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  • Series: Berkley Sensation
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425226344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425226346
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By statengirl on February 16, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
On her deathbed, James Burnett's clairvoyant Scottish grandmother foretells that his bride is in mortal danger. James must save her or she will die. The problem is, James is a widower living in London and does not have a bride. Soon, though, he begins to have nightmares about Faith McBride, his first love to whom he was once engaged, but who abandoned him before their wedding. James has not seen her in the eight years since and has no desire to see her now. But when he dreams that Faith is being stalked by a murderer - a dream that is all too real - he is compelled to find her and protect her. Faith remembers their break-up completely differently, namely, that James left her for another woman and broke her heart. Now she wants nothing to do with him, or so she keeps telling herself. Then she is attacked by unknown assailants, and James comes to her rescue. It seems their love may yet get a second chance...if only James can keep his `bride' alive.

By and large this is a worthy read: the writing is good, the cast likeable, and the story draws one in. I especially like the way everyone assumes Faith and James are engaged (when they are not), and how tellingly feeble are the couple's denials. And the who-done-it is exciting and keeps one guessing till the end. But the couple's relationship, which has so much potential, falls short. For instance, Faith and James learn that they can communicate telepathically with one another, yet oddly give it little importance. One would think they'd be thrilled with such a gift and try to perfect it - particularly when Faith's life is in danger - but instead they muddle along and hope for the best until it is almost too late.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Worth VINE VOICE on January 3, 2010
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On her deathbed, James Burnett's grandmother passed on her powers to one, or all, of her three grandsons. James is doubtful that his grandmother actually had any powers, until he begins to have some frightening dreams, and then some waking hallucinations. He soon realizes that he's inherited a gift he never wanted.

Faith McBride begins to haunt his dreams, both waking and sleeping, and soon James realizes that he must find Faith, or risk her death. None too happy to have to renew his aquaintance with a woman who dumped him, James does his duty and finds Faith anyway.

Faith is not thrilled to see James when he finally manages to find her, quickly escaping as soon as she is able, unwilling to dredge up old feelings of when her beloved had married another. James pursues her relentlessly, and it is only when she realizes that she is in real danger that she accepts his help.

THE RUNAWAY MCBRIDE is at times a bit tepid, with the characters having a hard time making up their minds, and the plot seeming to go off kilter a few times, but otherwise the book is a good read. Even though it wasn't quite the page turner that I had hoped for when I sat down to read it, THE RUNAWAY MCBRIDE does have a delightful historical flavor, populated with believable characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Nix on October 25, 2009
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Lady Valeria McEcheran is dying. The Scottish townsfolk think her a witch. Her three grandsons don't know what to make of her...talented but delusional storyteller or really one of the last of a long line of powerful seers? Before she passes, she has a message for each of her grandsons. James Burnett, the story's widowed hero, is told his future bride is in danger and he must find her before she dies.

Jump forward three months. James has inherited his grandmother's second sight, a particularly trying gift, but something he has so far ignored. After he catches a glimpse of his grandmother's disapproving face in the mirrored ceiling tiles while trying to have sex with a high-end prostitute, James gives up both whiskey and women. Setting his sights on finding the woman he's dreaming about - Faith McBride, his former fiancée-James uses his considerable railroad baron money to track her down.

The task isn't a difficult one. Not one of the privileged class, Faith McBride, doesn't have a lot of options available to her. Currently, she's a teacher at girls' school, teaching foreign history. When she stumbles upon a photo of a woman who looks like an older version of herself in her father's belongings, she begins to question everything her father told her about her mother and her genealogical background. Unfortunately, her snooping is going to lead her into the danger James has foreseen.

I'm not a diehard historical reader so I cannot tell you if Ms. Thornton's writing is historically accurate nor am I one of those readers who is jarred out of the story by a historical inaccuracy, unless it's a glaring one. What I can tell you is that the plot unspools at a leisurely pace, gently tugging the reader along like a leaf drifting downstream.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 3, 2009
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In 1885 on her deathbed, his grandmother Lady Valeria pleads with James Burnett to find his ex fiancée Faith McBride to protect her as her life is in danger. He would do anything for his grandma the witch but not that; still he swears he will keep his former fiancée safe even as he wonders who will keep him safe from her. He also knows his grandma's last act of life is passing on her clairvoyance skills to him; either that or he is hallucinating.

Faith believes her beloved James dumped her to marry someone else. When she sees him, she knows she still loves him even if he is somewhat cold towards her. He offers to help her learn how her mother died. As they follow the clues their love remains strong but their trust remains at zero; love is not enough until she realizes James risks his life for his Faith.

This superb late Victorian romance is enhanced by a touch of the paranormal and by the whodunit amateur sleuth investigation. The story line is fast-paced, filled with humor and action, but it is the second chance at love between the wonderful lead pair who makes this a fine historical.

Harriet Klausner
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