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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Romance (Sept. 11 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060525185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060525187
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,064,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A former science geek, Susan Kay Law turned to romancewriting as a career because it was the perfect excuse to avoid housework and continue spending all her time doing what she really loved: reading and daydreaming. Also because she was really bad at sitting in a swamp at 5 A.M. inforty-degree weather and tracking bird behavior.

Winner of the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award and a Waldenbooks Bestseller award, twice nominated for a RITA Award, she confesses that the biggest surprise of her career was when this small town Midwestern preacher's kid was named to New Woman magazine's list of "the steamiestwriters of women's fiction." Her greatest joy, however, is spending her days thoroughly outnumbered by four of the best males on the planet -- her husband and three sons. She currently lives in Minnesota, and plans to be a ski bum in her next life.


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Twelve years ago, Kathryn Bright Goodale shared an unforgettable kiss with Lord James Bennett. Unfortunately, she was married at the time, and James was one of her husband's best friends. Kate has carried the guilt of that kiss for years, and with it, the fantasies of Lord Bennett that kept stirring in her mind.
Now that her husband has passed away, Kate finds herself penniless. All the money went to his children, and Kate, as their stepmother, was left nothing. When she stumbles upon an invitation addressed to her late husband inviting him to participate in "The Great Centennial Race", she's intrigued, particularly since the winner is to receive the grand sum of fifty thousand dollars - a great deal of money in 1899.
But Kate realizes she can't embark on such an adventure on her own. Swallowing her pride, she approaches James, and asks for his help. He's known as a famous adventurer, and although his last expedition ended in his partner's death, James grudgingly accepts Kate's proposal. As the two of them set out to win the grand prize, the passion they shared so many years ago begins to resurface, and soon, Kate and James realize they're in for an experience that may result in a prize far more appealing than money.
Despite its rather misleading title, A WEDDING STORY is a fantastic adventure romance. The wedding itself only takes place in the last chapter, and even then it's mostly glossed over. As in all romances, the relationship between the hero and heroine is key, and it does culminate in marriage. However, the focus of the story is on "The Great Centennial Race", which is an adventure worthy of Indiana Jones.
It was refreshing to read about a heroine who was able to physically keep up with the hero through all the trials they had to experience as they embarked on the race.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner on Sept. 30 2003
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In 1899 penniless widow Kathryn Bright Goodale goes to the Waldorf-Astoria to see explorer "Lord" James Bennett who is giving a talk there. Twelve years ago they met and passion exploded until he learned she was the wife of his friend "Doc". Kathryn needs James to help her win the Great Centennial Race because she needs the $50K prize since her agreement with her late spouse of fifteen years was that his estate would go to his children from his first wife.
James shows up just before the race begins. He listens to the first clue, a children's rhyme before deciding to rest while his opponents, many of whom he knows, races off into the sunset with no game plan. Kathryn is frustrated with his seeming delay, but when she falls asleep he deserts her. He believes he can win the race without an upper class pampered woman tagging along. However, Kathryn shows her stubborn resiliency by catching up to him and forcing him to take her on the global race. As they work together, the attraction of a dozen years ago explodes into love even as someone tries to sabotage their efforts to win.
This is an entertaining adventure romance that feels like an Indiana Jones meets love while on an escapade. The story is fun to follow once the action of the great race begins. The lead couple is a delight as James wants to rid him of Kathryn, but her abstinence refuses to allow him to succeed although her being physically able to keep the pace seems ludicrous. Still, historical romance readers will want to join on this around the world novel.
Harriet Klausner
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 6 2003
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I was not overly impressed with MARRY ME and BAD MAN'S BRIDE so I'm not sure why I picked up this book. Boy! Am I glad I did!! This is by far the best of her Bright sister books. It's a keeper! Will definitely order some more books by this author with hopes of finding the same kind of magic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Last of the "Marrying Miss Bright" series, and the weakest May 31 2006
By Gemma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book because I'd enjoyed the other books in the "Marrying Miss Bright" series, THE BAD MAN'S BRIDE (which wasn't a keeper, but a good one-time read), and MARRY ME, which was a keeper. So of course I sought out the last book A WEDDING STORY, which is the story of Kate, the very proper oldest Bright sister.

I expected to love this book. I was so surprised that it did nothing for me. Oh, Susan Kay Law's writing style is enjoyable and humorous, as always. The dialogue is witty and fun, her descrptions are vivid without being overly wordy and her prose is easy-to-read without being "dumbed down". So what was the problem?

The characters! I couldn't like either the hero or the heroine. Kate came across as snotty and cold. James was more of a carboard cutout then a person. I didn't feel like I knew what drove him. I had no more insight into him by a third of the way into the book then I'd gleaned from the first ten pages. Normally, Kay Law creates wonderful characters that leap out of the book into your heart, but that just didn't happen here.

The antagonism between James and Kate came from an encounter years before (a romance staple). The problem? The encounter was a memorable kiss between them--while Kate was still married to Dr. Goodale. Granted, James didn't realize that she was married until after he kissed her, but she did. The author tried to gloss it over as one of those encounters that happened so quickly that Kate didn't have a chance to explain or stop James before he kissed her, but it still left a bad taste in my mouth. She didn't love her husband, but it was still cheating, and made it harder for me to like Kate.

I also found it completely unrealistic that a hothouse flower like Kate, who never had a hair out of place, would be able to keep up with James on a trip through the jungle. I'm not an impeccably perfect polished woman like her, and even I'd have trouble on such a trip. Most modern women would, let alone a woman of 1899. It just didn't sit right with me and really took away from my enjoyment of the book.

I'll still continue to try this author's work, as I know she can write good stories. I recommend MARRY ME for a good example of her work. As for A WEDDING STORY, I recommend that you borrow this one from the library before buying it.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful adventure romance Jan. 26 2004
By Lacey Savage - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Twelve years ago, Kathryn Bright Goodale shared an unforgettable kiss with Lord James Bennett. Unfortunately, she was married at the time, and James was one of her husband's best friends. Kate has carried the guilt of that kiss for years, and with it, the fantasies of Lord Bennett that kept stirring in her mind.
Now that her husband has passed away, Kate finds herself penniless. All the money went to his children, and Kate, as their stepmother, was left nothing. When she stumbles upon an invitation addressed to her late husband inviting him to participate in "The Great Centennial Race", she's intrigued, particularly since the winner is to receive the grand sum of fifty thousand dollars - a great deal of money in 1899.
But Kate realizes she can't embark on such an adventure on her own. Swallowing her pride, she approaches James, and asks for his help. He's known as a famous adventurer, and although his last expedition ended in his partner's death, James grudgingly accepts Kate's proposal. As the two of them set out to win the grand prize, the passion they shared so many years ago begins to resurface, and soon, Kate and James realize they're in for an experience that may result in a prize far more appealing than money.
Despite its rather misleading title, A WEDDING STORY is a fantastic adventure romance. The wedding itself only takes place in the last chapter, and even then it's mostly glossed over. As in all romances, the relationship between the hero and heroine is key, and it does culminate in marriage. However, the focus of the story is on "The Great Centennial Race", which is an adventure worthy of Indiana Jones.
It was refreshing to read about a heroine who was able to physically keep up with the hero through all the trials they had to experience as they embarked on the race. Kate is stubborn, determined, and she hates to lose - all traits that enable her to push herself to the limit of her abilities, and then somehow find the energy to push herself even further. James is wonderful in his role as adventurer, and the way he protects and cares for Kate is heartwarming.
Though the author does stumble a couple of times and calls James by the wrong name (Jake, which coincidentally is the name of the main character in one of her other books, "Marry Me"), the writing is beautifully descriptive and imaginative. Kate and James travel all over the world during their journey, and Susan Kay Law expertly describes the surroundings without making the reader feel overwhelmed, or detracting from the fast paced story.
If you like your historicals with a dash of adventure, and your romance on the steamy side, you'll love A WEDDING STORY.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing!!! Nov. 2 2013
By Phyllis E. Tucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Disappointing!! After reading the other two books in this series I was very disappointed in this one. It was very boring. That is the best way I know to describe it. It was not the least bit interesting until about 90 percent of the book was finished. The only reason I gave it 3 stars was because the book was well written. As far as entertainment goes I would have given it only 2 stars. The first two books were so entertaining that it made it even more of a let down to read this one. I can't imagine what happened to the author while writing this one.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
THE BEST OF THE THREE Dec 6 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I was not overly impressed with MARRY ME and BAD MAN'S BRIDE so I'm not sure why I picked up this book. Boy! Am I glad I did!! This is by far the best of her Bright sister books. It's a keeper! Will definitely order some more books by this author with hopes of finding the same kind of magic.
Don't buy June 7 2014
By rhonda f - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I did not like this book at all. It was boring to read and the story line was hard to follow

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