Bride of the High Country (Runaway Brides Romance Series #3)

Bride of the High Country (Runaway Brides Romance Series #3)

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by Kaki Warner
     
 

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ONE OF LIBRARY JOURNAL'S BEST ROMANCES OF THE YEAR

Kaki Warner’s newest novel in the series about unlikely brides who make their way west—and find love where they least expect it.  For fans of Linda Lael Miller and Jodi Thomas...


Margaret Hamilton escaped the Irish slums of Five Points as the ward of a wealthy Manhattan

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ONE OF LIBRARY JOURNAL'S BEST ROMANCES OF THE YEAR

Kaki Warner’s newest novel in the series about unlikely brides who make their way west—and find love where they least expect it.  For fans of Linda Lael Miller and Jodi Thomas...


Margaret Hamilton escaped the Irish slums of Five Points as the ward of a wealthy Manhattan widow, but only marriage can make her future secure. Railroad mogul Doyle Kerrigan needs a well-connected wife. It seems a perfect match...until a shocking revelation sends her fleeing from the wedding reception.

Desperate to make a fresh start, Margaret takes on a new identity and heads West, finally stopping in Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, a dying mining town of little interest to anyone. Here, she finds new purpose, beloved friends to replace the family she’s lost, and a home at last.

But two men from Margaret’s past are on her trail. One is seeking vengeance, the other truth. When they both arrive in Heartbreak Creek, she must choose between the town she has come to love, and the man who might finally capture her heart….

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Bride of the High Country and Kaki Warner:
~Chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2012~
“A smart, resourceful heroine who survives at all costs, a strong, honorable hero who refuses to let her go, and a surfeit of diverse, unforgettable characters combine in a gripping, multilayered story that pulls few punches as it draws readers into the romance and often unvarnished reality of life in 19th-century America.” –Library Journal
"Without a doubt, Kaki Warner is a writer to watch, an author with a promising future.  She's definitely an addition to my must-buy authors list."  —All About Romance
“A truly original new voice in historical fiction.”  —Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Just Down the Road
All About Romance

"Without a doubt, Kaki Warner is a writer to watch, an author with a promising future. She's definitely an addition to my must-buy authors list." --All About Romance

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101588611
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/05/2012
Series:
A Runaway Brides Novel , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
127,215
File size:
500 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Praise for Bride of the High Country and Kaki Warner:
~Chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2012~
“A smart, resourceful heroine who survives at all costs, a strong, honorable hero who refuses to let her go, and a surfeit of diverse, unforgettable characters combine in a gripping, multilayered story that pulls few punches as it draws readers into the romance and often unvarnished reality of life in 19th-century America.” –Library Journal
"Without a doubt, Kaki Warner is a writer to watch, an author with a promising future.  She's definitely an addition to my must-buy authors list."  —All About Romance
“A truly original new voice in historical fiction.”  —Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Just Down the Road

Meet the Author

Kaki Warner is an award-winning author and longtime resident of the Northwest. Although she now lives on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, Kaki actually grew up in the Southwest and is a proud graduate of the University of Texas. Kaki spends her time gardening, hiking, reading, writing, and soaking in the view from the deck of her hilltop cabin with her husband and floppy-eared hound dog. 

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Bride of the High Country 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JayCee7 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, as I have all of the others by this author. Her characters are likable, the storyline engaging. My only complaint with this particular book is that that we already covered much of the material in the other two books in the series, and it felt cumbersome. I liked it much better before Lucinda went to Heartbreak Creek. After that I wanted to skip most of it to get through the parts I'd already read in the other books, and they made up way too many pages. I would suggest the author write another series, but not have the 3 character's lives so intertwined that it's like you're reading the same story again just from another perspective. But maybe that's what she was going for.
RowdyJewelCT More than 1 year ago
Kaki Warner is definitely quickly becoming my new FAVORITE author. She weaves such amazing tales, with memorable characters that you can’t help but identify with and feel passionate about. Her storylines are captivating and absolutely keep you turning pages. Her settings are so magnificent (and she is so descriptive) they transport you. She is also marvelously witty yet, always with just the right amount of emotion. After reading the other two books in this series (both of which, I loved!) I was so intrigued by Lucinda that I could hardly wait for this book to come out so I could read her story! ‘Bride of the High Country’ did not disappoint, once again I LOVED IT! It was so interesting that I was blown away right from the beginning. I’ve got to say that I absolutely adored Mrs. Throckmorten, such a HOOT!! If you love historical romance and westerns, this is a wonderful book and I highly recommend you READ IT!! Great job, Kaki Warner! What’s next… Pru?!
JamKham More than 1 year ago
Wonderful addition to the Heartbreak Creek series! Lucinda's tale will surprise you, and will keep you engaged from the first page. The majority of the book takes place before Lucinda meets up with the other ladies at Heartbreak Creek, but you won't be disappointed as the backstory contains much of the 'action'. As in all of Kaki's books, this contains characters that are well defined and very likable. I particularly loved the hero in this story as he was very chivalrous, but could get your pulse going. Two thumbs up for Bride of the High Country!
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Sparky_Patches More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating:  4.65 // Action: 2.5 / Emotion: 4.25 / Romance: 4.5 / Sensuous: 1.0 / Suspense: 4.0 // Historical Flavor: 4.5 // Laughter: 6 / Grins: 1 // Tears: 1 / Teary: 2  Bride of the High Country: 4.65: Kaki Warner is a gifted storyteller.  Her skill is evident as she gives readers this most beautifully written, emotionally engaging romance story.  This book is an un-put-down-able read that slowly and irrevocably draws one deep into the lives of multi-dimensional characters. Hero: 4.5: Tait Rylander:  An honorable man forced to partner with one not so trustworthy.  Loved the way this honest, kind-hearted, loyal, intelligent, big, strong, 'behind the scenes' hero persevered through thick and thin -- always staying true to his sense of right and wrong.  Tait slowly and deeply worms his way into the recesses of your heart just as surely as he did with his heroine. Heroine: 4.0: Cathleen Donovan / Margaret Hamilton / Lucinda Hathaway: From captive Irish orphan, to high society socialite, to cynical hotel owner, Warner painted a heart-rending picture of a survivor.  So maybe, Lucinda wasn't the warmest member of the cast, but after reading her story, you couldn't help but admire her strength and identify with her desire to not only feel safe and secure but also to be loved and part of a family. Story Line: 4.0: A story filled with contrasts!  Take two Irish orphans who knew true destitution, clean them up, give them money, and bring them together in the future.  One was striving for safety and security, the other for acceptance.  Remove the love and trust from the union and you end up with a bride who flees the wedding.  Thankfully, waiting in the wings there is a partner who is faithful, true and tender-hearted who can come to the rescue.  This story lost it's punch when Tait and Lucinda were separated.  It's too bad that Warner couldn't find a way to speed up (and shorten) the "recap" process. Action: 2.5: The story moved at a rapid clip with a few inclusive action scenes until Lucinda reached Heartbreak Creek.  Then the story slowed down to take a more mundane, sometimes repetitious path. Emotion: 4.25: Although not as deeply felt as in the previous books of the series (in that there were fewer tears and moments of laughter), the emotion Warner squeezed from the reader was no less powerful.  You could just feel the wariness, frustration, desperation and longing in both Tait and Lucinda.  Warner knows how to wring emotions from her readers. Romance: 4.5: Loved the way that Tait and Lucinda were so "aware" of each other, even when Lucinda though of Tait as the enemy.  There was such a surety and calmness about Tait that his spirit finally inveigled it's way through the mile-wide barriers Lucinda had around her heart. Sensuous: 1.0: Even though Tait and Lucinda were sexually aware of each other and Warner included a bit more nudity into the lovemaking scenes, she still does not include spice, heat or sizzle in her love scenes.  Yes, they are well-written and "fit" the story line, but a bit of pepper sure could add a sharper flavor to the mix. Suspense: 4.0: No, this wasn't an 'edge of your seat' intensely suspenseful novel, but there were moments when Warner had one on pins and needles wondering how she was going to extract Tait and Lucinda from the mess they were making.  How was Lucinda going to escape?  How was Tait going to find her?  How were they going to end up together? Secondary Characters: 4.75: Warner is truly gifted when it comes to including well-developed, amazingly memorable secondary characters in her books.  Yes, it was nice to get to spend time with {1} Declan and Ed (and their children), {2} Ash and Maddie, and {3} Thomas and Prudence, but the best addition to the cast of characters was Ida Throckmorton and her butler Pringle.  There were several other characters that inspired interest as well; namely, {1} Doyle Kerrigan, {2} Franklin Horne, {3} Buster Quinn, {4} Elder and Ceily Rice, and {5} Abram, Levi, and Martha Yoder. Historical Flavor: 4.5 Wow!  This book will filled with bits of historical data.  Warner filled the pages with details of the rich streets of upper-class Manhattan versus the desolation of Five Points.  And then she includes incredible amounts of information about the multitude of companies vying to build the railway system spanning America.  Tait and Lucinda spent many hours on various trains, revealing even more historical detail about train travel in the 1870s.  Warner has proven she knows this subject inside and out. See Wolf Bear Does Books for a more in-depth, detailed review of *Bride of the High Country*.
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CMLasswell More than 1 year ago
A keeper on my shelf. . .This is the third in the Runaway Brides trilogy, in which we finally hear the mysterious Lucinda Hathaway's story. True to Warner's other novels, this one grips from the start. I liked that the hero, Tait, immediately won me over-- not because of perfection, but because of his boy-scout protection of Lucinda. It was obvious that he admired her, but of course, she doesn't know this right away. Pages of witty dialogue adorn this book, and the suspense is made better through the historical lens of all that can happen on a train with a Pullman car. The character of Ida Throckmorton, Lucinda's stodgy old guardian, is a complete surprise and was easily one of the best parts of the story. Her relationship with Pringle, her servant, made me laugh out loud. The letters that pass back and forth between Lucinda and Tait, which must first go through her guardian, were also a highlight. Personally, I think letters have a completely necessary place in historical novels, when that is one of the main communication lines. The letter-writing is smart, hysterical, and captures the voice of each character. Now, as to the part some have called "choppy": Lucinda's story catches up to the tale already told in Heartbreak Creek. It has been heard before by all who started with the first book. However, I thought it was cleverly woven together, and I actually liked feeling like I was traveling in time, only this time around it was through different eyes. For those who do not prefer very graphic romance novels, Warner gives more than enough to satisfy, but keeps it real. As for Pru and Thomas, I enjoy seeing glimpses of their story. They are minor characters, even though they have stolen readers' hearts. I can say that I'm okay with having one loose end. After all, it's nice to end a book with something to think about.
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Third in the series................................................................................................................. I loved Heartbreak Creek. Colorado Dawn was not quite as good as HC and this is not quite as good as CD. The series is watering down. I agree with the reviewer who said much of the material was already covered in the first two books. Maybe the secret is to read them in reverse order??
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