Part of a medieval trilogy set in Scotland this novel opens as Merlyn Lammergeier is attempting to put the follies of his youth behind him. When an old rival tries to have him murdered Merlyn feigns death in order to discover the reason behind the assassination attempt.
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The Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy is here! There was an excerpt of THE BRIDE AUCTION in the back of THE WARRIOR - but after that book went to press, the titles of all three books were changed. THE BRIDE AUCTION became THE BEAUTY BRIDE which published in January, 2005; THE BRIDE THIEF became THE ROSE RED BRIDE, coming out in June 2005; and THE BRIDE WAGER became THE SNOW WHITE BRIDE, coming out in November 2005. A confessed romantic dreamer, bestselling author Claire Delacroix always wove stories in her mind. Since Claire's first medieval romance - THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE - was published in 1993, she has won numerous awards and accolades. THE BEAUTY, part of her successful "Bride Quest" series, was her first book to land on the New York Times' Extended List of Bestselling Books. Claire has well over two million books in print, which include historical romances as well as contemporary and paranormal romances published under the name Claire Cross. Claire is an avid knitter and traveller (even though she can't knit on airplanes anymore) and lives in Canada with her husband.From Publishers Weekly:
An unconventional heroine and a mystery about forged religious relics lend spice to this beguiling medieval romance from Delacroix, author of the Bride Quest series (The Beauty, etc.). Ysabella is an illiterate peasant living in near poverty with her sister and young brother. The family is reviled by the town for aspiring above its station-five years earlier, impetuous Ysabella married Merlyn Lammergeier, the lord of the manor, only to leave him in a fortnight. While the town assumes she's been cast off, the truth is she refused to live with a man who earned his fortune selling false relics to wealthy lords. Merlyn left Ravensmuir shortly thereafter but has now returned to reclaim his birthright and his bride. When he is attacked and left for dead, Ysabella agrees to play the grieving widow to help discover the assailant. Delacroix does a fine job of integrating historical detail into her plot; Ysabella's illiteracy, for example, is not merely mentioned, but used as a source of conflict between the couple. The story is told in the first person from Ysabella's point of view, which lends it an air of oral history, and the details of the relic trade are engrossing. Though a few plot twists are predictable, readers will treasure this rich and compulsively readable tale.
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Book Description Grand Central Publishing, 2002. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110446611107