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Marin's Promise

(Borderland Ladies #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  344 ratings  ·  81 reviews
A lady who will defend her family and her castle...
Lady Marin Barrington, eldest of the Earl of Werrick's five daughters, is a born protector. Not only has she taken on the role of mistress of the castle and caregiver to her sisters upon their mother's death, she also acts in her father’s stead while he is serving the king abroad. Dedicated and resolute, failure is never a
ebook, 324 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Madeline Martin (first published 2019)
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Barbara Rogers
Series: Borderland Ladies #1
Publication Date: 5/28/19

OMG!!! What a wonderful beginning to this new series. It is full of action, romance and a cast of characters with whom you will fall in love. Several years ago (11 I think) the Earl of Werrick’s castle was attacked. His wife was raped and left pregnant by one of the reivers. She later died giving birth to the child. Rather than blaming the babe, the Earl and his four daughters loved the little one with all their hearts – looking upon her as th
Maggie Whitworth
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Borderland Ladies is going to be a cracking series if this first book is anything to go by .
Marin’s Promise is different, in that it has a strong woman as the main character.

Marin is the eldest daughter of the Earl and since her mother died and her father withdrew into himself , she has been in charge of the running of the castle and the care of her younger sisters .
All of them are beautiful , talented and strong in mind, they have abilities with weapons and the youngest is a seer
Tracy Emro
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Lady Marin Barrington is the eldest daughter of the Earl of Werrick, and de facto matriarch of the Barrington family. Having lost her mother to violence and forced to grow up fast as the daughter of the Western March Warden, Marin and her sisters have been trained as warriors to survive in the treacherous borderlands. So when her father is away on a mission for the king, and reiver Bran Davidson holds her younger sister Catriona hostage outside the gates of Werrick Castle, Marin will have to dec ...more
Lori D
There was no doubt in my mind that this would be an amazing story! With five sisters that are left at their father's castle while he is away, Bran, a reiver manages to take over the castle. But he never expected Marin, the eldest, who had been trained as a warrior, just as all of her siblings. Marin was determined to outwit him and do whatever she could to take back control.
A strong, courageous heroine and a determined hero who has his own reasons for needing to be the victor, clash together as
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 STARS PLUS! Marin’s Promise by Madeline Martin is a Fantastic Must Read! Wow, I absolutely loved every page of this exciting and deeply emotional book! Spectacular writing, many creative twisting plots, in-depth and complex characters, with a gripping storyline that kept me at the edge of my seat. I especially loved the characters complex and angst filled lives and how they survived and weaved compassion with loyalty and ultimately to a white hot steamy passion that engulfed their hearts! This ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in Madeline's new Borderland Ladies series, and it was absolutely wonderful! The characters were colorful and very likable. The story was well-written, exciting, suspenseful and full of wonderful romance. If you like a romance book with a strong heroine along with a strong, handsome hero then this is the book for you! Loved it so much! Highly recommended! ...more
This was a solid effort in the Scottish/Highlander romance genre, if a tad too long.
Kacy Rozier
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm always excited to get to read a new book from Madeline! This is a new series about 6 sister's that each have their own amazing story to tell. Marin is the oldest and is the mistress of the Castle. Madeline weaves together these amazing stories about strong women, strong, in different areas. I have a feeling this series will be a huge hit! Can't wait to read the others! ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Marin's Promise by Madeline Martin is book One in the Borderland Ladies Series. This is the story of Bran Davidson and Marin Barrington.
Bran has had to make a living for his sister and himself being a border reiver / raider. But the one thing Bran and his crew knew that no women or children would be hurt or was just one of the rules they had. When Bran sister is taken by Kerr who swears to put her to death if he doesn't take the Werrick Castle over. Bran does find a way into the Castl
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Bran Douglas is forced to take Werrick Castle Lady Marin does not fully understand that “all is not as it appears!” This saying is repeated by her young sister Leila several times throughout the story as the action builds and the story takes its twists and turns. There are so many amazing characters in this story to fall in love with and of course Bran and Marin are at the top of the list. It is a cleverly spun tale with plenty of action, romance and suspense to keep you turning the pages w ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marin's Promise
Borderland Ladies #1
By Madeline Martin

Lady Marin Barrington is the oldest of the Earl of Werrick's five daughters and a born protector. She has not only taken on the role of mistress of the castle and caregiver to her sisters after her Mothers death, she also fills in for her father when he's gone taking on every duty there is when it comes to running a castle. She is very dedicated and failure is not a word that could ever describe her actions. So one day, when a reiver sta
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lady Marin Barrington, eldest of the Earl of Werrick's five daughters, is a born protector. Not only has she taken on the role of mistress of the castle and caregiver to her sisters upon their mother's death, she also acts in her father's stead while he is away serving the king. So, when a reiver forces his way into the castle, Marin won't surrender easily and takes it upon herself to kill the usurper. Except plans go awry when passions are awoken and matters get complicated.
Bran Douglas's siste
Kat Tolle
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a way to start it off a new series! Marin's Promise is book 1 in the new Borderland Ladies series. If this series is anything like this first book I can’t wait to read them all. Madeline has a way of pulling you into each book from the first page to the very last. Her characters are wonderful and even the not so nice, kind of a bad guy is worth falling in love with. Her details for history is amazing. This is like no other book that I have read it is so original. This story has battles, cla ...more
Brenda Hughes
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, wow and wow! What a start to the Borderland Ladies series. I literally could not put the book down. It is the story of Bran, and Marin, Lady Of Werrick Castle, in her Fathers absence. It is a wonderful story with emotional ups and downs, crying and wishing for love. Madeline Martin has always been an amazing author, but this one was beyond amazing. I personally can’t wait for the next book. The book includes enough drama, past guilt, uncertain feelings, a battle, enough to keep you on your ...more
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Since her mother's death Lady Marin Barrington has served as mistress of her father, the Earl of Werrick's castle, as the eldest of his five daughters. She also takes command of the castle when her father is away serving the king. When a reiver forces his way into the castle during one of her father's absences, Marin plays the part of gracious loser all the while plotting ways to kill him. Except, when she finds herself presented with the opportunity, in the most intimate of moments, she discove ...more
Roslyn Stillman
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first in the Borderland Lady’s series. As usual Ms Martin has written a strong story with a strong heroine and a hero with a soft heart that can be tough when required. This book has all you want in a book, adventure, action, suspense, and romance and the set up for the rest of her series. It is a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions. The reason I only gave this book a 4 was because I only read historical romances for their innocence and I always skip the sex scenes, so I found the bui ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so amazing and Marin and Bran were so good together and I could not put this book down!! I read it in one sitting because it was that good!! The characters, the passion, and love between sisters and Marin’s love Bran!! I loved it so much!! I highly recommend!! Can I give it 10 stars!!
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by this author and I really, really liked it. Marin and Bran had great chemistry. Even though Marin tries to kill the man who has seized her castle she can't help the way he makes her feel. When she offers herself in marriage to him to protect her sisters, he agrees. But he has a secret that could upset the tenuous relationship with his wife. Amongst fighting and danger this story will enthrall you. I received a complimentary copy and I am voluntarily reviewing ...more
Carole Burant
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be such an amazing story and wow, what an excellent start to the Borderland Ladies series! Marin and her sisters have been brought up knowing how to fight and boy, do they do it well!!! I love how feisty they are and I'm really looking forward to reading the other sisters' stories as well.

Book 1 is Marin and Bran's story. You will be swept away by all they go through to get their HEA...battles, secrets, heartache, revenge, passion, etc. Marin, being the eldest of her sisters, ha
Marina Leonard
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My word, what a fantastic story. And a great way to start a new series. The way this book was, almost made you think you were there with Marin and Bran. I really loved both of them, but Bran, oh my. There were tears in my eyes as I read and a few shocking twists had me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. If I could, it would get more than 5 stars.
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Marta Cervantes
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marin and Bran

I loved this story of bravery, family, and love!

Marin and Bran find love in the midst of turmoil, but will they be able to see it through? This story kept me hooked to the very end! Can't wait to read the next book!
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Madeline Martin has done it again! She's brought a strong start to a new series that certianly has me hooked, as I'm sure it will you!
Marin's Promise is book one in Martin's highly anticipated Borderland Ladies series. The series follows six sisters who are each strong and determined in their own ways. Marin's Promise follows the story of the eldest sister and her quest to protect her family no matter the cost. From an early age, Marin has been the strongtower of the family. She had to grow up
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow just wow what a great start to a new series. This books was just amazing. I can’t wait for the next book. A castle taken over a female warrior fighting to get it back a deal of marriage to recuse her sisters. A love that is tested time and time again. Great characters and a great storyline.
Linda Maxfield
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
"Marin's Promise" is a wonderful start to a great new series. Marin and Bran's story will grab hold of you and won't let go til the end. You will experience angst, heartache, danger, suspense and above all love. A guaranteed HEA; you will not want to put this book down. I'm anxiously awaiting the rest of this series and getting to know each sister and learning their stories. I read an Advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Amy Alvis
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Marin and Bran's story!

Bran is under orders to take over the castle that belongs to Marin's family. He is doing it to save his family, but all Marin sees is an interloper. But she must do what she must to save her own family, even if it means that she marry the enemy. Can the marriage made from necessity turn into something more?

I will say that Bran had to grow on me. (view spoiler)
Candy Laine
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marin may be the eldest daughter of the earl of Werrick, but she is the one in charge of the castle. Having lost her mother eleven years ago turned her into the mother figure for all her younger siblings. Each sister may look delicate but is a force to be reckoned with.
Bran only wants to save his sister Ena, but the way to do this is through capturing Werrick castle. A task he managed to succeed at with the least amount of bloodshed. Not that playing the gentleman is getting the staff at the cas
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a great book to start off the series! The series is about the 5 daughters of the Earl of Werrick. All the characters in the book are wonderful, but this book is about the eldest daughter, Lady Marin. Lady Marin has been the mistress of the Castle and caregiver to her younger sisters since her mother died. She is strong willed, stubborn and will do what is necessary to take care of her family and people. Bran is a reiver and in order to save his sister he has to take over the castle and ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG! This book has blown me away! This is one of the most amazing stories I have ever read. It's an emotional rollercoaster. I needed tons of tissue to get through it. I was crying tears of hurt and anguish and tears of joy. The story is so intense and, at times, heart-wrenching. The description of the horrific wars and the slaying of people is something I won't forget for a long time. Thank you, Ms. Martin, for writing such an amazing story. ...more
Aurora Harner
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

This was such an entertaining book, from the characters to the storyline this book was thoroughly entertaining and very well written. I look forward to reading more from this author!
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Madeline Martin is the New York Times and international bestselling author of The Last Bookshop in London as well as historical romance that spans from medieval castles to regency ballrooms.

Stay posted for her next WWII historical fiction coming out in 2022!

She lives in sunny Florida with her two daughters (known collectively as the minions), one incredibly spoiled cat and a man so wonderful he's

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