The Maiden Bride

The Maiden Bride

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The Maiden Bride by Linda Needham, Steven Crossley

Widowed, Lady Eleanor arrives at the castle of the husband she never met, ruthless warlord Nicholas Bayard. As she explores, a huge shadow overtakes her in the darkness of the tower: an intruder who commands her to leave his castle. Eleanor informs him that she is the wife of the late Lord Nicholas. Shocked to realize that the bride he'd thought had died in the Plague is not only alive, but beautiful and bold, Nicholas hides his identity. But Eleanor is a temptation he cannot resist, and when she learns his true identity, she shows him that love is the greatest miracle of all.

"Sheer delight! Linda Needham creates the most dashing, romantic heroes I've ever read." (— Lisa Kleypas, author of Someone to Watch Over Me)

"Linda Needham has the ability to mix laughter with tears to touch a reader's heart." (— Romantic Times )

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780788795503
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 01/08/2002

About the Author

Linda Needham credits her bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts, support from her fellow writers, and her hero-husband for her publishing achievements. Winning the RWA's Golden Heart as an unpublished author and joining Avon Books two months later are among the highlights of her Fabulous Forties. Seven books, two stageplays, three musical revues and the USA Today and Waldenbooks bestseller lists later, Linda has entered her Fantastic Fifties with brazenness, exaltation, and an RWA Top Ten Favorite Book of the Year award!

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Maiden Bride 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got it for free. Glad I didn't pay for it. It made a flight cross country go faster.
SeriahBlack More than 1 year ago
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.
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Different..................................................................................  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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This is my first book by this author. I loved the premise of the story and it could have been great but, very little romance. The book is about 400 pages although it says 211, the page number does not change each time. The female was kind and helpful. The male was an alpha male, but this book is not for readers that want lots of romance.
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AMAZING LOVE STORY WITH SOME FUNNY PARTS.
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While the story was good, the characters were not. Sobbing one minute and ready to jump eachother the next, arguing heately one moment and gazing lovingly at each other the next, the moodswings made an otherwise good story awful. The heroine was stubborn to the point where even when good common sense was presented she refused to even acknowledge it and somehow everyone end up in love with her even as I wanted to throttle her myself and they get a happy ending with virtually no resistance. Frustrating and unsatisfying to say the least.
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