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Wedding of the Season: Abandoned at the Altar (The Abandoned At The Altar Series) Mass Market Paperback – December 28, 2010
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoy many of Guhrke's books, however, I had held off on purchasing books from this series - mostly based upon the overall star ratings. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Judge Tabor
William Mallory, Duke of Sunderland, had loved archaeology all his life and had no wish to be an idle aristocrat. Read morePublished 7 months ago by lark
Anything by Laura Lee Guhrke worth reading. Her character development is excellent.Published 22 months ago by Nancy N. Spencer
This is the second book I've read by this author, I really enjoyed the first book this one not so much. Set in the early years of the twentieth century in England. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Reader
Lady Beatrix Danbury and William Mallory, the Duke of Sunderland had been engaged once. Will, a budding archaeologist, unable to persuade Trix to go with him, left for Egypt to... Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Pink Rose
Think Downton Abbey with a charming heroine and handsome Duke and fall in love with this story as I did. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by nanakaren
This story was a good read. Usually I know boy gets girl, but I actually questioned how this book was going to go because it has good twists for this genre. Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by applesmom
This was a new author for me and I was very pleased with her. I never thought I liked the "he/she left but now is back" books but this one I did. Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by DTluvs2read