• RRP: £6.22
  • You Save: £0.02
FREE UK Delivery on book orders dispatched by Amazon over £10.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
The Accidental Bride has been added to your Basket

Dispatch to:
To see addresses, please
Or
Please enter a valid UK postcode.
Or
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Ships from the UK. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Your purchase also supports literacy charities.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Accidental Bride Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 1999

3.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"
£6.20
£2.59 £0.01
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more

Man Booker International Prize 2017
A Horse Walks Into a Bar has won the Man Booker International Prize 2017. Learn more
£6.20 FREE UK Delivery on book orders dispatched by Amazon over £10. Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special offers and product promotions


Frequently bought together

  • The Accidental Bride
  • +
  • The Least Likely Bride
  • +
  • The Hostage Bride
Total price: £18.56
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA (1 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553578960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553578966
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.6 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 673,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Review

" Jane Feather is an accomplished storyteller...rare and wonderful."
--Daily News of Los Angeles

"Jane Feather is an accomplished storyteller...rare and wonderful."
--Daily News of Los Angeles

From the Inside Flap

Dear Reader,
In my "Brides" trilogy, three unconventional young women vow they will never marry--only to be overtaken by destiny. The Accidental Bride could only be the story of Phoebe, the "awkward" one....
For four years, Cato, the Marquis of Granville, had been just another man--the uninteresting, somewhat intimidating husband of Phoebe's older sister. But then her sister died, and Phoebe seemed a reasonable substitute. Her forced engagement to him should have been quite a cold-blooded arrangement...except that one day Phoebe looked at Granville--really looked at him--and saw what she'd never seen before: he was darkly, breathtakingly attractive.
Once she'd noticed, she couldn't seem to stop noticing, and suddenly Phoebe was disastrously in love. It would be nothing short of torture to be married to Granville, knowing he didn't love her and never would. After all, Phoebe was not the kind of woman men fell in love with--Phoebe with her untidy hair, her rumpled clothes, and her fingers forever ink-stained from the poetry she wrote.
When running away does not solve her problems, Phoebe decides to try something a little different--something that involves a little change in wardrobe, a daring new attitude, and a bit of brazen seduction.
Granville is about to discover that his awkward Phoebe is woman enough even for him....
Warmest wishes,
Jane Feather

P.S. Be sure to watch for Olivia's story, The Least Likely Bride, coming in hardcover in early 2000.

See all Product description

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: 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
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on 12 July 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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!!!
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on 27 Aug. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on 29 July 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse