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The French Bride Mass Market Paperback – October 4, 1977

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Signet (October 4, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451076834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451076830
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,647,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 2009
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The French Bride came to me as a recommendation from an online forum, and while the story was solid, Charles the protagonist was just too horrid for words, unfaithful, a real boor to everyone, while the heroine was resourceful in trying to win his love, but daft for even wanting to. Just as I was about to give up on the book, it turned interesting. Anne is sent to the Bastille and eventually everyone tracks her down, but alas, too late.
The historical aspect, prior to the French Revolution, was good, but delivered in huge chunks, with obsession on clothes. The hero was vile, the heroine too good to be true, and the potential lover Captain O'Neil, a good character, but he ended up as a mere plot device to trigger the feelings of Charles that he really did love Anne after all, and then later, a potential rescuer of Anne himself, though for various reasons he does not.
The ending is way too rushed, the conclusion leaving you wanting more in a lot of ways, but not able to get it. Overall, this is a solid historical novel, but a failure as a romance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blaze on August 6, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Anthony sometimes doesn't make strictly likeable characters, but she does make believeable ones. That is what I admire about her historical fiction work, there is nothing saccharine about them.

In this standalone sequel to Clandara, Ms. Anthony now centers her attention on the child of Sir James and Katherine Macdonald, refugess from a turbulent Scotland now sheltering in King Louis XV's France. Exposed to King Louis' court from childhood, their son, Charles Macdonald, is said to be the image of his wicked uncle, Hugh Macdonald. And unfortunately, Charles is hateful, hateful to his mistress, to his parents, and to his wife, who is determined to make him break from his lifestyle if she can. But the suffering Charles Macdonald so carelessly causes is the heart of this novel and Ms. Anthony portrays the treacherous allurements and machination of court life with surprising depth and breadth for such a slim volume of only 200+ pages.

The only weakness in the novel, I think, is that Anne de Bernard comes across as something of a Mary Sue and falls deeply, irrevocably in love with Charles very quickly. That being said, it also stands as a stark contrast to a corrupt court that she manoeuvers through with courage and determination.

Without giving away the ending, I can say it is not strictly a happy one, certainly not tied up in a nice, neat knot; but there is redemption.

Needless to say, I really like this book. Tense and sexy, I would say this is a forerunner to the bodice rippers of the 70s and 80s but without the explicit sex.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Mills on December 10, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
How tastes differ! Like the other reviewer, I was an Evelyn Anthony fan back around 1970, and loathed this one even then. Except for the terribly put upon heroine, most of the characters (including the heroine's beloved) are really, really nasty people. Ms. Anthony isn't usually Little Ms. Sunshine, but this one has no redeeming glints of suspense, interest, etc.
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