Return of the Lost Bride

Return of the Lost Bride

by Cynthia Wright

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From New York Times Bestselling author Cynthia Wright comes a thrilling new romance of 16th century Scotland!

Darkly handsome Ciaran MacLeod revels in his life as a Highland warrior. He spends his days training with his comrades at Duntulm Castle on the far cliffs of the Isle of Skye, and taking his pick of smitten lasses.

However, Ciaran harbors a family secret that makes him deeply suspicious of love. He's grateful he doesn't have to worry about taking a wife, for the castle is efficiently run by Violette, a plain young Frenchwoman who hides under a drab gable hood and reveals nothing of her own past..

Violete Pasquiére fled to Scotland to escape a vengeful stepfather. She feels safe on the remote Isle of Skye, disguised in drab clothing and and tending to these strong clan MacLeod men who would be lost without her care. The potent attraction Violette feels for Ciaran MacLeod is just one more secret she keeps.

But a threat to Duntulm Castle changes everything, and Ciaran's elders propose that he marry Judith MacRae to bring additional lands and warriors to the clan. Rebelling against the efforts to control him, Ciaran proposes to Violette instead, setting in motion a passionate series of events that shake not only their future, but challenge their carefully guarded hearts...

CROWNS & KILTS: The St. Briac Family
YOU AND NO OTHER (Thomas & Aimée)
OF ONE HEART (Andrew & Micheline)
ABDUCTED AT THE ALTAR (Christophe & Fiona)
RETURN OF THE LOST BRIDE (Ciaran & Violette)

The St. Briac Family in the Regency:
1808 - THE SECRET OF LOVE (Gabriel & Isabella)
1818 - HIS MAKE-BELIEVE BRIDE (Justin & Mouette)

"Cynthia Wright magically entwines passion and history!" ~ RT Book Reviews

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161514825
Publisher: Cynthia Challed
Publication date: 07/19/2019
Series: Crowns & Kilts , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 17,472
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Cynthia Wright is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the two Rakes & Rebels series, 12 intertwining historical romances starring the irresistible Raveneau & Beauvisage families. She has also written beloved series set during the Renaissance and in the American West. Romantic Times Magazine hails Cynthia's novels as "Romance the way it was meant to be."

Cynthia’s latest release is ABDUCTED AT THE ALTAR, the first book in a new series set in 16th century Scotland! It reunites readers with the St. Briac family as Christophe de St. Briac travels to Scotland to serve as an architect to King James V. Coming in the summer of 2019: RETURN OF THE LOST BRIDE (Brides of Skye, Book 2).

Cynthia lives in northern California. She enjoys riding a tandem bike and taking road trips in an airstream trailer with her Colombian-born husband, Alvaro & their corgi, Watson. She is also devoted to her two adorable grandsons who live nearby.

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Return of the Lost Bride 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This is the story of Violette and Ciaran in 1500’s Scotland. This story was more tense than the other books in the series. I was elated when they finally reached their HEA. There were so many terrible things to overcome that I almost feared for a happy ending. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Interesting if a little boring
Booktalk_with-Eileen 10 months ago
It was easy for me to attach myself to Violette Pasquiere. We met her briefly in book one of the series. She appears docile, withdrawn and extremely efficient in running the household for the MacLeod men. Fear makes her appear that way and fear keeps her there. Her French ancestry, and her beauty are hard to conceal, however much she tries. She is a strikingly beautiful woman who conceals her golden tresses under an ugly headdress. Why is she hiding? If her stepfather were to discover her whereabouts, he may come seeking her and Violette would rather die than do what he intends for her. She is betrothed to an odious man, one her stepfather chooses, as odious as he himself is. Her younger life, living in the household of her stepfather left deep scars. She fears she’s marked for life. When the MacLeod clan leaders are requested to appear before the King in Edinburgh, she is obliged to go with them. Ciaran is a sensitive man and has enjoyed having Violette part of the family during the last year, even though she is only the housekeeper. He decided she should join them in Edinburgh, thinking to give her a good time, being she is cultured and well-spoken. He thought she would be most comfortable as nurse to his grandfather. Her life story in France somehow doesn't ring true, making him even more inquisitive about her. Although Violette’s keeps Ciaran distant, she is charmed by his flirtatious ways and sweet disposition. She dare not let it go beyond affection. This, too, she keeps secret. But as things work out, it would have been better had she stayed in Skye and not gone to Edinburgh. Her disguise as Alastair Crotach’s nurse didn’t hide her beauty nor who she used to be. Violette is discovered by her betrothed in Edinburgh. Her worst fears come back to haunt her. She panics. What to do? Ciaran takes spotlight in Edinburgh when the MacRae clan see an opportunity to merge the families by marrying Judith MacRae to Ciaran. Ciaran panics. What to do? The story evolves from this crucial point, with some laughable moments as I anticipte in any book penned by Cynthia Wright. Magnus, Ciaran’s father is an interesting character, as is his father. I appreciate how much time the author takes to mold and flesh out these men, flaws and all. Both of them add more dimension to the story. This is a story where past trauma squeezes the possibility of future happiness. It’s a story where the ways of tradition are not necessarily the wise road. It’s a story of stepping up to the challenge and taking it head on. It’s a story where friendship matters, and trust is gained. It’s a story you won’t want to miss!
mahjchick 10 months ago
I was excited to read Ciaran and Violette’s story in the second installment of the Brides of Skye. Set against the backdrop of medieval Scotland and France, The Return of the Lost Bride is a story of unexpected love, loss, and secrets revealed. Highland warrior Ciaran MacLeod enjoys the ladies but is suspicious of love. Family is everything and he will do whatever it takes to protect his family home, Duntulm Castle. Violette Pasquiére came from France to serve Ciaran’s sister, but has become the caretaker of the family and castle. They are often at odds, but a past kiss provided unexpected sparks. Violette is filled with secrets, disguising her looks and her true identity. Ciaran holds a family secret of his own. While Ciaran will do anything for Clan MacLeod, what he won’t do is be forced into an arranged marriage, even if he does not believe in love. To avoid what he sees as the bigger disaster, he claims a fake betrothal to Violette based on love. Forced to go through with the marriage, despite the disapproval of his family, Ciaran and Violette try to make the best of it. Unfortunately, as they get closer, events threaten to separate them. Return of the Lost Bride does not disappoint. Fiona and Cristophe make cameos as do Thomas and Aimee St. Briac. I was pulled into the story and enjoyed Wright’s attention to detail and historical accuracy. I appreciated her descriptions of food, clothing, and the settings. Her supporting cast of real historical figures also ring true. I highly recommend visiting Cynthia Wright’s Pinterest boards, including her latest for The Return of the Lost Bride. She includes pictures of historical figures, clothing, and castles of the time. Also included are pictures of Dougal and Violette’s lute. While the book stands alone, one of my favorite things about Cynthia Wright is how her books are all interconnected. New readers who enjoyed The Return of the Lost Bride can go back and pick up Abducted at the Altar for Fiona and Christophe’s story. They can also check out You and No Other and Of One Heart to learn more of the St. Briacs. Fans of historical fiction will delight in Cynthia Wright’s latest foray into medieval Scotland, where passion and love abound. I was given a free advanced copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.