Kiss the Bride (Sonnet Books) Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2002
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This book was a very enjoyable read and although not a great book like some of Ms Cabot's others, it is still a good book and well written.
The conflict between the characters is believable as is their inability to voice their true feelings for each other when they become aware of them. As well as the interesting twists to the story there are various amusing and colourful secondary characters that add to, and bring life to the story.
However, unlike Ms Cabot's other books I found that this one tended to be much slower paced and the love scenes not up to their usual high standard which detracted from the book somewhat.
Another point which irritated me greatly was that throughout the story they refer to Shetland as being in the Hebrides. It is only a minor point but it is one which had me cringing whenever it was mentioned.
Despite this I would still recommend this novel as it is a very good story with likeable characters and a different plot than the usual regency romance. I would also highly recommend other books by this same author especially Educating Caroline and She Went All The Way which are both very enjoyable reads.
This was the second of her books under the pen name Patricia Cabot, which I read and enjoyed every page. Unlike her adult books such as the Queen of Babble series, this differs as it contains intense romantic scenes - which are very well written.
The story is about Emma who elopes with the male protaganist's cousin, Stuart, to the Scottish highlands. Staurt is a bore while James you will certainly love! James is the male protaganist, an Earl, who goes up from London to Scotland to retrieve Stuart's body after he dies. He surprisingly finds Emma there as he assumed that she was back in London.
Through the book, Cabot takes the reader on a journey of secrets, apprehension, confusion, exasperation, romance and love. The reader (well I), came to adore James's character as he cares so much for Emma. And Emma is an endearing character as the reader can identify with her aspirations.
This book has it all! Buy and enjoy!
Putting what we know about Meg Cabot aside, this is quite well written and plotted but maybe a little predictable. The main character, Emma is definitely likeable and many people will be able to identify with her, even though this is set in the past.
Overall, you will probably enjoy this, if you are looking for a romance novel, rather than chick lit.
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The story begins in London, 1832. A young lady, Miss Emma Van Court (our heroine), intends to elope with her long time infatuation, the religious and missionary minded, Mr. Stuart Chesterton. Due to a long-running friendship between the two families, Emma plans to alert the head of Stuart's family, James Marbury, Earl of Denham. James is horrified at the idea of Emma marrying his cousin. He warns her that life as the wife of an impoverished curate in the Scottish Hebrides will not be the romantic adventure she imagines. James even goes so far as to physically assault Stuart to prevent the marriage. His efforts prove futile, however, and the marriage proceeds.
We resume the story a year later in the Scottish Hebrides. Stuart has died six months previously and James, Earl of Denham, has come to retrieve the body to return it to the family tomb. He never expects to find Emma still there, still trying to help those not much worse off than she is and still mad as hell at him. His feelings, however, have undergone a transformation. He realizes quite quickly that he has always loved her and that that is what irked him the most about her marrying Stuart.
Without giving too much more of the story away, for the events mentioned previously happen quite quickly, I would just like to outline a few more points. I find that Ms.Cabot can usually write a good love scene. This time, while the scenes themselves seem well written, I didn't really enjoy their place in the novel. The first love scene came up so abruptly it was over before I even noticed. There hadn't been any of those really good `awareness' scenes to lay the foundation. Unfortunately it made the scene feel less like a sudden flare up of passion than the author realizing that she's made it to page one hundred and something without a proper love scene. Despite this problem, the book is still an enjoyable read. There are no major conflicts between our hero and heroine and we get to enjoy a rather odd assemblage of secondary characters. Emma is being courted by an assortment of village gentlemen including the slightly daft neighboring farmer, encouraged by his mother, and the eccentric Baron who lives on the hill. Emma also shows some spunk as our heroine in her determined pursuit for the happiness and betterment of others. James I felt could have been a little more developed as a character. There is some talk of him having been a bit of a rake in London, yet we see little evidence of it. Overall I would deem this a good though not great book. The main characters converse well together and the story, while containing some typical ideas, on a whole proves to be quite original. Unfortunately the sense of humor that Ms. Cabot has demonstrated to such overwhelming success in previous novels, here, seems to have taken a bit of a back seat.
If you enjoy this novel, I would recommend her other novel set in the Scottish Hebrides, Lady of Skye. It is a good example of the aforementioned humor. You might also try her two-part set, Where Roses Grow Wild and Portrait of my Heart. The latter is my favorite book by Patricia Cabot and again displays the humor I enjoy to wondrous effect.
He finds himself intrigued by the independent widow who teaches the underprivileged kids, who fends off eager suitors trying to hook her up with a marriage proposal with eyes set on the bequeathed money that is attached to her marriage. James is tenacious to put a stop and marries her in her utmost reluctance. He decides to convince Emma that he intends to secure her to him this time round with wooing and passion....
While Ms. Cabot has a penchance for creating wonderful sub-characters like Lady Denham, Judge Reardon and the meddlesome peasants, her humour in this outing falls short and less furious than her previous efforts. It is nonetheless an enchanting treat when Ms. Cabot imbues a fairy-tale mood and languid sensuality in her narration. The protagonists are as usual captivating in their own rights - a reformed rake and a resilient widow. Kiss The Bride may not be her best effort, but it is a sheer delight.