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The China Bride

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2002

    Read and meet historical romance's first female action heroine!

    East meets west in the love story of Troth Mei Lian Montgomery and Kyle Renbourne (Lord Maxwell). After thoroughly enjoying The Wild Child, by Mary Jo Putney, I could not wait to read the second installment in this trilogy. This is a romantic, action-packed tale entwined with Chinese ways of thinking and learning. Kyle is heir to his family¿s earldom and wealth but he is a restless, passionate man (yes, handsome, too) who longs to see the world. Troth is half Chinese and half Scottish. Up until she agrees to lead Kyle to a temple forbidden to Westerners, she has lived most of her life disguised as a man. She yearns to live life as a woman and visit her father¿s native country, Scotland. Skilled in a from of martial arts, Troth becomes historical romance¿s first female action heroine as she defeats many men while they attempt to attack and kill Kyle. She also uses these skills to entice Kyle. Both characters have a goal in mind and as the saying goes; it is not the destination, but the journey. Their journey is beautiful. So is Mary Jo Putney¿s writing! Her journey of researching and the result, the story, are magical. An added bonus is that the reader is allowed to catch up on Kyle¿s twin brother, Dominic, and his bride, Lady Meriel from The Wild Child about five years after their tale. The hero of The Bartered Bride, Gavin Eliot is also introduced. Thank you, Mary Jo! This trilogy is a cherished part of my collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Almost Great

    I have a love hate relationship with this book. You know from the beginning that the lead male character dies however this in no way diminishes the grief the reader feels upon his death. Up to this point the book shows the potential for greatness unfortunately the remainder of the book becomes a typical romance novel. It felt as if at this point someone told the author to change direction to make this a more commercial book. I still highly recommend this book if for nothing more than to understand the China/English trade relationship. I hope one day Putney will decide to rewrite this book allowing the voice of the initial pages to carry throughout the entire book.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    Excellent!

    A great story! I love MJP!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Great love story!

    I loved this book. The characters were so endearing, and the adventure made me want to keep reading. This author is good at making a historical romance a little more than expected. Can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Really enjoyed this

    After reading some other reviews I wasn't sure if I should bother. I'm glad I did. It was an enjoyable tour through China and I especially found the explanations of the various religions to be simplistic enough to understand and appreciate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2008

    It was o.k.

    It was pretty good story,however a little bit borring at times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2001

    yaddah, yaddah, yaddah

    I didn't like this book at all. I read the wild child and I really enjoyed it(although it took Merial too damn long to talk) I boght China bride because I thought MJP would be my new best Authur but needless to say she isn't. china Bride lacked pizazz althogh it was creative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2000

    Wow!

    I was lucky enough to win an ARC of THE CHINA BRIDE and would have posted this review then, if I could have. (The only downside of winning something so fun, was knowing it would add a month to my waiting time for MJP's next book!) As soon as it arrived in the mail (after admiring the lovely cover), I sat down and started reading. I'd loved THE WILD CHILD so much, I'll confess I wondered if she could do it again. Thank goodness she did. A master storyteller, MJP wove her tangled threads well, deftly drawing me into the story--and a fascinating new world. All I can say is, I loved it and can't wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2000

    Do not miss

    I thought this was one of MJP's best in a while..It is worth a cry over, and a read over, so buy the book already :)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent historical romance

    In December 1832, a bone frozen Troth Mei-Lian Montgomery reaches Warfield Park, England where she claims to be Lady Maxwell, but faints at the sight of Dominic Renbourne. When she awakens, she learns that Dom is the identical twin of her beloved Kyle, Lord Maxwell. Troth who is half-Chinese and half-Scottish begins her story that she says ends tragically with the death of Kyle. <P>Wandering the world searching to soothe his soul, Kyle arrived in Macao, China. Though he enjoys the city and later Canton, he feels he could have been in any European city. He wants to visit the Temple of Hoshan, a place where a foreign devil is forbidden. The quite ordinary Jin Kang is assigned to assist or spy depending on your view Kyle in his stay. Through a series of incidents Kyle learns that the male Jin is actually the beautiful Mei-Lian. He persuades her to guide him to Hoshan in exchange for getting her to her father¿s relatives in Scotland. The adventures begin that lead to Mei-Lian becoming Lady Maxwell, reaching England, and she telling them Kyle died. <P>THE CHINA BRIDE is a great historical romance that emphasizes nineteenth century China and a mixed-blooded person from Asia adjusting to England and Scotland. The reader obtains a taste of the Orient as well as subtle prejudices that in the name of love try to turn Troth Mei-Lian into Troth just as in China duty identified her as either Jin or Mei-Lian. Kyle is a heroic individual while Troth Mei-Lian just wants to be her complete whole self. Mary Jo Putney has accomplished an incredible feat that will be loved by historical fiction fans as much as romance readers. <P>Harriet Klausner

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