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No Man's Bride Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 2006


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006112494X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061124945
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shana Galen is a former public school teacher in Houston, Texas. Newly married, Shana lives with her husband and two cats. She writes almost full time, which requires daily trips to the mall because shopping is the only activity that really allows her to think. (That's her story, and she's sticking to it!)


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Elizabeth fits his ideals of a perfect wife - impeccable background, charming, intelligent and beautiful.
C. Dionne
I am almost positive that given the descriptions of each of their personalities in this book I would have just the same reaction to their stories.
J. Lesley
She has gone a long way showing how growing up in this kind of environment actually forms the ideas and thought processes of the survivor.
Kristi Ahlers

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2007
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After thinking it over, I've decided to be honest. Plenty of other reviewers have been kind, even lavish with their praise.

Miss Catherine Fullbright, a 20 year old drudge in her fathers household who also liked to sleep late?, was such a contridictory character she fairly made my head spin. One minute cowering, shrinking and fearful. The next incredibly bold, daring and willing to anger her father in every way possible. Her split-personality happened so frequently and with such rapidity that it seemed completely unrealistic to me. I understand that this character was abused, I did read the book. But for me, a gradual change in her personality would have been much more realistic. Catherine needed to learn to have strength, learn to believe in herself despite what she was hearing from father, mother and sister. This prolonged verbal and physical abuse would not and could not have been thrown over in a moment but this author made this character do that. I could not believe the rapid change could come about like that. And then to have Catherine shrink back into her former cowering attitude just caused me to be confused. How would she react to the next situation?

The hero, Quint Childers (so named by his parents because he would be the fifth Marquess of Ravenscroft, obviously a ha-ha moment for the author), Earl of Valentine, is a politician and views the entire world through how everything will translate to his career. He didn't strike me as hot or cold, neither strong nor weak, good or bad. I couldn't warm up to him at all and personally don't think the author gave him enough personality to make me care about him or any situation he might find himself in.

The wedding was a farce. How did the family come up with a wedding dress for Catherine?
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Misuzmama on September 24, 2006
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Its not often that you read a book where both the hero and heroine are duped into a marriage. That's exactly what this books about. Quint definitely didn't want to marry the head-strong, but at the same time, extremely wary and shy around strangers, plain Catherine. Its political suicide for him. He needed a wife to razzle and dazzle his political contemporaries with her wit and charm in order to further his career. Catherine, on the other hand, never wanted to marry, period. She's afraid to be under any man's thumb, especially someone who maybe similar to her brutal and tyranical father. But now they are stuck and so the rest of the story explores their growing relationship.

This is my first Galen and I liked it. The only negatives that prevent me from giving it five stars is Quints character at the begining and the love scenes. It took Quint way too long to figure out that Catherine is not a scheming liar and accept her shortcomings. The loves scenes were good, but came a little late in the book for me, should have been more of them too. I like to see a bit more sparks here and there, but kudos to the author for the pub scene -that was memorable!

So if you like Kleypas or Jeffries, try this one out. Its definitely enjoyable and worth a read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on September 25, 2006
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Catherine Fullbright vows she will never marry when she grows up because she has learned the hard way that a woman is nothing more than a punching bag for a man's anger. So when years later her sister makes a match with Quint Childers, Lord Valentine her father decides that Catherine needs to marry first. This second son is not going to break the rules. Before the younger daughter could marry...the older on must. But Catherine decides instead of marrying she will simply break up the engagement of her little sister. There was no tender emotions involved in the match...it was for social and political reasons. But instead of breaking them up...Catherine finds herself marrying Quint. She is ill prepared for what her future holds and doesn't know if she can trust the kind and loving way her new husband treats her. Can this marriage actually work...and will these two people find a happy ending?

Catherine and Quint were wonderfully crafted characters. Ms. Galen has treated the concept of spousal and child abuse fairly...making it an critical part of the telling of this story. She has gone a long way showing how growing up in this kind of environment actually forms the ideas and thought processes of the survivor. Quint is a perfect hero in the way he deals with his damaged bride. Despite the serious background Catherine has to deal with...this is first and foremost a romance and readers will not be disappointed. This appears to be the first in a new series by Galen and I can't wait to read the rest of the stories she plans on writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 2, 2006
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Catherine Fullbright has learned how nasty men can be having spent time locked in a closet by her abusive father when she was a preadolescent; she also observed males behaving like hedonistic pigs as she saw first hand how her scandalous father treated women. Thus as a child she and her three female cousins vowed to never marry.

By 1811, Catherine's father needs his two daughters married off, but feels the eldest must wed first. Catie refuses though her younger sister Elizabeth is as always compliant, obedient, and nasty but also engaged to Lord Valentine. Dad gives Catie until tonight's ball to choose a mate or he will find her one. She and her cousins plot to stop Lizzie's nuptials, but her father trumps her. Catie marries Lord Valentine, Quint Childers; angering her sibling and making her new husband wonder when this wildcat hellion will destroy his political career as he planned on the compliant one as his wife. Still he enjoys her spirit, her caring about the welfare of others and that she seems to genuinely love him like he does her. However, he must persuade her to trust him as not all men demand strict obedience supported by punishment.

This is an interesting Regency romance starring a young woman who learns as a child the excesses of dominating males and takes that lesson to adulthood as she has vowed to remain a spinster. Quint is a patient protagonist who reassesses his ambitions once he finds the wrong wife in his bed; he gives Catie time to adapt, but fears she will never overcome the abuse. Fans of deep character driven historical tales will appreciate Shana Galen's strong tale.

Harriet Klausner
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