• The Crusader's Bride

  • The Champions of Saint Euphemia Book 1
  • By: Claire Delacroix
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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The Crusader's Bride

By: Claire Delacroix
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
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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 15 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?

©2015 Deborah A. Cooke (P)2015 Deborah A. Cooke

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A Great Way to Learn of the Crusades and Templars

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When I started listening to this story, I was very excited about the historical setting. I lived many years in Tripoli, travelling to many of the places mentioned where the story took place. I was also delighted to read of the Krak de Chevalier. This, castle, was manned and controlled by my husband’s family for approximately 500 years.

Because of this fact, I listened to it a second time. Once I knew the storyline, I was able to spend more attention on events which actually occurred, and other little tidbits of historical significance the author wove into this wonderful story.

Gaston upheld all the virtues a Templar Knight should. He’d been 18 years in service, ever since age 15. These are the years where a boy becomes a man. He was a fine man, with a forthright, low-key manner. He lacked knowledge of the world, particularly where women were concerned which gave him endless grief when he entered the secular world.

It was unusual for a knight to leave the Templar community, but duty as an heir to his family estate took precedent. It was pure delight to be privy to his methodical way he goes about choosing a wife, the reaso