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The Crusader's Bride

Book 1, The Champions of Saint Euphemia

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A company of Templar knights, chosen by the Grand Master of the Temple in Jerusalem to deliver a sealed trunk to the Temple in Paris. A group of pilgrims seeking the protection of the Templars to return home as the Muslims prepare to besiege the city. A mysterious treasure that someone will even kill to possess...

Gaston battled for duty and honor—until his new wife tempted him to fight for her love.

Gaston has had his fill of war and the Latin Kingdoms when he learns that he has inherited his father’s estate in France. He accepts one last quest for the Templars, the order he has served for fifteen years, and agrees to deliver a package to Paris on his way home. A practical man, Gaston knows he now has need of a wife and an heir, so when a lovely widowed noblewoman on pilgrimage catches his eye, he believes he can see matters solved to their mutual convenience.

But Ysmaine is more than a pilgrim enduring bad luck. She has buried two husbands in rapid succession, both of whom died on her nuptial night, and believes herself cursed. Accepting the offer of this gruff knight seems doomed to result in his demise, but Gaston is dismissive of her warnings and Ysmaine finds herself quickly wed again—this time to a man who is not only vital, but determined to remain alive.

Neither of them realize that Gaston’s errand is one of peril, for the package contains the treasure of the Templars—and some soul, either in their party or pursuing it, is intent upon claiming the prize for his or her own, regardless of the cost. In a company of strangers with secrets, do they dare to trust each other and the love that dawns between them?

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The Crusader's Bride

This book was written during the time period of the Knights Templar and their time in the Middle East. It was written from a Crusader's point of view and his being informed that his elder brother had died and he was needed to return home to claim his brothers estate. I really learned a lot about the Templars, which I have always been interested in. The man also needed to find a wife and it follows his endeavors of doing so. I really enjoyed this book.


"Well researched compelling historical romance"

In The Crusade's Bride, you get to experience Jerusalem along with the life and thoughts/feelings of how they Templars probably felt during the time of the Crusade's. If you've ever read much about the Templar knights, you are most likely aware of the many mysterious and secretive activities they were involved in and the extent they went through to hide, or secret away, their religious relics for protection. Gaston was one of these barrel hardened knights until he had to return home upon the death of his father. Yasmain was on a personal pilgrimage in an attempt to atone for self inflicted issues that really were beyond what she could control in her life. Claire Delacroix has long been a favorite author of mine because she essentially, puts you in the story. Her descriptions of places and characters always paint such a true to life scenario. There is romance, intrigue, and a touch of history. This is the first of 3 books in th u s series, so I'm off to number 2. Oh I also purchased the audio version of this book, and greatly enjoyed the talented narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds. I can multitask while listening to a great book by Claire Delacroix.

The Crusader's Bride

I enjoyed the story and fell in love with the main characters. I'm not a huge history buff so a lot of the historical detail was lost on me as I skipped past it. All in all the story kept me engaged.

*Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review

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The Crusader's Bride
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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Jul 28, 2015
  • Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke
  • Seller: Deborah A. Cooke
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Champions of Saint Euphemia
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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