romantic Phoebe has the unenviable task of stepping into her late sister's
place as wife to the handsome but cold Marquis of Granville, a man more
concerned with the civil war outside his home than the battles going on
within it. Phoebe falls in love with her husband and, desperate for
him to notice her, turns to her dear friend Portia and stepdaughter Olivia
for advice on how to make him love her.
worked for me:
but awkward; longing to be elegant but forever rumpled; Phoebe was just
darling! She was uncomfortable with her generous proportions and hid
them under shapeless and ill-fitting gowns which made her seem even larger
and more ungainly. Fortunately her friends take her in hand and
teach her to make the most of her voluptuous, womanly figure.
I enjoyed the camaraderie
between Phoebe and the other girls (who incidentally also have books
about them which round out the Brides trilogy) and I particularly enjoyed
Phoebe's attempts to get Cato to fall for her. There was more than
one delicious love scene to savor over the course of this book.
What didn't work for me:
Phoebe had three stepdaughters:
Olivia who was also her best friend, and two by her late sister. The
smallest girls never really factor into the story. Phoebe neither
hates nor loves them, and it's nearly as though they don't even exist.
(Though this is true of most aristocratic households.)
The villain in the story didn't feel
threatening enough for me, being more of a weasel than a wolf. And
the hero Cato felt a bit inaccessible to me. I would have enjoyed
more passages from his point of view, particularly his thoughts on Phoebe
and her changes.
The witchfinder scene didn't sit well
with me either. One moment Phoebe was in grave danger from the
worked up villagers who declared her a witch, and the next her troubles on
that head have vanished into thin air on Cato's say-so. I think
there would have been some bad feelings and grumbling after everything
that took place.
A fun read, and I think I may go looking
for books 1 and 3 of the trilogy despite the fact that they don't fit in
with this reading list.
If you liked "The Accidental Bride"
you might also enjoy
"Somebody to Love",
"Into Temptation", "Suddenly
You", "The Bride
and the Beast", "The
Fire-Flower", "The Last Days
of a Rake", "Unmarriageable",
"Cat and the Countess",
"The Courtship", or
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