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The Accidental Bride Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 1999
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" 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
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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....
P.S. Be sure to watch for Olivia's story, The Least Likely Bride, coming in hardcover in early 2000.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Basic story line is not possible befor 1907 it was illegal for a man to marry his late wife's sisterPublished on 27 Dec. 2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org
I have really enjoyed Jane Feather's other books. This time I just couldn't believe the two main characters made a love match. Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 1999
I thoroughly enjoyed this story of unexpected love, treachery and interesting situations involving a very headstong heroine. Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 1999
Well, done, enjoyed meating up with Portia and her family again. Cna't wait to get the last one.Published on 30 July 1999