The Beauty Bride : The Jewels of Kinfairlie

  • by Claire Delacroix, Deborah Cooke
  • Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld
  • Series: The Jewels of Kinfairlie
  • 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

More cherished than gold are the Jewels of Kinfairlie, and only the worthiest may fight for their love...The Laird of Kinfairlie has unmarried sisters, each a gem in her own right. And he has no choice but to see them all wed in haste.
Lady Madeline's heart is not for sale - especially not to a notorious outlaw like Rhys FitzHenry. Yet Madeline's hand has been sold, to none other than this battle-weary warrior with a price on his head. A more dutiful maiden might cede to the Laird's command and meekly accept her fate, but Madeline has never been obedient. She decides to run away, though she never dreams that Rhys will pursue her. She does not expect this taciturn man to woo her with fanciful stories, much less that each of his enthralling tales will reveal a scar upon his shielded soul. She never imagines that a man like Rhys could imperil her own heart while revealing so little of his own feelings. When Rhys's past threatens his future, Madeline takes a leap of faith. She dares to believe him innocent - and risks her own life to pursue a passion more priceless than the rarest gem.

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A romance that will take your breath away!

Would you listen to The Beauty Bride again? Why?

The Beauty Bride is one of those rare novels that will stick with you long past the final chapters. The characters are exceptionally well done and I would listen to it again like one would visit a favorite friend. The tales told by Rhys, the hero in the story, are exceptional and I'd want to listen to those again to take away the touching lessons his tales told.


What other book might you compare The Beauty Bride to and why?

For readers who enjoy romance novels and authors like Sabrina Jeffries, Christina Dodd, and Heather Snow, Claire DelaCroix is sure to impress! Her writing is skillful, detailed, and writing in a manner that will capture the readers full attention and pull you into her magnificent tale of love, courage, and adventure.


What about Saskia Maarleveld’s performance did you like?

Saskia Maarleveld excelled throughout the entire novel. Her narration was even flowing, smooth, and easy to listen to. I was especially impressed by her range of voices and the way she captured the dialogue with the right mix of emotion. She added depth to the novel and I would listen to anything she narrates.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This was a book that was almost impossible to pause! The plot is intricately woven and captivating. The characters are so well done that I enjoyed every word, laughing out loud at some of the well written dialogue. I absolutely would have loved to have listened to this all in one sitting. I listen to audiobooks mostly while commuting, and I have to say for once I looked forward to Monday morning just so I could hear the end of this delightful tale.


Any additional comments?

The Beauty Bride is one of those rare novels that will stick with you long past the final chapters. The characters are exceptionally well done and I would listen to it again like one would visit a favorite friend. The tales told by Rhys, the hero in the story, are exceptional and I'd want to listen to those again to take away the touching lessons his tales told.

For readers who enjoy romance novels and authors like Sabrina Jeffries, Christina Dodd, and Heather Snow, Claire DelaCroix is sure to impress! Her writing is skillful, detailed, and writing in a manner that will capture the readers full attention and pull you into her magnificent tale of love, courage, and adventure.

This was a book that was almost impossible to pause! The plot is intricately woven and captivating. The characters are so well done that I enjoyed every word, laughing out loud at some of the well written dialogue. I absolutely would have loved to have listened to this all in one sitting. I listen to audiobooks mostly while commuting, and I have to say for once I looked forward to Monday morning just so I could hear the end of this delightful tale

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- heather

Outstanding Medieval historical romance!

Any additional comments?

The Beauty Bride is the first in The Jewels of Kinfarlie Series and it is simply one of the best historical romance stories I've read or listened to in many years (not an easy feat considering I average about 100 books a year!). It's an enchanting story set in Medieval Scotland and Wales.

The story centers around Madeline, who at 26 years old is yet unmarried with no intension of doing so anytime soon. The new Laird of Kinfarlie, her younger brother Alexander, is desperate to marry her off (and four other younger sisters) due to the estate's meager financial situation and disastrous harvest. Alexander and his uncle devise a scheme to auction off "The Jewel of Kinfarlie" to the highest bidder from among the Scottish noble without letting Madeline or her sisters know about it. At the auction, everyone is outbid by Rhys FitzHenry, a Welshman known for being a traitor of the king. Rather than be intimidated by Madeline's outspokenness, Rhys admires her feisty nature and indomitable spirit.

The rest of the story focuses on Rhys and Madeline's journey to their new home in Wales. They face many obstacles before arriving: a runaway bride who faces a would-be rapist, a greedy aunt who wants Madeline to join the abby, family hunting them down (Alexander regrets selling her and wants to give Rhys back the money), a former fiancé who wants to marry Madeline, and bandits who want to kill them and overtake Rhys's estate.

Saskia Maarleveld’s narration is magical. She gives each character their own distinct voice and has appropriate tones for differing emotions. My favorite was her characterization of Rhys, with his Welsh accent and rhythm for each of his enchanting stories. Outstanding!

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- LilMissMolly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-24-2014
  • Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke