The Maiden Bride

The Maiden Bride - book cover - romance novel by Linda Needham.A BRIDE WITHOUT A WEDDING NIGHT

The widowed Lady Eleanor Bayard claims her late husband’s tattered and deserted castle, determined to rebuild its shattered walls and start a new life after the horrors of the Black Death.  She is unaware that the huge, beastly intruder who haunts its shadowy ramparts, is the black-hearted warrior whom she married by proxy before the plague, but never met before he was reported dead.


Stunned that his wife is alive, yet believing himself damned forever for his life of war and infamy, Nicholas Bayard hides his identity from Eleanor and helps her resurrect the castle–one last penance before he enters a monastery. Yet nothing can disguise the passion he finds in her arms. With her joy in life and her belief in miracles, she’s a temptation he cannot resist. But when she learns his true identity, she shows him that love is the greatest miracle of all.
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One of the Top Ten Favorite Books of the Year 2000 — Romance Writers of America

Career Achievement nomination — Romantic Times

Nominated for a Frances award as Best Medieval; The Romance Journal

“Deeply intense, richly textured in emotion and colorful characterization, THE MAIDEN BRIDE is a tale to savor….” Romantic Times Top Pick — 4-1/2 Stars