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The Stolen Bride [Paperback]

Jo Beverley

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Book Description

June 1 2010
When Beth Hawley journeys to Lord Wraybourne's castle to help young Lady Sophie Kyle prepare for her wedding, she has to share her carriage with two unexpected travelers, the rakish Sir Marius Fletcher, who is stranded after his curricle overturns, and an unidentified elderly woman, found unconscious in a wrecked carriage.

As the date of Sophie's wedding draws near, Beth realizes some mysterious shadow from the past seems to haunt the bride and groom. The elderly woman, suffering from memory loss, may hold the key. Beth turns to Sir Marius for help, but her efforts are thwarted at every turn as she encounters a most unlikely villain-while her only ally seems to have his mind set more on romance than the danger at hand...


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (June 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451229975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451229977
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #441,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lady Sophie Kyle is engaged to marry Lord Randal Ashby. The two have been in love since childhood, but two weeks before the wedding she decides he has been forced into a declaration and therefore doesn't really love her. In the dismals, she manages to get kidnapped. Beverly ( Lord Wraybourne's Betrothed, The Stanforth Secrets, LJ 6/15/89) builds her current novel with events and characters from previous ones. A reader with knowledge of the two earlier Regencies will understand the machinations of this one, for the denouement rests on previous knowledge. This novel can stand alone (barely), but is much better understood in context. Piers Verderan, the sinister, sardonic, and brooding antihero friend of Lord Randal is sure to be the hero of the next installment. Buy if you have Beverly's other books and they proved popular.
- Paula M. Zieselman, Debevoise & Plimpton, New York
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jo Beverley is widely regarded as one of the most talented romance writers today. She is a four-time winner of Romance Writers of America's cherished RITA Award and one of only a handful of members in the RITA Hall of Fame. She has also recieved the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Born in England, she now lives with her husband and two sons in Victoria, British Columbia, just a ferry ride away from Seattle, WA.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Who is the protagonist here? July 24 2000
By Mystery Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
So many secondary characters abound in THE STOLEN BRIDE, the reader almost needs a score card to keep track. A sequel to THE STANFORD SECRETS, many of those characters return in this continuing regency saga. Warning: if you haven't read THE STANFORD SECRETS, you should do so before reading THE STOLEN BRIDE, as the author has many spoilers spread throughout the book.
There's a reason why this book is so hard to find. It really isn't up to the author's usual standards, and I'm sure she would want to rewrite it before reprinting it again. While there was a plot of sorts, there wasn't much romance between the title character and her fiance. In fact, the book's biggest weakness is that we never really connect with Lady Sophie. We are given much more insight into one of the secondary characters, Beth Hawley, who is portrayed much better. THE STOLEN BRIDE isn't one of the author's best works, but then, it is one of her earliest efforts. If you never locate a copy, be satisfied with one of her more recent books, which are much better.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Beverley's best, but readable Nov. 4 2002
By Dr W. Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is ostensibly the story of Lady Sophie Kyle and her fiance Lord Randal Ashby. Sophie and Randal became engaged just after the drama which came at the end of Lord Wraybourne's Betrothed, and as I found Sophie and Randal more interesting than Jane and David, I wanted to read this book.
The first half of the book is far more about Beth Hawley, Jane's old governess, however. Beth is on her way to Steyne for the festivities leading to Sophie and Randal's wedding, when she meets up with Sir Marius Fletcher, another friend of David Wraybourne. He's a very big man, but unfailingly courteous, though with a good sense of humour. We sniff a secondary romance, and we'd be right.
On to Sophie and Randal, though, and for most of the book we only really see them through other characters' eyes. Something's wrong with what should be a blissful romance. Randal is avoiding Sophie, while she tries to flirt with him. She even tries to flirt with his friend Piers Verderan in order to make Randal jealous, but that only makes both men angry. Why is Randal so aloof? Why is Sophie so insecure? Why is Sophie wondering whether Randal was forced into proposing after he compromised her? Even though everyone around can see how much Randal loves Sophie, his behaviour is making her unhappy.
Into the mix here we then have anonymous threatening letters, and an attempt on the life of Randal's brother, where Randal himself seems to have been the intended victim.
The book was readable, but problematic. It was unclear whether it was meant to be about Sophie and Randal or Beth and Marius, and as such neither couple got adequate attention. The dramatic plot, although it tied into the events in Lord Wraybourne's Betrothed, was a distraction; it would have been much more interesting to see if Sophie and Randal could have sorted out their problems without this outside intervention. And, unusually for Beverley's work (or has she just got better?), the book was riddled with grammatical errors and typos, such as words missing or printed twice.
All in all, her longer novels are much better than these early regencies - although Piers Verderan's story, Emily and the Dark Angel, is really excellent. It's almost worth buying The Stolen Bride to find out more about his background and reputation, as we do here.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One of Beverly's poorest efforts Oct. 14 2005
By S. Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really wanted to like this book since it contains so many familiar characters, especially Piers Verderan. However, the writing is sloppy is so many ways. There are numerous grammatical and typographical errors. There are far too many characters to keep up with. There are 2 sets of lovers and neither story is utterly compelling. In fact, the supposed primary set becomes the secondary set as the book continues. Beth is often the viewpoint character, but rarely the romantic heroine. And Sir Marius is simply not given enough depth. In addition, there are several scenes that are simply fluff and do nothing for the narrative or charatcer development. The entire scenario is far-fetched as well. One might want to read it for background on other characters, especially Verderan (from the excellent Emily & the Dark Angel), but it's not a buy or a keeper.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Aug. 9 2013
By LoopyLeah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great follow up for the first book, loved the characters, glad to catch up with them!! Fun, sweet and endearing
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Stolen Bride by Jo Beverly Aug. 10 2010
By R. Church - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book. I know the reviews have been mixed but I would recommend this book to anyone who is a Jo Beverly Fan. It was diverse in plot but that made it less predictable and harder to put down. Like any books in a saga format you will want to read the previous books to get the most enjoyment but it's not necessary.

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