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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (31 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380820900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380820900
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 854,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Fates have a funny way of changing one's life in the blink of an eye, or in the case of Lady Diana Fordham, a moment spent pondering a bright blue bonnet in the window of Madame Renard's millinery shop. Read the first page
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By april-showers on 30 July 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Our hero is the Marquis of Templeton he is a spy of the scarlet pimpernel variety.
The heroine is Lady Diana Fordham, she has loved Temple for many years and has waited for 9 years for him to finish with the spying game and settle down with her (she knows he is a spy, he does not know she knows). So now she has decided that she has waited long enough and stages an elaborate hoax of an elopement so that Temple will come and rescue her.
Her father mean while offers her hand to whoever brings her back. As she is an heiress many are after her. The race is on, but although Temple will rescue her he will not marry her himself but proposes to marry her to either of 2 other suitors! To complicate things further he is suspected of the murder of the man she originally eloped with, so has the law after him. Plus some French spies also want 'the bride' for their own nefarious reasons which Temple wants to find out about.
Your really feel for Diana as she tries at every turn to get her man and cheer when she does at the very end of a complex and compelling plot.
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By susan hill on 12 Feb. 2014
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Sorry but I could not get into this story at all. I found that I had no sympathy at all with the heroine and after several tries decided that I could not finish the book. I have read nearly all of this author's books and particularly enjoyed Colin and Georgie's story where Temple and Diana first appeared, however I have ordered another book where it will be Rafe's time to shine. Perhaps later on I shall give Stealing the Bride another go but not just yet.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
But, did you have to make Diana wait soooo long? 23 Aug. 2004
By janlouise - Published on
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I enjoyed the story and really liked Diana and Temple, both- but EB was wrong in making the time line soooo long - why not 3 or 5 years instead of 9 to 10?

This was the first EB for me to read and I definitely enjoyed her talent. I am sorry that I didn't know to read One Night of Passion first, though - but didn't find it a stumbling block for me. I was able to follow the story and get into the characters well enough. Lady Diana Fordham lost her heart to Marquis of Templeton (Temple for short) a long time ago. She had hope he would notice but he never seemed to come around. At one time she decided to move on and marry his cousin only to withdraw her agreement for engagment. Her heart wasn't in it. Now ten years later Diana sets up her own elopement with a scandrel of the Ton and everyone is shocked. Her father offers her hand in marriage to the first man that is able to bring her back. Temple has no design to go get her until his secret employer orders him to go get her and see that she is married as soon as possible. He leaves with no plans on being the one that she marries. Boy, is he fooled! Things get to hopping! Temple discovers that the French are after Diana with plans of their own, Diana's fiance is murdered, and Temple is accused of doing it. Oh... the story gets even better. In the middle of all that is going on, Diana forces Temple to admit his love for her. I think my favorite part is when Diana shows up at a Masquarade Ball dressed as a greek goddess only wearing the sheer curtains from Temple's rented room drapped over her naked body and a face mask. Boy, that caused a stir! ha, ha!!! A good read with romance and excitment to keep the story going.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Kept me from getting any work done for two days! 7 Nov. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just finished Stealing the Bride and loved it!! What a fun book! I absolutely loved Temple and Diana and thought they were the best characters I've read in a long time. The plot line was humorous and kept the reader guessing page after page. This book gave me a really enjoyable few days, when I didn't get any work done, because I wanted to keep reading! :-)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Another romantically wonderful romp from Elizabeth Boyle! 21 Aug. 2003
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I adored the charming, scene-stealing Marquis of Templeton (Temple) from Elizabeth Boyle's previous book, ONE NIGHT OF PASSION, and couldn't wait to see who would be the lady to win his heart. Little did I know that lady would be Diana Fordham, a 29-year old hellion who had once been engaged to Temple's cousin, Colin.
In STEALING THE BRIDE, we find out that Temple and Diana are star-crossed lovers who might have had their own happy-ever-after years ago if not for the manipulations of Temple's rigid grandfather. Now Temple is a man with a secret--no mere society fop whose greatest skill is tying an elegant cravat, the outwardly affable Temple is actually a skilled spy for the Crown. When Lady Diana is reported kidnapped and suspected to be on her way to Gretna Green to wed, Temple is assigned to see her brought home . . . and married at once to the first available man he can find. Temple is certain that man will not be him, but Diana has other plans.
A delightful battle of wills and desires ensues, made all the more enjoyable by an ongoing chase by Napoleon's cronies that sends the pair into hiding and on the run across England. A wonderful romance with many surprising twists and turns, STEALING THE BRIDE is a 5-star keeper!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Very Enjoyable Regency 24 July 2003
By M. Rondeau - Published on
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England 1809 - At twenty-nine years old Lady Diana Fordham is known by the ton as an eccentric spinster with no chance of marrying - a bit long in the tooth in spite of a very ample dowry. Beautiful, intelligent, and patient, Diana knows what she wants and has waited long enough! The man who broke her heart ten years ago had just run out of time and now Diana was ready to launch an elaborate plan to storm his defenses and bring him to task! She devises a plan to make it appear that she has been kidnapped by the worst sort of rake she could find - knowing in her heart that Temple would come to rescue her. Her father, Lord Fordham, raises the alarm that she has been abducted and announces that whoever rescues her will be the man Diana will marry her - and so the race was on!
The Marquis of Templeton, known as the "Temple", appears as an `idiot fop' to most observers. He has used this ruse to disguise his true identity as a very courageous and effective spy. The Foreign Office assigns him the task of rescuing the chit and see her married to one of two suitors that have asked for her hand in marriage. Temple would rather not have to do this as the less time spent in Diana's company the better. He has always secretly been in love with Diana but through some very convoluted logic (it's a guy thing), born of stubbornness and rebellion, has distanced himself from her - convinced that he would place her in danger. Unfortunately, danger has caught up with Diana, in the form of, and from a source that no one would have suspected as Temple and the `heiress bride stealers' race on to Gretna Green.
STEALING THE BRIDE should steal the hearts of most Regency romance readers. The last ditch effort of the strong and resourceful lead heroine, Lady Diana, to bring Temple up to snuff was for me a lovely plot that I truly enjoyed. The supporting characters were delightful and charmingly amusing and the re-introduction of characters from her previous novels has me now scurrying around looking for the earlier related publications. I have not been disappointed by this author as she brings originality, sparkling dialog and feeling to her characters that make you a part of the `family' and looking for more. This was a truly enjoyable read that I can heartily recommend.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
An incredible waste of (my)time and (the) author's talent. 10 July 2003
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Like others I waited patiently for "Temple's" story to arrive. I am 3/4th of the way through this book and It is one of the worse books I've ever read. The story line is ridiculous. A beautiful heiress sits idly by for 10 yrs waiting for a man who kissed her once to realize he loves her. In the meantime she plots to force him to come to her aid by dating 3 "loser" candidates for her hand. The hero is an English spy superhero, incognito of course, but can't see through her plots and isn't bright enough to manage his own life!! He's also unable to control any of her staged outragious. Pure drivel. My biggest regret is that I kept reading this book, waiting for it to get better. That was a lost cause. It seemed that Temple's story would be an awesome one. Big missed opportunity here, miss boyle.
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