The Crusader's Bride

The Crusader's Bride

by Claire Delacroix


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Gaston battled for duty and honor-until his new wife tempted him to fight for her love.

Gaston has had his fill of war and the Latin Kingdoms when he learns that he has inherited his father's estate in France. He accepts one last quest for the Templars, the order he has served for fifteen years, and agrees to deliver a package to Paris on his way home. A practical man, Gaston knows he now has need of a wife and an heir, so when a lovely widowed noblewoman on pilgrimage catches his eye, he believes he can see matters solved to their mutual convenience.

But Ysmaine is more than a pilgrim enduring bad luck. She has buried two husbands in rapid succession, both of whom died on her nuptial night, and believes herself cursed. Accepting the offer of this gruff knight seems doomed to result in his demise, but Gaston is dismissive of her warnings and Ysmaine finds herself quickly wed again-this time to a man who is not only vital, but determined to remain alive. Neither of them realize that Gaston's errand is one of peril, for the package contains the treasure of the Templars-and some soul, either in their party or pursuing it, is intent upon claiming the prize for his or her own, regardless of the cost. In a company of strangers with secrets, do they dare to trust each other and the love that dawns between them?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927477564
Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke
Publication date: 07/28/2015
Series: Champions of Saint Euphemia , #1
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Bestselling and award-winning author Deborah Cooke has published over seventy novels and novellas, including historical romances, fantasy romances, fantasy novels with romantic elements, paranormal romances, contemporary romances, urban fantasy romances, time travel romances and paranormal young adult novels. She writes as herself, Deborah Cooke, as Claire Delacroix, and has written as Claire Cross. She is nationally bestselling, as well as a USA Today and New York Times' Bestselling Author. Her Claire Delacroix medieval romance, The Beauty, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.

Deborah was the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library in 2009, the first time TPL hosted a residency focused on the romance genre, and she was honored to receive the Romance Writers of America PRO Mentor of the Year Award in 2012. She lives in Canada with her family.

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The Crusader's Bride 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rich in detail and full of crusade life. The knights Templar are always fascinating and this take by Claire Delacroix is very satisfying
dkbrick73 More than 1 year ago
I definitely enjoyed this book. It starts off making you feel so sorry for the heroine, Ysmaine, who has lost two husbands on her wedding night and has went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem to try and make amends for whatever has put her in this position. Starving and broke, having been robbed and her protection killed or ran off, she meets Gaston, who is looking for a bride.Who has a mission to accomplish for the Knights Templar before he takes up his title back home. The journey is one mishap after another with someone eager to destroy the mission and willing to kill to stop it. How it all ends is a tale of wonder!This is the first of a three book series and while it isn't a cliffhanger, there will be unanswered questions. I cant wait to read the next book! I was given this copy for an honest review.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
First off, the story starts off in Jerusalem with Gaston receiving one last mission that he has to complete before he is free to leave the Templars to go home and take over for his dead brother. Gaston realizes that if he is going to be heir to his family seat he needs a wife and son, so he goes and looks for one. He finds Ysmaine while she is praying to Mary at a church. He offers her money that she wants to refuse, but he insists and she goes to buy medicine for her ailing lady's maid. He likes that this shows that she is selfless and not greedy. He tells her that very day that he was going to marry her and they were going to leave Jerusalem. They have to leave in haste because Saladin is on his way with his army to take back Jerusalem. During their trip back to Paris, the couple slowly learns about each other. They of course have bumps being they don't know each other at all. I enjoyed it, there were emotionally tense moments and passion. The passion was mild, not too steamy. His train of thought as to why he couldn't some how find a way to let her know that he didn't think that she betrayed him or poisoned a member of their group, was a bit weak. Where there is a will there is a way, and same goes for her. If she wanted to find a way to confide in him, so that he wouldn't think the worst of her, she could have done so. I understand the reasons why they didn't find a way to trust the other or communicate; it added to the suspense and emotional strife the two went through during their journey. I am just being nit-picky when it comes to their reasoning behind their logic and actions, sorry. I am glad they had their happy ending. I enjoyed the scene in Paris, where everything comes together and the villain is revealed. The conflict and plot line was strong and entertaining, you never truly know who the villain is until the very end, so the characters play their parts well and nothing is hinted at. I liked how this medieval romance starts out in Jerusalem instead of Europe or England. I think this is the first romance I have read that was set in the Middle East during the Crusades and the pilgrimage people took during those harsh times. I enjoyed the glimpse into that. I look forward to the next story, especially Cathrine and Wulf's story. I received this copy in exchange for an honest review.
mjs44 More than 1 year ago
The Crusader's Bride is book one in the Champions of Saint Euphemia. A company of Templar knights (who doesn't sigh at just the mention of the Templar knights) are chosen to deliver a relic from the treasury in Jerusalem to the Temple treasury in Paris. This is the story of Gaston who takes one last quest on his way home to take up his responsibilities upon his Father's passing. And Ysmaine who finds herself with more bad luck than her share. They come together in a group making its way to Paris. Each learns lessons about themselves and each other forging a bond that can./will not be broken. This book stands alone however you meet and get to know the heroes from the rest of the series and I for one am looking forward to their stories. Copy gifted by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
roseprincess2485 More than 1 year ago
The Templar's. I can honestly say that I have not read anything about the Templar's before so I can a completely open mind coming into this book. I will admit that the when I first started reading this book with a character name Gaston, I kept thinking of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. However, he is nothing like that! He kind of reminds me of the boy next door who is not fully hardened by the world yet. It is refreshing to occasionally read male characters like that. And on the other side of the scale you have Ysmine. Poor girls has had a really hard life and I can understand why she would not feel comfortable. It is intriguing to watch her character develop and too see her start to find her footing again. I would say it is definitely a story that keeps you on your toes and turning the pages. Copy gifted by Publisher for an honest review.
NanatoAS More than 1 year ago
This book beautifully begins Ms. Delacroix’s Saint Euphemia series when Gaston, a Templar Knight serving in Jerusalem, receives the sad news of his elder brother’s demise. Called back to take his rightful place in France, he realizes he is in need of a wife and heir. Finding the beautiful and spunky Ysmaine kneeling at prayer, he is determined to make her his own. As they depart Jerusalem with one last mission for the Templars, they face more than the usual hazards as they are pursued for the treasure they carry. Although this can be read as a standalone, you will definitely want to read all the rest of the books, they are that good!
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
A Great Book Jerusalem & France A company of knights have been chosen to deliver a sealed trunk that is part of the Templar treasury in Jerusalem to Paris for safekeeping. A group of pilgrims are seeking the protection of the Templars so that they can return home as the Saracens are getting ready to besiege the city. Someone is willing to kill to possess a mysterious treasure. Gaston is a Templar knight when he learns he has inherited his father’s estate in France. He agrees to deliver a package to Paris on his way home as one last quest for the order. Gaston is a practical man and he knows that he now has need of both a wife and an heir. As soon as a lovely widowed noblewoman, who is on a pilgrimage, catches his eye he feels that he can solve matters to their mutual convenience. Yasmaine is not just a pilgrim that has been enduring bad luck. With rapid succession, she has buried two husbands, that both died on her nuptial night. So now she sees herself as cursed. She is sure that by accepting the gruff knight she is dooming him to his demise. Gaston dismisses her warnings and Yasmaine soon finds herself quickly wed yet again. Wed to a man that is determined to survive and is also very vital. What neither of them realized is that some soul, either in their party or pursing it is determined to claim the prize package that contains the treasure of the Templars and that it is making Gaston’s errand one of peril. Now Gaston and Yasmaine must figure out if they dare trust each other and the love that is dawning between them when they are in a company of strangers with secrets. This takes the reader into another world and brings that period of time to life for the reader with each word that is read. It has plenty of action to make the story come to life. While it is part of series and interconnected with the other books it can easily still be read by itself. The characters are complex and make for an engrossing story that is hard to put down once the reader starts it. The reader will want to see just how things turn out for Gaston and Yasmaine. It also has some wonderful secondary characters that really enrich the whole story overall.
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This story was set in medieval times. Gaston, a Knight Templar in Jerusalem, learns he has inherited his father's estate in France. He must leave the order of the Templars and find a bride. He is given one last task, to deliver a package to Paris. Ysmaine, a nobleman on pilgrimage, has been widowed twice and believes any man who marries her is cursed to die on their wedding night. Their journey together was very interesting and entertaining to read. This book was well-written and enjoyable and I could not put it down. Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sodapop74 More than 1 year ago
I will be honest, this book is a lot different from what I like to normally read....but I loved it!!! Gaston is on a mission to deliver a package and at the same time he finds himself a wife, Ysmaine. She wants to be happy, but she has already buried two husbands and is fearful that it will happen again. Gaston is brave and not worried in the least that Ysmaine is "cursed", however, someone wants the package that Gaston is delivering and they must fight for it and for each other. I really enjoyed these two characters, they were very well written and this book is worth the read!!!! ***Copy gifted by the publisher in exchange for an honest review***
LilyPrincess More than 1 year ago
This is a great story of a Templar knight and a woman on a pilgrimage to Israel. Gaston and Ysmaine have great growth and development throughout the story and learn a lot about themselves and each other. They are both warm caring characters who are strong and willing to help others throughout their journey. Gaston seems to have wisdom that Ysmaine lacks at times. It is a great story of these characters overcoming their difficulties and growing as people. Copy gifted by the Publisher is exchange for an honest review.
seansq More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t put it down! Whether it was the setting of the Holy Land during the Crusades, the race to Paris with a priceless treasure or delightfully engaging hero and heroine this tale had me enthralled from the first page. Gaston has been a member of the Knights Templar for 18 years. However, upon being notified of the death of his brother, he obtains release from his vows so he can go home to France to take over the title and responsibilities of his estate. Ysmaine was married twice but both husbands died on her wedding night. She undertakes a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to pray for a successful marriage. After several misfortunes along the way, she finds herself penniless and her maid seriously ill. Gaston has seen Ysmaine at prayer every day and realizes that she is in dire straits. He offers her money for food but she tells him that her maid needs medicine more. He realizes that her compassion and honor matches his own and offers marriage and a safe way out of Jerusalem which is under threat of imminent attack. They head to Paris with Gaston holding secret documents and a priceless relic to deliver to the Grand Master of the Templars. Along the way, Gaston realizes that he has much to learn about women – even though Ysmaine is very straightforward. Ysmaine finds herself falling more in love with her husband every day and strives to support and protect him with or without his knowledge. Their traveling companions of knights and squires and the threat of an unknown assailant who is trying to steal the relic makes this a constantly moving and interesting story. I can’t wait to read the next book! “Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the read
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Delacroix is back, better than ever with an all-new historical romance series featuring Templar Knights who find true love. Set in the late 12th century her story comes alive thanks to her expressive narrative including some real history mixed with her fantastic fiction. Her backdrops are breathtaking and dangerous as her troupe travels from the Middle East to Europe. Her couple, Ysmaine and Gaston are honorable, believable and both refreshingly innocent. Heading her chapters on genuine Church feast days and her accurate accounting of the historical facts give it that extra dose of authenticity. I can’t wait to see where she takes me on her next Templar tale. Twice widowed on her wedding night, Ysmaine de Valeroy came to Jerusalem on a pilgrimage to dispel whatever husband curse she’d been put under. When she meets a handsome knight who vows to wed her, she has to wonder if he’s an answer to her prayers or the devil come to take his due. Upon his brother’s death, Gaston de Chamount, knight of the Templar finds himself the new Baron of his family’s French estate. He must choose a bride before returning to his ancestral home, and seeing a beautiful pilgrim praying to the virgin his choice is made. Before they can depart war erupts between Christians and infidels. With the fall of the city imminent, the chief Templar entrusts Gaston and other loyal travelers with one last sacred quest to Paris.
Future-Author More than 1 year ago
I wanted to stand and yell "Bravo" and the end of this story. I loved it! If you love the intrigue of the Templers with their secret missions of the Order along with great love story, this is the book for you. Gaston and Ysmaine find love quickly, each winning the other's heart. But trust, that... must be earned through deeds. Gaston, a Knight with the Templers has decided to leave his service whennews of the death of his two older brothers comes in a missive. He has to return home to claim his father's hold as heir and feels he needs to return with a wife to produce Sons for his legacy. The chaos within the Holy city of Jerusalem just prior to a siege led by Saladin is the opening scene where Gaston and Ysmaine meet. He watches for days as she comes regularly to pray and chooses her to be his bride. They are quickly married moments before they leave the city. Gaston carries a missive and a relic of St. Euphemia to deliver to Paris. The traveling group is formed with one other Knight, Wulfe, who hates the idea of leaving the city just before a siege. The two knights are at odds before their journey begins. Doubt, mistrust, and secrets among the group make their journey difficult and there's a thief among the group but no one knows who it is. Claire Delecroix/Deborah Cooke is one of my favorite authors. If you have not read any of her medieval romances on Kinfairlie, I strongly recommend them along with this book. It's the first in a series promised and I will be preordering the next book as soon as it's available. She has a gift of cocooning you into her story. She draws you in and spins a web of mystery around her characters to the point where you can't turn the page quickly enough to find out what happens next. Loved this story and can't wait for Wulfe's story next!!