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The Accidental Bride (Bride Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – July 6, 1999
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"Jane Feather is an accomplished storyteller...rare and wonderful."
--Daily News of Los Angeles
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In my "Brides" trilogy, three unconventional young women vow they will never marry--only to be overtaken by destiny. The Accidental Bride could only be the story of Phoebe, the "awkward" one....
For four years, Cato, the Marquis of Granville, had been just another man--the uninteresting, somewhat intimidating husband of Phoebe's older sister. But then her sister died, and Phoebe seemed a reasonable substitute. Her forced engagement to him should have been quite a cold-blooded arrangement...except that one day Phoebe looked at Granville--really looked at him--and saw what she'd never seen before: he was darkly, breathtakingly attractive.
Once she'd noticed, she couldn't seem to stop noticing, and suddenly Phoebe was disastrously in love. It would be nothing short of torture to be married to Granville, knowing he didn't love her and never would. After all, Phoebe was not the kind of woman men fell in love with--Phoebe with her untidy hair, her rumpled clothes, and her fingers forever ink-stained from the poetry she wrote.
When running away does not solve her problems, Phoebe decides to try something a little different--something that involves a little change in wardrobe, a daring new attitude, and a bit of brazen seduction.
Granville is about to discover that his awkward Phoebe is woman enough even for him....
P.S. Be sure to watch for Olivia's story, The Least Likely Bride, coming in hardcover in early 2000.
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I very quickly lost patience with Phoebe always looking like a rag bag, always having rats nest hair, always having dirt on her face, always being defiant, always, always, always. As another reviewer said, why couldn't she get a little back bone and stop her relentless pursuit of Cato. Did she only feel humiliation for mere seconds? Any normal woman wouldn't have spoken to him (or allowed him to touch her) for a week.
Cato did change. But, wow, did he ever inflict verbal punishment every chance he had. It took so long for his attitude to change toward Phoebe that I had almost given up hope. And then he changed completely. Almost too much too late. At least for me.
I would not recommend this book to a friend. If you decide to read it, you will do so with lots of information given through the review system and know what you are letting yourself in for. I will NOT be reading the other two books!!!
I hate how it is historically inaccurate, how the characters are unbelievable, emotions - fake.
dropped it after 200 pages, I just couldn't take any more of the female lead falling/spilling stuff, helping the poor, trying to make her brother in law (now her husband) to fall in love with her.
I didn't even bother to understand the poor historical/political sub-story that was going on, who cares?
I think Phoebe is an easy character to relate to. She doesn't have the perfect body, elegant grace, or ability to come up with smart dialogue. She's average. My difficulties with Phoebe are that she constantly throwing herself (physically and emotionally) at Cato and he continually dismisses her. He enjoys the sex they have, but doesn't seem to see her for much more, until the near end of the book. I think I would have much preferred a little more cat and mouse. After Phoebe's failed attempts to earn her husband's respect, I would have hoped she would had a little pride and backed off. I would have liked to have seen Cato try as hard as Phoebe to make the relationship work.
Cato is my favorite hero of the three books. He is honest and all around good. He is very detached, but has possibilities to become something greater, if given the right motivation. I don't feel that this character was developed enough to really see why in the end he decided to love Phoebe. It didn't look into the depths of his realization enough -- just on the surface, and it seemed shallow at best.
This book, I would consider, is an average read. Nothing great, but good enough if you are bored and can't find anything else better. It has moments that will make you smile, but it just needed a little more emotional connection.
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