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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (1 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061963151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061963155
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Abandoned at the altar . . .

Lady Beatrix Danbury had always known she would marry William Mallory. She'd loved him forever and she'd never doubted he loved her, too. But when she made him choose between their life together or his lifelong dream, Will chose the latter . . . and left two weeks before their wedding.

Return of the duke . . .

Will has no illusions that Beatrix would welcome him back with open arms, but six years did not dim his love or desire for her. The only problem is, she's about to marry someone else. Someone safe and predictable . . . the complete opposite of Will. But can he stop the wedding of the season and win Beatrix back, or is it just too late?

About the Author

Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned more than twenty historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction's highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband (or, as she calls him, her very own romance hero), along with two diva cats and a Golden Retriever happy to be their slave.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stella (Ex Libris) on 2 Jan. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Based on the (quite horrible) cover and blurb I was expecting Wedding of the Season to be a regency romance, well imagine my shock when in the scene where the heroine is introduced to us she's driving a car and wearing trousers! Yes, I warn you: make no mistakes this historical romance is set in the beginning of the 20th century, around 1904: Beatrix is a modern young woman of 25: she wears trousers, drives a car and shock: she has even smoked a couple of cigarettes!

I don't think I've ever read a historical romance novel set around this time: it was either regency or World War historicals for me. It was an interesting epoque and if you want to imagine the athmosphere of the novel and what to expect, I would say picture an episode of Hercule Poirot (played by David Suchet): the women's independence and rebellion against the conservative roles and the whole "holidaying at a summer house with friends" reminded me of that.

What sets Wedding of the Season apart from the other historical romances I have read so far (besides the timeframe) is how realistic the difficulties and obstacles were: Will is an adventure seeking duke: he has dreamt of ancient civilisations since he was a boy and he's right where he always wanted to be: on an excavation in Egypt, he is passionate about archeology, history and discovery. Meanwhile Beatrix likes her life the way her ancestors have lived theirs: she wants to stay in England, get married and raise her children in the countryside where she grew up. Tradition, history and responsibility are important to her and this is where and how she wants to live her life. It seems their two dreams cannot be reconciled and I was amazed at the realistic description and approach Laura Lee Guhrke took when presenting their dilemma in detail through the novel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By La Patte on 12 Jan. 2011
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Wedding of the Season is the first book I read from this author. I'm seriously asking myself 'Why didn't I read her books before?'. (I'm already adding more of her books to my TBR pile) I devoured this book in no time. It was a real pleasure to read. This is the first book in the Abandoned at the Altar series and the 2nd book comes out in February.
I don't often pay attention to the dates mentioned in the books I'm reading, and after reading the first chapter I had to go back to the prologue to see when the story was taking place. I'm used to reading historical romances set in the 19th century, and when the heroine first appears driving a car and wearing Turkish trousers I was VERY surprised. So yes, this book is set at the very beginning of the 20th century, this was unexpected but it brought something new to the story.

Beatrix has been abandoned by her fiancé, Will, 2 weeks before the wedding. She hasn't even been abandoned for another woman...no, her fiancé left her to go to Egypt to search for Tutankhamen's tomb! She was of course devastated and 6 years later she finally decided she was over this heartbreak. Beatrix is going to get married this time to Aidan, another Duke. I really like Beatrix, from the very first scene, she makes quite an appearance, driving like a madwoman on the country road. She's changed a lot since Will left her, she's no longer this naive young girl pining for him. With the help of her cousin Julia she's become more independent and have more fun. She was trapped in a life society and her father chose for her, she thought she had to act like she did to be how they wanted her to be. She never really did what she wanted herself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Aug. 2014
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This is the second book I've read by this author, I really enjoyed the first book this one not so much. Set in the early years of the twentieth century in England. Lady Beatrix had been engaged to Will he's the son of a duke. But when he got offered the chance of a lifetime to go on a archeological dig in Egypt he jumped at it. He wanted Beatrix to go with him , when she refused he called the wedding off. That happened six years ago, Beatrix eventually got over Will and the resulting scandal, and is now engaged to Aiden. Then without a word of warning Will returns from Egypt. Having spent all his inheritance he's hoping to ask Beatrix's relative for a loan.

This is a romance story about two people who claimed to love one another, but it always seemed to me that they loved their dream more. Will had always dreamed of going to Egypt to find King Tut's tomb. Beatrix dream was a bit more attainable, she wanted a husband and children and to share her life with the man she loved. Out of the two leads I preferred Beatrix, I found Will had no business expecting a young woman to follow him half way around the world while he blew all his inheritance, his father had died while he was away and he never even came back for the funeral, he had only returned home now when he needed to ask for a loan. He certainly hadn't returned to reclaim Beatrix, that was literally a byproduct of his trip home.

I was never quite convinced of this couples love for one another, and this story lacked passion.
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My summary of the book - Beatrix has spent 6 years recovering from Will leaving her two weeks before their wedding and now he is back in her life when she has finally recaptured her life. It throws her off course and brings up feelings she buried and is confused. She is marrying someone else but reappearance of Will makes her question the reason why she is marrying.

Thoughts on the characters - Beatrix is a woman that has suffered losing her first love and spent years trying to get over him and finally managed it but when he comes back she is confused and all the old feelings come up. She is scared and doesn't like to take chances which makes her stuck in one place. Will is more fun loving and loves taking risks but he is also suffering from leaving Beatrix and he can't stand her marrying someone else but he needs to make sacrifices to prove to Beatrix that he can be responsible.

Thoughts on the writing style - Easy going writing which helps to keep you gripped and carry on reading without having to take a break.

Overall thoughts - This book is set in the early 1900s so not as historical as other books but it is nice reading about another era. It had some funny and passionate moments which makes it an enjoyable read.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
An intelligent and realistic historical romance set in an interesting, modern time 2 Jan. 2011
By Stella (Ex Libris) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Based on the (quite horrible) cover and blurb I was expecting Wedding of the Season to be a regency romance, well imagine my shock when in the scene where the heroine is introduced to us she's driving a car and wearing trousers! Yes, I warn you: make no mistakes this historical romance is set in the beginning of the 20th century, around 1904: Beatrix is a modern young woman of 25: she wears trousers, drives a car and shock: she has even smoked a couple of cigarettes!

I don't think I've ever read a historical romance novel set around this time: it was either regency or World War historicals for me. It was an interesting epoque and if you want to imagine the athmosphere of the novel and what to expect, I would say picture an episode of Hercule Poirot (played by David Suchet): the women's independence and rebellion against the conservative roles and the whole "holidaying at a summer house with friends" reminded me of that.

What sets Wedding of the Season apart from the other historical romances I have read so far (besides the timeframe) is how realistic the difficulties and obstacles were: Will is an adventure seeking duke: he has dreamt of ancient civilisations since he was a boy and he's right where he always wanted to be: on an excavation in Egypt, he is passionate about archeology, history and discovery. Meanwhile Beatrix likes her life the way her ancestors have lived theirs: she wants to stay in England, get married and raise her children in the countryside where she grew up. Tradition, history and responsibility are important to her and this is where and how she wants to live her life. It seems their two dreams cannot be reconciled and I was amazed at the realistic description and approach Laura Lee Guhrke took when presenting their dilemma in detail through the novel.

Wedding of the Season is not the usual fairy tale historical romance where the alpha male scoundrel/gentleman hero sweeps the heroine off her feet (literally) and they live happily ever after. In this book the problems are realistic and the doubts and concerns of the hero and the heroine are real: one can easily understand both point of view and see that they want two very different things from life. (Although their camaraderie, love and friendship and all their memories from their shared childhood made this realisation even more bittersweet.)

I was looking forward to the ending of the novel with bated breath because I was curious to see how Laura Lee Guhrke would resolve souch a dilemma (since it is a historical romance I had no doubts there would be a happy ending): I was hoping that after portraying such a modern and progressive heroine she wouldn't ruin everything with having Beatrix abandon her idea of happiness and the life she wanted and sacrifice everything just to join Will on his way to realising his dreams. And I have to say overall I'm happy with the way she ended the story.

Verdict: Wedding of the Season is an intelligent and realistic historical romance set in an interesting time: at the dawn of women awakening to their freedom and claiming their independence. If you are tired of classical regency historicals or if you just want something else, try Wedding of the Season.

Plot: 9/10
Characters: 8/10
Ending: 8/10
Writing: 9/10
Cover: 4/10 (this cover not only does not give a good idea about what the story is about, it downright misleads the reader. This is not a regency romance but a more modern historical romance set at the beginning of the 20th century. And I just hate that blue and rose together, it looks ughly..ugh.)

The Abandoned at the Altar series:

Book #1 Wedding of the Season
Book#2 Scandal of the Year
35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
An Unexpected Treat!!! 1 Jan. 2011
By E. Michaels - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I pre-ordered this book after I read the rave reviews it received from RR. I'm so glad I did! It appears that the negative ratings and reviews below are written by people who did not finish the book, which was a huge mistake! The characters are well developed, the plot is unpredictable and fast paced, and the romance is really great! I go through historical romance novels like kleenex, and I rarely review the books I've purchased on amazon, but I was very dismayed by the couple of negative reviews I read. This book is great! I've read books that I just couldn't finish, and believe me this book is not one of them. I love that the book is set in the 1900's, because I rarely find any historical romance novels that take place after around 1860. The time period and setting of the book make it pleasantly original. I also greatly enjoyed the batter and sexual tension from the two main characters that starts right from the beginning. So many books depict characters' dislike for one another turn into love; however, this book involves two characters already in-love with each other trying to convince themselves they hate the other. The book still contains all of the fun mushy stuff that makes a great romance novel- including a very satisfying ending!
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
I read the whole entire book and I liked it 30 Dec. 2010
By PinkiexLi - Published on Amazon.com
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I usually don't leave reviews for books, but many of my book purchases are based on the reviews that are posted. Unlike the previous reviewer, I actually read this book-not just the first 130 pages and the last chapter-and really enjoyed it.

Will and Beatrix have loved each other since childhood and were engaged to be married. Will has always been interested in archeology, so when he is offered a chance to go on an archeological expedition weeks before his wedding, he jumps at the chance assuming that Beatrix will be thrilled to join him. Beatrix, who has been raised by an overbearing father, craves excitement and adventure, but fears following through. She gives Will an ultimatum-stay in England or the marriage is off. Will is hurt that Beatrix would force him to stay even though she knows that it is his lifelong dream to make an archeological discovery. They both say hurtful things to each other and Will leaves for Egypt.

Six years later, Beatrix is engaged to someone else and Will returns to England to seek financing for his archeological dig since he has used up all of his inheritance searching for King Tut's Tomb. He and Beatrix re-connect and find that the love is still there, but the obstacles that kept them apart six years ago are still issues that are keeping them apart now. Are they older and wiser to overcome these challenges and take advantage of their second chance at love?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Yes, the heroine was jilted. And yes, the hero didn't quite suffer long enough for jilting her, but he did still love her-never stopped loving her and they did come to a satisfying compromise in the end. I definitely recommend this book. Please do not be discouraged by the other review and give this book a chance!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2 ½ stars. It was ok, but I couldn't get excited about it. Nothing special or different. Weak on passion. 10 Jan. 2011
By Jane - Published on Amazon.com
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STORY BRIEF:
Will and Beatrix have been in love since childhood and were engaged to be married. Then Will got an offer to join a famous archaeologist in Egypt. This was his dream. He wanted Beatrix to go with him, but she refused, so the wedding was called off. Six years later, Beatrix is engaged to Aidan. Will has used up his inheritance and returns to England to look for a sponsor for his work. He is searching for King Tut's tomb. Marshall invites a group of friends to his summer home in Devonshire for a few weeks. Will attends because he hopes to ask Marshall to be his sponsor. Beatrix and Aidan also attend. While there, Will and Beatrix realize they are still in love with each other. Beatrix doesn't want to admit it.

Beatrix's father influenced her to be caution and avoid risk. He wanted her to stay close to him forever. After he died, Beatrix's cousin Julia brought Beatrix out of her shell by teaching her to smoke and to drive. Julia even gave her a car. After that, Beatrix met and became engaged to Aidan who was similar to her father - cautious and conservative.

REVIEWER'S OPINION:
A theme of the book is Beatrix wanting to travel and go on adventures but afraid of taking risks. It's an ok idea but felt too long and drawn out when trying to tell a full length story about it. There was too much pondering repetition. There is a scene with Beatrix probably in her teens. Will and others jump off a cliff into the ocean, a 30 foot dive. Beatrix wanted to do it but backed out and claimed she preferred to admire the view from above. This scene is discussed and pondered several times during the book. Most of the book seems to be about Beatrix figuring out what she wants in life, who does she love, and will she take risks. There wasn't much plot. The characters didn't intrigue me.

Another part of the story is that they love each other but they each want something else more. She claims she wants a home, children, and to stay in England. He wants his archaeological career. And when he returns it's not for her, it's for money for his work. So it's weak on passion.

Her last minute change of mind and actions annoyed me. Instead of suspense, I felt anxiety over someone being too late for something.

DATA:
Story length: 360 pages. Swearing language: mild, including religious swear words. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: 2. Estimated number of sex scene pages: 16. Setting: 1896 and 1901 England. Copyright: 2011. Genre: historical romance.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Much better than I expected from reading the initial reviews. 31 Dec. 2010
By OLT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I decided to round my 3.5-star opinion of this book to 4 mostly to counterbalance some very negative reviews that seemed a tad unfair to me. For many, the criticism of the book is the actions of the hero. For me, it's the slowness of the second half of the book, with all the talk, talk, talk of H and h over the same old issues they've had for years, without getting to any resolution, until a very last-minute action on the part of the heroine.

6 years prior, a very young Wm. Mallory (23 at the time), who had a very real, serious, longtime interest in archeology and Egyptology, was given the opportunity to act on this by going to a dig in Egypt. Unfortunately, he was suddenly surprised with this offer just 2 weeks before his wedding to Beatrix Danbury, his love since childhood. He tells her about this, fully expecting that she would be more than happy to accompany him, but she says 'no way'. They discuss the problem for days, neither one giving an inch, so the wedding is called off.

Well, call me unromantic, but I'm with William all the way on this. In his place, I would have done the same. It was the chance of a lifetime, for goodness' sake. Beatrix should have been more understanding. Both parties were to blame for the wedding's cancelation. He did not exactly 'dump' or 'ditch' her any more than she 'rejected' him. So I'm OK with the break-up 6 years earlier. Both parties were probably too immature to marry at the time anyway. My problem is that 6 years later, neither one seems to have matured all that much. Their physical attraction is as great as ever, but their ability to compromise is still nonexistent. So, as I said before, in the second half of the book we have endless discussion of the same old issue.

By that time I didn't care too much what happened. So you might ask me why I gave this book the rounded up 4 stars. Several reasons: 1) They did try to resolve the differences and didn't annoy me by jumping into bed with each other too soon. 2) Two secondary characters: Aidan, Beatrix's fiance, and Julia, her best friend. You can just tell that Aidan will make a great hero of his own book and as for Julia, who doesn't like a cigarette-smoking, Daimler-driving female in 1901? 3) The time period. It's the Edwardian Era. Although not my favorite in English history, it's a good change of pace after reading too many Regencies or Victorians. 4) The writing was quite competent. It did not deserve a 1-star rating just because of a dislike of the hero.
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