WOW! Feather really knows how to weave a story!!!!
When I feel like listening to an intricate story with rich, well developed characters, I know that Feather will not disappoint. Yes, Feather is an ac..Show More »complished author, but more than that, she is an excellent story teller. After listening to this first book in her Bride trilogy, narrated by Jenny Sterlin, I am fully invested in the series. The narration was authentic and very well done. Sterlin's performance brought these fantastic characters to life. Now about those characters....
Feather weaves together a full-bodied, complex array of characters whose interactions are as imperfectly natural and real as humanly possible. Portia Worth, is an unlikely novel heroine, but what an incredible, fun and lively woman she is! By her own description, she's a "scare crow" as she's thin, tall and owns a halo of ginger locks that are as unruly as her spirit. And, this untamed, strong spirit is what captivates our rogue-ish hero, Rufus Decatur. But, let me preface his intro by clarifying that he is very attracted to Portia (it's not just her spirit...lol). She does kindle a flaming fire within him, and when he gives her his heart, it's with everything that defines Rufus. (My favorite kind of love, by the way...haha). I enjoyed their initial meeting, their banter, fun verbal sparring and the development of their unlikely love affair.
The story never falls flat, but moves forward, as it takes place during a tumultuous time in England, during the civil war era where an unrest and instability seemed to seep into the lives of the effected. Rufus runs with a merry band of outlaws, yet Rufus's whole existence is engulfed by his need for revenge and retribution from his nemesis, Cato, the Marquis of Granville. This grudge was initiated by their fathers as Cato's father was responsible for the dishonor and loss of the Rothbury title and lands. Thankfully, there is healing and a restoration for Rufus, with Portia by his side. (A little backstory--Portia is Cato's niece, the bastard daughter of his half brother, Jack....but you have to read the story yourself to get the full picture :-)
The theme of friendship was fantastic in this book. The bond was somewhat reminiscent of Kleypas's Wallflowers. I loved the wonderful bond between Portia, Phoebe and Olivia. I can't wait to listen to their stories next! By the way, I found Cato's character to be the most tragic. Cato was such a serious manager of his estates, property and family, as well as holding an important role on the national scene, yet he was so blind to the inter-workings of his family. He lived with a beautiful, trophy wife (who was a cold witch inside btw), but didn't really see her, or love her. They shared a very cold existence together and I'm interested to see how the serious, yet socially unaware Cato (Olivia's father btw) transforms as he's the hero in the next book.
I love stories that have a great plot, interesting characters you grow to care for, and a steamy, passionate romance. This book delivered on all fronts. NOW ON THE TO THE NEXT IN THE SERIES!!!--The Accidental Bride.....
Another Very Well-Written Addition to the Series..
As the second book in the Bride Trilogy, I came in to this book so curious to see what transformation Cato's character would take on. After all, he m..Show More »arries his daughter, Olivia's friend, Phoebe (his widow's sister) and if that's not too close for comfort, I don't know what is. But, I suppose that Cato can easily take on Phoebe, as his wife because it's a calculated decision and it's much like picking out another hen from the henhouse, at least initially.
Cato is interesting because he plays an important role in the politics and constant shifting in the civil war in England. You definitely get the sense that his is a man's world and Phoebe, especially, is a pawn in this game between men, properties, and power. But, Phoebe, sweet, lovely Phoebe is a fierce, little one. Her clothes may get disheveled, but its only because she constantly on the move with her creative mind and giving heart. And, it's all of these qualities that eventually bring Cato out of his cold existence. Cato comes to experience passion and love with his wife, Phoebe and that was a pretty big accomplishment considering his starting point.
There were times when my 21st sensibilities sometimes got in the way of my enjoyment of this book (I thought I would scream if Phoebe referred to Cato as "my lord" one more time during a disagreement when he's being a complete ass). Yet, overall you can't complain much about Feather's writing, because it's simply superb. She develops this very interesting world, layered with danger, lurking villains, and she does friendship and romance well. Also, Jenny Sterlin was an excellent narrator. I very much enjoyed her performance as she brought this world to life.
I didn't realise when I purchased this that it was the third in a trilogy of 'Bride' books, (The Hostage Bride, The Accidental Bride, The Least Likely..Show More » Bride). There were references to plot contained within the preceding two books which made me flounder at a couple of points during this story (references to an evil step-brother who seems to be an ongoing theme for all three), but that didn't really detract from the story itself.
The Least Likely Bride is set in the time of Cromwell and the English civil war on the Isle of Wight where the King of England is imprisoned and it revolves around the scholarly and rich Olivia and the dashing pirate Anthony. While I felt more could have been made of their backgrounds and the opposing political views of the time, it is at the end of the day a romance and there were more than enough romantic moments to make up for that. Jenny Sterlin is an excellent narrator, once you get used to her slightly hesitant way of reading and the rather annoying noises she makes when she pauses (swallowing?). An enjoyable read!