Audiobook Review: Claire Delacroix’s version of Beauty and the Beast –THE ROSE RED BRIDE

 “A fine match oft begins poorly. A start does not a finish make.” ~ The Red Rose Bride

So many fine sayings, gems of wisdom in their own right, within this ‘gem’ of a story as written by talented Claire DelaCroix, and narrated by Saskia Maarleveld!

The Red Rose BrideTitle: The Red Rose Bride, The Jewels of Kinfairlie, book 2
Author: Claire DelaCroix
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: East coast of Scotland, 1421
Pages: 310
Published By: Deborah A. Cooke; 1.1 Edition
Published Date: November 8, 2014
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Narrated By: Saskia Maarleveld
Listening Length: 13 hours, 13 minutes
Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke
Release Date: February 4, 2015


The Jewels of Kinfairlie:
The Beauty Bride, book 1
The Rose Red Bride, book 2
The Snow White Bride, book 3
The Ballad of Rosamunde
, book 4, a novella

The complete series in:

The Jewels of Kinfairlie Digital Boxed Set

Set of Kinfairlie


About the Story: 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.

Like a heroine in an ancient tale, Vivienne waited in the highest chamber of Kinfairlie’s tower for her fated lover. In the darkness he came for her, cloaked and hooded so that she would not see his face. He loved her sweetly, thoroughly…and Vivienne knew she had met her destiny.

But in the morning light, her dream is shattered. Erik Sinclair of Blackleith is no romantic hero but a disinherited warrior who arranged her abduction to regain his own legacy. Outraged by Erik’s insistence that he needs her solely to beget a son, yet ensnared by the passion he awakens, Vivienne realizes that there is more merit in her taciturn spouse than he would admit. Erik is skeptical of her growing faith in his honor and her desire to recapture his stolen birthright.

Little does he suspect that his rare gem of a bride intends to capture his barricaded heart as well.

 Listen to a sample


My Thoughts: Book 2 is no less captivating than book 1 in the Jewels of Kinfairlie series. I thought the Laird of Kinfairlie, Alexander Lammergeier, had learned from his previous adventure with Madeleine, and had grown wiser. Such is not the case, for he exchanges money for more trickery on his second sister, Vivienne, using her belief in the fae and love of fairy tales to wed her off. Again, he thinks the ends justifies the means. His means not only places him in worse stead with his remaining unwed sisters, this reader is ready to write him off as having no redeeming qualities. In other words, a jerk!

With eloquence, wry humor and gems of wisdom strewn at my feet this story unfolds in the velvety voice of narrator Sassia Maarleveld. The combination of voice and eloquent dialog was more than a listen. It was an experience!

I’m captivated with the story, this part of me which loves fae lore, fairy tales and an undying sense of honor where word means truth.

Rory, Erik’s father’s faithful servant provides lots of comic relief and says things I think, but dare not speak. Aunt Rosamunde, met in the first book, is back in this one, a beautiful, utterly unhappy older woman who struggles against the concept of fae or any creature of folklore, and has her in combat with a dauntless spriggan who feels the treasures under castle Ravensmuir were hers. Is she strong enough to overcome this imp?

And then there is the youngest sister, Elizabeth, which we come to know more thoroughly. I can’t wait to hear her story!

If you are of the ‘tartan’ inclination, enjoy intrigue, bravery, sensitivity and passionate men and women of Scotland, you’ll have no problem enjoying both the read and the listen. “Of that you may be sure!”


SONY DSCAbout the Author: NYT bestselling author Claire Delacroix always loved stories, both telling them and hearing them. She sold her first romance novel – THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE – in 1992 and has published over fifty romance novels since. She writes in a variety of subgenres, including time travel romance, historical romance, medieval romance, fantasy romance and fantasy with romantic elements. She has also written under the names Claire Cross and Deborah Cooke. She makes her home with her family, a number of incomplete knitting projects and a lot of overgrown houseplants. Claire loves to travel, to cook, to ride her bike and to read.

Claire is currently writing the True Love Brides Series, which began with THE RENEGADE’S HEART. These are paranormal medieval romances set in Scotland and continue the story of the eight siblings at Kinfairlie. THE BEAUTY BRIDE, book #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy of medieval romances, introduces the family. THE RENEGADE’S HEART is Isabella’s story and THE HIGHLANDER’S CURSE is Annelise’s story. THE FROST MAIDEN’S KISS will be next in the series and will be Malcolm’s story.

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saskia-maarleveldAbout the Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld lives in New York City, working full time in the voice over world. Hailing from New Zealand and having lived in Europe for many years, Saskia’s voice can deliver an incredible variety of accents and characters. Able to switch seamlessly from general American to countless accents and dialects, Saskia brings any story and its characters to life.

She has recorded over 80 audiobooks using these skills, working with Recorded Books, Audible, Tantor, DuArt and Brickshop Audio. Familiar with various genres, from romance to mystery, fantasy/sci-fi  to historical fiction, she can often be heard speaking in British, Australian, New Zealand, Scottish, Irish and French accents…among many others.

About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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2 Responses to Audiobook Review: Claire Delacroix’s version of Beauty and the Beast –THE ROSE RED BRIDE

  1. carolcork says:

    Eileen, this sounds an intriguing series.

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  2. Thanks for another wonderful review, Eileen! I’m glad you’re enjoying the series.

    Saskia is recording book #3, The Snow White Bride, right now, as well as the linked short story, The Ballad of Rosamunde. I think they’ll both be available in May. 🙂

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