The Ward's Bride

  • by Cecelia Mecca
  • Narrated by Benedict Waring
  • 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Their marriage is forced. Their passion is real.
English knight Sir Adam Dayne is offered the ultimate prize by the earl who raised him: lordship of Langford castle. All he must do is accept a betrothal to the Scottish Marcher warden's beautiful daughter, a match made to keep peace at the tumultuous Anglo-Scottish border. Sir Adam relishes the prospect - until he meets the woman he is to wed.
Lady Cora Maxwell hates everything English, including the self-assured new lord who has claimed her hand in marriage. Desperate to return home to Scotland, Cora displays increasingly outrageous behavior in the hopes of dissuading the Englishman from the marriage. But when Adam proposes a unique challenge, Cora is forced to face her greatest fears and the burgeoning desire he has awakened in her.
The Ward's Bride is a prequel novella in a historical romance series set in 13th century Northumbria. If you like strong female heroines, alpha male types, and sizzling romance, you'll love the first installment of the Border Series. Transport yourself to the medieval world of The Ward's Bride today!

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An arranged marriage with a feisty Scottish lass

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3.5 stars

I love historical stories from this time period and this is a short but entertaining, sometimes humorous and very enjoyable prequel to a series. Hopefully the rest of the series will be available on Audible soon. I'm looking forward to it.

The English and Scottish have been at odds forever. Many tenuous alliances were made through the practice of arranged marriages. Some were lucky and found love others were unlucky and miserable. If Cora gives her union a chance she may discover she's one of the lucky ones.

Interesting and well rounded cast of characters. For being a shorter book the characters had depth. Even though there is an instant attraction I really liked that so much time was spent on developing Cora and Adam as well as the relationship developing between them. Both the H and h are independent and strong characters. Of coarse you can't help but admire Cora's feisty demeanor and tenacity. She's determined to get back to Scotland. Adam was unbelievably patient, considerate and honorable when it came to Cora.

Benedict Waring did a great job with the narration. Nice voice that is perfect for this type of story. His accent lends an authenticity to the story. Clearly spoken with a nice pace. His male voices are great of coarse. His female voices are really good as well. Occasionally there was an odd pause. But it fit the story as if the characters were having a hard time expressing themselves. He was able to bring the characters and story to life. Hopefully he will be narrating the rest of the series. Very enjoyable

You can hear him swallow and take in breaths at times which gets a bit annoying after a while. It was not so much that it took away from my overall enjoyment of the story.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.

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- Lori

The Ward's Bride: A Prequel


✒️ To try to avert escalation of the border wars between Scotland and England, an arranged marriage is made between the Scotsman's daughter and an English nobleman/soldier.

Cora Mitchell(the Lady Scott) is set against this marriage. Almost as soon as she arrives she is wed to Adam (Englishman) thwarting her plans of calling off the marriage.

Despite a physical attraction and with the patience of Job, Adam acquiesces to all of Cora's demands, no matter how foolish or against the reasons for the marriage.

I don't want to share much more, as this is a prequel of only 3 hours +/-
I cannot wait for the rest of the series to come out and I hope to remember to add them to my wish list when Audible finally has them. At the time of this writing (2017) none of the rest are available.

The narration was great. I have never heard Benedict Waring before. His deep voice is perfect for the noble, fierce Englishman and the growly voice of a Scottish warrior. His interpretations of the female characters are very good, too.

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review

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- DK

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2017
  • Publisher: Altiora Press LLC