Almost a Bride

almost-a-brideFROM THE WEBSITE…“In this spectacular new romance from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather, fate deals one stubbornly single young woman and one deceptively heartless man a shocking hand in a high-stakes bet. But is love in the cards?

Jack Fortescu gambles to win, and this time his prize is not only his rival’s lavish mansion but everything in it–
including the man’s beautiful sister! But when it comes to games, Jack has met his match. . . .

Left homeless by her brother’s escapade, Arabella Lacey has two appalling choices: pack her bags–or agree to marry the lunatic who’s taken over her house. Why would such a handsome–and outrageously wealthy–man want such an unromantic arrangement? Arabella intends to find out, and have a little fun in the process at Jack’s expense . . . literally. As Jack discovers that his reluctant bride is no ordinary beauty, he feels a stir of admiration, among other emotions, that wasn’t part of the bargain. Now he’s the one with everything to lose. . . .”

FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…As usual, most historical romances are fairly similar but I still can’t resist reading them. In Almost a Bride, Feather creates a story of a vengeful man (Jack Fortescu) who brings his enemy to suicide and then claims all of his property including his half-sister (Arabella Lacy). After some thought of fearing she’d lose her independence, Arabella agrees to marry Jack with the understanding that they were marrying for convenience and that neither expects the other for anything more but to keep their freedom of independence and to produce an heir. Over time you watch the passions spark in overdrive and the compassion the other has for the other while trying their hardest “not to care” about the others supposed “actions”. When Jack  finally learns to allow someone to step up to carry an act out to save his lost sister you can’t help but feel compassion for him and wonder for his wife’s selfless act of love.  The book was a page turner, often made me grin, made me want to jump up and “high five” or slap a character for their actions. The only thing I wanted to read more about that was lacking was the dispensing of Jack’s mistress.  I actually wanted some sort of “cat fight” between his wife and his old mistress and to know if Jack finally let her go financially.

Sunday Salon 5

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Well here it is another Sunday…what have I been up to in the world of blogging and books you ask?

 

 BOOK REVIEWS THIS WEEK…

 OTHER BLOG POSTS THIS WEEK (The Book Faery Reviews)…

 OTHER BLOG POSTS THIS WEEK (Wife and Mom of 3)…

CURRENT READING PILE (I hope to post reviews for Blevins and Bradbury this week)

Sunday Salon #2

Wow…is it already Sunday and practically the end?!  Where did the week go?!  Let’s see…where am I at tonight from this past week of reading?  Well…I HAD planned on completing The Memory Keeper’s Daughter but once again I just HAD to read another book that caught my eye.

I just can’t help it when it comes to historical romances!!  Yes…call me a romantic of old times…This week I read To Wed a Wicked Prince by Jane Feather.  While I did enjoy reading this fast read I would still have to say I had hoped for more, but it still was a good book that tied in lost loves, passion, betrayal, and spy suspense.

In addition to reading, I ALSO went on the search for more ways to create more exposure for my blog.  Signed up on “shelfari”, joined some groups, scoped out and commented other book related blogs, and now hoping for feedback, new friendships, and blogroll increases.  “Shelfari” is a rather neat book site community if you’re looking for one.  You can check out my profile here: http://www.shelfari.com/thebookfaery.

 

If you’re interested in joining those of us who blog with the Sunday Salon…you can find out more information here: http://dhamel.typepad.com/sundaysalon or just click on The Sunday Salon banner image at the beginning of the post.  Hope to see you around!

The Least Likely Bride

FROM THE AUTHOR…“Dear Reader, In my Brides Trilogy, three unconventional young women vow never to marry, only-one by one-to be overtaken by destiny.  Scholarly Olivia is most certainly The Least Likely Bride–One moment Lady Olivia Granville is strolling along a path, her nose buried in a tome of Greek philosophy; the next she is plunging down a rocky cliff. When she regains consciousness, she is naked and unwittingly trapped on a pirate ship.  Her captor, though, is no ordinary pirate.  Wickedly handsome, disturbingly mysterious, the grey-eyed master of the Wind Dancer is both a physician and an artist, and admits to making his living from the sea.  Most disconcerting of all, when he turns his glittering eyes on her, he sees not the stammering, hopelessly bookish young girl Olivia has always been, but a passionate, beautiful woman who can, if she chooses, embark on the adventure and the love of a lifetime.  I invite you to share in Olivia’s passionate, enchanting adventure.  Warmest wishes,  (signed)Jane Feather  P.S. For Portia’s story, be sure to read The Hostage Bride, and you will catch Phoebe’s story in The Accidental Bride.  And look for my next novel, The Window’s Kiss, in early 2001– in which my heroine has been widowed not less than four times!”

BOOK FAERY REVIEW…I found The Least Likely Bride a great historical romance that had the right amount of adventure and passion.  I am always happy to see a female character who is both intellectual and beautiful.  Feather’s definitely kept me on my toes, wanting me to grab a sword and join in on the pirate fighting.  I found myself just as entranced by the handsome and intellectual Pirate as much as Olivia had.  Visions of the pair sneaking around at night while all were asleep and fighting to not show more love to the other reminded me of teens in love (and even of my own relationship to my husband who was my highschool sweetheart).