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Princess Sorcha and Prince Rainger were destined to rule their countries together. Then revolution sent Sorcha to a remote Scottish convent—and Rainger into a dungeon so deep rumor claimed he was dead.

Now danger threatens, and Sorcha must travel home with a simple fisherman as her companion—Prince Rainger in disguise. Changed by his imprisonment from a careless lad to a dangerous man, he's determined to win back his kingdom—and the woman he ...

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Princess Sorcha and Prince Rainger were destined to rule their countries together. Then revolution sent Sorcha to a remote Scottish convent—and Rainger into a dungeon so deep rumor claimed he was dead.

Now danger threatens, and Sorcha must travel home with a simple fisherman as her companion—Prince Rainger in disguise. Changed by his imprisonment from a careless lad to a dangerous man, he's determined to win back his kingdom—and the woman he wants more than life itself.

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Dodd's fine, final installment in her Lost Princess series recounts the story of Crown Princess Sorcha of the tiny European country Beaumontagne. Forced into hiding in a Scottish convent 10 years earlier, when revolutionaries threatened her country, the winter of 1810 sees Sorcha is returning home after learning that her domineering grandmother has control of the country. Fearing assassins, Sorcha leaves the convent disguised as a man, but it isn't long before a wayward, dull-witted fisherman named Arnou joins up to help protect her on the journey. Unbeknownst to Sorcha, Arnou is actually Prince Rainger, the arrogant young man to whom Sorcha was betrothed at birth. After years of imprisonment by a cruel usurper years that gave rise to rumors of his death Rainger is determined to win back his kingdom and take Princess Sorcha for his wife. As the journey rolls on, secrets are revealed and passions are succumbed to, building swiftly toward Rainger's confrontation with his nemesis. Dodd, long a force in historical romance, does not disappoint with her latest, expertly combining compelling romance, intelligent dialogue and a page-turning plot. (Dec.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061340901
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/22/2007
  • Series: Lost Princess Series , #3
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Christina Dodd's novels have been translated into ten languages, won Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart® and RITA® awards, and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Dodd is a regular on the USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and New York Times bestseller lists.

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The Prince Kidnaps a Bride


By Christina Dodd

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Christina Dodd
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060561181

Chapter One

On an island off the northwestern coast of Scotland
1810

Sorcha didn't really know what she was watching for; she'd watched all summer and seen nothing except for the passing of the bright, brief warmth. She had seen the full moon at the end of October and then a fortnight later she'd observed Mr. MacLaren's arrival in the shallow harbor where, twice a year, he came from the mainland to off-load supplies of meat, wine, and cloth. She'd viewed the clouds of the first winter storm that had roiled on the horizon, then roared over the island like a greedy giant, thrashing at the sea, turning it green and wild.

All of those events had been nothing more than the normal cycle of life on the island.

Today she walked along the rocky beach and picked up driftwood cast up from the storm. The waves still raked the shore and the clouds raced across the thin blue of the sky. Ice settled in hollows that never saw the sun. The wind whistled in her ears and caught at her clothes. Her red hair escaped her scarf and tossed around her face, and she blew it out of her mouth in disgust. She ought to go back, but the convent needed fuel for their meager fires, and besides, she felt as wild and restless as the sea.

She combed the length of the beach and piled bare, salty branches on the ragged old length of cloth. Then she stood still. If she looked inone direction, she saw only the thin line of the horizon where the ocean met the sky, but if she looked the other direction, she saw the Scottish mainland, a hump of brown and green. She hadn't set foot on the mainland in seven years, yet she couldn't shake the sense that something needed to be done.

The annoying logic Grandmamma had insisted Sorcha learn poked at her conscience like a hot embroidery needle.

Poppa was dead. He'd died in battle regaining his kingdom from the revolutionaries.

According to the newspaper Mr. MacLaren had brought, Grandmamma was in charge of the government of Beaumontagne and governing wisely.

Therefore, Grandmamma's trusted servant should have appeared to demand the return of their crown princess.

So where was Godfrey? Why hadn't the big, bald, muscle-bound messenger yet come?

In the ten years of her exile in England, Sorcha had seen Godfrey one time, when he came in the middle of the night to secretly remove her from the home of the exiled Beaumontagnian loyalists who sheltered her. On her desperate, hurried trip north, he'd warned her over and over that the war was going badly and that assassins sought to kill her. He insisted she must stay at the abbey until he came to tell her it was safe.

Now she had to wonder--was Godfrey dead? Was that why he hadn't come for her? Should she take matters into her own hands and go to Beaumontagne?

As she stared out at the whitecapped waves and contemplated going out into the world, she shivered in fear.

Grandmamma had given Sorcha the best education, but she had never been able to teach her courage.

A patch of sunshine moved across the water, turning it to blue, and as Sorcha watched, a movement caught her attention. She shaded her eyes with her hand and looked. A small unmanned fishing vessel drifted along, bobbing on the waves, and she clambered over the rocks, keeping it in sight, wondering if someone had been caught on the ocean during the recent storm and needed help.

That was one of their primary objectives at the convent, to render help to the hapless, stranded sailors who washed up on the shore--and pray for and bury the dead.

A current caught the boat and tossed it toward shore.

She looked around for a long stick, anything to use as a hook, but found nothing. "Come on," she urged the little vessel. "Come closer." For she didn't want to plunge into the icy waves to retrieve it, and duty, her ubiquitous duty, would require the sacrifice.

The skiff seemed to hear her, coming closer and closer. She climbed higher on the rocks, trying to peer inside, to see if a body lay sprawled on the boards . . . then, like an unruly child, the boat stopped and hovered just beyond the breaking waves.

"Don't stop now!" she shouted.

The boat bobbed a few feet farther out.

Throwing off her cloak and boots, she used the length of cord around her waist to tie up her skirts and with a grimace, she plunged into the waves. The freezing water snatched the breath from her lungs, stung her bare legs, weighed down her skirt. She fought the draw of the undertow, the slap of the surf, dragging herself toward the bow of the little boat. It slid toward her on a cresting wave; she grabbed at it and missed. She eyed the surf, judging her moment, and grabbed again. She caught the side of the boat, pulled herself up for a brief glance inside.

Nothing. No body.

She released a sigh of relief and worked her way up to the bow. Using the strength developed from long hours of physical labor at the convent, she dragged the vessel in to shore. The crunch of the wooden bottom on the sand was the sweetest sound she'd ever heard, and she groaned as she pulled it up on the beach, placing it well away from the greedy waves. Wiping her hands against her bodice, she turned--and a man loomed over her.

She screamed.

He jumped back. He wore coarse, damp, wrinkled clothes. He had big, broad shoulders. His pungent odor reminded her of rotten fish and seawater. A dark, scraggly beard rimmed his chin and a mustache overhung his upper lip. He'd tied a rag over his head and half his face.

He looked like a monster.

She screamed again.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Great ending to the trilogy

    Loved the first one and wasn't disappointed w/ this one

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    Plot was good But then sucked!

    I think this princess story was boring .... I found three sex scenes were quick and not much action from the prince. Also it really does not show how they even found each other attractive ... It jump to quick ... I stopped reading on page 140 BUT I DID LOVE PRINCESS AMY BOOK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Fun read

    After reading all three lost princess books, i found this one to be my favorite. I loved all 3 books: the sisters' differences & affection for one another, heros I could root for, & humor within each story. Fun, light, escapism at its best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2007

    A Fitting End

    I thoroughly enjoyed each of the three books in this series and this one most of all. In previous books we had reference to Sorcha, the oldest and therefore crown princess, the responsible one and we finally get to meet her. Rather than the staid, rule-abiding paragon we might expect, she is fresh and funny and endearing. Rainger, briefly appearing in the previous two books, is by turns infuriated and bewitched by his intended. This royal couple face the required dangers in their journey from the convent where Sorcha had been hidden to the castle where they will rule and there was more than once that I laughed out loud at their adventures. A wonderful ending to the adventures of the royal princesses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2007

    Younge but still old enough to know

    I haven't read the other novels of this series or any other novel's by this author but I felt like going to sleep everytime I picked up this novel. The characters were bland and uniteresting and it seemed so premonitions like. I knew what was going to happen before they happend. I would not recomend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2006

    An Exhilarating and Passionate Romantic Adventure!

    In her Lost Princesses series, tremendously talented author Christina Dodd has created three distinctive yet interconnecting tales about the fascinating adventures of three beautiful and charismatic sisters: Crown Princess Sorcha, Princess Clarice and Princess Amy. When their country becomes overrun by marauding revolutionaries and the security of the monarchy is threatened¿young princesses are sent off to the relative safety of England. Several years pass before the feisty but aging Queen Claudia manages to regain control of their country and send for her granddaughters. However, she discovers the people she left them with have proved extremely untrustworthy and alas¿the princesses have disappeared....................................... In Sorcha's story THE PRINCE KIDNAPS A BRIDE, Ms. Dodd treats her readers to a superbly written tale of an innocent and guileless Princess¿lost, but duty-bound to find her way back to her family and kingdom. And, it's the story of the dark and driven Prince who is willing to use any means¿trickery, deceit or seduction¿no matter how devious, to see that she gets there ... for marriage to Princess Sorcha is crucial to Rainger regaining the kingdom he lost, and though he doesn't realize it yet¿his heart and soul ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ Hidden in a remote island convent to keep her safe, Sorcha has enjoyed several peaceful years under the caring and watchful eyes of the nuns, but suddenly, a mysterious stranger appears¿her fiancé, Prince Rainger disguised as a fisherman¿and startling and frightening things start happening. For her safety, and that of the nuns, Sorcha knows she must leave. Although she was raised by her strict grandmother with sound reasoning skills and intelligence¿Sorcha has not yet learned to believe in herself. And now unfortunately, at 25, the sweet, loving, kind¿taught by the gentle nuns to see the good in everyone--and naive princess is compelled to make an incredible and, with assassins tracking her, perilous journey back to Beaumontagne to claim her heritage. But, on her trip she'll meet some extremely remarkable people and learn some new things about her true nature¿that she's adventurous, high-spirited, fun-loving, brave, daring, sensual and passionate¿and as Rainger will soon find out, she has a temper too¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ Rainger de Leonides¿heir to the kingdom of Richarte that adjoins Beaumontagne¿was a rich, handsome, arrogant and spoiled prince. At 17, his country on the brink of war, this brash and vain young man foolishly risks everything¿his friends, his family and his crown¿for one night with a woman. However, that treacherous woman laughs as she betrays Rainger to his worst enemy, the evil Count DuBelle¿the man who wants to topple the royal family and rule Richarte. Thrown into a deep dark dungeon for the next 8 years beaten, starved, humiliated and disgraced¿his spirit battered, his body broken and brought to the brink of death¿yet miraculously he survives. With help he finally escapes, but now he's changed from a foolish boy into an angry, strong, tenacious and indomitable man--a King with one purpose¿reclaiming his kingdom¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ This fast moving, powerful and poignant story had everything ... secrets and intrigue, treacherous villains, soul wrenching betrayal, daring adventure, perilous danger, extreme excitement, lust and obsession, unrestrained passion¿and as if that's not enough¿Ms. Dodd wrapped it all up in a bold and captivating romance that's liberally infused with her sharp, witty, sometimes comical and ALWAYS entertaining sense of humor¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ I thought the book was fabulous it made me laugh out loud at times and brought tears to my eyes too! I loved both characters Sorcha for her spirit and natural goodness and Rainger for his strength of character, bravery and fortitude. I enjoyed watching them transform into a truly heroic couple ready to rule their countries and allow¿their passion

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Very entertaining

    When they were royal children, their parents arranged a betrothal between Prince Rainger and Princess Sorcha. However, a revolution in Beaumontagne sent Sorcha and her sisters fleeing for safety while Prince Rainger was locked away in a dungeon.--------------------- By 1810 most people assume Rainger is dead including Sorcha who lives a quiet life in a Scottish convent where she feels she must take her vows, as she sees nothing else in her future. However, her hopes to stay safe ends when Arnou the fisherman arrives informing her she must leave for the safety of the other convent as assassins have come to kill her and anyone else in their way. Sorcha takes a chance on him and flees, but her acquiescence worries her rescuer as Rainger, disguised as the fisherman, sees other indications that his princess bride is naïve, trusting everyone while he trusts no one not even her. Yet he also marvels how she seems charmed as she gets out of dangerous predicaments at times without his help. He loves his princess and she loves her fisherman, but first there is a kingdom to regain.------------------- THE PRINCE KIDNAPS A BRIDE is a terrific ending to the Lost Princesses historical romance miniseries (see BAREFOOT PRINCESS AND SOME ENCHANTED EVENING). The story line is filled with action, but it is the lead couple that makes for a superior tale. He is hard with no passion as a result of his years in captivity while she is naive as a result of her years in ¿captivity¿. Fans will root for the last lost princess and her prince to overcome their adversaries, who some might say include themselves.----------------- Harriet Klausner

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