The Rebel Bride

The Rebel Bride

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by Catherine Coulter
     
 

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When Julien St. Clair, Earl of March, sees Katherine Brandon for the first time, she is dressed like a boy and engaged in a mock duel with her brother. And since it's her turn to die, she falls dramatically at Julien's feet. Suddenly, the earl finds himself bewitched by this unusual young lady and decides that he wants her. From the glittering ballrooms of 1814 London

Overview

When Julien St. Clair, Earl of March, sees Katherine Brandon for the first time, she is dressed like a boy and engaged in a mock duel with her brother. And since it's her turn to die, she falls dramatically at Julien's feet. Suddenly, the earl finds himself bewitched by this unusual young lady and decides that he wants her. From the glittering ballrooms of 1814 London, to Paris and Switzerland, the earl and his unwilling bride play a dangerous game of passion -- until Julien discovers Katherine's terrifying secret. *Explicit

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Library Journal
Coulter's 1979 historical romance features ladies and noblemen and the usual trappings common to the genre. Coulter has had a string of best-selling novels, so this should prove quite popular. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451218001
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/07/2006
Series:
Coulter Historical Romance Series, #2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,239,155
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.77(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Catherine Coulter lives in Northern California with her husband Anton and her cat Gilly, who's as old as her marriage.

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The Rebel Bride 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Apparently rape is a fairly common theme for Catherine Coulter. In this story, St. Claire becomes infatuated with Katharine, who becomes a friend, and imagines she's attracted to him as well. She's petrified by the thought of intimacy due to a childhood rape, which she doesn't remember. Her religious father beats her frequently and unmercifully, blaming her for the rape. St. Claire uses this as further justification to force her to marry him, buying her from her father, imprisoning her in London, tracking her down when she escapes to Paris, and then threatens to drug and marry her if she refuses to marry him while sentient. St. Claire decides not to press for consummation due to her fear, but since things don't progress, he kidnaps her, drugs her, and then rapes her (because he's so 'frustrated'), with the intent to disclose his identity afterward. During the act, he discovers she isn't a virgin, and is so angry that he decides to hurt her, tears her up, and mildly wonders afterward why there's blood since she isn't a virgin. The rape immediately triggers a waking nightmare of the childhood rape. He 'finds' her, tells her she's had an accident, and doesn't let her tell otherwise. Feeling somewhat responsible for her gruesome nightmares, he comforts her and slowly begins gaining her trust, but the nightmares get worse, she's pregnant, she seduces him to cover it and she feels guilty. He forces her to face the childhood rape, which results in miscarriage. He finally confesses all and they separate, and just as he's about to start back up with his mistress, she shows up, throws the mistress out, and things are hunky-dory. The secondary characters, except for the father and mistress, have no bearing on the story at all, even though quite a bit of time is spent on them. This isn't my first Catherine Coulter novel, but it'll be the last as there are too many better authors to spend time on stories such as this.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Eh.. liked it, but I wouldn't necessarily say it's to-die-for. I mean, it had it's moments, for me, but I guess, this book [out of the ones I've read from her so far] falls under the 'like' category for me. It's not a bad read, and it's definitely not a horrible read, it just didn't tickle my fancy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the whole book and I loved Kate but her secret made me cry. Two rapes scenes however is more than I can handle. It just makes you want to scream at everyone who was suppose to love and care for her. The book is okay. I recommend it if you can handle rape scenes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Catherine Coulter never ceases to amaze me. I was pleased to find that the male had such a time going after the female. It appears they both loved the chase. This book stirred up such strong emotions, and it's so easy to fall in love with the characters. This is one of those books you can just sit down and cry to, be warned!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a beautiful story that tells how deep a man love a woman. However, he made a mistake that eventually seperated them. A lot of twist and turns in the development of the story which is the author's strong attribute to her stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful story written by the author. The later part of the book is especially captivating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Personally THE REBEL BRIDE was a book that kept me on the edge of my seat. Just trying to guess what Katherine's secret was only half the fun of reading this novel.