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The Kiss of a Stranger Paperback – January 3, 2011
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Sarah Eden's newest book, The Kiss of a Stranger, is a perfect treat to tempt the sweet tooth of any Regency romance devotee. After a unique beginning, the book bubbles into a beautiful marriage of emotional turmoil and shadowed love.
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
About the Author
Sarah M. Eden read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the Regency era in English history, Eden became a regular in the Regency section of the reference department at her local library, painstakingly researching this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award Finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster. Her other regency romance novels include: Friends and Foes, An Unlikely Match, Drops of Gold, Glimmer of Hope, and As You Are.
Top customer reviews
Catherine and Crispin fall in love, but neither is willing to admit it to the other, certain that the love is all one sided. Lots of misunderstandings keep this perfect pair apart. What a waste of time, when they could be together happily.
The writing is up to Ms. Eden's usual standard and the regency romance enthusiasts will be satisfied with the manners and story.
One minor thing not wrapped up by the story's end was the uncle's true motivation. I wanted that tidbit of information to help fill in his bullying character, which was frightful to say the least.
Be prepared for some deeper subject matter and an emotional tug of war.
The Point of the Plot
Crispin, Lord Cavratt desperately needs to be rid of Miss Bower, so he latches onto the first woman in sight, literally. He kisses what he thinks is a servant girl, Catherine Thorndale, who actually turns out to be the niece of a dangerous man--a man who forces Crispin to marry Catherine to "save her reputation." But as it turns out, Crispin may have just found the girl to save him.
Basically Believable: *****
To be quite honest, I was so involved by the story, a 42 inch flat screen could've been in Crispin's sitting room and I would've have noticed. I always read the back matter of books before I start to give me an idea of where the book might go--it might also be a game for me to try and predict the ending, and of course I'm delighted when I can't. :) After reading that Crispin was going to be forced into marriage with Catherine, I wondered how Catherine's demanding uncle would pull that off, but Sarah executed it brilliantly! To me the best part of a regency romance is lightheartedness and witty banter, which Sarah totally nailed.
Charismatic Characters: ****
Romances, as I have so often lamented, have their cliche characters. Catherine Thorndale may be a little bit the pure-hearted damsel without a clue about her real beauty, but Sarah gives her a reason via an abusive uncle. Crispin, however, doesn't fall into the cliche category at all. He's a lovely mix of a moody cynic and a witty flirt: the perfect Prince Charming with flaws. I am completely enthralled with Crispin's best friend Phillip Jonquil, and if I didn't know he had his own story coming out in January (Friends and Foes), I'd certainly be badgering Sarah to know more.
Yay or Yuck, the Final Word: ****
A resounding YAY! On the back the synopsis asks, "will it be possible for Crispin and Catherine to live happily ever after?" And we all know the answer is yes. Yet I raced through the book, eager to know the end and how it will work out for the two characters. Read it; you'll love it. I'm off to buy some more of Sarah's books.
Favorite quote: Two, curtesy of Phillip Jonquil, Lord Lampton.
"Thank you," Catherine whispered the moment they'd stepped away from Uncle.
"Ladies do tend to be overcome with gratitude when asked to dance with me.
AND (I couldn't choose between them!)
Lord Lampton: "You've earned a few tears I suppose. Though my skills at the quadrille have been known to leave sensible women weeping."
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In order to spite an unwanted, pushy admirer, Crispin kisses a girl (a stranger) he comes upon in the garden. This was to avoid hints from the admirer for him to kiss her. Crispin is then forced into marrying the girl so that her reputation will remain intact. Crispin planned on getting an annulment, but what he didn't plan on was becoming absolutely enchanted by this sweet and witty girl.