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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Cathy Maxwell returns with a delicious new series, The Brides of Wishmore.

What happens when a bride says no?

He is the bastard son of a duke, arrogant, handsome, a little bit dangerous, and, of course, one of the most sought-after bachelors in London. He is also about to be publically jilted by some chit of a girl! Blake Stephens' pride isn't about to let him be humiliated, so he charges after his bride to the wilds of Scotland, determined to bring her to the altar.

What happens when the heart says yes? He is promised to one woman, but discovers his soul stirred by…the chit's sister! Lady Aileen Davidson's reputation was ruined ages ago, which is why she's buried herself in the country, but her fiery spirit and bold beauty threaten to bring Blake to his knees, making him wonder if he has proposed to the wrong lass.

And now he must make a choice: marry for honor…or marry for love?

©2014 Catherine Maxwell, Inc. (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Annoyging

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't know. There is too much emphasis on the snotty self centered Tara whom is using everyone for her needs.

Has The Bride Says No turned you off from other books in this genre?

Definitely not

How could the performance have been better?

the performance was fine it is the heroine that is obnoxious

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bride Says No?

a lot of Tara's

Any additional comments?

I used to like a lot of Cathy Maxwell's book and could not put them down but this book was a drag to get through. I will give Tara one more chance in the second book when it comes out in February but I think this should just be a duet and it is time for Cathy Maxwell to move onto another book. She is not up on her game and it is sad, I enjoyed a lot of her older books like her Highlander books with the Cameron sisters.

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Heavy going...not worth a credit

Not even Mary Jane Wells' excellent narration abilities could save this book for me. ALL....and I do mean ALL the characters are shallow and annoying. The story is just as shallow.

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Delightful!

If you could sum up The Bride Says No in three words, what would they be?

This was a fun read/listen! And I'm looking forward to the next two in series1

What did you like best about this story?

The ending

What about Mary Jane Wells’s performance did you like?

Accent & tone

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me smile!

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Awesome tale of love conquers all!

Any additional comments?

Like always, Cathy Maxwell knows how to deliver a wonderful, funny, and heartwarming story. The epilogue is one of the best ever; but is actually a teaser for the next book!

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  • Kimberly
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 01-30-14

Too many stories for one novel

Setting: Scotland, 1807 + 1816
Genre: Romance
Narration: Mary Jane Wells does very well with this story. She doesn't have a very wide range, but since there's more telling than showing in this book, that doesn't matter much. It's hard to explain, but I will look for other books she has narrated.
The problem with this book is that the plot is muddied by the fact that it involves 5 people, and the novel involves points of view from 4 (and sometimes 5) of them. Though not quite omniscient in point of view, it is still distracting. Because of this, it is difficult to know the characters beyond the situation. Perhaps if it was longer, it would have been better. But it was interesting enough that I didn't give it back.
So... Lady Tara runs back to Scotland, jilting Blake Stephens. He follows and her father decides that banns will be called in the local kirk. Tara has come back because she is in love with her childhood sweetheart. Rory, however, is engaged to Jane. Tara decides to pursue him anyway. Meanwhile, Blake meets her sister, Aileen, and finds himself fascinated. What we do learn is how the characters, Tara, Blake, Aileen, Rory, and Jane, deal with the situation.
I suppose, if you can get beyond the slight confusion of 4 points of view, this is worth the time, and credit.

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  • JED
  • 08-17-18

Easy read but improbable story

I almost rated this a four until I started writing the review. If you like Jeremy Kyle you will like this. The sister jumps into bed with the bridegroom to be and the bride offers herself first to a former flame then to the previously jilted groom. Silly really. Having said that, this is another easy listen from Cathy Maxwell and Mary Jane Wells. However, the staid character initially painted of Eileen (a paragon) does not fit with the woman who throws herself at her brother-in-law to be, and starts a passionate affair under the same roof as her sister and her father! And then she becomes all saintly saying her lover MUST marry her sister so as not to hurt her - please!!!!