured and whisked away by Angus. Angus is a knight returning from the Crusades who has sworn revenge against Jacqueline's stepfather, Duncan. The story is a little typical of a medieval romance, but I loved it. ***Copy gifted by publisher in exchange for an honest review***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so enjoyed this book. Maybe even better then the first book. So many twists and turns the main characters face, that it was refreshing. I was smiling when the end came and found that it was a perfect end to a great story. I was gifted this book for a HONEST review.
LilyPrincess More than 1 year ago
"The Beauty" is the story of Jacqueline and Angus. She is a sweet, stubborn young woman who decided that she wishes to become a nun. Her parents don't think this is the right path for her, yet let her go. This is the beginning of her adventure where she meets Angus and learns that not everything she believes is correct. Angus also learns some truths that he was unaware of as the story progresses. The supporting characters are interesting as well and help the story progress. This was a good read. Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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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