Do you ever wish you could read slower to be able to enjoy a series longer? Do you wish it never to end? That’s what happened when I finished The Jewels of Kinfairlie Series. But I’m excited to know the Lammergeier saga continues with The True Love Bride’s Series.
Title: The Renagade’s Heart The True Love Bride’s Book
Author: Claire Delacroix
Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval
Story Setting: Kinfairlie, Scotland, 1424
Published by: Deborah A. Cooke, 1.6 edition
Published Date: January 12, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 11 hours, 10 minutes
Released Date: September 1, 2015
Published by: Deborah A. Cooke
Publisher’s Summary: Released from the captivity of the Fae, Murdoch Seton wants nothing more than to forget his lost years. Undertaking a quest to recover treasure stolen from his family seems the perfect solution – but Murdoch is not counting upon a curious maiden who holds both the secret to the theft and his sole redemption.
Isabella is outraged to find her brother’s keep besieged by a renegade knight – especially one who is too handsome for his own good or hers. After a single encounter, she becomes convinced that his cause is just and decides to unveil the true thief, never imagining that their single shared kiss has launched a battle for Murdoch’s very soul. As the treacherous Fae move to claim Murdoch forever, Isabella seeks to heal the knight who has stolen her heart. But will Murdoch allow her to take a risk and endanger herself? Or will he sacrifice himself to ensure Isabella’s future?
©2012 Claire Delacroix, Inc. (P)2015 Deborah A. Cooke
My Thoughts: I’m delighted to continue the story of the Lammergeier sisters. Saskia Maarleveld does such a great job telling the story, touching the very essence of each character’s spirit. I’m amazed with her range of voice portraying males, children and females. I never tire of listening to her.
So it was like coming home to some good friends. The last series, The Jewels of Kinfairlie left three of Alexander’s sisters yet to be wed. He had promised them they would have the right to choose their own marriage partners. He had ‘arranged’ marriages for his other two sisters. In retaliation for scheming, they arranged his marriage to Eleanor which turned out verra’ well indeed.
The girls lived quietly for three years and were starting to get concerned they’d turn into spinsters. When Murdoch Seton, a knight, came to see Alexander, the girls thought he was back to old mischief. He was not. Murdoch Seton came to petition Alexander to return a relic of old they thought Ross, Alexander’s brother, had stolen while he fostered with them.
Murdoch was desperate. Time was running out for the success of his quest. The Elphine Queen had marked him as her own, for the Fae love to manipulate beings in the human world and take lovers where they could. But he only had one moon to set the wrong done to his clan, to make a difference and do good. At first we meet, he didn’t appear to be chivalrous, but a bit underhanded. Alexander was ready to see the worst in him, judging him by Murdoch’s actions. Isabella was ready to see the good in him, and help him she would. Ah! Love will conquer all.
Their hearts chose well, for it was Isabella’s propensity to believe in the Fae world and give some credence to folklore surrounding the Scottish highlands. She also wanted to be a healer, much like Eleanor so had interest in the healing qualities of herbs. We got to see more of the spriggan and reconnect with Darg. The spriggan talk with verse, which was really a delight to listen to. Clever writer, to be sure!
There are two secondary characters which make this story even more charming. Smith, from the smithy of Kinfairlie and Stewart, an old servant retained by Murdoch’s father who believed in Murdoch. Smith also believed in the goodness of Murdoch and was familiar with treachery of the Fae. Stewart was like the conscious of Murdoch, always telling him how he should act and what he should do.
Ms. DelaCroix provides a delightful, appealing, fantastical historical romance that continues to amuse, beguile and enchant. She and the narrator will propel you into their medieval world and you will be ensnared as I am. On that you can rely!
Note from the Author to the Reader:
The Renegade’s Heart was a milestone for me because it was my first indie-published original title. I created the fictional holdings of Ravensmuir and Kinfairlie in my medieval romance The Rogue, which was the first book in my Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy. The Scoundrel (book #2 in that series) further explored the history of those two sites, and also added the highland keep of Inverfyre to my fictional version of Scotland. The Warrior, book #3, was set primarily at Inverfyre, and at the end of that book, the family from Kinfairlie comes to Inverfyre at midsummer to celebrate the wedding of Aileen and the Hawk. There is one line in The Warrior about Roland and Catherine having eight children, which gave me the idea to write a linked series of eight books, each one telling the story of one of those children. I published the first three stories of these siblings in my Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy (The Beauty Bride, The Rose Red Bride, and The Snow White Bride) but could not place the others with publishers. There was a conviction in 2005 that readers only wanted to read Regency-set historicals, not medievals. I knew otherwise from my reader mail, but until portals like KDP opened, there were few options for authors. I was (and am) very excited to have the chance to finish what was begun. Not only was I able to continue the series and tell Isabella and Murdoch’s story, but I could include the paranormal elements I love. The True Love Brides series begins after Alexander has decided to let his younger siblings marry for true love. These stories also occur when the portal to the realm of the Fae is wide open, and the Fae are prepared to make trouble for mortals in their vicinity. In The Renegade’s Heart, Isabella must save Murdoch from the Elphine Queen, who has no intention of surrendering him. The True Love Brides series continues with The Highlander’s Curse, which is Annelise’s story. Next up will be Malcolm’s story in The Frost Maiden’s Kiss. I hope you will return to Kinfairlie and Ravensmuir with me, and read about true love conquering all obstacles.
All my best – Claire