Hi, friends. The Bride Hunt is my comfort-read, pleasant tale with happy ending and so much passion and love, my romantic heart almost melted… I enjoyed it enormously, therefore I give it 5 stars!
Possible triggers– Mention of rape of a young woman (not descriptive). Mention of rape of a mother in front of her children. Murder. Death. Description of bloodied wounds and injuries. Birth. Child of rape. Loss of virginity.
Adults only book, due to descriptive sex scenes.
I know, I know, it sounds scary and disgusting, but author tried to reflect the realities of barbaric times, however she done it gently, without causing reader much distress, as those occurrences were mentioned briefly.
The story begins in late summer of 1072, in Lord’s Kettwyck’s castle, during the welcoming festivities of his two daughters Isabel and Kathryn. The celebrations were to end with Isabel choosing her future husband, but instead she is captured by raiding Scots, who carry her away, leaving blood and death behind.
Brave knight Anvrai d’Arques is not amongst her suitors, because he has no title and no property. His face is scarred, where one eye is missing. Young ladies avoid looking at him and even enemies shudder at his scary appearance. But he is bravest of knights and ruthless warrior. Without giving much thought, he follows Scots, to rescue Lady Isabel from the brutal faith, that awaits her in the hands of Scottish chieftain. However, he is also captured… Together they escape- that’s how their adventure and the love-story, begins.
He is a barbarian. She is a lady. They are perfect together…
My favourite things about this book:
1. Main male character is not perfect in appearance.
Lady Isabel learns, that man with the scarred face and rough manners can be the most honourable and reliable person, the true gentleman and the perfect lover. Contradictory the most handsome and gently spoken man, can turn out to be most selfish and deceiving individual.
2. The child in this book, is not made to be responsible for the sins of her biological parent.
Now, this could be delicate subject for some, and I am sorry if it offends you. But I would like to make this point, from the Pro-Life opinion. The child of rape, whose mother is just a child herself, is still cared for and nursed. This was very important point for me, I believe author made it intentionally, as there was no mention of mother feeling aversion to the child in question or rejecting her. I know, it is just a fiction, but as a fiction writer, she could have taken different path and made young “not-yet-woman” to refuse feeding the babe or even to neglect baby girl, but thankfully it did not happen.
3. Beautiful language used to describe passion and love-making.
This is important, as awkward love-making scene description, could ruin the whole story. (Have you ever read lovely romance novel, and then in the heat of passion, hero says “OK, I’m coming in…” And it makes you cringe so bad you close the book and try to forget those words… Non of that rubbish in The Bride Hunt.)
Historical facts are in the background, involving The King, country at war and war strategies, also reward system for those who dutifully serve The King. But of course, the centre on the story is impossible love, made possible.
We also never hear about the faith of Isabel’s sister Kathryn, but I suspect there is another book, dedicated to her.
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