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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!
©2017 Cecelia Mecca (P)2017 Altiora Press
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4 out of 5 stars
By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 10-14-17

Feisty Bride

This is a well written and narrated historical that left me with the feeling of wanting to listen to more books in the series. Along with the historical theme, this story is exciting, has delightful characters, is romantic and has lots of sweet moments that left me smiling. I will be checking out more by this author.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Adriana B on 08-21-17

Historical Novella with An Arranged Marriage

This is a great short audiobook listen. The characters are independent and captivating. I'm not familiar with this author but this is a great Novella.

The narrator brought the story to life. His performance was excellent.

An arranged marriage between an Scottish bride and an Englishman is negotiated in order to reach an alliance. Cora is determined to do everything in her power to got back home. She does not want to marry an Englishman.

Cora's outrageous behavior is quite entertaining. She is so lucky Adam is a gentlemen and treats her better than most men would.

I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By DragonRose UK on 08-10-17

Superb, Exciting, Passion filled Read.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes definitely. This was an absolutely wonderful story, with fabulous wit and sass from our heroine being met with charm and patience from Adam. Their marriage wasn't from choice, and they certainly have some obstacles to overcome, but hearing about them, and if they can get past those obstacles was a real delight. There were some very funny moments that kept the book light despite some of the more serious moments. Considering this was only a novella, I think the characters had depth, and the storyline was exciting and made me want to listen straight through to find out how it ends. I wasn't disappointed at all.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that was never a dull moment to this story, and that there was more than just romance to keep it exciting. Keeping the peace between Scotland and England is the whole reason why the betrothal has to take place in the first place.

What does Benedict Waring bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The performance for the most part was impressive. Benedict excelled at the male character voices, especially when they were giving impassioned speeches. He did a decent job of the female voices, and at times our heroine's voice was really good. On other occasions she sounded a little like Mrs Doubtfire! Similar can be said for the hero's voice, mostly his voice was good, especially when he had intimate moments with our heroine, but on times he did sound a little 'camp'. Although not perfect, the narration was enjoyable to listen to, and it was nice to have a little smile now and then when I found the character's voices a little inconsistent at times. I definitely wouldn't have any qualms listening to more books narrated by him. He is only new to narrating, so given time he will be perfect. Listening to him reading this book brings the story to life, moreso than reading it, or watching it if it were on TV. Having it read gives the characters voices, but in my own head I can picture them exactly as I think they should be.

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

Yes, and it was easliy done as this is a novella length story. If it were longer though, I would still want to listen to it all in one go because Cecelia Mecca's stories are captivating from the first word to the last.

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