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Trapped at the Altar by [Feather, Jane]
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Readers will be entranced as Feather infuses her protagonists with intelligence, wit and maturity-along with a dose of sensuality (RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars)

The first in Jane Feather's Bride trilogy is a feather in her cap and one of her best stories ever (The Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Well-written and fast-moving - entertaining (Booklist)

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A passionately seductive historical romance from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2027 KB
  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Eternal (22 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I98TTT8
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,412 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What could have been a novel full of court intrigue and the pull between the two religious factions fell short. There was lots of repetition which this reader felt was merely padding. A good editor would have significantly reduced the number of pages in this book making for a tighter read.

For all the writing, very little happened and the ending felt rushed and was VERY abrupt. Things were hinted at but nothing developed. It was as though the author got tired of this book and just wanted to finish it in the fastest way possible.

It may well be that things are resolved in a second book but unfortunately, this reader will not be reading that or any other novels by this author.

Full Disclosure: ARC received from Netgalley for an honest review.
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Jane Feather has written of wonderful story of childhood friendship turned to love, well eventually. Ari is a very independent lass, and living in a village isolated from the rest of the world, but longing to leave that isolation has her confused, especially when she meets her first love. Now that she and Ivor must travel to London, as man & wife, she is even more confused, especially about her feelings for Ivor. She is still in love, but not with her husband. This story had me biting my nails, wanting Ari to see what was right before he eyes! As they set off on their adventure to London, and it is an adventure. I've not seen London from this perspective before, and it was very interesting. For me this story was interesting because I've not read another quite like it before in this time period. I did enjoy reading Trapped At The Altar, by Jane Feather. A wonderful book, and I suggest reading
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Amazon.com: 3.1 out of 5 stars 57 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ...fizz. What a bunch of mild meh. 4 Aug. 2014
By Amber L - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This story irritated me and I Adore several books by this author. Let's see if I can explain...

Ariadne makes a promise to marry someone without intention of following through and then sleeps with someone she thinks she's in love with because he's "softer" than all the men she knows. Meanwhile, the man she's supposed to marry is supposedly a long time friend. And he just goes with the flow because he's always loved her. But he's supposed to be this force of character. Then they play house for a while and all seems well, until the soft man returns like a stalker. But there is NO passion, not really. And the romance is lost in all the love me, love me not waffling rife throughout the whole boom!

I'm not a stickler for a lot of things but I hate broken trust and maybe that's why I struggle with this story. To me, the romance was a dud.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful. "Wend your way" away from this book. 18 Aug. 2014
By Amy Irene - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I managed to get 13% through this book. From the very first page, I started rolling my eyes. It felt as if this book was written by a high school student who was trying to use all their SAT words in novel form. Simple descriptions of surrounding weren't simple. For example, the first page says that the "cavalcade of horsemen rode into the narrow defile," and says that the river "wended its way." The characters felt two-dimensional and too dramatic, again, like the book was written by a high school student. The heroine "knew the ways of the Daunt world . . . knew them but didn't have to accept them." Whenever the author throws in history, they literally throw it in, instead of inserting it naturally into the narrative. For example, a section starts with "It had not always been so," and proceeds to tell us a history lesson that has nothing to do with the scene that is about to occur. It is as if the author couldn't figure out where to put this historical nugget, and awkwardly placed it there.

My particular favorite moment (right before I had to give up reading), was when the heroine (who is, by the way, having sex under a tree with no reservations, despite the time period this book is set in) says that she will "still belong to" her lover, even though she has to marry someone else (the hero), and her lover responds, "I want you for my wife, not my mistress. I could not bear some hole-in-the-corner grubby liaison. I love you." After that, I was done. Unless you like this type of over-the-top jarring language, I do not recommend this book.

This book was provided to be through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor and AVOID 6 Oct. 2014
By Sparky127 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
**** SPOILER ALERT *****

This book was... awful. I have read a fair number of historical romances in the last 20+ years (including by this author) - and this was truly one of the worst I remember ever reading. There were so many things wrong with it, I considered writing a guidebook as I went along... something along these lines:

Things Not to Do When Writing a Historical Romance:
1) Describe the heroine's OTHER love interest in explicit detail. Do we really need to read about her intimate, not even romantic encounter with someone who barely figures into the story? It was a jarring and really odd start to the book. Then she drops him and he becomes a nobody - and all we're left with is the yucky memory of their encounter - which he cherishes and she forgets.
2) Talk about people going to the bathroom all the time. Have I ever wondered while reading a historical novel when people went pee? Yes. Do I need to read over and over and OVER about when people went pee? NO. For heaven's sake - why are there so many references to using the facilities??
3) Describe every minute of every day in excruciating detail (see #2). Novels should tell a story in varying ways - skip ahead, do flashbacks, gloss over boring transitions, etc - but this one just went plod plod plod through every single minute. I wanted to poke my eyeballs out.
4) Refer to sexual parts by their ordinary names - a couple times is ok, maybe, but this isn't an anatomy book, it's a romance novel. The descriptions of sex were uninteresting, unromantic, and frankly took the magic out of it.
5) Start the book with a completely established relationship between the hero and heroine but fail to develop it. The characters obviously knew each other, but there was no evidence of any affection or tenderness or even basis for such emotions - we were only occasionally told that was the case. I had zero attachment to either character and could not see what was attractive about either one of them.
6) Do zero editing - both to the story (see above) as well as to the text (numerous typos).

There was much more that was wrong - these were just the more glaring ones to me. I received an ARC from netgalley for this review, and I feel horribly ungrateful at leaving such a terrible review for a free book - but I also was pretty unhappy that I slogged through such an awful book. If I had known what it would be, I wouldn't have read it even if I had been paid. :\ Sorry.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't do it for me. 22 July 2014
By Stormi @ BMReviewsohmy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
First Thoughts: This one sounded really interesting but I just couldn’t get into it.

This one sounded interested when I decided to review it and at the beginning I liked it but then it gets bogged down with the traveling to London and I realized I wasn’t that interested in the characters.

The Daunts use to be part of Court but with a protestant king the Catholics were ran off and the Daunts became powerful thugs. They have always wanted their place back at Court so Ari’s grandfather betrothed her to her cousin Ivor who is from a protestant background. The two families hope that the young couple can go to London and rise up into Court.

The only problem with this idea is that Ari is in love with Gabriel a poet. She loves Ivor for a friend as they have grown up together but she never thought of his as a husband. She only agreed to be betrothed because she thought it would give her more time to convince her grandfather that she loved Gabriel. Then her grandfather dies and her uncle who knows about her dalliance decides to go ahead and rush things along and marry her to Ivor before she can even think of a way out.

Ari is sort of a spoiled brat and she is very mean-hearted to Ivor through the beginning of their marriage. I know that she didn’t want to be married to him but it’s not his fault. He didn’t have a lot of choice in the matter either, but the only difference for him is that he really does love Ari. She hates seeing him go to a whorehouse but she has no right to complain, she tells him she is in love with someone else when they are married. I just never really cared a lot for Ari even though she does start to behave a bit better in the middle of the book.

Ivor, is a sweet guy but he just never grabbed my attention. He puts up with Ari’s actions a little bit better than I would have if I was him. She is lucky she was married to Ivor because anyone else would have treated her a lot different. That being said I think because he was so sweet was the reason I didn’t really care for him. He let her get away with to many things, especially when they have a lot at stake.

Gabriel, well lets jut say I have no clue what she ever seen in that man. He was a real wimp and I was glad that she decided that their little trollop was just a childish love. Though Gabriel doesn’t take no very well.

Over all I just wasn’t in love with any of these characters and so this one just didn’t click for me. Historical romances are my favorites usually, but something was missing from this one and I just can’t put my finger on it. I have seen some reviews of those who really loved it and ones that didn’t so this one seems to be just a hit and miss with readers.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 Stars 29 July 2014
By HannahPilar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Trapped at the Altar by Jane Feather *frustrated sigh* another case of I hate the leading lady. I started this story and after three chapters I had to put it down and read something else. It took me a week to get the nerve to try and finish reading it. I finished it, I am glad I did it finished well.

A young lady torn between her first love and the man she has been betrothed to almost since birth. Ariadne is a spoilt brat who is so use to having her own way but after her grandfather's death she is forced to finally marry Ivor and go to London to gain favor in court. She doesn't want to she wants to run off with the stupid and weak poet Gabriel. Ivor knows about her love for Gabriel and hopes she has moved past it, he has been in love with Ari since the first moment he saw her and her adamant protestations that they are just friends hurts him but he is willing to wait and see if she has a change of heart. She has no choice but to give in and marry Ivor and move to London with the hopes that Gabriel will be there. Along the way she become intimate with Ivor and she has her change of heart. She realizes she does love Ivor but still continually acts selfish to protect him, no she's protecting herself.

It sounds like I didn't like it, I liked it well enough but the parts I liked would give away to much of the story and I don't like spoilers. Ari acts very immature but in the end she does grow up and facts the consequences of her actions. She does not deserve Ivor that's for damn sure
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