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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 Una edition (24 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452654751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452654751
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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From the Back Cover

Abandoned at the altar . . .

Lady Beatrix Danbury had always known she would marry William Mallory. She'd loved him forever and she'd never doubted he loved her, too. But when she made him choose between their life together or his lifelong dream, Will chose the latter . . . and left two weeks before their wedding.

Return of the duke . . .

Will has no illusions that Beatrix would welcome him back with open arms, but six years did not dim his love or desire for her. The only problem is, she's about to marry someone else. Someone safe and predictable . . . the complete opposite of Will. But can he stop the wedding of the season and win Beatrix back, or is it just too late?

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About the Author

Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned more than twenty historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction's highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband (or, as she calls him, her very own romance hero), along with two diva cats and a Golden Retriever happy to be their slave.

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Based on the (quite horrible) cover and blurb I was expecting Wedding of the Season to be a regency romance, well imagine my shock when in the scene where the heroine is introduced to us she's driving a car and wearing trousers! Yes, I warn you: make no mistakes this historical romance is set in the beginning of the 20th century, around 1904: Beatrix is a modern young woman of 25: she wears trousers, drives a car and shock: she has even smoked a couple of cigarettes!

I don't think I've ever read a historical romance novel set around this time: it was either regency or World War historicals for me. It was an interesting epoque and if you want to imagine the athmosphere of the novel and what to expect, I would say picture an episode of Hercule Poirot (played by David Suchet): the women's independence and rebellion against the conservative roles and the whole "holidaying at a summer house with friends" reminded me of that.

What sets Wedding of the Season apart from the other historical romances I have read so far (besides the timeframe) is how realistic the difficulties and obstacles were: Will is an adventure seeking duke: he has dreamt of ancient civilisations since he was a boy and he's right where he always wanted to be: on an excavation in Egypt, he is passionate about archeology, history and discovery. Meanwhile Beatrix likes her life the way her ancestors have lived theirs: she wants to stay in England, get married and raise her children in the countryside where she grew up. Tradition, history and responsibility are important to her and this is where and how she wants to live her life. It seems their two dreams cannot be reconciled and I was amazed at the realistic description and approach Laura Lee Guhrke took when presenting their dilemma in detail through the novel.
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Wedding of the Season is the first book I read from this author. I'm seriously asking myself 'Why didn't I read her books before?'. (I'm already adding more of her books to my TBR pile) I devoured this book in no time. It was a real pleasure to read. This is the first book in the Abandoned at the Altar series and the 2nd book comes out in February.
I don't often pay attention to the dates mentioned in the books I'm reading, and after reading the first chapter I had to go back to the prologue to see when the story was taking place. I'm used to reading historical romances set in the 19th century, and when the heroine first appears driving a car and wearing Turkish trousers I was VERY surprised. So yes, this book is set at the very beginning of the 20th century, this was unexpected but it brought something new to the story.

Beatrix has been abandoned by her fiancé, Will, 2 weeks before the wedding. She hasn't even been abandoned for another woman...no, her fiancé left her to go to Egypt to search for Tutankhamen's tomb! She was of course devastated and 6 years later she finally decided she was over this heartbreak. Beatrix is going to get married this time to Aidan, another Duke. I really like Beatrix, from the very first scene, she makes quite an appearance, driving like a madwoman on the country road. She's changed a lot since Will left her, she's no longer this naive young girl pining for him. With the help of her cousin Julia she's become more independent and have more fun. She was trapped in a life society and her father chose for her, she thought she had to act like she did to be how they wanted her to be. She never really did what she wanted herself.
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By Judge Tabor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Jan. 2016
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I truly liked hero, Will, and to some extent understood why he made the decision to head off to Egypt six years previously even though had loved Beatrix since they were very young and in fact was betrothed to her at the time he "abandoned" her. Fact of the matter is that he tried his best to get her to go with him to Egypt and she refused. Does that make him a jerk? Well, kind of, because Beatrix had no idea that he would be wanting her to give up her entire life and travel to Egypt at the time she promised to marry him? Fact is they were both young and he really "needed" the adventure. Times they were a'changing and although he's a duke, that way of life is going down the drain very quickly and Will knew he could not count on the estate and lands alone to make his living.

The book takes up after the six years have passed and Beatrix is now engaged to be married to a different duke (Aidan) - albeit a quite starchy, do everything right type of person which you may feel free to interpret as "boring." Sounds as though she needs stability in her life after being "abandoned." In fact, she carried a torch for Will for five of the six years, but finally gave up and decided she wanted children and a husband - therefore she accepted Aidan's proposal. Enter Will back into the mix because he's come home to drum up funds for the ongoing excavations taking place in Egypt after having spent 100,000 pounds of his own money. This lack of responsible spending sunk Will somewhat in my estimation.
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