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5.0 out of 5 stars Feather does it again!
I have just simply adored Feather's work since the bracelet series, and her latest trilogy is shaping up to be just as good. The Accidental Bride is funny and heart-warming, and the two main characters Phoebe and Cato were made for one another. If you have never read any of Feather's work I deeply recommend the Bride trilogy, and the Accidental Bride, because it...
Published on 12 July 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Best of the trilogy - but still not really credible
Phoebe, the awkward one and sister of Diana, the late Marchioness of Granville, is ordered by her father to marry her widowed brother-in-law, Cato. Cato is also the father of her best friend Olivia, and is almost old enough to be her own father. He's distant, cold, very proper and only interested in politics and the war.
And yet one day she looks at him and falls in...
Published on 1 Sep 2003 by Dr W. Richards


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3.0 out of 5 stars Best of the trilogy - but still not really credible, 1 Sep 2003
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Dr W. Richards "wmr-uk" (Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Accidental Bride (Mass Market Paperback)
Phoebe, the awkward one and sister of Diana, the late Marchioness of Granville, is ordered by her father to marry her widowed brother-in-law, Cato. Cato is also the father of her best friend Olivia, and is almost old enough to be her own father. He's distant, cold, very proper and only interested in politics and the war.
And yet one day she looks at him and falls in love.
So then she has to try to make him fall in love with her - which isn't easy, since she's overweight and awkward and informal and everything, it seems, which he disapproves of. She gets Olivia into trouble and creates chaos in his ordered manor home. And she has neither the talent nor the wish to take over housekeeping. None of her clothes suit her - which is hardly surprising, since they were all made for Diana, who was a completely different shape to her. She's not even, he thinks, all that good in bed, and she doesn't seem to be showing any signs of becoming pregnant.
Although I enjoyed this and found some parts of it humorous, I really had problems with the idea of Cato as a husband. In the first book he was very distant and cold and not at all hero-like. And, of course, a man in his mid-thirties, he is married here to a seventeen-year-old and a friend of his own daughter's. Doesn't he feel the slightest awkwardness at the thought of taking Phoebe to bed?
And as for Phoebe, I do find it hard to understand why she continued to love Cato, who for most of the book showed no interest in her beyond criticising her. I'm not even sure that he would have found her clumsiness endearing, as he eventually did.
So, although on a superficial level I found this book entertaining, I really didn't find it at all credible.
wmr-uk
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, 27 Aug 1999
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This is the last book I will ever attempt to read from Jane Feather's collection. I found Phoebe and Cato very boring. I should have known it would be after trying to read "The Emerald Swan," which was just as boring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feather does it again!, 12 July 1999
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I have just simply adored Feather's work since the bracelet series, and her latest trilogy is shaping up to be just as good. The Accidental Bride is funny and heart-warming, and the two main characters Phoebe and Cato were made for one another. If you have never read any of Feather's work I deeply recommend the Bride trilogy, and the Accidental Bride, because it will make you just grin after you have finished it. Great work Feather! Keep it up!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars To wed or not to wed tug of war between Phoebe and Cato, 27 Jun 1999
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First there was Portia. Now it is Phoebe's turn in this the second of the "Brides" series. Jane Feather is at her best with these three unconventional young women who have vowed not to wed.
Lady Phoebe Carleton has no desire to be wed, least of all to her deceased sister's husband to be a substitute to a dynastic marriage between two houses. She decided to run away. She didn't get too far when she was stopped by Cato, Marquis of Granville.
Cato is amused by his eccentric bride-to-be. He soon comes to realize this awkward young woman with rumpled clothes, untidy hair, and fingers stained with ink from writing poetry is going to be a handful.
Set during Cromwell's rise to power, with an interesting combination of real and fictional characters, this is delightful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific read for feather fans, 18 May 1999
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As is the English custom in the 1640's, the widower Lord Cato Granville marries his sister-in-law Phoebe, following the death of his wife in an arranged marriage. Phoebe loves Cato, but he sees her as the source towards producing an heir. The clumsy Phoebe is the opposite of her elegant deceased older sister. When her friend persuades Phoebe to seduce her beloved, she sets out on her campaign and succeeds at least in bed.

Cato is a key officer in Lord Cromwell's army. Brian, his stepson from Cato's first marriage, supports the monarch. He plans to destroy Cato through his spouse. As Cato journeys to Holland on a secret mission, Phoebe follows. Also in pursuit is Brian who plans to kill Cato in Holland. Somehow she must warn her beloved and pray that one day he will return her feelings.

Best selling author Jane Feather is renowned for her exciting, authentic historical romances and her latest tale, THE ACCIDENTAL BRIDE, will bring new accolades to her. With the Cromwell revolt in the background, the interesting second novel in the "Brides" series brings an era rarely seen in novels in vivid color to the audience. Fans will relish Phoebe's efforts to win the heart of the man she loves even as they enjoy the return of characters from the first book. Readers will anxiously await Olivia's tale.

Harriet Klausner
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as her others, 5 Sep 1999
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I have really enjoyed Jane Feather's other books. This time I just couldn't believe the two main characters made a love match. Phoebe was just too unkept to be a "lady" of the times. I didn't really see Cato thaw until all the sudden at the very end (except in the bedroom). I still have hopes for the last in the bride trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun summer read!, 9 Aug 1999
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I thoroughly enjoyed this story of unexpected love, treachery and interesting situations involving a very headstong heroine. This was the first book of Feather's that I have read--I wanted something fun to read during our family vacation and this book certainly fit the bill. Will be reading more of her books in the future and can't wait for the next in this trilogy to be released!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Phoebe is wonderful! Can't wait to get Olivia's story, 30 July 1999
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Well, done, enjoyed meating up with Portia and her family again. Cna't wait to get the last one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I liked the cover., 29 July 1999
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This was rather different than the stories I've been reading lately- the heroine is not some slim, tall, long-legged waif. She's round, stubby, and completely clumsy. Also, there was no magical wedding night. I liked that touch of reality. It was annoying to constantly see people, including Lord Granville, telling Phoebe that this didn't siut her or that didn't suit her. She was treated as if she had the common sense of a bag of flour. it was, however, amusing towards the end, when she sees through Brian's decieving nature. I would have liked Ms. Feather to explain the incident which humbled Brian, involving olivia and Portia, but I suppose I'll have to read the HOSTAGE BRIDE to find out. Oh well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book was wonderful!, 22 July 1999
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This book was wonderful! I really enjoyed the story. I like how the character of Phoebe wasn't another skinny herione. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves romance and a little mystrey.
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