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The Ward's Bride: Border Series Prequel Novella

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Their marriage is forced. Their passion is real.

English knight Sir Adam Dayne is offered the ultimate prize by the earl who raised him: lordship of Langford castle. All he must do is accept a betrothal to the Scottish Marcher warden's beautiful daughter, a match made to keep peace at the tumultuous Anglo-Scottish border. Sir Adam relishes the prospect - until he meets the woman he is to wed.

Lady Cora Maxwell hates everything English, including the self-assured new lord who has claimed her hand in marriage. Desperate to return home to Scotland, Cora displays increasingly outrageous behavior in the hopes of dissuading the Englishman from the marriage. But when Adam proposes a unique challenge, Cora is forced to face her greatest fears and the burgeoning desire he has awakened in her.

The Ward's Bride is a prequel novella in a historical romance series set in 13th century Northumbria. If you like strong female heroines, alpha male types, and sizzling romance, you'll love the first installment of the Border Series. Transport yourself to the medieval world of The Ward's Bride today!

©2017 Cecelia Mecca (P)2017 Altiora Press

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    DragonRose UK UK 10/08/2017
    DragonRose UK UK 10/08/2017
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    "Superb, Exciting, Passion filled Read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes definitely. This was an absolutely wonderful story, with fabulous wit and sass from our heroine being met with charm and patience from Adam. Their marriage wasn't from choice, and they certainly have some obstacles to overcome, but hearing about them, and if they can get past those obstacles was a real delight. There were some very funny moments that kept the book light despite some of the more serious moments. Considering this was only a novella, I think the characters had depth, and the storyline was exciting and made me want to listen straight through to find out how it ends. I wasn't disappointed at all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that was never a dull moment to this story, and that there was more than just romance to keep it exciting. Keeping the peace between Scotland and England is the whole reason why the betrothal has to take place in the first place.


    What does Benedict Waring bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The performance for the most part was impressive. Benedict excelled at the male character voices, especially when they were giving impassioned speeches. He did a decent job of the female voices, and at times our heroine's voice was really good. On other occasions she sounded a little like Mrs Doubtfire! Similar can be said for the hero's voice, mostly his voice was good, especially when he had intimate moments with our heroine, but on times he did sound a little 'camp'. Although not perfect, the narration was enjoyable to listen to, and it was nice to have a little smile now and then when I found the character's voices a little inconsistent at times. I definitely wouldn't have any qualms listening to more books narrated by him. He is only new to narrating, so given time he will be perfect. Listening to him reading this book brings the story to life, moreso than reading it, or watching it if it were on TV. Having it read gives the characters voices, but in my own head I can picture them exactly as I think they should be.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and it was easliy done as this is a novella length story. If it were longer though, I would still want to listen to it all in one go because Cecelia Mecca's stories are captivating from the first word to the last.


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  • 🇺🇸🍁DARA
    South Carolina, USA
    14/10/17
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    "Feisty Bride"

    This is a well written and narrated historical that left me with the feeling of wanting to listen to more books in the series. Along with the historical theme, this story is exciting, has delightful characters, is romantic and has lots of sweet moments that left me smiling. I will be checking out more by this author.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lori
    24/09/17
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    "An arranged marriage with a feisty Scottish lass"
    Any additional comments?

    3.5 stars

    I love historical stories from this time period and this is a short but entertaining, sometimes humorous and very enjoyable prequel to a series. Hopefully the rest of the series will be available on Audible soon. I'm looking forward to it.

    The English and Scottish have been at odds forever. Many tenuous alliances were made through the practice of arranged marriages. Some were lucky and found love others were unlucky and miserable. If Cora gives her union a chance she may discover she's one of the lucky ones.

    Interesting and well rounded cast of characters. For being a shorter book the characters had depth. Even though there is an instant attraction I really liked that so much time was spent on developing Cora and Adam as well as the relationship developing between them. Both the H and h are independent and strong characters. Of coarse you can't help but admire Cora's feisty demeanor and tenacity. She's determined to get back to Scotland. Adam was unbelievably patient, considerate and honorable when it came to Cora.

    Benedict Waring did a great job with the narration. Nice voice that is perfect for this type of story. His accent lends an authenticity to the story. Clearly spoken with a nice pace. His male voices are great of coarse. His female voices are really good as well. Occasionally there was an odd pause. But it fit the story as if the characters were having a hard time expressing themselves. He was able to bring the characters and story to life. Hopefully he will be narrating the rest of the series. Very enjoyable

    You can hear him swallow and take in breaths at times which gets a bit annoying after a while. It was not so much that it took away from my overall enjoyment of the story.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DK
    29/08/17
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    "The Ward's Bride: A Prequel"


    ✒️ To try to avert escalation of the border wars between Scotland and England, an arranged marriage is made between the Scotsman's daughter and an English nobleman/soldier.

    Cora Mitchell(the Lady Scott) is set against this marriage. Almost as soon as she arrives she is wed to Adam (Englishman) thwarting her plans of calling off the marriage.

    Despite a physical attraction and with the patience of Job, Adam acquiesces to all of Cora's demands, no matter how foolish or against the reasons for the marriage.

    I don't want to share much more, as this is a prequel of only 3 hours +/-
    I cannot wait for the rest of the series to come out and I hope to remember to add them to my wish list when Audible finally has them. At the time of this writing (2017) none of the rest are available.

    The narration was great. I have never heard Benedict Waring before. His deep voice is perfect for the noble, fierce Englishman and the growly voice of a Scottish warrior. His interpretations of the female characters are very good, too.

    *I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nadine
    JIM THORPE, PA, United States
    22/08/17
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    "Keeping the peace and falling in love!"

    Its no secret that the Scotts and the English had in the past instant distrust and dislike for each other and that is putting it mildly. In order to foster and to try to keep the peace often they would have to marry, not always going well. I loved this novella. It had so much packed into this book. Beautiful imagery, great strong characters and storyline that wasn't overly complicated or rushed. There is action, a little intrigue and you will laugh and be swept away by the passion between Cora and Adam.

    I was provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    Worth a credit: YES, but for $10.46 also worth the cost.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adriana B
    USA
    21/08/17
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    "Historical Novella with An Arranged Marriage"

    This is a great short audiobook listen. The characters are independent and captivating. I'm not familiar with this author but this is a great Novella.

    The narrator brought the story to life. His performance was excellent.

    An arranged marriage between an Scottish bride and an Englishman is negotiated in order to reach an alliance. Cora is determined to do everything in her power to got back home. She does not want to marry an Englishman.

    Cora's outrageous behavior is quite entertaining. She is so lucky Adam is a gentlemen and treats her better than most men would.

    I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series.

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Romance junkie
    15/08/17
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    "Unwilling Scottish Bride and English Soldier"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ward's Bride to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, but I enjoy audio when there are accents, English and Scittish as in this book....it adds more for me


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adam...he was English, desirering peace with the border as its..raised by a lord as his parents were dead he was honest, loyal and thoughtful...he did everything he could to help his Scottish bride Cora adjust to England and to him..putting her neeeds and desires before his own..very lovable


    Have you listened to any of Benedict Waring’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first time listening to this narrator...h did a very nice job...sometimes I didn't understand his pauses, but not too badly paused


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when Adam and Cora acknowledged their feelings for each other


    Any additional comments?

    This should be an excellent series...excellent dialogue ... great characters...some angst but not excessive...their were some secondary characters I am interested in learning more about!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    14/08/17
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    "Captivating Listen"

    Both the author and narrator were new to me. I really enjoyed this short listen. The characters are strong and independent, yet they have great chemistry. The forced marriage concept fit the time period for this book. Cora was fortunate that her husband (Adam) was not the brute most English barons were to Scottish brides. I thought the narrator did a very good performance with the various characters and was able to put the right emotion into the story. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. I was provided with this review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily written my review. I will definitely look for more books in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elena
    Toronto
    13/08/17
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    "Love Has No Borders"

    Cecelia Mecca has been a wonderful new author to read. If you like to read medieval romance set in the border between Scotland and England, this book is for you. In spite of the fact that like most prequels the instant lust and love between Cora and Adam happened in a blink of an eye, somehow Ms Mecca managed to write an entertaining story. Adam and Cora were forced to marry in order to keep the peace between Cora's clan and its English neighbours. Adam had no problem with it, Cora had every intention to make her husband return her back home. And so the scheming began. I liked Adam sense of honour and Cora's feistiness. There are a couple of funny scenes too. Yes, I will continue reading this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Katie
    12/08/17
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    "Sweet and spicy read"

    I enjoyed this sweet story. Both main characters were so likeable and they had great chemistry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie Brown
    05/08/17
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    "Battle of wills!!!"
    What did you love best about The Ward's Bride?

    A new author with a great beginning in her first novella. Sir Adam Dayne, an English knight, is offered a prize that can't be refused. He gains his own castle if he marries and accepts a betrothal to the Scottish Marcher warden’s beautiful. Lady Cora Maxwell hates everything English, including the self-assured new lord and husband. Lady Cora thought she’s have time to convince her Adam that they would not suit, but instead they are married the day after she arrives. Cora provides Adam a proposal and if he accepts he will be in for the battle of wills with his new wife. Cora is forced to face her greatest fears and the burgeoning desire he has awakened in her.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A novella that delivers an excellent story of two people meeting for the first time, with different backgrounds and finding what they most need and desire, love and happiness.


    Have you listened to any of Benedict Waring’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The Narrator Benedict Waring did an excellent job of narrating this audio book it simply came alive and was very enjoyable to listen to.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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