Catherine Thorndale's world is abruptly thrown into confusion when a handsome stranger scandalously, and unexpectedly, kisses her in a country garden. Enraged by the encounter, Catherine's uncle insists this gentleman, Lord Crispin Cavratt, marry his niece immediately to save her reputation.
Trapped between a marriage she did not ask for, and a life with her abusive uncle, Catherine has little faith in what the future holds for her. She expects to suffer the same careless loathing from her new husband she has felt from her uncle, especially as he strives to annul their new marriage.
However, Crispin is not entirely what he seems. His distanced cynicism masks feelings that not even he is willing to face. As he is forced into the role of Catherine's temporary protector he begins to see the beauty her tattered soul really holds.
With the help of those closest to him Crispin launches into a life he did not expect, and a love he cannot live without.
Eden is a self-proclaimed Jane Austen addict who has been fascinated by the Regency era from an early age. She has written award-winning short stories and was a 2008 Whitney Award Finalist for her novel Seeking Persephone, another historical English romance.
A true romantic at heart...I harbor a weakness for the Regency Era in history, Eden said. She has painstakingly researched this period to create for her characters a well fashioned vision of their world.
This book is peppered with beautiful dialogue. Crisp and witty banter between the main characters is enthralling. Eden has a gift of balancing sardonic humor with breathtaking heart ache.
The Kiss of a Stranger is a book readers will happily devour. --Melissa DeMoux, The Deseret News
I absolutely adore the characters and story. It was suspenseful and a bit frustrating with all the lack of communication between Catherine and Crispin. But I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Monica Partida
I was going nuts with how long it took the protagonist to realize he had feelings for his wife and also for how oblivious he was to how cruel he was being by leaving her dangling... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Matia Bryson
This book is one of my favorites. It is touching, romantic, as well as exciting? Be sure you also read Sarah Eden's "Friends And Foes" which has the same wonderful... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Elizabeth Hellewell
Seriously, don't let the title scare you off. Sounds like a cliche, overdone chick hook. HOWEVER. It was well worth the quick read. 💞Published 16 days ago by tash
This was the second book I've ready by Sarah M. Eden and after I read it I picked up two more. I enjoy her characters and the sweet, pure relationships. Read morePublished 21 days ago by elshmobelsh
Sarah Eden's books are clean, regency romances. Thoroughly entertaining!Published 1 month ago by busy mom
This was a very well written book. Misunderstandings about their relationship kept going on and on, chapter after chapter. It became rather irritating though. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tina Pedersen
I just finished reading The Kiss of a Stranger by Sarah Eden. This book follows along the lines of Jane Austen's novels. This is a prequel for The Jonquil Brothers series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by anne