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The Least Likely Bride [Kindle Edition]

Jane Feather
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Dear Reader,

In my Brides Trilogy, three unconventional young women vow never to marry, only-one by one-to be overtaken by destiny.  Scholarly Olivia is most certainly The Least Likely Bride--

One moment Lady Olivia Granville is strolling along a path, her nose buried in a tome of Greek philosophy; the next she is plunging down a rocky cliff. When she regains consciousness, she is naked and unwittingly trapped on a pirate ship.  Her captor, though, is no ordinary pirate.  Wickedly handsome, disturbingly mysterious, the grey-eyed master of the Wind Dancer is both a physician and an artist, and admits to making his living from the sea.

Most disconcerting of all, when he turns his glittering eyes on her, he sees not the stammering, hopelessly bookish young girl Olivia has always been, but a passionate, beautiful woman who can, if she chooses, embark on the adventure and the love of a lifetime.

I invite you to share in Olivia's passionate, enchanting adventure.

Warmest wishes,
(signed)Jane Feather

P.S. For Portia's story, be sure to read The Hostage Bride, and you will catch Phoebe's story in The Accidental Bride.  And look for my next novel, The Window's Kiss, in early 2001-- in which my heroine has been widowed not less than four times!


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1480 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009BWF3L4
  • Publisher: Bantam (10 Dec 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NJUODA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #498,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unconventional and strong 7 Jan 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read this book three times (as i tend to do with every book that I really like) and I still adore it. Anthony (our swashbuckling hero)and Olivia (the sweet maiden heroine) were stunning to follow and not once did I feel any need to grab them by the scruff of their necks and shake solid sense into them.
The novel is fast paced and it draws on history without becoming too restricted or limited by fact. I liked that their story wasn't too conventional and that it didn't follow any real formula (other than boy gets girl), I liked that Olivia could think for herself and I liked that Anthony was not overpowering. The characters make this story and they transcend the plot.
But of course it also has what ever true romance should have. Great love, great sex and great writing...what more could a girl ask for?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The least credible romance 1 Sep 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Olivia, the daughter of Cato Granville, is woolgathering one day, steps off the edge of a cliff and is knocked unconscious. She is rescued by a pirate ship and, once she recovers, the pirate captain climbs into her bed and just casually has sex with her. Riiiight. Okay. And she decides that she wants to see him again?!
So then once he has her taken home, she sneaks out of her father's house to meet him again. And even when she realises that he has to be part of a plot to work against her father's political agenda, she stays quiet and doesn't tell Cato what's going on. Even though she knows that Anthony is a pirate.
I'm sorry; I just didn't see any romance in here, and I didn't even like the 'hero'. And as for the ending, what kind of thing is that? I kept waiting for him to renounce his lawless life, but no; he continues to be a pirate, and Cato lets Phoebe go to him instead of having him handed over to the police and hanged. And they don't even get married!
Terrible.
wmr-uk
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best 12 Aug 2014
By Nic
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There was too much political talk and the ending was disappointing, it really let the book down. Not my favourite of her books.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Olivia Falls down a cliff face. When she regains herself she finds herself on a pirate ship. Where she has been nursed by the catain of the ship.A mysterious man who is no ordinary pirate, an Artist and a doctor as well.The only problem is he is a Royalist and her father is for Paraliment.And he is Trying to get the King out of Carisbrook castle.And Her father is the leader of the local garrison who are holding the knig. Olivia finds hers drawn To Anthony who finds her passionat,beautiful woman who choose to embark on an adventure and enjoy the love of a lifetime without doing what she said she wouldn't get married to him.She becomes so involed in what he is doing by meeting him in disguise , but unsure whether he is a recker so gose to see and finds that he has brought the real recker's to justics.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great romance by a writer who makes history come alive 31 Dec 1999
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In 1648, negotiations between King Charles and Parliament seem to be going nowhere when the monarch fled to the Isle of Wight. The leading Parliamentarians are forced to follow and set up households on the isle. Among them is Lord Granville who relocated his family from Yorkshire to Wight to continue bargaining with the King.

His bookworm and scholarly daughter Olivia Granville slips while reading and walking near the edge of a cliff. She suddenly steps into nothingness. When she awakens Olivia is onboard a pirate's ship Wind Dancer. The captain Anthony is actually a royal supporter. As Olivia and Anthony begin to fall in love, his loyalty is tested by his need for her, especially since her father leads the opposition.

THE LEAST LIKELY BRIDE, The third tale in Jane Feather's "Bride" trilogy (see THE ACCIDENTAL BRIDE and THE HOSTAGE BRIDE) is a wonderful conclusion to a warm series. The story line is filled with action as "noble," Drake-like pirates and "odious" land-based wreckers cause havoc on the nearby seas. However, as with the first two novels, the intriguing lead characters drive the strong story line even with the King and Parliament serving as a fabulous and authentic backdrop. Ms. Feather's seventeenth century historical romance is another winner that will send the audience seeking the first two books.

Harriet Klausner
46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing! Not worthy of a last book in the series 9 Jan 2000
By K. Nish - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have read each of these books and was REALLY looking forward to this one based on what I read in The Accidental Bride. Unfortunately, this book didn't live up to the releases.
While I liked the story between the hero and the heroine, I often found Olivia acting completely out of what has been her established character. I won't spoil the book by giving it away-but she goes WAAAYY far afield. Anthony was a totally wonderful hero, with dashing good looks and a pirate's sense of danger. But more often than not a felt I was reading a Regency novel that had simply been picked up and moved back a couple of centuries. Nothing about the still somewhat elaborate clothing of the Reformation era, or the highly Puritan overtones of the time. No Great Halls or large fireplaces; but a lot of "Exactly so"'s.
Personally, I like my Romance novels to end with a Happily Ever After scenario. This one definitely doesn't. Not even shakily so. And since as I mentioned above, it is the last book of the trilogy-the story is fini.
I'm sure it will be well read as the other two books were enjoyable and people will want to know how it ends. But be prepared for it not to end pleasantly.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The worst of the three 27 Mar 2006
By K. S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had such high hopes for Olivia! I read all three books in a span of about two weeks (this one being the last).

Olivia's character had such great possibility! Too bad it was wasted on quick fixes in the name of "enthrallment" (Olivia's excuse for all of her actions in this book). After swearing off men, Olivia's circumstances wind her up in the care of a pirate, Anthony. There is the immediate connection that generally takes place with all romance stories, but this one doesn't quite work for me.

Anthony, because of some psychic ability that they don't elaborate on or use to its fullest potential to develop the story, realizes (while Olivia is unconscious) that he is meant for this woman. No development of love or attraction, just that he "knows" she is the one. I guess I could live with that if that was the only problem with this book.

Olivia on the other hand, without this knowledge, gives up her entire way of life for a moment of satisfaction in the name of "enthrallment." For example, after only knowing Anthony for about 20 minutes, she decides she is also a pirate, jumps on board a ship he is robbing and helps him steal. Then she becomes obsessed with the guy, without any real reason. She lies to her family, betrays her father (Cato from the previous story) and abandons any dignity she might still have.

I was really disappointed in Olivia. The way she treated her father and abused his trust is sad. She never once gave information to her father about Anthony, but every chance she got she betrayed her father and his plans to Anthony. A father who believed he was speaking his opinion and thoughts to a daughter he could trust. She basically became a spy in her own household. Something the book never actually addresses.

The sad thing is, when she finally confronts her father on this, he is the one who has to give in. She accepts no responsibility for her betrayal, because she is "in love." And Cato just accepts this a little too easily for me. Especially since he was in the right and she in the wrong.

Jane Feather does an excellent job with writing descriptions and placing you in the time period. I just wish she gave more thought to developing her characters and their motivations.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - don't waste your time! 6 Oct 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading the first two books in this series (the hostage bride and the accidental bride) I could not wait to get my hands on this book. Though the story captivated me I was disappointed with the ending of this book. The hero and heroine referred several times to living a dream I felt their relationship had no real basis and no commitment!(more a nightmare than a dream) They refuse to get married and they make their living by stealing from others (piracy). The heroine breaks her fathers heart by running off at the end - I was truly disappointed when I closed this book, definetely not a keeper!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Romance? 17 May 2004
By "klpepsi" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lady Olivia Granville, a most avid scholar, is reading while walking along the cliff's edge, when her footing gives way and she falls down the side. She's rescued by Anthony, a handsome Royalist pirate, whose political agenda is in direct conflict with that of her noble father. She wakes on his pirate ship, The Wind Dancer, where Anthony has used his knowledge of healing to care for her wounds. As a child, Olivia and her two closest friends made a pact never to marry. Anthony and Olivia's relationship quickly turns intimate, but she still has no desire to marry, and Anthony doesn't live within the law. So how will these two ever get together?
The answer to that question is surprising, and one of the reasons I was less than thrilled with this book. The ending was not typical of a romance novel, and while original, it lacked the, "they're so much in love, and will live happily ever after feel" I like to end up with when I finish a book. This novel also seemed to be more about sex than romance and love. In the beginning of the story, she regained consciousness and realized she was naked in his bed, and he had no problem convincing her to have casual sex with him?! With a man she didn't even know? The writing is good, but I have definite issues with the content of the story. The author does incorporate some heavier issues with Olivia's suppressed memories of child sexual abuse. But I think that only added to the dysfunctional feel of their casual sex relationship, which was supposed to pass for love. And then of course, the dysfunction continues with the ending.
This is apparently the third book in a trilogy, but this was the first novel for me to read by this author. And since this, I haven't read anything else by her, for fear this book is typical of her work. I wouldn't recommend reading this, but if you're a Feather fan, you may feel differently.
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