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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (1 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380815257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380815258
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 817,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A delightful new talent!"-- Mary Balogh"Karen Hawkins knows how to keep a reader entranced from first page to last."-- Joan Johnston

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Karen Hawkins was raised in Tennessee, a member of a huge extended family that included her brother and sister, an adopted sister, numerous foster siblings, and various exchange students. In order to escape the chaos (and while hiding when it was her turn to do the dishes), she would huddle under the comforter on her bed with a flashlight and a book, a habit she still embraces to this day.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andriana on 4 Dec. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In short, this was a good book. A good read but it wasn't fantastic. At some points I found it quite difficult to concentrate on it. The story line was alright - Lucien was a really great guy - He wasn't your typical hero because he didn't run from love or commitment even when he was twenty! Bella was also a good character but I found her a bit annoying at times (I can't marry him cos he doesn't want to really...blah blah blah), but on the whole I liked her too. She was a strong character and all her emotions where shown brilliantly. The best thing about this book is that it made me laugh! It was really quite funny at parts! Disapointments? Apart from the ones I've already mentioned I think the love scenes were also a bit of a disapointment - they got me quite bored because I didn't think there was much feeling in them.
Basically if your in the mood for a good, light read this is the book for you: Its funny and has very well-made characters.
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By Lucie K on 7 Nov. 2014
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Fine so it's not the best book I have ever read BUT! I laughed so hard I almost fell of my chair :-) if you are looking for lighthearted romance with loads of humor and happy ending go for it !
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jane Garrett on 6 Mar. 2004
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I bought this book because it had good reviews and was left feeling cheated, and frankly, disappointed in the review system. I thought this was an appalling book-and very poor on historical accuracy. Barons are not adressed as Sir, Regency dukes do not do household repairs and muck out stables, and the word gotten crops up far too often-I don't think this author would recognise real historical research if it jumped up and bit her! Furthermore, I quickly got fed up with the two main characters lusting after each others backsides, breasts etc-it disguises(very poorly) an incredibly thin plot and lack of any real sexual tension. Save your money and buy Karen Marie Moning instead-at least she reseaches her books properly and writes a good story.
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15 of 68 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Gillon on 26 April 2001
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This book is great. I eagaly awaited it's release, and I was not dissapointed. The story is fast paced, and well-written. The characters are well developed and only wrote in to aid with the plot. Every character is individual and unique; which is refreshing nowadays. All in all, a great book and a great story.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
A Belated Bride----Absolutely wonderful!!! 29 Nov. 2000
By Carla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A Belated Bride by Karen Hawkins is quite possibly the best book I have read this year. Karen is able to create such heartfelt, humorous, and absolutely believable stories. This is Karen's second book for Avon books, and I must say she does not disappoint. The hero, Lucien Deveraux, is a dashing Duke determined to win back the lady he lost years ago. Arabella Hadley is a strong, independent woman who will fight with everything she has to stop that from happening. Throw in a couple of matchmaking aunts and one humorous incident after another and you have perfection in the making! A Belated Bride is book that will climb to the top of your Keeper List! If you love a lighthearted, humorous Regency era Romance, you will LOVE this book!
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Karen Hawkins just keeps getting better & better! Triple A+ 18 Jan. 2001
By Stacey Timmins-Newman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wow! I always thought Karen Hawkins had talent, I just didn't realize how much talent.
If you enjoyed One Lucky Lord (under her pseudonym Kim Bennet) and if you loved The Abduction of Julia, you will be blown away by A Belated Bride!
Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your viewpoint) Lucien Devereaux, the Duke of Wexford was rescued before he bled to death on that bleak, country road. Reality set in when he realized his beautiful savior owned the very heart he broke so many years ago!
Arabella Hadley loved Lucien forever, heart, mind and soul - not to mention body - and that is what caused all this trouble to begin with! Her traitorous body! If only she could control her reaction to this devilish man she could get on with her life just fine!
The sensuality sizzles, the intrigue will keep you turning the pages and humor will have you rolling on the floor, laughing out loud!
Come join the fun! Meet Arabella's aunts Emma and Jane and a whole host of secondary characters that you will remember forever!
If you only read one new release for the year 2001, let it be A Belated Bride... you won't be disappointed!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A funny, delicious book! 14 Feb. 2001
By Nes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well, I must say that I have enjoyed reading this book! This book has it all! Laughter, adventure, treasures, a villain, great secondary characters and most of all romance!
Lucien Deveraux, The Duke of Wexford, is accidentally ran over by the carriage of Arabella Hadley a woman he has loved and lost ten years ago. Because of his wounds he was forced to stay and recover in the house of Arabella where she lives with her two aunts and brother. Arabella and Lucien fell in love with each other years ago but circumstances has taken Lucien away from Arabella and broke her innocent heart. Now ten years later they face each other again and Lucien must prove to this independent, stubborn, strong, beautiful woman that he has changed and and is there to stay with her forever. Even if this means to trick her into marriage.
I enjoyed reading this book a lot! After reading so many "serious" books lately, I found this refreshing, funny and well written. There were moments in this book that made me laugh out loud, sigh from exasperation, tense from what's to come next and curl my toes with pleasure because Lucien is such a wonderful hero. I could really empathize with Arabella's feelings and independence because of what she has had to endure. If a book can make me feel all these things then I know I've got myself another keeper. This book has everything and has the right dosage of humor, misunderstanding, love scenes, meddling of Arabella's delightful aunts and adventure. Karen Hawkins even threw in two extra romances. The secondary characters are well written and gave the book more depth and you will wish to see them return in Karen's future books.
Karen Hawkins is a writer that can certainly be compared to writers like Amanda Quick, Julia Quinn and Jacquie D'Alessandro. If you love their books you will certainly love A Belated Bride. Buy this book now for I assure you, you will not be disappointed, you will only clamor for more!! I, for one, certainly cannot wait for her next book, The Abduction of Sara, to be released in November 2001!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
An absolute delight! 13 Jan. 2001
By Nancy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Every so often I'm lucky enough to find a writer whose fluid prose and sparkling wit keep me turning the pages long past the time I should stop. With The Belated Bride, Karen Hawkins made me do just that. With a stubborn, intelligent, independent heroine (Arabella), one sexy, roguish hero who's determined to do the right thing (Lucien), and two sweet but meddling aunties with a fondness for tonic, sheep potions and gambling (the tonic's medicinal, of course), I was treated to a truly delightful book. Add to that an intriguing plot of spies and smuggling, flowing dialogue, a few more likeable secondary characters, and pages of humorous banter, and I found that if I wasn't completely engrossed in the storyline and trying to figure out who's-the-real-villain, I was chuckling or laughing out loud. It's a delicious gift of a story with all the right elements in just the right mix, and one I just can't recommend highly enough.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful Regency-era romp from a talented new author! 15 Feb. 2001
By Barbara Deane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this wonderful, humorous Regency-era romp, Karen has proven that the success of her first novel, The Abduction of Julia, was no mistake. Arabella Hadley has plenty of secrets, as well as two elderly aunts, a wheelchair bound brother, and a estate full of servants and tenants that she's trying to protect. What she certainly doesn't need is an injured duke lying around the house to upset her routine. Especially this duke.
Lucien Deveraux stole her heart and then stomped on it ten years ago. Even though the Christian thing to do is rescue an injured man lying along the road on that dark night, once Arabella discovers his identity, she begins to wish she'd left him tofend for himself. Once Lucien discovers where he is, he decides to use the obvious interest of Arabella's aunts to his advantage - both to hide his own secrets and to learn more about Arabella's life in the years since he had to marry another.
Once Lucien is firmly ensconced in the family home, Arabella has a devil of a time trying to kick him out. Her aunts have decided he is the perfect mate for Arabella and her brother has finally shown some interest in life again. However, the temptation of Lucien is more than poor Arabella can stand; she never quite managed to free her heart of his memories, even after he married another woman.
In this funny, tender, and enjoyable ride through the English countryside and the lives of these two independent and resilient characters, Karen Hawkins has created a world that leaves us wanting more. The drama is exciting, the sexual chemistry is riveting, and the characters, from the hero and heroine down to Arabella's meddling aunts and crippled brother, Lucien's eccentric sister, and all the people working and living on or near Rosemont, can't help but worm their way into our hearts. Definitely don't miss this latest and endearing tale from a talented new author. Great job, Karen!
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