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"[Guhrke] takes the concept of a second chance at love to a new level and creates a deep-sigh romance that wins hearts and minds." ---Romantic Times --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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Abandoned at the altar . . .

Lady Beatrix Danbury had always known she would marry William Mallory. She'd loved him forever and she'd never doubted he loved her, too. But when she made him choose between their life together or his lifelong dream, Will chose the latter . . . and left two weeks before their wedding.

Return of the duke . . .

Will has no illusions that Beatrix would welcome him back with open arms, but six years did not dim his love or desire for her. The only problem is, she's about to marry someone else. Someone safe and predictable . . . the complete opposite of Will. But can he stop the wedding of the season and win Beatrix back, or is it just too late?

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Product Details

  • Series: The Abandoned At The Altar Series (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061963151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061963155
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,433,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Based on the (quite horrible) cover and blurb I was expecting Wedding of the Season to be a regency romance, well imagine my shock when in the scene where the heroine is introduced to us she's driving a car and wearing trousers! Yes, I warn you: make no mistakes this historical romance is set in the beginning of the 20th century, around 1904: Beatrix is a modern young woman of 25: she wears trousers, drives a car and shock: she has even smoked a couple of cigarettes!

I don't think I've ever read a historical romance novel set around this time: it was either regency or World War historicals for me. It was an interesting epoque and if you want to imagine the athmosphere of the novel and what to expect, I would say picture an episode of Hercule Poirot (played by David Suchet): the women's independence and rebellion against the conservative roles and the whole "holidaying at a summer house with friends" reminded me of that.

What sets Wedding of the Season apart from the other historical romances I have read so far (besides the timeframe) is how realistic the difficulties and obstacles were: Will is an adventure seeking duke: he has dreamt of ancient civilisations since he was a boy and he's right where he always wanted to be: on an excavation in Egypt, he is passionate about archeology, history and discovery. Meanwhile Beatrix likes her life the way her ancestors have lived theirs: she wants to stay in England, get married and raise her children in the countryside where she grew up. Tradition, history and responsibility are important to her and this is where and how she wants to live her life. It seems their two dreams cannot be reconciled and I was amazed at the realistic description and approach Laura Lee Guhrke took when presenting their dilemma in detail through the novel.
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I pre-ordered this book after I read the rave reviews it received from RR. I'm so glad I did! It appears that the negative ratings and reviews below are written by people who did not finish the book, which was a huge mistake! The characters are well developed, the plot is unpredictable and fast paced, and the romance is really great! I go through historical romance novels like kleenex, and I rarely review the books I've purchased on amazon, but I was very dismayed by the couple of negative reviews I read. This book is great! I've read books that I just couldn't finish, and believe me this book is not one of them. I love that the book is set in the 1900's, because I rarely find any historical romance novels that take place after around 1860. The time period and setting of the book make it pleasantly original. I also greatly enjoyed the batter and sexual tension from the two main characters that starts right from the beginning. So many books depict characters' dislike for one another turn into love; however, this book involves two characters already in-love with each other trying to convince themselves they hate the other. The book still contains all of the fun mushy stuff that makes a great romance novel- including a very satisfying ending!
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I usually don't leave reviews for books, but many of my book purchases are based on the reviews that are posted. Unlike the previous reviewer, I actually read this book-not just the first 130 pages and the last chapter-and really enjoyed it.

Will and Beatrix have loved each other since childhood and were engaged to be married. Will has always been interested in archeology, so when he is offered a chance to go on an archeological expedition weeks before his wedding, he jumps at the chance assuming that Beatrix will be thrilled to join him. Beatrix, who has been raised by an overbearing father, craves excitement and adventure, but fears following through. She gives Will an ultimatum-stay in England or the marriage is off. Will is hurt that Beatrix would force him to stay even though she knows that it is his lifelong dream to make an archeological discovery. They both say hurtful things to each other and Will leaves for Egypt.

Six years later, Beatrix is engaged to someone else and Will returns to England to seek financing for his archeological dig since he has used up all of his inheritance searching for King Tut's Tomb. He and Beatrix re-connect and find that the love is still there, but the obstacles that kept them apart six years ago are still issues that are keeping them apart now. Are they older and wiser to overcome these challenges and take advantage of their second chance at love?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Yes, the heroine was jilted. And yes, the hero didn't quite suffer long enough for jilting her, but he did still love her-never stopped loving her and they did come to a satisfying compromise in the end. I definitely recommend this book. Please do not be discouraged by the other review and give this book a chance!
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STORY BRIEF:
Will and Beatrix have been in love since childhood and were engaged to be married. Then Will got an offer to join a famous archaeologist in Egypt. This was his dream. He wanted Beatrix to go with him, but she refused, so the wedding was called off. Six years later, Beatrix is engaged to Aidan. Will has used up his inheritance and returns to England to look for a sponsor for his work. He is searching for King Tut's tomb. Marshall invites a group of friends to his summer home in Devonshire for a few weeks. Will attends because he hopes to ask Marshall to be his sponsor. Beatrix and Aidan also attend. While there, Will and Beatrix realize they are still in love with each other. Beatrix doesn't want to admit it.

Beatrix's father influenced her to be caution and avoid risk. He wanted her to stay close to him forever. After he died, Beatrix's cousin Julia brought Beatrix out of her shell by teaching her to smoke and to drive. Julia even gave her a car. After that, Beatrix met and became engaged to Aidan who was similar to her father - cautious and conservative.

REVIEWER'S OPINION:
A theme of the book is Beatrix wanting to travel and go on adventures but afraid of taking risks. It's an ok idea but felt too long and drawn out when trying to tell a full length story about it. There was too much pondering repetition. There is a scene with Beatrix probably in her teens. Will and others jump off a cliff into the ocean, a 30 foot dive. Beatrix wanted to do it but backed out and claimed she preferred to admire the view from above. This scene is discussed and pondered several times during the book. Most of the book seems to be about Beatrix figuring out what she wants in life, who does she love, and will she take risks. There wasn't much plot.
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