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The Bride Wore Blue (The Brides of Bath Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Cheryl Bolen
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Cheryl Bolen's writing draws you into her fast-paced story. 4 Stars – Romantic Times

Cheryl Bolen returns to the Regency England she knows so well. . .If you love a steamy Regency with a fast pace, be sure to pick up The Bride Wore Blue. – Happily Ever After

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For six long years Thomas Moreland has dreamed of the beautiful young noblewoman who rescued him from death. While amassing his fortune in India, not a day passed he did not recall Felicity's fair loveliness, did not recall the silken tones of her sweet voice, did not desire to possess her.

Now a widow, Felicity Harrison does not recognize the handsome nabob as the young man left for dead by highwayman years earlier. Though she wants nothing more than to snub the arrogant man who promises to rescue her family from financial ruin in exchange for presenting his sister to Society, she cannot snub him. She must force herself to bear his company. But the longer she is with him, the more she has to force herself to remain true to her dead husband's memory. Why is it the humbly born Thomas Moreland possesses more nobility that any man of her class? And why is it she finds it harder and harder to mourn a dead man when Thomas's virility awakens her deepest desires?


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Cheryl Bolen's writing draws you into her fast-paced story. You care about the characters and what happens to them. -- Romantic Times Magazine, Jan. 2002

Cheryl returns once again to the Regency England she knows so well with the Brides of Bath series. -- In Print

Thomas is the perfect hero, strong and a true gentleman. This is a sensual story, with plenty of romance. -- Happily Ever After

From the Author

This is the first of the Brides of Bath series to be published by Zebra Ballads in 2002.

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  • File Size: 2541 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491025492
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052UX1KE
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It was free (and worth every penny) November 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This one starts out interestingly, but by about the 45% marker on the Kindle, I was just plowing through to see what else she threw in.

It's an overused phrase, but I feel like Felicity definitely falls into the category of "too stupid to live". She starts out okay, but she definitely gets pretty catty - not all that becoming.

Several major plot points were very telegraphed and super contrived - the dancing master trying to get the sister to elope with him, the villain's plot to get the heroine for his own being the best examples. Misunderstandings abound. The best scene in the entire book is likely the one between the hero and a woman that the villain is using to carry out his plot. I felt sorry for the character, and proud of the hero.

The sensual content of the book was also pretty laugh worthy. I know the waltz was viewed as a scandalous dance, but I am pretty sure it did not involve "dirty dancing" with the couple pressed up against each other. Yet, during a waltz, he gets...aroused and she can feel it. The higher sensual content seems to be to drive home the fact that she is a widow, but it didn't work for me. I agree with the one revivewer who stated that the sensual scene in the Ruins was the straw that drove it over the edge to really bad book.

Allow me to share a few choice phrases:

1. "Low in her body she felt a molten heat, and soon her beloved Thomas began to plunge into her pool of liquid." (Kindle loc 3689)

I am pretty sure that's NOT how it works.

2. "As Felicity sat there, still moistened from Thomas’s essence, she prayed it would not bleed through her skirts." (Kindle loc 4450)

I know different times had different hygiene standards, but that still gets a big "ew" from me.

There's three other books in the series, and from the reviews and my experience with this one, I will not be reading them.
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107 of 119 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not recommending this one October 29, 2012
By DottyG
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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I was enjoying this book - to the point that I stayed up until 3:30 in the morning reading it. It was a contrived story and rather predictable, but it was ok. And I wanted to see how it ended.

Then I hit the Ruins scene. In about one page, the story fell completely flat. A "quickie" in the Ruins does not a passionate story make. It felt cheap and made me instantly think of the heroine what she thought herself to be afterwards - a common whore. There was no romance there; it was a quick thrill before someone happened upon them. I kept hoping it was just a dream, but it wasn't. Even as a "quickie", it wasn't even romantic. There wasn't passion in it; it was a simple satisfying of two lustful people in almost a clinical type of situation. Both could have done what they did with anyone and had the same end result.

Sadly, that one scene ruined the rest of the book for me. I did end up finishing it tonight. But I don't look upon it as a fun read. One of my tests of a good romance is how much it tugs at my heart and makes me feel for the characters. I'm sad to say this book didn't do it. Towards the end, the hero has tears in his eyes. Normally, this kind of emotion would really touch me. Not so in this story. Because, at that point, I'd already lost my real affection for him.

I seem to think I've read this author before in the past. And, if I did, I don't remember her resorting to this kind of plot development. I wish she hadn't this time; the book held promise. But one thing can destroy that fairly quickly. I hate leaving bad reviews of books. It's not an enjoyable thing to do, because I do know the time and effort of writing. However, this is one I can't help but leave. It's not a book I'd recommend, I'm sad to say.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brides of Bath are back! September 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
It's wonderful to see Cheryl Bolen's Brides of Bath series on Amazon Kindle. I read all four books in the series when they were first published in paperback, and I am looking forward to reading them again on my Kindle. If you are a lover of Regency Romance and have not read the series, you have a treat in store. The four books in the series can be read in any order, but I think readers will enjoy the series more if they read them in order. The Bride Wore Blue is the first in the series and introduces characters you will see again if you read all four books. If you have never read a Cheryl Bolen Regency, you are in for another treat. Few writers bring the Regency era alive as well as she does.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good story & great hero, but the heroine... January 24, 2002
By tregatt
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Bride Wore Blue" is actually a rather fun 5 star Regency romance novel -- and if it wasn't for the fact that I desperately wanted to shake the heroine, Felicity Harrison, rather hard, I probably would have awarded it the 5 star rating it deserved.
The novel starts in 1807, when a very young Felicity Pembrooke rescues a young man who had been wounded in a robbery and left to die. Not only does she obtain medical help for him, but she also gets her fiance, Captain Michael Harrison to procure passage for this unknown unfortunate to India. The novel then fast forwards to 1813, where Felicity is now a young widow and living in Bath with her brother, George, and younger sister, Glee, and they are almost penniless. And that's when Thomas Moreland, a very rich and newly returned Indian nabob approaches Felicity with a business proposition. He will settle all the Pembrooke debts as well as set up an annuity for both Felicity and Glee, if Felicity agrees to introduce Thomas and his sister, Dianna, to Bath society. Felicity is torn: she'd like nothing better than to throw Thomas's money back at his face, but she cannot deny that she and her siblings need the money desperately, esp if she wishes to launch Glee into Bath society in style. And so gritting her teeth, Felicity agrees to sponsor the Morelands. The more time she spends with them, the more she begins to like and respect them, esp Thomas who intrigues her, and whose ardent attention makes her feel young and alive again. Could she be falling for the 'vulgar' nabob?
Many years ago, Thomas Moreland fell in love with the ministering angel who rescued him. She, however, was about to marry someone else. Now, years later, Thomas is in a position to both help and woo Felicity Harrison.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and very
Well written and very enjoyable
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5.0 out of 5 stars I always enjoy how Bolen uses European history while creating an...
I always enjoy how Bolen uses European history while creating an interesting book. The characters pull you into their story and make you impatient for them to be together. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good light read
Entertaining story. Good character development.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I like the historical romance novels so if you like that kind of story then you like this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I particularly enjoy that her characters often find themselves at odds...
If your a fan of historical romance then Cheryl Bolen is the author for you. She weaves a tale of interesting characters keeping you amused and enticed with the intricacies of a... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Debbie
Really enjoyed this story. I couldn't wait to see the happy ending for the 2 characters. They became real to me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars first half is enthralling, second half is generic
This book started out with a lot of promise. I was very enthralled with the descriptions and the characters and they maneuvered about Regency England in Bath. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Quietrage
5.0 out of 5 stars This book captured me from the very first page and ...
This book captured me from the very first page and I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Published 9 days ago by Peggy Etheridge
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASENTLY SURPRISED!!
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Bride Wore Blue. I don't usually like what I refer to as triangle love stories with widows and widowers who are still in love with there... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Edwina "I Love books"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great love story
I enjoyed the love story and the history of the time. I highly recommend it as a "good read."
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More About the Author

Cheryl Bolen is the New York Times, USA Today best-selling author of more than a dozen Regency-set historical romance novels. Her books have placed in several writing contests, including the Daphne du Maurier, and have been translated into 11 languages. She was named Notable New Author in 1999, and in 2006 she won the Holt Medallion (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent) for Best Short Historical Novel. In 2012 she won Best Historical in the International Digital Awards for eBooks published the prior year, and one of her 2011 novellas won Best Historical Novella. Her books have become Barnes & Noble and Amazon bestsellers.

Many of her readers love her many marriage of convenience stories. Her lighter books have been compared to Georgette Heyer, and her more emotional reads (where the heroine has many obstacles before her happy ending) have been compared to Mary Balogh.

Cheryl recently returned to her first love of romantic suspense and mystery with fast-paced plots featuring heroines in peril and the strong men they can lean on. It was these books which first got her noticed in the publishing world when her manuscripts won many contests.

A former journalist who admits to a fascination with dead Englishwomen, she is a regular contributor to The Regency Plume, The Regency Reader, and The Quizzing Glass. Many of her articles can found on her website, www.CherylBolen.com, and more recent ones on her blog, www.CherylsRegencyRamblings.wordpress.com. Readers are welcomed at both places.

Cheryl holds a dual degree in English and journalism from the University of Texas, and she earned a master's degree from the University of Houston. She and her professor husband are the parents of two sons, one who is an attorney, and the other a journalist. Her favorite things to do are watching the UT Longhorns, reading letters and diaries of Georgian Englishmen, and traveling to England.

In addition to many stand-alone novels, Cheryl currently has four series for sale on Amazon.com:

BRIDES OF BATH SERIES (set in Regency England)
The Bride Wore Blue (Kensington, 2002)
With His Ring (Kensington, 2002)
A Fallen Woman (Kensington, 2002) (retitled The Bride's Secret in 2011)
An Improper Proposal (Kensington, 2004) (retitled To Take This Lord, 2011)
Love in the Library, (Harper & Appleton, 2014)
A Christmas in Bath (Harper & Appleton, 2014)

REGENT MYSTERIES (set in Regency England)
With His Lady's Assistance 2011)
A Most Discreet Inquiry (2012)
A Theft Before Christmas (2013)

BRAZEN BRIDES SERIES (set in Regency England)
Counterfeit Countess (Kensington, 2005)
One Golden Ring (Kensington, 2005)
Lady Sophia's Rescue (2011 eBook novella)
Marriage of Inconvenience (Love Inspired Historical, 2012)

TEXAS HEROINES IN PERIL (contemporary romantic suspense)
Protecting Britannia (2012)
Capitol Offense (2012)
A Cry in the Night (2012)
Murder at Veranda House (2012)

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