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The Wedding Escape [Mass Market Paperback]

Karyn Monk
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Feb 2003
Love was never part of his plan...then again, neither was she…

Seafaring Scotsman Jack Kent has enjoyed his share of trysts with bored society wives, but pleasure--not love--has always been his aim. Until the day he finds his carriage--and his life--invaded by a disheveled American heiress. Even rumpled and torn, nothing can hide Amelia Belford’s enchanting beauty or her fiery will to be free. And for the first time Jack is faced with a woman who arouses in him something more than desire.

Amelia never dreamed her desperate flight from an arranged marriage would find her scrambling out of a church window, landing in a tangle of twigs, and finally darting into the carriage of a stranger. And she never imagined she’d then set sail for his ancestral home--and discover passion in his arms. But Amelia is not the only one with a scandal to her credit. She soon senses pain behind Jack’s caresses--secrets he will not reveal. Just as she breaks through his reserve, a devastating scheme forces them apart. Could the same adventurous spirit that brought them together also be their undoing? Only the truth--and one more impetuous act of courage--will tell.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553584405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553584400
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 14 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,455,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it 14 Mar 2003
By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Set in England, 1883. Amelia Belford was an American heiress. Her parents arranged for her to marry Lord Whitcliffe. They wanted his title and he wanted their fortune. However, Amelia wanted none of it! Amelia and Whitcliffe found each other to be disgusting. Only minutes before she was to march down the aisle, Amelia leaped out of a church window and into the coach of Jack Kent.
Jack Kent was a seafaring Scotsman who was only in town long enough to see his family and then take off again. The damsel in distress put a chink in his plans but he felt honor bound to help her out of her mess. Jack planned to keep his family OUT of it though. He would deal with it himself. Problem was his family was a lot like his servants, most wee thieves and orphans hired right out of prison and put to work. So of course they would stick their fingers into the mix. In addition, Jack was having trouble with his ships. A saboteur was at work and Jack needed to capture him before he lost his business.
***** Author Karyn Monk is a master at turning madness, mayhem, and chaos into an exciting story that readers are unable to put down. I read only for a few minutes and was surprised to look at the clock and find out that hours had flown by. Exciting story from an amazing author. *****
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh, if only everything had been wrapped up... 9 Jan 2005
By S. Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wow! That Publisher's Weekly review really had an ax to grind--and it bore little resemblance to the book. That reviewer seems to have forgotten the mores & laws of the day as well as the other factors involved.

Jack definitely has his problems, and there were times I was put off by them. Indeed, his character seemed so changeable--for example, his later anger problems seemed at odds with his more laid-back demeanor early in the book. But Jack has not completely overcome the horrors of his youth, and Amelia--or his surprising feelings for her--become the trigger for years of repression to fall away. Much like organizing your basement, it gets worse before it gets better. But Monk really makes you feel Jack's despair at the thought that Amelia might leave him and his inability to articulate what he feels for her. As for the charges of near rape, ah....no. Amelia was a full participant.

Speaking of Amelia, she's a pampered gal who gains a lot of wisdom after she meets Jack. Unfortunately, there also comes a time when she seems to lose her newfound backbone. The servants and Jack's family are terrific secondary characters--sometimes they nearly steal the show. Ha! And Jack as a doctor was excruciatingly funny.

On the charge of too many unanswered questions....that's a big Yes. It's the book's major downfall. So many threads are set up--very important ones--and they are never resolved. Very bad form that. Therefore, I'm rating it at 3 stars.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facing Scandal; Finding Your Heart 5 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Wedding Escape could have been no more than a runaway bride/reverse Cinderella story, but once again author Karyn Monk takes us below the surface, into the hearts and souls of her characters. The result is so much more satisfying this way! At first, we could consider Amelia and Jack a case of opposites attracting, but its the similarities and inverted aspects of their lives that I found most compelling. She, a pampered American heiress has to go into Cinderella-before-the-ball mode to find work and survive as her own person to discover her worthiness as a woman, not just a rich man's daughter. He, rescued from prison as a child of the streets and raised as the adopted son of good-hearted nobles, must overcome deep-rooted insecurity and disgust at his baseborn heritage to recognize his worthiness as a man.
The journey of these two characters is anything but stodgy. Again, Ms. Monk imbues her stories with equal parts humor and intensity. There's no such thing as a smooth trip for readers as we go along for the ride. We laugh, cry, cheer and fear with these people. If we have to dive into some very dark lows, it only makes the bright triumphs that much more rewarding for Amelia, Jack and us.
Ms. Monk always surrounds her main people with the most colorful clans of supporting characters. Jack's siblings, also all adopted from jails and the streets, return from the previous book The Prisoner, as do the funniest servant family you've ever read. These people make the landscape even richer and you'll fall in love all over again with each of them. (Thank goodness, the next book tells the story of sister Charlotte!)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome author! Read this! 4 Mar 2003
By Huntress Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Set in England, 1883. Amelia Belford was an American heiress. Her parents arranged for her to marry Lord Whitcliffe. They wanted his title and he wanted their fortune. However, Amelia wanted none of it! Amelia and Whitcliffe found each other to be disgusting. Only minutes before she was to march down the aisle, Amelia leaped out of a church window and into the coach of Jack Kent.
Jack Kent was a seafaring Scotsman who was only in town long enough to see his family and then take off again. The damsel in distress put a chink in his plans but he felt honor bound to help her out of her mess. Jack planned to keep his family OUT of it though. He would deal with it himself. Problem was his family was a lot like his servants, most wee thieves and orphans hired right out of prison and put to work. So of course they would stick their fingers into the mix. In addition, Jack was having trouble with his ships. A saboteur was at work and Jack needed to capture him before he lost his business.
***** Author Karyn Monk is a master at turning madness, mayhem, and chaos into an exciting story that readers are unable to put down. I read only for a few minutes and was surprised to look at the clock and find out that hours had flown by. Exciting story from an amazing author. *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Another winner from Karyn Monk!
Amelia is an American heiress whose parents believe that it is in her best interest to marry an English title. Even if the groom attached to the title is an arrogant man who hates the bride. So Amelia takes matters into her own hands and climbs out the church window-and jumps into Jack's carriage.
Jack grew up on the streets of London and knows what it feels like to be trapped and desperate and is willing to help Amelia in her escape.
The only problem is the man she thought she was running to has found another heiress to marry. So Amelia must hide from her family to avoid her original marriage. Jack's siblings help Amelia get a job so she can support herself in her new life and they become great friends. But, of course, this happy scenario does not last long- in comes the evil fiance, intruige, old secrets and an plot against Jack.
Overall, it was a great read. Well-written with an interesting plot and characters I grew to love. I can't wait to see the next installment that has Jack's sister as the main character!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it 14 Mar 2003
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Set in England, 1883. Amelia Belford was an American heiress. Her parents arranged for her to marry Lord Whitcliffe. They wanted his title and he wanted their fortune. However, Amelia wanted none of it! Amelia and Whitcliffe found each other to be disgusting. Only minutes before she was to march down the aisle, Amelia leaped out of a church window and into the coach of Jack Kent.
Jack Kent was a seafaring Scotsman who was only in town long enough to see his family and then take off again. The damsel in distress put a chink in his plans but he felt honor bound to help her out of her mess. Jack planned to keep his family OUT of it though. He would deal with it himself. Problem was his family was a lot like his servants, most wee thieves and orphans hired right out of prison and put to work. So of course they would stick their fingers into the mix. In addition, Jack was having trouble with his ships. A saboteur was at work and Jack needed to capture him before he lost his business.
Author Karyn Monk is a MASTER at turning madness, mayhem, and chaos into an exciting story that readers are unable to put down. I read only for a few minutes and was surprised to look at the clock and find out that hours had flown by. Exciting story from an amazing author.
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